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Dr Ilias Trispiotis

Lecturer in Law; Director of Student Support

I joined the School of Law in September 2014. I hold a PhD and LLM (distinction) from University College London (UCL) Faculty of Laws, an LLB from the University of Athens and a PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education from the UCL Institute of Education.

My research expertise covers international and European human rights law, equality law, public law and legal theory. My work has appeared in leading academic journals, such as the Cambridge Law Journal, the Human Rights Law Review, the Columbia Journal of European Law, and the European Human Rights Law Review. Additionally, I am co-investigator in a major EU Commission DG Justice Action Grant (JUST/2015/RRAC/AG) on countering Islamophobia through the development of counter-narratives in several EU Member States. Before joining Leeds I have been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and a Teaching Fellow at UCL Laws. Since March 2014 I have been a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

I am currently the Director of Student Support.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the fields of discrimination law, international and comparative human rights law, legal theory, and law and religion. Further research areas include EU law, comparative constitutional law, and political philosophy.


I currently teach Constitutional and Administrative Law, Jurisprudence, Foundations of Law, International Human Rights Law and European Human Rights Law.

PhD Supervision

I welcome approaches from prospective doctoral students in my areas of expertise.

Key Publications

Journal articles

  • Trispiotis I, ‘Two Interpretations of "Living Together" in European Human Rights Law’, Cambridge Law Journal, 75.3 (2016), 580-607
    DOI: 10.1017/S0008197316000568, Repository URL:

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Council of Europe have recently recognised “living together” as a legitimate dimension of the rights of others that could justify limitations on various European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) rights, including the rights to freedom of religion and respect for private life. This article argues that the important, yet still unexplored in human rights law, idea of “living together” stems from the republican ideal of fraternity and supplements the distinctive links between democratic principles and rigorous human rights protection. Even so, its justifiability as a limitation ground depends on which conception of the idea is compatible with core values and functions served by human rights under the Convention. This article distinguishes between two main interpretations of “living together”, grounded on responsibility and conformity. It is argued that, in cases touching on our expressive conduct in public, including cases on the wearing of full-face veils, a conformity conception of “living together” sits uneasily both with firmly established case law of the ECtHR and with certain key functions of rights, such as the exclusion of moralistic majoritarian preferences as grounds for coercive prohibitions.

  • Trispiotis I, ‘Discrimination and civil partnerships: Taking 'legal' out of legal recognition’, Human Rights Law Review, 14.2 (2014), 343-358
    DOI: 10.1093/hrlr/ngu006, Repository URL:

  • Trispiotis I, ‘Alternative Lifestyles' and Unlawful Discrimination: the Limits of Religious Freedom in Bull v Hall’, European Human Rights Law Review, 14.1 (2014), 39-48

  • Trispiotis I, ‘The Duty to Respect Religious Feelings: Insights from European Human Rights Law’, The Columbia Journal of European Law, 19.3 (2013), 499-552

  • Trispiotis I, ‘Lights, Camera, Action: The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights on Lautsi v Italy’, Education Law Journal, 12.3 (2011), 41-50

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