Recent News

Horizon 2020 - Opportunities Project

The Opportunities project commenced in Spring 2021. It aims at promoting a forward-looking and constructive debate on migration and integration based on a fair dialogue and the articulation of new narratives on migration and living together under democratic humanism. Dora is the leader of Work Package 9 on the policy implications of this European Commission funded project.

Teaching New Modules

In Spring term 2021, Dora taught 3 12-week modules on Nationalism and Citizenship, EU Citizenship, Law and Policy, and Law, Governance and Democracy at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest


In Spring term 2021, Dora delivered presentations at the University of Amsterdam, European Studies Centre and at the conference on EU Values, Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue in Thessaloniki, Greece. 

Justice, Individual Empowerment and the Principle of Non-regression in the European Union

Dora's paper which is entitled Justice, Individual Empowerment and

the Principle of Non-regression in the European Union has been published by the European Law Review. Read it here

Updates through the Pandemic

During the pandemic, Dora delivered presentations at webminars and workshops organised by CEPS (Brussels), ECIT (Brussels) and the Turin Winter School. She discussed racism and discrimination in the EU, the future of EU Citizenship and Public Order and Public Security in EU Law: A Conceptual Appraisal.

Dora published her reflections on the EU Citizenship Report 2020. Read it here

Dora published a report on the European Commission's initiatives on the rule of law, the strengthening of the EU Charter and the action plan on European democracy. Read it here

Chair of the Scientific Committee of FRA

Dora has been elected as the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU. 

Visiting Scholar in Residence at Amsterdam University

Dora will be Visiting Scholar in Residence at Amsterdam University in academic year 2020/2021. She will be affiliated with the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies and their distinctive research priority area entitled 'Diverse Europe'. Dora will be giving PhD masterclasses, a public lecture and research seminars on national populism and the future of Europe. 

In 2020/21, Dora will be a guest Professor at KU Leuven

At KU Leuven Dora will conduct research for the Horizon 2020 Opportunities Programme. She will be focusing on the policy implications of the innovative research that will be carried out on migration and integration in the European Union Member States.

New Research Monograph

Dora's new research monograph, entitled EU Citizenship Law and Policy. Beyond Brexit has been published by Edward Elgar (2020).

Dora reflects on the impact and effects of Covid-19

Dora reflects on the impact and effects of Covid-19 - you can read it here

Legal and Political Concepts as Contextures

Dora's thoughts on the 'life of concepts' has been published by The Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy (2020)

For Dora's new reflections on Brexit, please visit the Policy-related Publications section of the website or click here

Autumn Presentations

In Autumn 2019, Dora delivered presentations at the University of Lisbon, IDC and Conrad Adenauer Stifrung, Herzliya, European University Institute, CEPS Brussels, University of Ghent and University of Amsterdam.

EU Citizenship Enigma Variations, Mushrooming Historical Time and Emancipation

Reflections on the debate on Eurozenship: Pro and Contra, Global Governance Programme, European University Institute, Florence, Italy and on Verfassungsblog.

Dora Kostakopoulou commenting on the promise of the Maastricht Treaty - Sputnik News
Eurozenship: Pro and Contra

Dora commented on the promise of the Maastricht Treaty and the future of democracy in Europe in early February 2019.

Dora argued for Eurozenship, that is, an autonomous European Union citizenship in the context of a debate published by Verfassungsblog earlier this year. You could read her arguments here.

Mini-Symposium on EU Citizenship in the Shadow of Brexit

Dora took part in the European Law Blog's Symposium on EU Citizenship in the Shadow of Brexit. You can read her contribution entitled '(EU Withdrawal) Texts, Pretexts and Epignosis in the United Kingdom'. 

25th Anniversary of Maastricht Treaty and the Maastricht Manifesto (Link)

The Treaty on European Union entered into force on the 1st of November 1993. Maastricht University in collaboration with the Province Limburg and the New Europeans celebrated the successes of the Treaty and discussed the challenges for the European Union. Dora spoke about the importance of European Union Citizenship and the ideal of a united Europe in this forum which culminated in the presentation and signature of the Maastricht Manifesto.

Justice, Injustice and Brexit and EU Citizenship Rights in the Shadow of Brexit

Dora delivered a keynote at the Conference 'Justice, Injustice and Brexit' organised by City University on 19 October 2018 and spoke about the implications of Brexit for citizens at the workshop on EU Citizenship Rights in the Shadow of Brexit organised by The Federal Trust and New Europeans at Europe House on 22 October 2018.

Toward European Citizenship Law? Keynote at the EUI Workshop

Dora delivered a keynote on an autonomous European Union Citizenship beyond Brexit and the nation state on the 8th of October 2018 at an event organised by Jules Lepoutre and Liav Orgad at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence. 

Promoting an Inclusive Europe and Shrinking European Citizenry with Brexit (link)

Dora took part in Public Policy Exchange’s symposium on ‘Promoting an Inclusive Europe: Supporting the Effective Integration of non-EU Migrants’, in Brussels on 6 September 2018. She also chaired a public event at the Press Club (Brussels) on Brexit and EU Citizenship and a panel on the forthcoming European elections at ECIT's conference at the Committee of the Regions. 

Scientific Committee of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU Appointment (link)

Dora Kostakopoulou has been appointed as a member of the Scientific Committee of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union 

Post-Brexit Immigration and Asylum Policy

Dora took part at the Public Policy Exchange Symposium on Post-Brexit Immigration and Asylum Policy: Preparing for Change and Enhancing Local Authorities Asylum Strategies, London, 20 February 2018.

European Parliament, LIBE Mini-Hearing on European Citizenship

Dora spoke on EU citizenship and its relation to fundamental rights at the mini hearing of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on 19 February 2018.

Institutional Constructivism in Social Sciences and Law: Frames of Mind, Patterns of Change.

Dora Kostakopoulou's new monograph is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. In it, Dora is discussing research methodology and outlines her Connexio Rerum model. 

To Vima (Greece), Liberation (France) and Sputnik International (Russia)

Dora commented on the impact of Brexit on UK nationals living abroad.

'Imagine: European Union Social Citizenship and Post-Marshallian Rights and Duties'

Dora Kostakopoulou took part in the EUDO debate on the future of EU Citizenship

Dora Kostakopoulou in the News - The Guardian (UK) and El Iberico (Spain).

Dora was quoted on the rising citizenship applications of UK nationals living in the EU. She was also interviewed by Sputnik News World Service (Russia).

Recent Papers

Professor Dora Kostakopoulou delivered papers on humanism, EU Citizenship and Brexit, the expulsion of EU citizens and on the methodology of social sciences and law at the UACES 47th Annual Conference (Krakow, 4-6 September 2017), the ECPR 11th General Conference (Oslo, 6-9 September 2017) and Manchester University Law School (18 October 2017). She also took part in plenary roundtables at the Jagiellonian University (5 September 2017) and Aston University's Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence launch event (12 October 2017).

Dora Kostakopoulou’s article on ‘Citizenship Templates Post-Brexit’ will be published by the Journal of Common Market Studies.

In this, Dora explores the advantages and disadvantages of possible citizenship templates and proposes an ‘EU protected citizen’ status for EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU. The article can be read at

Dora Kostakopoulou delivered two Keynotes at University College Dublin in May and July 2017

The first was entitled ‘Who is my Neighbour and Fellow Citizen?’ and was delivered at the Conference on Relationships and Responsibilities in honour of I. Honohan’s work on 24 May 2017. The second was based on Brexit and was delivered at the Jean Monnet EUROMEC International Conference on 15 July 2017.

Professor Dora Kostakopoulou took part in the High-Level Technical Meeting on Addressing the Root Causes of Migration.

This fed into the Ministerial Conference on Strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation through Research and Innovation in Valetta, Malta, on 3-4 May 2017. The Ministerial conference adopted the Valetta Declaration on 4 May 2017 in the presence of Mr Carlos Moedas, Member of the European Commission responsible for Research, Science and Innovation. The Valetta Declaration contains commitments undertaken by the Member States to strengthen PRIMA (partnership for research and innovation in the Mediterranean Area), BLUEMED, and the role of research and innovation in understanding migration and integration