Distinguished Professorial Address - Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos

Date: 22 April 2020
Venue: 2X112, Bristol Business School (X Block), Frenchay campus
Venue Location: https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visitus/campusmapsandinformation/frenchaycampus/frenchaycampusmaps.aspx
Time: 17:30 - 19:30

Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Professor of Law at Goldsmiths, University of London, will be discussing his book 'Improperly Obtained Evidence in Anglo-American and Continental Law'.


Professor Giannoulopoulos' book offers an extensive cosmopolitan, cross-cultural insight into the perennial controversy over the use of improperly obtained evidence in criminal trials, bringing together the Anglo-American and Continental legal cultures, highlighting fascinating synergies that manifest themselves - and move the debate - beyond the stereotypical divide between adversarial and inquisitorial criminal procedure.

In his presentation, Prof Giannoulopoulos will concentrate on the applications of the 'rights thesis' (the idea of excluding evidence to protect constitutional or human rights) to contemporary debates on improperly obtained evidence, with an emphasis on confessional evidence obtained in violation of the right to custodial legal assistance, against the backdrop of the seminal ECHR jurisprudence of recent years that has had a significant transformational effect across European jurisdictions in this area.

Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos

Professor Giannoulopoulos holds the Inaugural Chair in Law, and is the Head of the Law Department, at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has leading expertise in how human rights norms on criminal justice are applied in national jurisdictions across different legal cultures, and has published widely on exclusionary rules, police interrogation, confessions and suspects' rights, evidence obtained in violation of the right to privacy and the application of ECHR jurisprudence in the domestic criminal process.

In recent years, Prof Giannoulopoulos has also developed a strong interest in the impact of Brexit on human rights, drawing on his cross-cultural research and public engagement work. He is the founder and director of the Britain in Europe (BiE) thinktank and the director of the Knowing Our Rights (KOR) research project (KOR aims to raise awareness about the operation of the ECHR in the UK in the context of the debate on the repeal or, more recently, the 'updating' of the Human Rights Act).
Since May 2018, Prof Giannoulopoulos has been leading on the creation of the new Department of Law at Goldsmiths, which draws heavily on the College's rich heritage of promoting social awareness and social engagement, championing human rights and social justice.

Collaboration opportunities

In addition to discussing his book, Prof Giannoulopoulos will reflect on the work - and future objectives - of the the BiE thinktank and KOR research project, and will be keen to explore potential opportunities for research and public engagement collaboration with UWE Bristol academics.


Register online. There will be a buffet and light refreshments.

Cost: Free
Contact: Edward Johnston
E-mail: Edward2.Johnston@uwe.ac.uk

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