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Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, LLB (Thes/niki), LLM (distinction) (Kent), PhD (Edinburgh)

Head of the Department of Law and Professor of European Criminal Law

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Valsamis Mitsilegas

Valsamis Mitsilegas is Head of the Department of Law, Professor of European Criminal Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London. From 2001 to 2005 he was legal adviser to the House of Lords European Union Committee.

His interests and expertise lie in the areas of EU law (with particular focus on the evolution of the Union into an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice), global security governance and human rights. He has published widely in the fields of European criminal law, immigration and asylum and security and counter-terrorism law. He is also an expert in the field of legal responses to transnational organised crime, corruption and money laundering. His work explores the impact of globalisation and Europeanisation on the relationship between the individual and the state.

Professor Mitsilegas is a member of the Management Committee of the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN), a Europe-wide network which brings together academic experts from the EU 27 and beyond. He was General Rapporteur to the 2012 Congress of the International Federation for European Law (FIDE), held in Tallinn (stream on the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice). He is currently the Queen Mary Principal Investigator on a multinational interdisciplinary research project on EU Action to Fight Environmental Crime (EFFACE) funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research. This 40-month project (2012-2016) aims to assess the impact of environmental crime and develop effective and feasible policy options for combating it at EU level.

Professor Mitsilegas is also a regular consultant to parliaments, EU institutions and international organisations. Professor Mitsilegas is a member of two Commission Expert Groups: the Commission Experts Group on European Criminal Policy and the Commission’s Expert Group on needs on data on crime. He provides regular advice to members of the European Parliament, including the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the European Parliament Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (CRIM). Professor Mitsilegas was Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords European Union Committee for their inquiry on the European Borders Agency (FRONTEX report [pdf]) and was invited to submit evidence on the Lisbon Treaty to the House of Lords Committees on the Constitution European Union (Amendment) Bill and the Lisbon Treaty: Implications for the UK Constitution [pdf] (6th Report, session 2007-08, HL Paper 84) and the European Union (The Treaty of Lisbon: An Impact Assessment [pdf], 10th Report, session 2007-08, HL Papers 62-I and 62-II). In April 2009, he gave oral evidence to the House of Lords EU Committee for their inquiry on Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism [pdf] (19th Report, session 2008-09, HL Papers 132-I and 132-II).

Professor Mitsilegas provides regular advice to the UK Government and the Judiciary of England and Wales. He is actively engaged with the legal profession as regards the impact of European Union law on the domestic legal system. He is the first contributor of a specific chapter on the relationship between EU law and domestic criminal law in Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. He is member of a team drafting case commentaries for the Criminal Law Review. He is also Consultant Editor to EU Law in Criminal Practice (OUP, 2013).

Professor Mitsilegas is also active with NGOs, think tanks and academic networks aiming to shape European and domestic law and policy on immigration and crime. He is an active member of the European Union Sub-Committee of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA). He was member of a Working Party convened by the Federal Trust which in 2007 produced a Report on EU Justice and Home Affairs and a member of the International Advisory Group to the Refugee Council which, in December 2008 produced a Report entitled Remote Controls: how UK border controls are endangering the lives of refugees which informed the Council’s policy in the field. 


Undergraduate teaching:

  • LAW6001 EU Justice and Home Affairs
  • LAW6001A EU Justice and Home Affairs(A): Immigration and Asylum Law
  • LAW6001B EU Justice and Home Affairs(B):Criminal Law

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Professor Mitsilegas welcomes proposals for postgraduate research in the fields of EU law in general and EU Justice and Home Affairs law in particular, security, terrorism and human rights, and law and transnational crime (including organised crime and money laundering).

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