Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, LLB (Thes/niki), LLM (distinction) (Kent), PhD (Edinburgh)
Head of the Department of Law and Professor of European Criminal Law
Valsamis Mitsilegas is Professor of European Criminal Law, Director of the Criminal Justice Centre and, since 2012, Head of the Department of Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). From 2001 to 2005 he served as legal adviser to the House of Lords European Union Committee. His research interests and expertise lie in the fields of European criminal law; migration, asylum and borders; security and human rights, including the impact of mass surveillance on privacy; and legal responses to transnational crime, including organised crime and money laundering. He is the author of six monographs and over 100 articles and chapters in academic volumes. His latest books are The Criminalisation of Migration in Europe (Springer, 2015) and EU Criminal Law After Lisbon (Hart, 2016). He is a regular adviser to parliaments, governments and EU institutions including the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. He has been appointed for a second term to the European Commission’s Expert Group on Criminal Policy.
Professor Mitsilegas has a leading role in the establishment and development of a number of transnational research networks. He is Co-Coordinator of the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN) and a member of the Management Board of the International Research Network on Migration and Crime (CINETS). He has held a number of visiting academic positions and in 2015 he was appointed Copernicus Visiting Scientist at the University of Ferrara. He is founding General Editor of the Hart Studies in European Criminal Law, of the Queen Mary-Renmin Series on Comparative Criminal Justice Issues in China and Europe and of the Brill Research Perspectives on Transnational Crime. He is also General Editor of the New Journal of European Criminal Law and the Brill series on Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in Europe. He has participated in a number of research projects involving transnational research co-operation, including the 40-month FP7 interdisciplinary research project on EU Action to Fight Environmental Crime (EFFACE) (2012-2016).
Professor Mitsilegas is involved actively in collaborative projects with civil society and NGOs. He is a member of the Research Advisory Group of the Howard League for Penal Reform and a member of the European Union Sub-Committee of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA). He has been involved in a series of projects with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) with recent publications including a Report on Access to Electronic Data by Third-Country Law Enforcement Authorities and a policy paper on The EU and its Counter-Terrorism Policies after the Paris Attacks. Professor Mitsilegas is a regular contributor to Open Democracy and was guest editor to the Open Democracy week on Surveillance and Privacy in 2016. Other media appearances include BBC Radio 4, the Times Higher Education Supplement, the New Statesman and the New York Times.
- 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
- The Criminalisation of Migration in Europe. Challenges for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Springer, 2015.
- EU Criminal Law, (2009) Hart Publishing, Oxford
- The EU and Internal Security (co-authored with J Monar and W Rees) (Palgrave/Macmillan 2003)
- Money Laundering Counter-Measures in the EU: A New Paradigm of Security Governance versus Fundamental Legal Principles (Kluwer Law International/Aspen, The Hague-London-Boston, 2003)
- Globalisation, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Theoretical, Comparative and Transnational Perspectives (with P Alldridge and L Cheliotis), Hart, 2014.
- The Future of Prosecution in Europe, special double issue of the New Journal of European Criminal Law, vol.4, 2013, nos 1-2
- 'The Future of Criminalisation in Europe', double special issue of the New Journal of European Criminal Law, vol.3, 2102, nos 3-4
- Extraterritorial Immigration Control: Legal Challenges (co-edited with Bernard Ryan, Nijhoff, 2010). Proceedings of a Modern Law Review seminar held at Queen Mary in June 2008
- EU Law in Criminal Practice, OUP, 2013 (Edited by Duncan Atkinson. Consultant editor with David Pery QC).
- ‘The Transformation of Privacy in an Era of Pre-Emptive Surveillance’ in Tilburg Law Review, vol. 20, 2015, pp.35-57 (special issue on Privacy and National Security in the Digital Age).
- ‘Solidarity and Trust in the Common European Asylum System’ in Comparative Migration Studies, vol.2, 2014, pp.231-253.
- The Limits of Mutual Trust in Europe's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: From Automatic Inter-State Cooperation to the Slow Emergence of the Individual, Yearbook of European Law 2012; vol.31, pp.319-372.
- ‘Immigration Control in an Era of Globalisation: Deflecting Foreigners, Weakening Citizens, Strengthening the State’ in Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, vol.19, 2012, pp.3-60.
- ‘European Criminal Law and Resistance to Communautarisation Post-Lisbon’, in New Journal of European Criminal Law, vol.1, 2010, pp.458-480.
- 'The European Union and the Globalisation of Criminal Law', in Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 2009-2010, vol.12, pp.337-407
- ‘The Third Wave of Third Pillar Law: Which Direction for EU Criminal Justice?’, (2009) 34 European Law Review 523-560 - The article is also Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No 33/2009
- ‘La Mise en Oeuvre de l’Espace de Liberté, Securité et de Justice au Royaume-Uni’, (2009) 129 Revue Française d’Administration Publique (the journal of the ENA) 45-60
- 'The Transformation of Criminal Law in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice’, (2008) 26 Yearbook of European Law 2007, 1-32
- 'The External Dimension of EU Action in Criminal Matters' (2007) 12 European Foreign Affairs Review 457-497
- The EU legislative framework against money laundering and terrorist finance: A critical analysis in the light of evolving global standards' (with Bill Gilmore), (2007) 56 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 119-141
- 'The Constitutional Implications of Mutual Recognition in Criminal Matters in the EU' (2006) 43 Common Market Law Review 1277-1311
- 'Controle des etrangers, des passagers, des citoyens: Surveillance et antiterrorisme' (2005) 58 Cultures et Conflits 155-182
- ‘The New EU-US Co-operation on Extradition, Mutual Legal Assistance and the Exchange of Police Data’ in European Foreign Affairs Review, vol.8, 2003, pp.515-536.
- 'Defining Organised Crime in the EU' (2001) 26 European Law Review 565-581
- ‘Transatlantic Counter-terrorism Cooperation and European Values. The Elusive Quest for Coherence’ in D. Curtin and E. Fahey (eds), A Transatlantic Community of Law, Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp.289-315.
- ‘Article 49 - Principles of Legality and Proportionality of Criminal Offences and Penalties’, in S. Peers, T. Hervey, J. Kenner and A. Ward (eds.), The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. A Commentary, Hart/Beck, 2014, pp.1351-1373.
- ‘EU Criminal Law Competence After Lisbon: From Securitised to Functional Criminalisation’ in D. Acosta and C. Murphy (eds.), EU Security and Justice Law, Hart, 2014, pp.110-129.
- ‘The Aims and Limits of EU Anti-Corruption Law’ in J. Horder and P. Alldridge (eds), Modern Bribery Law: Comparative Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp.160-195
- ‘The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice from Amsterdam to Lisbon. Challenges of Implementation, Constitutionality and Fundamental Rights’, General Report, in J. Laffranque (ed.), The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Including Information Society Issues. Reports of the XXV FIDE Congress, Tallinn 2012, vol.3, pp. 21-142.
- ‘The EU and the Rest of the World: Criminal Law and Policy Interconnections’, in M. Evans and P. Koutrakos (eds.), Beyond the Established Orders. Policy Interconnections between the EU and the Rest of the World, Hart, 2011, pp.149-178
- ‘The EU and the Implementation of International Norms in Criminal Matters’ in M. Cremona, J. Monar and S. Poli (eds.), The External Dimension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, Peter Lang, 2011 (College of Europe Studies No. 13), pp.239-272.
- ‘The Borders Paradox. The Surveillance of Movement in a Union without Internal Frontiers’, in H. Lindahl (ed.), A Right to Inclusion and Exclusion? Normative Faultlines of the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (Hart 2009) 33-64
- ‘Coopération Antiterroriste États-Unis/ Union Européenne: l’Entente Cordiale’, in D. Bigo, L. Bonelli and Th. Deltombe (eds.), Au Nom du 11 Septembre… Les Démocraties à l’ Épreuve de l’Antiterrorisme, Paris, La Découverte, 2008, pp.118-130
- 'Border Security in the European Union', Baldaccini, Guild and Toner (eds), Whose Freedom, Security and Justice?, (Hart 2007) 359-394
- From National to Global, from Empirical to Legal: The Ambivalent Concept of Transnational Organised Crime' in M Beare (ed), Critical Reflections on Transnational Organized Crime, Money Laundering and Corruption (University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2003) 55-87
- ‘Countering the Chameleon Threat of Dirty Money: ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ Law in the Emergence of a Global Regime against Money Laundering and Terrorist Finance’ in A. Edwards and P. Gill (eds.), Transnational Organised Crime: Perspectives on Global Security, Routledge, 2003, pp.195-211.
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).
Professor Mitsilegas is currently supervising:
- Director of the Criminal Justice Centre
QMUL co-organises 10th Anniversary ECLAN Conference
27 April 2016
Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas published on the New Statesman blog
12 November 2014
Professor Mitsilegas to give keynote on the future of Eurojust
14 October 2013
Professor Mitsilegas at European Parliament Hearing
21 September 2012
Professor Mitsilegas at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
13 December 2011
Professor Mitsilegas at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency
28 February 2011