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Dr Niovi Vavoula, (BA, University of Athens); LLM-PhD (QMUL)


Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Room Number: Mile End


Dr Niovi Vavoula is Post-doctoral Research Assistant at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL). She is also part-time Teacher at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Editorial Assistant to the peer-reviewed journal New Journal of European Criminal Law (NJECL) and Coordination Assistant to the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN). She regularly collaborates with the ODYSSEUS Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe. She has given guest lectures at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2016), City University London (2014) and was a visiting researcher at ULB - Université libre de Bruxelles (2014). Before commencing her doctoral studies in 2012, she qualified as lawyer (Athens Bar Association, 2011), served as a volunteer at the Legal Department of the Greek Council for Refugees (2011-12) and did an internship for the Greek Desk at Eurojust (2012). She publishes in the areas of EU immigration and criminal law and has acted as an expert consultant for the Commission, the Parliament and the Fundamental Rights Agency. Her doctoral thesis examined the privacy challenges stemming from the establishment of pan-European immigration databases and will be published by Brill Nijhoff in early 2018.

For further details on her publications, please, consult her Academia or LinkedIn pages.

View Dr Vavoula's CV [PDF 620KB].


Dr Vavoula is generally interested in:

  • European refugee law and migration studies
  • The interplay between immigration and criminal law and crimmigration studies
  • Information exchange mechanisms, surveillance mechanisms, digitalisation of border controls, privacy and data protection law
  • Legal responses to trafficking in human beings and money laundering
  • EU Criminal law, mutual recognition and mutual trust, defence rights, EU citizenship and criminal law.



  • Immigration and Privacy in the Law of the European Union – The Case of Databases (forthcoming Brill Nijhoff, 2018).

Edited Collections

  • New Voices in European Criminal Law (with Valsamis Mitsilegas and Irene Wietzorek), special issue of the New Journal of European Criminal Law (Volume 27(1)).
  • Securitising Asylum: Extraterritoriality, Deterrence and Human Rights (with Valsamis Mitsilegas and Violeta Moreno-Lax) (forthcoming Brill, 2018).
  • Extraterritorial Immigration Control and Human Rights Challenges (with Valsamis Mitsilegas), special issue of the Nordic Journal of International Law (forthcoming 2017).

Book chapters in edited volumes

  • The Administrative Dimension of EU Criminal Law’ (with Valsamis Mitsilegas) in Herwig Hofmann, Gerard Rowe and Alexander Türk (eds) Specialized Administrative Law of the European Union - A Sectoral Treatment (forthcoming OUP, 2018).
  • ‘Counter-terrorism, Prevention and the Transformation of Citizenship in the European Union: The Case of Foreign Fighters’ (with Valsamis Mitsilegas) in Satvinder Juss (ed.) Beyond Human Rights & the War on Terror (forthcoming 2018).
  • ‘Using Technology to Combat Human Trafficking: Recognising the Implications for Privacy’ (with Felicity Gerry and Julia Muraszkiewicz) in Nora Cronin and Kimberly Ellis (eds) Human Trafficking (Lawyers & Judges Publishing, 2017).
  • ‘The Normalisation of Surveillance in an Era of Global Mobility’ (with Valsamis Mitsilegas) in Philippe Bourbeau (ed) Handbook of Migration and Security (Edward Elgar, 2017).
  • ‘The Interplay between EU Immigration Law and National Criminal Law - The Case of the Return Directive’ in Valsamis Mitsilegas, Maria Bergström and Theodore Konstantinides (eds) Research Handbook on EU Criminal Law (Hart Publishing, 2016), p. 294-314.
  • ‘Access to EURODAC by Law Enforcement Authorities and Europol for the Purposes of the Prevention, Detection and Investigation of Terrorist Offences and Other Serious Crimes’ in Despina Anagnostopoulou (ed.) ‘Developments and Challenges of the EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice’ (Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Macedonia, 2016) (in Greek), p. 308-326.
  • ‘The Recast Eurodac Regulation – Are Asylum-Seekers Treated as Suspected Criminals?’ in Céline Bauloz, Meltem Ineli Ciger, Sarah Singer and Vladislava Stoyanova (eds) Seeking Asylum in the European Union (Martinus Nijhoff, 2015), p. 247-273.
  • ‘Criminal Law: Institutional Rebalancing and Judicialization as Drivers of Policy Change’ (with Valsamis Mitsilegas) in Florian Trauner and Ariadna Ripoll Servent (eds) Policy Change in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice – How Institutions Matter (Routledge, 2015), p. 133-150.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

  • ‘The Evolving EU Anti-Money Laundering Regime: Challenges for Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law’ (with Valsamis Mitsilegas), (2016) 23(2) Maastricht Journal of European & Comparative Law, pp 261-293.
  • ‘The Role of Technology in the Fight against Human Trafficking: Reflections on Privacy and Data Protection Concerns’ (with Felicity Gerry QC and Julia Muraszkiewicz), (2016) 32(2) Computer Law & Security Review, pp 205–217.

Other publications (blog posts, book reviews, case notes)

  • (Book review) ‘The Greek Penal Code edited by Emmanouil Billis’ (forthcoming New Journal of European Criminal Law, 2017).
  • (Blog post) ‘Biometrics at the Borders: Is the Right to Privacy Sufficiently Respected?’ (forthcoming at the SOURCE website, 2017).
  • (Blog post) ‘Transatlantic Data Transfers and Privacy Protection: An Ongoing Battle’ open Democracy, 23 April 2017 (with Valsamis Mitsilegas).
  • (Book review) ‘On the Doorstep of Europe – Asylum and citizenship in Greece by Heat Cabot’ (2017) 31(1) Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, pp. 75-76.
  • (Blog post) ‘I Travel, therefore, I Am A Suspect: An Analysis of the EU PNR Directive’ EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy Blog (September 2016).
  • (Blog post) ‘Detecting Foreign Fighters: The Reinvigoration of the Schengen Information System in the Wake of Terrorist Attacks’, EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy Blog (May 2016).
  • (Case note) ‘Exchanging Information on Road Traffic Offences: - A Measure of Police Cooperation or Transport Policy? (Case note on C-43/12 Commission v Parliament and Council)’, (2016) 8(1) New Journal of European Criminal Law, pp 113-122.
  • (Blog post) ‘Back from the Dead and Standing on Travellers’ Doorstep: The Case of the EU PNR Directive’ openDemocracy (9 February 2016).
  • (Editorial) ‘The Constitutional Significance of EU Criminal Law’ (with Irene Wieczorek), 2015 7(1) New Journal of European Criminal Law, pp. 3-5.
  • (Non peer reviewed article) ‘Who is Sharing Personal Data Obtained in Immigration Procedures with Whom?’ (with Elspeth Guild), ILPA European Update (September 2014).
  • (Case note in blog) ‘Detention of irregular migrants – The Returns Directive shows its poor design in Mahdi (C-146/14 PPU)’, European Law Blog (15 September 2014).
  • (Book review) ‘EU Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm by Diego Acosta Arcarazo and Cian Murphy (eds)’, European Law Blog (27 May 2014).
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