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

Niovi

Lecturer in Migration and Security


Room Number: Mile End

Profile

Lecturer in Migration and Security at the School of Law of Queen Mary, University of London. She is also Assistant Editor of the peer-reviewed New Journal of European Criminal Law (NJECL). She has been part-time Teacher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2017-18) 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 Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2018), 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 2019.

Research

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.

Publications

Monograph

  • Immigration and Privacy in the Law of the European Union – The Case of Databases (under book contract with Brill Nijhoff, forthcoming 2019). 

Edited Collections

  • New Voices in European Criminal Law (with Valsamis Mitsilegas and Irene Wieczorek), special issue of the New Journal of European Criminal Law(Volume 27(1)).
  • Securitising Asylum Flows: Deflection, Criminalisation and the Challenges for Human Rights (with Valsamis Mitsilegas and Violeta Moreno-Lax) (under book contract with Brill Nijhoff, forthcoming 2019).
  • Privacy and Surveillance in a Digital Era: Challenges for Transatlantic Cooperation and European Criminal Law (with Valsamis Mitsilegas) (under book contract with Hart, forthcoming 2019).

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.

Book chapters in edited volumes

  • ‘Criminalisation of irregular migration in the EU: The impact of El Dridi in Valsamis Mitsilegas et al (eds), The Impact of European Union Law on National Criminal Law Challenges and Constraints to Individual Liability in the Member States (Hart, forthcoming 2018).
  • The Administrative Dimension of EU Criminal Law’ (with Valsamis Mitsilegas) in Herwig Hofmann et al. (eds), Specialized Administrative Law of the European Union - A Sectoral Treatment (OUP, forthcoming 2018).
  • ‘Prevention, Surveillance, and the Transformation of Citizenship in the ‘Security Union’: The Case of Foreign Terrorist Fighters’ in Ulrich Sieber et al. (eds), Alternative, Informal, and Transitional Types of Criminal Justice and the Legitimacy of New Sanction Models in the Global Risk Society (Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in collaboration with Duncker & Humblot, 2018).
  • ‘EU Immigration Databases Under Scrutiny: Towards the Normalisation of Surveillance of Movement in an Era of “Privacy Spring”?’ in Gert Vermeulen and Eva Lievens (eds), Data Protection and Privacy under Pressure (Maklu, 2017) pp. 215-248.
  • ‘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) pp. 111-133.
  • ‘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) pp. 231-251.
  • ‘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) pp. 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) pp. 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) pp. 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) pp. 133-150.

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

  •  (Book review) ‘The Greek Penal Code: English Translation by Vassiliki Chalkiadaki and Emmanouil Billis’ (2017) 8(4) New Journal of European Criminal Law pp. 566-567.
  • (Blog post) ‘Transatlantic Data Transfers and Privacy Protection: An Ongoing Battle’ open Democracy, 23 April 2017 (with ValsamisMitsilegas).
  • (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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