Dr Konstantinos Kalliris

Job: Senior Lecturer in Law (VC2020)

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Research group(s): Institute for Evidence-Based Law Reform

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6729

E: konstantinos.kalliris@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/academic-staff/business-and-law/konstantinos-kalliris/konstantinos-kalliris.aspx


Personal profile

I am a legal theorist and criminologist with a strong interest in the study of law and human behaviour.

My research is based on interdisciplinary methods and my work combines theoretical and data analysis with a strong focus on public policy.

I work closely with colleagues from Greece, the UK and the US on projects that combine legal and political theory with data collection and analysis. I am particularly interested in the effects of behavioural economics and psychology on public policy with a particular focus on personal well-being, freedom and justice.

I am currently working on a project that explores welfare-promoting legislation from both a normative and a behavioural standpoint. I have also secured funding for an interdisciplinary project on reform in the criminal justice system. This research studies two natural experiments in Greece in order to produce findings that apply not only to criminal legislation and policy but to any large-scale reform that may find resistance from institutions or bureaucracies.

The project benefits from a synergy that brings together lawyers, economists and political scientists. Following the imminent publication of my second doctorate (as a monograph), I will work on the final draft of a book based on my first doctorate.

The final additions will rely heavily on my current work on the impact of bias-exploiting paternalistic interventions (such as nudging) on autonomy and well-being.

Research group affiliations


Institute for Evidence-Based Law Reform 

Publications and outputs 

Journal articles

'Are defaults supportive of autonomy? An examination of nudges under the lens of Self-Determination Theory' (2019) with Alexios Arvanitis and Konstantinos Kaminiotis, The Social Science Journal (In Press): https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036233191930134X

‘A Self-Determination Theory account of Self-Authorship: Implications for Law and Public Policy’ (2017) with Alexios Arvanitis, Philosophical Psychology, 30 (6), 763-783: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09515089.2017.1307333.

‘Self-Authorship, Well-Being and Paternalism’ (2017) Jurisprudence: An International Journal of Legal and Political Thought, 8 (1), 23-51. Pre-published on line in December 2015: www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/20403313.2015.1116200.

Book chapters

‘Liberalism, Paternalism and Diversity’ in Paternalism and Criminal Law: Modern Problems of an Old Query, Ch. Papacharalambous ed, (Nomos Verlag/Sakkoulas, 2018), 19-44.

The Greek Dictionary of Criminology, N. Courakis and C. Spinellis eds, (Athens: Topos Publications, 2018). Terms defined: Organised Crime, Mafia, Smuggling, Counterfeit money (in Greek).

‘The weakened state of the modern state: corruption in times of economic and institutional crisis’ in Europe in Crisis: Crime, Criminal Justice, and the Way Forward: Essays in Honour of Nestor Courakis, (Ant. N. Sakkoulas Publications EE, 2017), 549-561.

‘Organised Crime and Corruption: a balancing game’ in Anti-Corruption Legislation: Criminal and Administrative Law, D. Ziouvas ed., (Athens: Nomiki Bibliothiki, 2016), 253-301 (in Greek).

‘The corrosive role of corruption in times of institutional crisis’ in Collection of Essays in Honour of N. Courakis, Spinellis et al eds, (Athens: Sakkoulas, 2016), 797-827 (in Greek).

Book reviews

V. Artinopoulou, Restorative Justice: A challenge for Criminal Justice Systems (Athens: Nomiki Bibliothiki Publications, 2010), (2013), Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 1 (3), 442-446.

Policy papers

‘Accelerating the delivery of justice vs. bureaucratic resistance to reform’ (2017). Published by the European Liberal Forum and funded by the European Parliament (with Theodore Alysandratos).

Research interests/expertise

Legal Theory, Criminology, Criminal Law, Law and Economics.

Areas of teaching

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Comparative Law, Criminal Law


LLB, LLM, MSc (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), PhD (Athens)

Courses taught

Law and Lawyering: International Perspectives (Module Leader)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Athens Bar Association

Professional licences and certificates

Barrister, Athens Bar Association (2003)

Conference attendance

8-19 July 2019: 'Libertarian Paternalism as Liberal Perfectionism: An Old Story Retold', Summer Institute in Law and Economics, University of Chicago Law School.

3-5 April 2019: ‘One judge or three judges? Some findings from a recent reform in the Greek Criminal Justice System’, SLSA Annual Conference 2019, Leeds University. 

10-12 January 2019: 'Anti-corruption measures in times of institutional and financial crisis', Greek Society of Criminologists Conference 2019 (invited speaker). 

15-16 June 2018: ‘Nudging 2.0: Reconsidering the place of autonomy in welfare-promoting public policy’ (panel co-organiser), 2nd International Conference in Contemporary Social Sciences, University of Crete.

27-29 March 2018. 'One or three judges? Some findings from a recent reform in the Greek Criminal Justice System' (poster). SLSA 2018, Bristol.

15-17 December 2017: ‘Theories of Freedom: The Millian Ideal of Autonomy as a constituent element of the good life’ (Invited Speaker), 2nd Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, University of Athens.

26-28 May 2017: ‘The Moral Foundations of the Right to Free Speech’, Conference: Free Media? Balkans and Turkey, The European Public Law Organisation.

7-9 September 2016: ‘Liberalism, Paternalism and Diversity’, MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory 2016, University of Manchester.

5 April 2016: ‘History on trial and freedom of speech’, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences.

25 February 2016: ‘The reality of anti-hate speech jurisprudence: the H. Richter Case’, University of Hull, invited by the McCoubrey Centre for International Law.

1 April 2015: ‘What is wrong with libertarian paternalism?’, Faculty Seminar, City University London.

28 November 2014: ‘Libertarian Paternalism, Assisted Choice and Free Will’, Third Annual Philosophy of Science Conference, Athens Greece.

5 May 2014: ‘Three plus one objections to legal paternalism and why they should be overruled’, University of Athens, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, Faculty Seminar.

27 March 2014: ‘Debate: The puzzle of legal paternalism’, with Antonios Karampatzos, University of Athens, Law School, invited by the 'J. S. Mill' Research Group.

Consultancy work

European Liberal Forum. Subject: ‘Contract enforcement and delays in the justice system: a natural experiment in Greece’. March 2017-November 2017.

CDDH, Council of Europe. Subject: Basic human rights for immigrants and refugees. August 2016-September 2016.

Royal national lifeboat institution. Subject: ‘Rescuing people at sea: Greek, EU and international law’. January 2016-February 2016.

Current research students

Helen Franklin (PhD): 'The unheard little voice: A cross-cultural critical analysis of dispute resolution processes in paediatric healthcare conflicts. Can the child be represented in better ways?' (2nd Supervisor).

Externally funded research grants information

‘Assessing LASPO: the effects of cuts to legal aid in England and Wales’ (2019). British Academy Small Research Grant. Amount: £9,497.

‘Resistance to Reform: the Case of the Judiciary’ (2017). European Parliament (ELF) Research Grant (in association with KEFiM-Centre for Liberal Studies). Amount: 8,650 Euros.

Professional esteem indicators

Peer review: Jurisprudence: An International Journal of Legal and Political Thought and Res Publica.

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