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Ioannis A. Tassopoulos

  Administrative Science and Public Law
  Public Law


Contact information

Office telephone:
  210 368 8923
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Office address:
  6 Themistokleous Street, 6th floor, office 49
Office hours:
  Thursday 17:00-18:00


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ioannis A. Tassopoulos is Professor of Public Law at the University of Athens, Greece, (Department of Political Science and Public Administration). He holds his LL.B from the University of Athens (1986, High Honors); LL.M (1987) and S.J.D. (1989) from Duke University School of Law. His fields of interest are constitutional law, theory and history; jurisprudence; and political philosophy. He is particularly interested in contemporary applications of Adam Smith’s theory of impartiality.

His publications include five monographs, among them: “Popular Sovereignty and the Challenge of Impartiality,” (Athens 2014, Kritiki, p. 656, in Greek); his doctoral dissertation “The Constitutional Problem of Subversive Advocacy in the United States of America and Greece,” (Athens-Komotini 1993, Ant. Sakkoulas Publishers, Publications of the Hellenic Institute of International and Foreign Law, p. 288);  and more than 50 articles in Greek, English and French.

He is member of the board of the Centre for European Constitutional Law – Themistocles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation, in Athens.

Representative Publications

  • Adam Smith’s Bipolar Approach to Law, The Adam Smith Review v. 7, 2014, p. 114-129.
  • On the Jacobin Dimension of Greek Constitutional Tradition, in Anna Triandafyllidou, Ruby Gropas, Hara Kouki (eds), The Greek Crisis and European Modernity, Palgrave, 2013, p. 59-88.
  • The Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Greek Constitution (with Xenophon Contiades), in X. Contiades (ed.), Constitutions in the Global Financial Crisis, Ashgate, Surrey, 2013, p. 195-218.
  • Constitutional Change in Greece (with Xenophon Contiades), in X. Contiades (ed.), Engineering Constitutional Change, Routledge, London, 2013, p. 151-177.
  • The Formation of the Rule of Law in the Balkans, in Vim Van Meurs, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (eds.), Ottomans into Europeans, Hurst, London, 2010, p. 153-177
  • Le contrat et le problème de la civilité juridique chez Adam Smith, in Gregory Lewkowicz, Repenser Le Contrat, Dalloz , Paris, 2009, p.55-68.
  • Between Engagement and Disengagement: Two Concepts of Civility, in E. Christodoulidis and S. Tierney (eds), Public Law and Politics: The Scope and Limits of Constitutionalism, Ashgate, Hampshire, 2008, p. 189-203.
  • The Experiment of Inclusive Constitutionalism, in Pashalis Kitromilidis (ed.), Eleftherios Venizelos, The Trials of Statemanship, Edinburgh UP, Edinburgh, 2006, p. 251-272.
  • New Trends in Greek Contemporary Constitutional Theory: A Comment on the Interplay between Reason and Will, Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, v. 10, 1999, p. 223-247.