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Dr Andreas Marcou

Lecturer in EU Law and Theory / LLB Deputy Course Leader

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PhD in Law, Queen Mary University of London, 2020

MA Legal and Political Theory, University College London, 2014

LLB in Law, Queen Mary University of London, 2013

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Legal Theory, EU Law

Employment Track

Lecturer in EU Law & Theory, School of Law, University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus), 2020 – present

Teaching Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, 2016-2020

Memberships (Academic/Professional)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Interests

My research interests are in legal and political theory and EU Law. I am particularly interested in theories of democracy and legitimacy at the national and the European level. I am also interested in questions of democratic authority, legitimacy, justified lawbreaking, and civil disobedience.

Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

  • LLB Deputy Course Leader
  • LLB Module Leader: Public Law, Land Law, Classical Foundations of Modern Law
  • LLB Module Team member: Mooting and Legal Debating
  • LLM Module Leader: EU Constitutional Law and Governance
  • LLM Modules Team member: Advanced Legal Systems, Dissertation

Administrative Roles

Present Roles

Project Manager for the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Rule of Law and European Values CRoLEV (Centre for the Rule of Law and European Values) (2022-2025). Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, Project Number: 101047752

  • Responsible for the organisation of CRoLEV events (summer school, research day)
  • Responsible for the creation and submission of various project deliverables (e.g., research outputs, reports). See for example,
  • Editor for the CRoLEV Working Paper Series

Researcher, PREPARED – Pro-active Pandemic Crisis Ethics and Integrity Framework, Coordination and Support Action (2022-2025). Funded by Horizon Europe  (through ICLAIM)

  • Participation in the ICLAIM team’s work packages, primarily working on fast‐track procedures during crises, and related policy briefs and policy opinions.

Researcher, Cyprus Ombudsman – Closed tender, EU Fundamental Rights Expert, (1/3/23-1/5/24)

  • Preparation of relevant reports

Editor for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Populism, (since 2021)

Past Positions

Research Fellow for the Jean Monnet Module EU-POP (2019-22), School of Law, UCLan Cyprus

Executive Director for Queen Mary’s ‘Centre for Law Democracy and Society’, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London

Selective Publications 

Andreas Marcou (forthcoming) ‘The Crisis of Liberal Democracy In Cyprus: Corruption, Democratic Ethos and Political Participation’ in The Crisis of Liberal Democracy: Diagnostics and Therapies (Bertrand Mathieu and George Katrougalos, eds) Intersentia

Andreas Marcou (2022) ‘Courts v. the will of the people: the judiciary, democracy, and the populist narrative’ (EU-POP JMMWP 4/2022)

Andreas Marcou (2021) ‘Violence, communication, and civil disobedience’, Jurisprudence, 12:4, 491-511,

Andreas Marcou (2020) ‘Obedience and Disobedience in Plato’s Crito and the Apology: Anticipating the Democratic Turn of Civil Disobedience’ Journal of Ethics

Andreas Marcou (2019) ‘Review Essay: A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should be Uncivil’, Modern Law Review

Eric Heinze and Andreas Marcou (equal co-author), (2016), ‘Review Essay: The Struggle for European Private Law. A Critique of Codification’, Journal of Comparative Law, Vol.10(1)

Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

September 2023            Presentation, ‘The struggle for European values: populism, democracy, and the rule of law’ UACES Conference 2023, Belfast, Northern Ireland

June 2022                      Presentation, ‘Illiberal democracy’ in Europe and populist threats to the rule of law’ UK-IVR Conference (hosted online)

November 2021            Invited Speaker, ‘Democracy, the rule of law, and the rise of populism: ‘illiberal democracy’ in Europe, Centre for Law, Democracy, and Society, Queen Mary University of London

March 2020                  Invited Speaker, ‘Civil Disobedience and Non-violence’, University of Portsmouth, Law School Research Seminar Series

November 2019            Invited speaker, ‘Non-violence and Civil Disobedience: Perspectives from Criminal Law’ Juris North Discussion Group

July 2019                      Invited speaker, ‘Moral justifications for civil disobedience: Limits of liberalism and the republican alternative’. Workshop on Legal Realism

September 2018            Presentation, ‘Obedience and Disobedience in Plato’s Crito and the Apology’ POLEMO Workshop at the Central European University, Hungary.

September 2018            Presentation, ‘A republican theory of justified disobedience: the example of Plato’s Crito’ MANCEPT Workshop on ‘Legitimate Injustice and Just Resistance’

Selective Research Funding/ Grant Capture

  • Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Rule of Law and European Values CRoLEV (Centre for the Rule of Law and European Values) (2022-2025). Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, Project Number: 101047752
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Funding for completion of PhD Law, Queen Mary University of London, 2015-2019
  • Centre for Law, Democracy, and Society Conference. Funding for conference on ‘Resisting Democratic Law: Circumstances, Methods, and Examples’ (August, 2019)


Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

  • ICLAIM Resident Expert on issues related to law, society, and values (2022 to present)
  • Member of the ASQAC (Academic Standards and Quality Assurance Committee) (2023 to present)

Past roles

  • Member of the RIC (Research and Innovation Committee) (2020-2023)