Dr Andreas Kotsakis

LLM (Nottingham), PhD (LSE), FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Law

School of Law

Andreas Kotsakis


Dr Andreas Kotsakis is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Oxford Brookes University. His primary areas of research are international and comparative environmental law, international development and the regulation of the extractive sector.

Dr Kotsakis received his PhD from the LSE, supported by a LSE Research Studentship. During this time, he also taught at LSE, SOAS and the University of Westminster. He received his LLM in Environmental Law from the University of Nottingham. His first law degree was in the civil law tradition, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Prior to his doctoral study, he interned as a policy analyst in international development and agricultural policy at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

He has occupied a number of departmental roles since arriving at Oxford Brookes University, including Programme Lead, LLM Subject Coordinator, Postgraduate Research Tutor and Erasmus Exchanges Coordinator.

Andreas Kotsakis

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught


  • Principles of International Law
  • Advanced Legal Research Methods
  • International Economic Law
  • War Law


  • Law, Environment and Society
  • Environmental Law


Andreas welcomes PhD proposals from prospective students interested in interdisciplinary research in environmental law, international law, law and development, critical legal theory with emphasis on the work of Michel Foucault or Felix Guattari, law and geography, and related fields.


  • Dr Laurin Correa Carranza, The Role of Regional Organisations in International Copyright Law (as Second Supervisor)

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Sanjana Karnik The regulation of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in warfare Active
Ryal Wun The Use of Force and Statehood Seeking Territories Active


Dr Kotsakis studies the ways institutions, societies and polities discover, frame and respond to environmental problems. He has published on topics related to biodiversity governance, energy regulation, sustainable development, and land governance. His approach is interdisciplinary, combining philosophical, geographical and historical perspectives and methods.

His book, The Use of Biodiversity in International Law: A Genealogy of Genetic Gold, is published by Routledge.

Research grants and awards

  • £1360 Co-Investigator, Socio-Legal Studies Association, Research Grant (2022).
  • £1670 Principal Investigator, Royal Society, Lisa Jardine History of Science Award (2019).


Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • The Gold Rush in Scotland: mining nuggets of legal consciousness (led by The Open University) (01/02/2022 - 31/01/2023), funded by: Socio-Legal Studies Association, funding amount received by Brookes: £0

Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies


Dr Kotsakis regularly presents his research at conferences in the UK and the US, including at the Socio-Legal Studies Association, the Law & Society Association and the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences annual meetings.

Further details

Full-text research papers can be found at: https://oxfordbrookes.academia.edu/AndreasKotsaki