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.
Teaching and supervision
- Law (LLB Law (Hons))
- Law - GDL (GradDip)
- LLM in Commercial Law and International Trade (LLM, PGDip)
- LLM in Human Rights Law (LLM, PGDip)
- LLM in International Law (LLM, PGDip, PGCert)
- 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)
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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).
Kotsakis A, 'Change and Subjectivity in International Environmental Law: The Micro-Politics of the Transformation of Biodiversity into Genetic Gold'
Transnational Environmental Law 3 (1) (2014) pp.127-147
ISSN: 2047-1025 eISSN: 2047-1033Abstract Published here
Kotsakis A, 'The regulation of the technical, environmental and health aspects of current exploratory shale gas extraction in the United Kingdom: initial lessons for the future of European Union energy policy'
Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 21 (3) (2012) pp.282-290
ISSN: 0962-8797Abstract Published here
Memberships of professional bodies
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
He is also member of:
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.