My doctoral project was published as a monograph by a world’s leading publisher in 2011 (The Cyprus issue: The four freedoms in a (member -) state under siege). The monograph has been characterised as ‘an indispensable piece of literature for anybody interested’ in the interrelationship between the EU and an age-old international conflict. At the moment, I am finalising my second monograph (Territorial Pluralism in Europe: Vertical separation of powers in the EU and its Member States (Oxford, Hart Publishing, forthcoming in 2017)). This is the end result of my participation in the prestigious European and National Constitutional law project (EuNaCon) which was funded by the European Research Council. It will be one of the rare published works concerning comparative federalism in Europe and the interrelationship of vertically divided constitutional orders. I have also co-edited a volume on EU's Accession to the ECHR.
1. Territorial Pluralism in Europe: Vertical Separation of Powers in the EU and its Member States (Bloomsbury, forthcoming in 2017)
Governmental powers can be apportioned vertically at different levels. Five levels of vertical government are distinguishable, moving from purely local to the truly global: (1) local, ie municipal or citywide; (2) substate-regional (3) State; (4) supranational, eg the European Union; (5) and arguably global eg the WTO and the UN. This book focuses on levels (2) (3) and (4). It intends to analyse the interaction of the constitutional and political orders of EU Member States that exhibit varying degrees of territorial pluralism, their sub-state entities and the supranational organisation to which they belong. It does so by comparing the division of competences for internal policies but also for external affairs, the various models of fiscal federalism and the different systems for the effective protection of individual and collective rights within various European multi-level constitutional orders. Following a functional method of comparative constitutional law, on which the ERC-funded European and National Constitutional law project is based, the current book provides for an important study of the application of the federal principle within the European constitutional space.
2. The EU Accession to the ECHR (editorship with V Kosta and VP Tzevelekos) (Hart Publishing, 2014)
This book seeks to understand how relations between the two organisations are likely to evolve after EU's accession to the ECHR, and whether this new model will bring more coherence in European human rights protection. The book analyses from several different, yet interconnected, points of view and relevant practice the draft Accession Agreement, shedding light on future developments in the ECHR and beyond. Contributions in the book span classic public international law, EU law and the law of the ECHR, and are written by a mix of legal and non-legal experts from academia and practice.
You can download the introduction to the book from here.
3. The Cyprus Issue: The Four Freedoms in a (Member-) State under Siege (Hart Publishing, 2011)
This is a book on the interrelationship of the EU legal order and the Cyprus issue. The book addresses a question which is of great significance for the legal order of the EU (as well as for Cypriots, Turks and Greeks), namely how the Union deals with the de facto division of the island.
Despite the partial normalisation of relations between the two ethno-religious groups on the island, Cyprus' accession to the EU has not led to its reunification, nor to the restoration of human rights, nor a complete end to the political and economic isolation of the Turkish Cypriot community. Ironically enough, the accession of the island to the EU actually added a new dimension to the division of the island. According to Protocol 10 on Cyprus to the Act of Accession 2003, the Republic of Cyprus joined the Union with its entire territory. However, due to the fact that its Government cannot exercise effective control over the whole island, pending a settlement, the application of the acquis is 'suspended in those areas of the Republic of Cyprus in which the Government of the Republic of Cyprus does not have effective control.'
Given this unprecedented (for an EU Member State) situation of not controlling part of its territory, the book analyses the limits of the suspension of the Union acquis in the areas north of the Green Line. In other words, the telos of this particularly challenging research is to map the partial application of Union law in an area where there are two competing claims of authority.