Costas Douzinas

Chair of the Standing Committee of Defense and Foreign Affairs, MP

Costas Douzinas is Syriza MP for the Piraeus A constituency and Chair of the Standing Committee of Defence and Foreign Affairs. Costas is a Professor of Law and Philosophy, Founding Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck London University and member of the Greek Commission on Human Rights. Costas was the founder of the Birkbeck School of Law, and the School of Law of the University of Cyprus. He is the editor of the journal Law and Critique and managing editor of Birkbeck Law Press.

His many books, translated in twelve languages, include Postmodern Jurisprudence; The End of Human Rights; Nomos and Aesthetics; Human Rights and Empire; Critical Jurisprudence and Resistance and Philosophy in the Crisis and the volumes of essays Law and the Image; Adieu Derrida, The Idea of Communism, The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights Law and The Meaning of Rights. He is frequent contributor to the Guardian and OpenDemocracy and writes a fortnightly column entitled Philosophical and Political Current in the Athens Newspaper of Journalists. Costas has received many prizes and rewards for his work. His latest book and the first he wrote while being an MP, is entitled Syriza in Power (Polity, 2017).