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

Costas Douzinas is Professor of Law and Philosophy, Founding Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the editor of the journal Law and Critique and managing editor of Birkbeck Law Press.

Since 2015, Costas is Syriza MP for the Piraeus A’ constituency, the Chair of the Standing Committee on Defense and Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament, as well as member of the Standing Committee on European Affairs and of the Standing Committee on Educational Affairs. From October 2018 to February 2019, he was also member of the Committee for the Revision of the Constitution and the deputy rapporteur of the Constitutional draft.

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 (Efsyn). While being an MP, he also wrote and published a book entitled Syriza in Power (Polity, 2017). His latest book, entitled The Radical Philosophy of Rights, is coming out in 2019 (Routledge). Costas has received many prizes and rewards for his academic work.