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Prof Konstantinos Alexandris Polomarkakis is Professor of Law at Royal Holloway, University of London. He joined Royal Holloway from the University of Exeter, where he was Senior Lecturer in Law and co-director of the Centre for European Legal Studies. He is a Fellow of AdvanceHE.

Konstantinos's research interests centre on the impact of policy-making on the trajectory of labour and non-discrimination law, especially at the European level. A core strand of his research looks at the ways in which courts can step in the shoes of the legislator through their decision-making capacity in these areas. Moreover, his research also explores how non-discrimination law, coupled with the notions of equality, fairness and social justice, manifest themselves in the legal profession, and how they can influence the power relations between the various actors in the legal field. His published outputs discuss the foregoing by drawing on socio-legal and interdisciplinary perspectives. In spring 2022, he was a visiting fellow at PluriCourts, the Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo.  

Konstantinos's research has been published in a number of leading generalist and specialist journals, such as the Modern Law Review, Social & Legal Studies, European Law Open and European Journal of Risk Regulation. His monograph, provisionally titled 'The Judicial Making of Labour Law', is under contract with Oxford University Press and examines the conceptualisation of European labour law by the Court of Justice of the European Union.  

Currently, Konstantinos is involved in 2 externally-funded projects as Co-Investigator. The first, funded by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, sets out to explore the causes behind differential outcomes on the basis of ethnicity in professional legal services qualifications. The second project, funded by the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, focuses on investigating the links between UK agriculture and care visas and vulnerability to exploitation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

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