Mr Ioannis Klaras

Research project: Socio-Economic Rights and Resistance: Theory and Practice


My research is intended to examine what the relation is between resistance and SERs, how they interact and how they can be used to promote empowerment and help signal the end of oppression and injustice. For this purpose, an examination of the production and promotion of inequalities will be attempted, as well as the current position of SERs internationally. The second analysis will be towards identifying a theory of justice, which may serve as the moral and political background of SERs theory. Accordingly, an examination of the theory of resistance will be followed regarding questions like what it is aiming for, against what it is functioning and how it does it. Thirdly, an evaluation will be attempted on how the legal framework creates the space of action and how protects the status quo, ie the hegemonic ideology. Fourthly, paradigms of cooperation between SERs theory and the theory of resistance, which were successful in terms of countering and contesting the oppressive power, will be identified. Lastly, a way of cooperation and a potential set of actions that can be implemented will be discussed based on these paradigms.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Socio-Economic Rights and Resistance: Theory and Practice
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Philip Harris


I have studied law at the Democritus University of Thrace, which introduced me to the world of international law. I continued my journey as a trainee researcher at the 'Krateros Ioannou' research Institute for international Law and International Relations, where I made my first contribution to a textbook. Then I moved to Athens where I worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece and the Directorate of Scientific Supervision of the Hellenic Parliament. After that, I decided to continue my studies at the masters level in the University of Brighton where I studied International Law and Social Justice. Now, I am doing my interdisciplinary (politico-legal) PhD research in Kingston University. 

Areas of research interest

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Social Justice
  • Social Movements
  • Critical Legal Studies


Contributor of the following book "A Review of the Jurisprudence of the Permanent Court of International Justice", Series:International Law Textbooks, Direction of Series: K. Antonopoulos, Nomiki Bibliothiki Publications, 2019, p. 256ISBN: 978-960-622-708-0

Description: "This book is a guide to the jurisprudence of the PCIJ, including summaries of all its 29 judgments and 27advisory opinions, grouped by case and by chronological order and focusing on its most influential rulings regardingtreaty interpretation, responsibility of States, diplomatic protection, territorial disputes, mandated and trust territories,protection of minorities and procedural issues."I was a member of the research group whose research led to the compilation of summaries of the case-law of thePermanent Court of International Justice.