Stefanos Xenofontos

Stefanos Xenofontos

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details


  • LLB Law with a Year Abroad (Hons), University of Leicester, UK
  • French Legal Studies (Erasmus programme), University of Strasbourg, France
  • LLM Public International Law, University of Leicester, UK


I completed both my undergraduate and the first stage of my postgraduate studies at the University of Leicester, UK, where I was awarded my LLB Law with a Year Abroad in 2015, and then my LLM in Public International Law in 2016. As part of my undergraduate studies, I spent my Erasmus year at the University of Strasbourg, France, where I obtained a certificate of French Legal Studies.

During my Erasmus, I undertook a diplomatic internship at the Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Before joining the University of Birmingham for my PhD, I undertook a traineeship at the European Commission, in Brussels, in the Directorate-General for Trade (DG TRADE), as a Blue Book Trainee.

Previously, I held the positions of Secretary-General at the European Law Students' Association (ELSA) in the UK and National Legal Researcher for ELSA UK in an international project on freedom of expression and the protection of journalistic sources, which was later published by the Council of Europe.

Doctoral research

PhD title
The constitutionalisation of international law and the evolving nature of the ECtHR: Towards a European Constitutional Court for human rights?
Professor Fiona de Londras and Dr Natasa Mavronicola
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


My research project focuses on European human rights law and, in particular, the work of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), from an international and constitutional law perspective, seeking solutions to make the entire European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) system more effective. The thesis intends to make a clear link between the constitutionalisation process and the current challenges of the Convention system. The central research question that the thesis seeks to examine is whether the evolution of the ECtHR into a European Constitutional Court can be an alternative, definite and viable solution that can effectively tackle the ongoing challenges of the Convention system and ensure the future stability and integrity of the entire European human rights project.

My research is funded by the AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

Other activities

Other research interests:

  • International and Comparative Human Rights Law
  • Public International Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Legal Theory

Website profiles:


  • Stefanos Xenofontos, ‘Agamben’s State of Exception in Context: A Critical Analysis with regard to Post-9/11 Jurisprudence’ (2016) 4(1) Legal Issues Journal 113-128 
  • Stefanos Xenofontos, ‘Recent Developments in the Extraterritorial Scope of Application of the ECHR in the Aftermath of Jaloud v The Netherlands [2014]’ (2016) 4(2) Legal Issues Journal 120-126
  • Stefanos Xenofontos, 'The criteria for using electronic surveillance and anti-terrorism laws: Are the national law provisions accessible, precise, foreseeable and include clear legislative norms in the context of surveillance and anti-terrorism provisions?' in ELSA International (ed), Report on Freedom of Expression and the Protection of Journalistic Sources (Council of Europe 2016) (August 2016)