Dr Georgia Antonopoulou

Birmingham Law School
Assistant Professor

Georgia Antonopoulou researches and teaches international commercial dispute resolution and private international law. Georgia is a PhD Candidate at Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam. In her PhD research, which is part of a broader project funded by the European Research Council, Georgia focuses on international commercial courts in Europe and in Asia. She explores how these recently established courts attempt to gain a foothold in international commercial dispute resolution by attracting cases and effectively competing with international commercial arbitration. Georgia is the current Module Leader for International Dispute Resolution.


  • LLM, University of Freiburg
  • LLM, National University of Athens
  • LLB, National University of Athens


Georgia joined Birmingham Law School in 2021 as a Lecturer in Law. She holds an LLB from the University of Athens, an LLM in Civil Procedure from the same university, and an LLM in German Law with a focus on Private International Law from the University of Freiburg. Georgia is a member of the Athens Bar since 2014 and has worked as an attorney at law specialising in insolvency law and debt recovery for several law firms in Athens. 

Georgia recently defended her PhD at Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her research focused on international commercial courts and their forum selling practices. It was part of a larger project on procedural innovations and access to justice led by Prof. Xandra Kramer and funded by the European Research Council. Georgia was a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute on Procedural Law in Luxembourg, and the Singapore Management University, School of Law. She has also worked as a teaching assistant in Research and Writing Skills at Erasmus School of Law and in International and European Law at the China-EU School of Law, China University of Political Science and Law.


  • International Dispute Resolution (Module Leader)

  • Contemporary Issues in International Law & Globalisation

  • Introduction to Legal Research

Postgraduate supervision

dispute resolution, private international law


Georgia's research interests lie in dispute resolution and private international law. During her PhD research, she focused on international commercial courts both in Europe and in Asia. Based on interviews conducted in the Netherlands and Singapore, she examined how international commercial courts make themselves more attractive to prospective litigants by engaging in forum selling and forum marketing. Georgia recently received a grant from the Socio-Legal Studies Association. In this research project, she examines the role of foreign judges in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts and their relationship to the local communities. 

More broadly, Georgia is interested in the growing convergence of public and private dispute resolution methods, the link between justice and economic reforms as well as sports arbitration. 


Recent publications


Antonopoulou, G 2023, 'The 'Arbitralization' of Courts: The Role of International Commercial Arbitration in the Establishment and the Procedural Design of International Commercial Courts', Journal of International Dispute Settlement, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 328-349. https://doi.org/10.1093/jnlids/idad007

Antonopoulou, G 2019, 'Code-Sharing Agreements under the Brussels Ibis Regulation and the Notion of 'Matters Relating to a Contract'', Journal of European Consumer and Market Law, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 89.

Antonopoulou, G 2019, 'Requirements Upon Agreements in Favour of the NCC and the German Chambers - Clashing with the Brussels Ibis Regulation?', Erasmus Law Review, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 56.

Antonopoulou, G 2018, 'Defining International Disputes - Reflections on the Netherlands Commercial Court Proposal', Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht, vol. 2018, no. 4, pp. 740.


Antonopoulou, G 2022, Procedure before international commercial and ordinary courts: a comparative perspective. in S Brekoulakis & G Dimitropoulos (eds), International commercial courts: the future of transnational adjudication. Cambridge University Press.

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Civil procedure, international commercial arbitration, private international law

Languages and other information

English, German, Greek


  • European civil procedure

Policy experience

  • X. Kramer, A. Ontanu and Michiel de Rooij, The Application of the Brussels I (Recast) in the Legal Practice of EU Member States, Synthesis Report, Co-funded by the EU Justice Programme, Conducted the interviews with participants in German