Melissaris, Emmanuel

Dr Emmanuel Melissaris  


Position held

Associate Professor in Law


Experience keywords:

criminal law theory; legal philosophy and sociology

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Emmanuel’s research is in the area of legal philosophy and sociology as well as criminal law theory. He is currently working on a project on legal pluralism and on the justification of offences against property.

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Greek [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

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+44 (0)20 7955 7257



Melissaris, Emmanuel (2017) Non-citizens as subjects of the criminal law LSE Law, Society and Economy Working Papers, London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Law, London, UK.

Melissaris, Emmanuel (2017) On solidarity LSE Law, Society and Economy Working Papers, 10.2139/ssrn.2980766. London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Law, London, UK.


Melissaris, Emmanuel (2016) Trying the dead Forum for European Philosophy Blog (8 Feb 2016) blog


Melissaris, Emmanuel (2015) The Golden Dawn trial is a legitimate criminal case, not political persecution LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (6 May 2015) Blog entry

Melissaris, Emmanuel (2015) Why Syriza might be up to the task of tackling corruption in Greece LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (9 Feb 2015) Blog entry

Melissaris, Emmanuel (2015) The Greek referendum was a clear break with the past that could pave the way forward for Europe LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (7 Jul 2015) Blog entry

Melissaris, Emmanuel (2015) Posthumous ‘punishment’: what may be done about criminal wrongs after the wrongdoer’s death? Criminal Law and Philosophy, online. 1-17. ISSN 1871-9791


Melissaris, Emmanuel (2014) Theories of crime and punishment In: Dubber, Markus D. and Hörnle, Tatjana, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law. Oxford Handbooks in Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199673599

Melissaris, Emmanuel (2014) A sense of law: on shared normative experiences In: Donlan, Seán Patrick and Heckendorn Urscheler, Lukas, (eds.) Concepts of Law: Comparative, Jurisprudential, and Social Science Perspectives. Juris Diversitas. Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, UK, 109-122. ISBN 9781409455264


Melissaris, Emmanuel (2012) A social and legal theory of re-enchantment: interpretivism, argumentation and the law Constellations, 19 (4). 609-623. ISSN 1351-0487

Melissaris, Emmanuel (2012) How may race have been implicated in the Rochdale "grooming case"? British Politics and Policy at LSE (15 May 2012) Blog entry

Melissaris, Emmanuel (2012) Property offences as crimes of injustice Criminal Law and Philosophy, 6 (2). 149-166. ISSN 1871-9791

Penner, James E. and Melissaris, Emmanuel (2012) McCoubrey & White's textbook on jurisprudence 5th, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199584345

Melissaris, Emmanuel (2012) Toward a political theory of criminal law: a critical Rawlsian account New Criminal Law Review, 15 (1). 122-155. ISSN 1933-4206


Melissaris, Emmanuel (2011) The conditions of normativity of liberal criminal law In: Brozek, Bartosz and Stelmach, Jerzy, (eds.) The Normativity of Law. Studies in the philosophy of law (6). Copernicus Center Press, Krakow, Poland, 151-166. ISBN 9788362259168

Melissaris, Emmanuel (2011) We should be cautious about televising trials as they would do little to bolster public faith in the judicial system and provide for open justice: alternative solutions should be sought British Politics and Policy at LSE (20 Jun 2011) Blog entry


Melissaris, Emmanuel (2010) The Big Society is an illiberal concept that promotes subjective moral beliefs and threatens to entrench private interests in public life British Politics and Policy at LSE (15 Dec 2010) Blog entry


Melissaris, Emmanuel (2009) Ubiquitous law: legal theory and the space for legal pluralism Law, justice and power. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK. ISBN 9780754625421


Melissaris, Emmanuel (2008) Law and the possibility of discourse: introduction Social and Legal Studies, 17 (1). 93-95. ISSN 0964-6639


Melissaris, Emmanuel (2007) Diachronic universalization and the law In: Bankowski, Zenon and MacLean, James, (eds.) The Universal and the Particular in Legal Reasoning. The Edinburgh Centre for Law and Society series. Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, 129-142. ISBN 9780754625469

Melissaris, Emmanuel (2007) The concept of appropriation and the offence of theft Modern Law Review, 70 (4). 581-597. ISSN 0026-7961


Melissaris, Emmanuel (2005) The chronology of the legal Mcgill Law Journal, 50 (4). 839-861. ISSN 0024-9041

Melissaris, Emmanuel (2005) The limits of institutionalised legal discourse Ratio Juris, 18 (4). 464-483. ISSN 0952-1917


Melissaris, Emmanuel (2004) Is common law irrational? The Weberian 'England problem' revisited Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 55 (4). 378-395. ISSN 0029-3105

Melissaris, Emmanuel (2004) The more the merrier? A new take on legal pluralism Social and Legal Studies, 13 (1). 57-79. ISSN 0964-6639

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With chapters dedicated to both key concepts and leading theorists, this text takes a wide-ranging look at jurisprudence and places central ideas in context.

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Emmanuel studied law in Athens and then obtained his MSc and PhD at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh. He taught at the University of Manchester and Keele University before joining the LSE in October 2005.

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