Athanasios (Akis) Psygkas

Professor Akis PsygkasAthanasios (Akis) Psygkas is an Associate Professor at Western Law, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2021. His research and teaching interests include comparative public law, law of democracy, regulation and governance. His latest book, entitled From the ‘Democratic Deficit’ to a ‘Democratic Surplus’: Constructing Administrative Democracy in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2017), examines the impact of European Union law on the adoption of participatory regulatory processes at the member-state level. The book was the runner-up for the 2019 SLSA Theory and History Book Prize.

Akis received his J.S.D. degree from Yale Law School. He also holds an LL.B. and an LL.M. in Public Law and Political Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as an LL.M. from Yale Law School where he was a Fulbright scholar.

Prior to his appointment at Western University, Akis was a faculty member at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. He has held visiting positions at the Université Paris Dauphine-PSL (2022, 2023), the University of Milan-Bicocca (2022), the University of Toronto (2017-2018), the European University Institute in Florence (Max Weber Fellowship, 2013-2014) and the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris (Fox International Fellowship, 2010-2011). From January to July 2009, he was the Oscar M. Ruebhausen visiting research fellow at Yale Law School and was involved in the Comparative Administrative Law Initiative, where he has been managing the Comparative Administrative Law Blog since 2009.

Akis has published in the areas of comparative public law, policy and governance. He has advised international NGOs on these issues, and been invited to give talks in Canada, Europe, and the United States. He has received a University Research Fellowship and a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and sits on the editorial board of the German Law Journal. In 2022-23, Akis was named “Professor of the Year” by the Student Legal Society.

Seeking graduate students in the following areas: Canadian and Comparative Public Law, Law of Democracy

Academic Degrees:

J.S.D. (Yale), LL.M. (Yale), LL.M. (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), LL.B. (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

Phone: 519 661-2111 ext. 80038
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Research Highlights

‘The United Kingdom’s Statutory Constitution,’ 40 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 449–481 (2020).

‘Accountability,’ in Peter Cane, Herwig Hofmann, Eric Ip & Peter Lindseth (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Administrative Law (Oxford University Press, 2020) 443-466.

‘Accommodating legal pluralism and “pluralizing” the constitution: The example of the United Kingdom,’ in Guillaume Tusseau (ed.), Debating legal pluralism and constitutionalism: New trajectories for legal theory in the global age (Springer, 2020) 305-331.

‘The Hydraulics of Constitutional Claims: Multiplicity of Actors in Constitutional Interpretation,’ 69 University of Toronto Law Journal 211-247 (2019).

From the ‘Democratic Deficit’ to a ‘Democratic Surplus’: Constructing Administrative Democracy in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2017) 376pp.

‘The “Double Helix” of Process and Substance Review Before the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal: A Model Case or a Cautionary Tale for Specialist Courts?’ in Susan Rose-Ackerman, Peter Lindseth and Blake Emerson (eds.), Comparative Administrative Law, 2nd ed (Edward Elgar, 2017) 462-477.