Dr Konstantinos Stylianou

Dr Konstantinos Stylianou


I am an Associate Professor in Competition Law and Regulation focusing on digital markets, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, communications networks and high tech industries in general. 

Before joining the University of Leeds, I held a number of academic and professional positions including Legal Analyst at the Council of Europe (FR), where I worked on the then newly introduced Audio-Visual Media Services Directive; Fellow at the Center for Technology and Society at FGV Direito Rio (BR), where I was involved in the public consultation and drafting of the local net neutrality rules; and researcher at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard (US), the Federal Communications Commission (US), and the European Platform for Regulatory Authorities (FR).

More recently, I have been appointed to the Lawmaking Commission convened by the Greek government on the modernisation of competition law in Greece, served as a Special Scientific Advisor to the Hellenic Competition Commission, advised Saudi Arabia on fintech competitiveness, provided consultancy services Google and to numerous Internet start-up companies, and delivered training to judges and government officials on EU and US competition law and telecoms policy in the frame of programmes run by the EU, OECD, and Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. I also sit on the Advisory Board of the Internet Commission (UK) and on the Academic Advisory Board of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (BE).

My work and research have been funded by various organisations, governments, and companies. I am part of the team that won a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence award to study ‘Digital Governance’ (2019-23), together with Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL), and Bar-Ilan Univeristy (ISR). I have also received funding by the Swedish Competition Authority to lead an empirical study into the goals and purposes of competition law, together with Stockholm University (SE). This project was extended into a second phase funded through an ESRC IAA grant to develop the only publicly accessible database of all European Commission decisions on competition law (db-comp.eu).

Other sources of funding include a Facebook Research grant to lead an investigation into the evolution of Facebook’s content policies’ compliance with freedom of speech, a research grant by Brown University (US) to investigate network effects in cryptocurrency networks, and a grant by FGV (BR) to co-lead a project on human rights and online terms of service, whose results have been cited by the United Nations and the Council of Europe.

I have also been the recipient of numerous other awards, among others, by the Fulbright Foundation, the Onassis Foundation, the Swedish Network for European Legal Studies, the Koch Foundation, the Hellenic Scholarship Foundation, the Institute for European Education and Culture, and the Institute for Humane Studies.

Research publication details appear in the list below. I am currently writing a monograph on Blockchain Antitrust (Oxford University Press), which discusses how competition law applies in blockchain and cryptoasset markets. I have presented my research at over 60 conferences and events around the world and my work has been featured in a number of media outlets, including Forbes, Marketwatch (Dow Jones), Business Insider, Channel 4, EuroNews, Coindesk, Cointelegraph, Sputnik News, Heise Online, Huffington Post Brazil, The Conversation and others.

I also maintain an active network of collaborations around the world. I have been a Visiting Scientist at Brown University Department of Computer Science (US), a Visiting Researcher at TU Delft (NL), and a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Socio-legal Studies, University of Oxford (UK). I also sit on the Editorial Board of World Competition and the Editorial Team of Ledger, and I am a reviewer for numerous other publications including Industrial and Corporate Change, the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, and the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.

I hold an S.J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (US), an LL.M. from Harvard (US) and a Law Degree and LL.M. from Aristotle University (GR). I am a member of various centres and organisations, including the Centre for Financial Technology and Innovation at the University of Leeds, the Academic Society for Competition Law, the European Consortium on Political Research, and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Digital Governance.

Research interests


Areas I'm currently working on or are interested in include blockchain and cryptocurrencies, the nature/function of competition in digital markets, the choice between competition and regulation, and how markets are organised using blockchain.

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  • S.J.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • LL.M., Harvard University
  • LL.M., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • LL.B., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Professional memberships

  • Greek Bar Association
  • ECPR

Student education

I teach in the areas of competition law (european and international), regulation, European Union law, and legal research.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice

Current postgraduate researchers

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