Dr Ilias Trispiotis

Dr Ilias Trispiotis


I am an Associate Professor in the School of Law. I hold a PhD and LLM (distinction) from University College London (UCL) Faculty of Laws, and an LLB from the University of Athens. Before joining Leeds I have been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and a Teaching Fellow at UCL Laws. Since March 2014 I have been a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.


  • Programme Leader LLM International Human Rights Law

Research interests

My research interests span the fields of international and European human rights law, equality law and legal theory. My recent work focuses on the aims, functions and scope of the legal prohibition of wrongful discrimination on grounds of religion or belief under the ECHR, and UK and EU equality law. I am currently working on a monograph which analyses the moral wrongness of religious discrimination and clarifies its function under human rights and discrimination law. My monograph (working title: The Wrong in Religious Discrimination: Ethical Independence and Human Rights Law) is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Other parts of my work have appeared as full-size articles in leading generalist and specialist academic journals, such as the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Modern Law Review, the Cambridge Law JournalLegal Studies, the Human Rights Law Review and the Columbia Journal of European Law.

Moreover, I currently work on a research project (with Dr Craig Purshouse) that focuses on the appropriate legal responses to ‘conversion therapy’. As ‘conversion therapy’ is not banned in the UK (nor is it banned in most European countries), I have been invited as an independent legal expert for the UK Government’s Equalities Office, Stonewall, OutRight International, the Ozanne Foundation and the British Psychological Society to advise on the scope and importance of legislative action in this area. My research has shaped the debate in the UK Parliament on this issue and has transformed the ways that key stakeholders, including policy makers and campaigners, define ‘conversion therapy’ and frame the main legal problems it presents. On two occasions in 2021 I have been invited by the UK Parliament to present my research on the ‘framework’ duty of the UK under Article 3 ECHR to protect individuals from ‘conversion therapy’. Specifically, in February 2021 I presented my work for the Petitions Committee of the UK Parliament; and in April 2021 I presented for a cross-party group of parliamentarians (from both Houses) in an event focusing on the potential tensions between a legal ban on ‘conversion therapy’ and religious freedom. Two full-size co-authored articles on this pressing yet underexplored legal problem are forthcoming in 2021 in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and Legal Studies.

Additionally, from 2017 to 2019 I was Co-Investigator in a major EU Commission DG Justice Action Grant (JUST/2015/RRAC/AG) on countering Islamophobia through the development of counter-narratives in several EU Member States. For this topical project I worked with sociologists, political scientists and journalists. I contributed towards a ‘Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit’ for EU Member States and disseminated our research findings in an impactful event in the EU Parliament, as well as in the edited collection ‘Countering Islamophobia in Europe’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2019).

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  • PhD (UCL)
  • LLM (UCL)
  • LLB (Athens)

Student education

I am currently teaching International Human Rights Law (LLB) and European Human Rights Law (LLM).

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Law and Social Justice

Current postgraduate researchers

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