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Prof Helen Xanthaki
Faculty of Laws
38-50 Bidborough Street
London
WC1H 9BT
Tel: +44 20 31088410
Appointment
  • Director, University of London International Postgraduate Laws Programme (LLM)
  • Faculty of Laws
  • UCL SLASH
  • Honorary Professor
  • Faculty of Laws
  • UCL SLASH
Biography

Helen came to UCL having served for 18 years at the IALS as the Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies. She was the first UK Professor in Law and Legislative Drafting. Helen is one of the top experts in legislation, legislative drafting, legislative quality in the UK, the Commonwealth and the UK. She is the author of the 5th edition of Thornton's Legislative Drafting, the leading manual for drafting practitioners, and of Drafting Legislation: Art and Technology of Rules and Regulation. She is a leading consultant to governments, international and regional organisations both as a trainer and a drafter. She is now focusing on EU legislative quality. She is President of the International Association for Legislation. 

Research Summary

Helen is the author of the 5th edition of Thornton's Legislative Drafting, the leading manual for drafting practitioners, and of Drafting Legislation: Art and Technology of Rules and Regulation. She recently edited Legislation in Europe: A Handbook for Scholars and Practitioners, with Professor Ulrich Karpen. She has published extensively in the UK, the EU and beyond in journals as diverse as Theory and Practice of Legislation, Statute Law Review, the European Journal of Law Reform, Common Market Law Review, Novalogos, the Hukim Journal of Legislation, the Korean Legal Research Institute Journal of Legislation and Evaluation and Studi parlamentari e di politica costituzionale,. Her work has been published in English, Greek, Italian, Hebrew, Thai and Korean. Her books have been reviewed in the UK, Greece, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and France. Helen is currently working on a book for Elgar on Better Legislation for the EU.

Teaching Summary

Helen is passionate with teaching. She believes that teaching forms the main focus of an academic career. She focuses on student experience and invites critical thinking. Helen teaches Legislation, Drafting, EU law.

Helen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Senior Fellow of UCL Arena, a Fellow of the University of London Centre for Distance Education, a mentor and assessor for UCL Arena.

Appointments
03-JAN-2016 Senior Associate Research Fellow IALS University of London, United Kingdom
03-JAN-2016 Director, International PGLaws Programmes, UoLondon Laws UCL, United Kingdom
2011 – 2016 Professor of Law and Legislativce Drafting IALS University of London, United Kingdom
2005 – 2011 SL IALS University of London, United Kingdom
1998 – 2005 Senior Research Fellow IALS University of London, United Kingdom
1993 – 1998 Lecturer Law Queen's Univesrity Belfast, United Kingdom
Academic Background
  Dip. Law Diploma of Law – Law by Area not elsewhere classified University of London
2000 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Laws University of Durham
1994 LLM Master of Laws – Law University of Durham
1990 PTYH Ptychion – Law National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
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