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Kyriaki Topidi, PhD

Lecturer/Senior Researcher
Assistant Director Center for Comparative
Constitutional Law and Religion


Kyriaki Topidi holds a Maîtrise en Droit from the Robert Schuman Faculty of Law in Strasbourg, an MA in International Studies from the University of Birmingham (U.K.) and a PhD in European Studies from Queen’s University Belfast (U.K.). She has undertaken extensive research in the areas of minority rights, EU law and public international law. She has also participated to a significant numbers of international conferences on various topics and has published widely on these topics.

Previous working experience includes positions held at the European Parliament in Brussels, at research centres and NGOs in Germany and Greece as well as at the American University of Athens, as ILEX course leader.

Her teaching experience covers primarily European public law, human rights law as well as EU law. She is currently teaching comparative law classes.

She has participated in and managed a number of research projects on EU enlargement, minority protection as well as on comparative constitutional law. She has recently acted as an expert for the European Parliament on these issues.

She joined the University of Lucerne in November 2006.



  1. Monographien
  2. Aufsätze in Zeitschriften
  3. Aufsätze in Sammelbänden
  4. Beiträge in virtuellen Medien
  5. Rezensionen


  • Transnational Legal Processes and Human Rights, Ashgate, 2013 [together with Lauren Fielder].

  • Constitutional Evolution in Central and Eastern Europe: Expansion and Integration in the EU, Ashgate, 2011 [together with Alexander H.E. Morawa].

  • EU Law, Minorities and Enlargement, Monograph, Intersentia, 2010.

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Aufsätze in Zeitschriften

  • ‘Are the Copenhagen Criteria Undermined by the Lisbon Treaty?’, European Yearbook of Minority Issues, Vol.10, forthcoming, 2012.

  • ‘Minority Rights Protection & the Challenge of EU Membership: The case of Romania’, Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, Issue 5(2), December 2006.

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Aufsätze in Sammelbänden

  • ‘Religion and the Constitutional Order in the Orbit of the European Union: De-Constructing State Neutrality in Germany and Turkey’ in Anwar Alam (ed.), Negotiating and Accommodating Religious Identity in the Public Arena: Comparing Indian and European Experiences [working title], Oxford University Press, South Asia, forthcoming, New Delhi.

  • ‘Introduction’ [together with Lauren Fielder], in Kyriaki Topidi and Lauren Fielder (eds.),Transnational Legal Processes and Human Rights, pp.1-16, Ashgate, 2013.

  • ‘Exercising Religious Rights in the European Classrooms: Value Conflicts between the National , the Supranational and the Transnational ’, in Kyriaki Topidi and Lauren Fielder (eds.), Transnational Legal Processes and Human Rights, pp.193-214, Ashgate, 2013.

  • ‘Public Education and Religious Rights: Possibilities and Impossibilities’, in Mannhart et al.(eds.), Recht und der Weg in die Zukunft, Schultess, 2012, pp.205-218.

  • ‘Religious Diversity in Public Education: A Comparative European Perspective’, in Cornelia Roux (ed.), Safe Spaces: Human Rights Education in Diverse Contexts, Sense Publishers, 2012, pp.109-128.

  • ‘Minority Issues in Europe and the EU experience with enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe’, 5th Warsaw Seminar on Human Rights, KONTRAST, Warsaw, pp.85-95, 2012.

  • ‘EU Constitutionalization in Turkey: Exchanging visions and values on tolerance and diversity’, in Baillet and Aas (eds.), Cosmopolitan Justice and its Discontents, Routledge, 2011, at pp.91-115.

  • "EU Constitutionalism after Enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe: An exercise in constitutional ‘translation’?" in Kyriaki Topidi & Alexander H.E. Morawa (eds.), Constitutional Evolution in Central and Eastern Europe: Expansion and Integration in
    the EU, Ashgate, 2011, pp.65-85.

  • ‘Constitutional Transition in Central and Eastern Europe’, [together with Alexander Morawa], in Kyriaki Topidi & Alexander H.E. Morawa (eds.), Constitutional Evolution in Central and Eastern Europe:
    Expansion and Integration in the EU, Ashgate, 2011, pp.1-10

  • ‘Unaccompanied minors and the right to family unification: The Iraqi experience – A comparative study of IHL and HRL’, in Quenivet and Arnold (eds.) International Humanitarian law and human rights law: Towards a new merger in international law, Brill Publishers, 2008.

  • ‘Minority Protection & EU Membership in the Baltic States: Myths & Reality’, in Kasekamp and Päabo (eds.) Promoting Democratic Values in the Enlarging Europe: The Changing Role of the Baltic States from Importers to Exporters, Tartu University Press, 2006, at pp.28-39.

  • ‘European Union standards and mechanisms for the protection of minorities and the prevention of discrimination’ in Morawa (ed.) Handbook on the Implementation of Minority Rights, Council of Europe Publishing, 2005, pp.183-202.

  • ‘Articles 24-26 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities’, in Weller (ed.), The Rights of Minorities in Europe: A Commentary on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities , Oxford University Press, 2005, pp.571-588.

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Beiträge in virtuellen Medien

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  • Human Rights and Minority Rights in the European Union – by Kirsten Shoraka (Abingdon: Routledge, 2010) –Book Review, European Law Review, Vol.36, No.5, October 2011, pp.756-758.

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  • Contact:
    • Kyriaki Topidi
    • University of Lucerne
    • School of Law
      Frohburgstrasse 3
      P.O. Box 4466
      CH-6002 Lucerne, Switzerland
    • +41 (0)41 229 54 45
    • +41 (0)41 229 53 97