MSc in Media & Refugee / Migration Flows

Ioannis Papadopoulos

COURSE:International, European and National Law on Refugees / Migration Flows
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Dr Ioannis Papadopoulos received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK. His research focuses on immigration detention; children’s rights; UNCRC; qualitative methods of analysis and crimmigration. He has participated in a plethora of international academic conferences; chaired panels; presented research papers; delivered lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as training sessions to practitioners working in the humanitarian sector and published his work in the area of criminology and human rights with emphasis placed on children’s rights in the migration context and detention in specific. He also acts as external reviewer for international peer reviewed journals focusing in the field of migration and refugee studies. In the past years, he has been collaborating extensively with International and Greek humanitarian organisations, providing legal support and counselling on asylum procedures and child protection matters to vulnerable migrant populations. He is co-chair of the European Society of Criminology (ESC) Working Group on ‘Qualitative Research Methodologies and Epistemologies (WG-QRME)'; member of the ESC Working Group on ‘Immigration, Crime and Citizenship’; member of the editorial board for 'The Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology’; member of the ‘Border Criminologies’, University of Oxford, UK, list of affiliated researchers; and member of the ‘Leiden Children’s Rights Observatory’, Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands.

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unaccompanied minors; immigration detention; children’s rights; UNCRC; qualitative research methods; crimmigration.

Recent publications:

  • Papadopoulos I (2022 - in press) Exploring the non-implementation of Art. 12 CRC in Greece; the case of unaccompanied minors in detention. ‘Contemporary societies in motion: pioneering qualitative research methods in the study of deviance and social control’ International Conference. National Centre of Social Research, Athens, Greece.
  • Papadopoulos I (2021) Case Note 2021/6 - The European Committee of Social Rights: International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) & European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) v. Greece - Placing protective custody for unaccompanied children at the forefront. Leiden Children's Rights Observatory - Universiteit Leiden
  • Papadopoulos I (2021) Examining the Status of Detained Migrant Unaccompanied Minors in the Greek Context. Crossing the threshold of a new era? Border Criminologies Blog - Oxford Law Faculty - Oxford, UK. Available at
  • Papadopoulos I and van Buggenhout M (2020) Giving voice to migrant children during reception and asylum procedures. Illustrations on the implementation of Art. 12 CRC in Greece and Belgium. Revista Española de Investigación Criminológica, 18(2): 1-23. Available at
  • Papadopoulos I (2020) How protective is custody for unaccompanied minors in Greece? Protecting children’s rights within detention. In Klaassen M, Rap S, Rodrigues P and Liefaard T (Eds.), Safeguarding Children’s Rights in Immigration Law (p. 179-194). Cambridge, Intersentia. Available at
  • Papadopoulos I and Pycroft A (2019) Detention as protective custody for Unaccompanied Migrant Minors: A social and legal policy overview of the Greek framework on conditions of detention, under the scope of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In Guzik-Makaruk EM and Pływaczewski EW (Eds.), Current Problems of the Penal Law and Criminology (p. 581-597). H. Beck, Warsaw. Available at


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