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Dr Haris Psarras LL.B, LL.M. (N.K.U.A.); MJur (Oxon); Ph.D. (Edin); Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Lecturer in Law

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Haris Psarras is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Southampton. Before joining Southampton Law School, Haris was Richard Fellingham Lecturer and Fellow in Law at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Earlier, he was Teaching Fellow in Legal Theory at Edinburgh Law School. Haris has written and taught in the areas of jurisprudence, tort, public law, and EU law. His research explores the moral underpinnings and the normative status of law in order to shed light on controversies over specific issues of legal doctrine and on values, institutions, and practices that are common across various legal systems. Further details on Haris's research and publications as well as on his teaching and further responsibilities at Southampton Law School can be found in the respective sections below.



Centre for Law, Policy and Society (CLPS)


Centre for Private and Commercial Law (CPCL)

Research interests

Haris conducts research in jurisprudence and in selected topics in tort law, public law, and EU public law, with an emphasis on the analysis of their philosophical foundations.

His current research focuses on:  the exercise and justification of authority in a legal system; the implications of authority and justice upon the ascription of remedial liability; and the intertwinement between authority and accountability.

In his publications and conference papers to date, Haris has discussed: overlaps and differences between the authority of a state legal system and the authority of supra-state law (notably, with regard to the reception of EU law in Member State legal systems); authority relations and other forms of law-governed interaction between organs of one or more legal systems; and demands of justice upon institutions of private law (such as the implications of corrective justice upon the duty of care in negligence law).

Haris is also interested in a parallel study of the concepts of authority and authorship in legal scholarship and in literary criticism. 


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Book Chapters


Philosophical Perspectives on the Common Law

Public Law (I): Foundations

The Law of Torts

Theories of Law and Justice



Dr Haris Psarras
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