Pinelopi Giosa

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PhD projects

I welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants who are interested in doing PhD studies in a) Competition Law, b) Public Procurement, c) Economic Crime or d) the role of Competition Law/ Public Contracts in protecting the environment and in addressing the climate change.

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Personal profile


Penelope Giosa is a Lecturer in Law at Portsmouth Law School and Co-Convenor of the Researchers' Network at the University of Portsmouth, which is a vibrant and collegial community supporting academics at UoP. 

She organises and coordinates the Research Seminars of Portsmouth Law School and she is a member of the editorial team of Portsmouth Law Blog.

She is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Case Report Contributor for Greece & Cyprus in Oxford Competition Law (OCL). 


Penelope has an educational and professional background in both civil and common law systems. She had her undergraduate studies at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (LLB, Ptychion) and her postgraduate studies at the University College London (UCL) (LLM in International Business Law) and at the University of East Anglia (UEA) (LLM in International Commercial and Competition Law).

Her PhD studies in Competition and Public Procurement Law were fully funded by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and her PhD thesis on competition law and collusion in public procurement will be published by Routledge. 

She also holds a Diploma in Comparative Law (1st cycle) from the International Faculty of Comparative Law in Strasbourg and a Postgraduate Certificate in Management of Shipping Companies from National and Kapodestrian University of Athens.

In the past, she was Visiting Researcher at the Institute of European and Comparative Law (University of Oxford, 2022) and at Georgetown Law School (Washington D.C, United States of America, 2019), with a grant of $10,000 USD awarded by the American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Antitrust Law. In 2016, she also collaborated with the University of Cambridge, Department of Sociology, working as Research Assistant on DIGIWHIST, an EU Horizon 2020 funded project. 

Before joining academia, she was practising law in Greece and Cyprus. 

Teaching Responsibilities

Penelope currently teaches the following modules:

Commercial Law (Undergraduate/ Module Leader)

Contract Law (Undergraduate)

European Union Law (Undergraduate)

In the past she also taught the following modules:

Commercial and Consumer Law (postgraduate)

Competition Law (undergraduate)

Tort Law (undergraduate  and postgraduate)

Legal Project (Big Data and Competition Law in the Digital Era) 

Business and Employment Law

Research Interests

Penelope's general research interests are in the areas of Competition Law, Public Procurement Law and White-Collar crimes, with a particular focus on bid rigging, private and public enforcement of competition law. She also takes a particular interest in state aid and the role of law in sustainable development.

The research projects she is currently doing are the following: 

1) Post-Brexit State Aid and Sustainability (Co-Investigator with Prof Aris Georgopoulos, University of Nottingham. This project was funded by the University of Portsmouth). 

2) Sustainable Public Procurement for food in Higher Education (Principal Investigator. This project was funded by the Society of Legal Scholars/"SLS"). 

3) Enhancing the purchase of organic and other environmentally friendly food by consumers (Co-Investigator with Prof Lisa Jack, University of Portsmouth, Department of Accounting and Financial Management. For this project, Penelope was awarded the prestigious Themes Research and Innovation Fellowship/ "TRIF" and her mentor is Prof Steve Fletcher, Director of the Sustainability and the Environment Research Theme at the University of Portsmouth). 

She is also editing the book "Contemporary Economic Crimes" (forthcoming with Routledge, together with Ms Michala Meiselles from University of Derby and Professor Nicholas Ryder from Cardiff University). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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