Pinelopi Giosa

Accepting PhD Students

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.

Personal profile


Penelope Giosa is a Senior 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.

Penelope conducted research as Visiting Researcher at many prestigious higher education institutions, such as the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA, 2023), the Institute of European and Comparative Law (University of Oxford, 2022) and the Georgetown Law School (Washington D.C, United States of America, 2019). For her research project at Georgetown Law School,  the American Bar Association (ABA), Section of Antitrust Law awarded her a grant of $10,000 USD. 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:

Contract Law (undergraduate)

European Union Law (undergraduate/module leader)

International Competition Law (postgraduate/module leader)

In the past she also taught the following modules:

Commercial Law (undergraduate/module leader)

Commercial and Consumer Law (postgraduate)

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, Food Law and White-Collar crimes. In Competition Law, her focus is on bid rigging, private as well as public enforcement of competition law. She also takes a particular interest in state aid. In Public Procurement, her interests lie in the areas of bid rigging, corruption and sustainable food procurement. In Food Law, she is particularly interested in organic food legislation and the role of law in supporting agroecological transitions and ecological stewardship. As far as the white-collar crimes are concerned, corruption and fraud is what interests her the most. 

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) Is Green Public Procurement of organic/other environmentally friendly produced food possible? (For this project, Penelope was awarded the prestigious Themes Research and Innovation Fellowship/ "TRIF". Her mentors are Prof Steve Fletcher, Director of the Sustainability and the Environment Research Theme at the University of Portsmouth and Prof Lisa Jack, Professor of Accounting in the Faculty of Business and Law). 

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 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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