Mary Seeger O’Boyle Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2015-2016
Anna Tsiftsoglou received her PhD in Law from the University of Athens, Greece summa cum laude in 2014, with a doctoral thesis in comparative public law & policy. She studied Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (LL.B., 2005) and the University of California, Berkeley (LL.M., 2006). She is a qualified attorney-at-law and has practiced law in Greece since 2008. She has received honors or grants from the Hellenic Ministry of Education, the European Commission, the EUI in Florence, the Academy of Finland, as well as the Universities of California and New York. Anna Tsiftsoglou has published widely in public law, while in 2015 she published her first monograph Δημόσια Ασφάλεια και Ιδιωτικότητα (Public Security and Privacy, Sakkoulas Publications), a revised version of her doctoral dissertation.
I am working on the impact of the ongoing financial crisis on national democracies, in the cases of Greece and Cyprus. I am interested to see whether the crisis ultimately becomes a cause of constitutional change on crisis-hit states. Particularly, how economic emergency affects the role and decision-making powers of all state actors (the parliament, the executive and the courts), how it alters the foundational features of accountability and representation, how it empowers the executive and how the judiciary adapts – creatively or not - to the financial crisis. Moreover, I am interested in the supranational implications of the crisis. Ultimately, I aim to see whether a new kind of ‘emergency constitutionalism’ is developing and what its core elements are. To use this feature as a tool to assess future democratic challenges ahead.