Top of page
Global Site Navigation

School of Business and Law

Local Section Navigation
You are here: Main Content

Dr Nikos Koutras


Staff Member Details
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2.317  

Dr Nikos Koutras is a Lecturer in the School of Business and Law.

Key Research Areas

  • Intellectual Property Law;
  • Copyright law;
  • Open science;
  • Open access governance
  • Green open access practice


Nikos obtained a PhD in Law from Macquarie University (Australia) in April 2018 and a PhD in Political Sciences from Ionian University (Greece) in March 2015. During his first PhD at Ionian University, he was a part time research fellow in the School of Information and Informatics where he worked on a research project related to the open access repository of the Ionian University library and its operation framework. During his PhD at Macquarie University he worked as part time research fellow with Dr Aashish Srivastava, School of Business and Law at Monash University on a research project regarding the Consumers Right Directive 2011/83/EU. Since completion of his PhD in Law, Nikos held post-doctoral positions at the Faculty of Law of University of Trento (Italy) and the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp (Belgium), respectively, conducting research on open science, governance and the implications to copyright regulations in the European Union. He has also supervised eight research scholars for their master’s dissertation on topics related to intellectual property law. Nikos has over 10 years of experience in conducting research in the fields of policy and law. He was working as Postdoctoral researcher on the copyright law and open access governance involved in Belgium and Visiting Professor on European Union Law for the master’s program (i.e. LLM) offered from the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp (2017-2019).

Theme Four: Securing Digital Futures; Intellectual Property Law, Copyright Law, Governance, Political Science, Open Science

2019 - Guest editor, International Journal of Technology Policy and Law, Special Issue on the 8th ICIL Conference

2019 - Guest editor, Erasmus Law Review Journal, Special Issue on the 8th ICIL Conference

2018 - Head of the Organizing Committee, 8th ICIL Conference

2017 - Senior Consultant, ACTORE Workshop ‘The role of European and International Courts and their Interactions with  Other Organizations in Judicial Governance’, Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp

2017 - Co-director of the research layer ‘Multilevel and good governance’, Government and Law Research Group, Director of the research layer: Prof. Dr. Patricia Popelier, Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp

2016 - Assistant editor, International journal of Technology Policy & Law, Australia

2016 -  Member of Dunmore Lang College Student’s Conduct Committee

2016 -  Dunmore Lang College Harassment contact

2016 -  Dunmore Lang College Ambassador

2015 - The Dunmore Lang College Postgraduate and Honours award

2014 -  Summer Resident Adviser in Dunmore Lang College

2014 -  Member of Football Federation Australia as soccer player in Macquarie University team AA15

2014 - The Dunmore Lang College Postgraduate Student of the Year award

2014 - PhD scholarship awarded from Macquarie University

2011 - Graduation in Masters with high distinction award (3rd place)

  • Member of the Program Committee concerning the CEPE/IACAP Joint Conference 2021
  • Member of the Editorial Board of FIAT JUSTITIA: Jurnal Ilmu Hukum which is an international journal issued by the Law Faculty of Universitas Lampung ,Indonesia.
  • Vice-head of the research group titled ‘Information: History, Regulation and Culture’, Ionian University, Greece;
  • Associated member of the research group titled ‘Governance and Law’, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • French


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Law, Macquarie University, 2018.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, Greece, 2014.
  • Master of Science of Information, Greece, 2010.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Koutras, N., Papadopoulos, M. (2021). Copyright through the prism of law and economics movement: a Scientific Approach. Publishing Research Quarterly, 37(4), 18p..
  • Koutras, N. (2021). The European Union’s digital copyright law review: valuable merits through public participation. Western Australian Student Law Review, 5(1), 33-57.

Book Chapters

  • Bouchagiar, G., Koutras, N. (2020). Current Data Protection Regulations and Case Law in Greece: Cash as Personal Data, Lengthy Procedures and Technologies Subjected to Courts. Data Protection Around the World: Privacy Laws in Action (83-126). T.M.C. Asser Press.

Journal Articles


Book Chapters

  • Koutras, N. (2019). Multilevel consultation procedures at the EU level and their contribution in copyright law making. Lawmaking in Multi-Level Settings: Legislative Challenges in Federal Systems and the European Union (219-240). Nomos.

Journal Articles

  • Koutras, N. (2019). The Evolving Role of Commercial Publishers and the Future of Open Access Repositories: The Potential of Corporate Social Responsibility. Publishing Research Quarterly, 35(3), 391-417.

Journal Articles

  • Koutras, N. (2018). The Governance Framework of Open Access Repositories in Greece. Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 16(2), Article no. 9.
  • Koutras, N. (2018). The Copyright Law Framework and Its Interaction with Open Access Repositories in Europe. Publishing Research Quarterly, 34(1), 32-53.

Journal Articles

  • Koutras, N. (2017). The desirability of open access as a means of publishing and disseminating information: Time to recast the relationship between commercial publishers and authors?. University of Western Australia Law Review, 41(2), 85-100.
  • Koutras, N. (2017). Open Access: A Means for Social Justice and Greater Social Cohesion. Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 16(1), 104-134.

Journal Articles

  • Araka, I., Koutras, N., Makridou, E. (2016). Freedom of teaching in Greek college education: the role of the OERs according to academia's perspective. International Journal of Technology Policy and Law, 2(2-4), 182-202.
  • Koutras, N. (2016). Copyright as property right: its historical evolution. Intellectual Property Forum, 104(Mar-16), 21-31.
  • Koutras, N. (2016). Open Access as a Means for Social Justice in the Context of Cultural Diversity in Europe. Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 15(1), 43-64.
  • Koutras, N. (2016). History of copyright, growth and conceptual analysis: copyright protection and emergence of open access. Intellectual Property Quarterly, 2016(2), 135-150.
  • Koutras, N. (2016). The concept of intellectual property: from Plato’s views to current copyright protection in the light of open access. Intellectual Property Forum, 106(Sep-2016), 43-53.
  • Koutras, N., Bottis, M. (2016). In search of one sole institutional repository in Greece: adventures and solutions for an integration of repositories towards bridging digital divide. American International Journal of Contemporary Research, 4(2), 119-124.

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

  • Koutras, N. (2014). Trends towards stronger data protection: The right to be forgotten in the European Union. European Scientific Journal, 10(10), 285-291.
  • Koutras, N. (2014). The Affiliation between State and Churches: the case study of Greece. Journal of Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Skoldowska Sectio K: Politologia, 21(1), 85-96.
Skip to top of page