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Dr Nikos Koutras


Contact Information Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO2317
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Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO2317  


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


Dr Nikos Koutras is Lecturer in Law, School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. Nikos holds a PhD in Political Science (Ionian University, Greece), a PhD in Law (Macquarie University, Australia) and a Masters in the Science of Information (Ionian University, Greece). Prior to commencing at ECU, Nikos completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Antwerp, followed by an additional research project on Open Access and Implications on Copyright Governance supported by a research grant from the Research Council of the University of Antwerp. Nikos has also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Trento, Faculty of Law, supported by an Erasmus International scholarship.

Nikos is an expert in the field of knowledge governance, European Union law and copyright law, with a special emphasis on the development of public policy and regulatory frameworks to support open access and open science. His research interest addresses multilevel governance and public decision-making in the context of copyright law. It focuses on the role of multiplicity of public and private actors and instruments at different governance levels that play a role in decision-making in the area of copyright law and knowledge policy, in particular open access and open science. Nikos’ research also examines how the diversity of actors can contribute to effective, open and transparent decision-making, policies and processes.

Current Teaching

  • LAW2106 - Intellectual Property Law
  • LAW2605 - Security and Law
  • LAW5800 - Legal Research Thesis 1
  • LAW5801 - Legal Research Thesis 2

Professional Associations

  • 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


  • 2015 - The Dunmore Lang College Postgraduate and Honours award
  • 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)
  • 2005 - Graduation in Bachelors with distinction award (Upper 10%)


  • 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
  • 2014 -  Summer Resident Adviser in Dunmore Lang College
  • 2014 -  Member of Football Federation Australia as soccer player in Macquarie University team AA15

Research Areas and Interests

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Governance
  • Political Science
  • Open Science
  • Open Access Practice


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University, 2018.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, Greece, 2014.
  • Master of Science of Information, Greece, 2010.
  • Bachelor of Political Science, Greece, 2005.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Koutras, N., (2020), Building Equitable Access to Knowledge Through Open Access Repositories., Hershey, United States of America, IGI Global , DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1131-2.

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, Baden-Baden, Germany, 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, DOI: 10.1007/s12109-019-09644-w.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1007/s12109-018-9565-4.
  • Koutras, N., (2017), Open Access: A Means for Social Justice and Greater Social Cohesion. Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 16(1), 104-134.
  • 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., (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), 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., (2016), Copyright as property right: its historical evolution. Intellectual Property Forum, 104(Mar-16), 21-31.
  • Koutras, N., (2016), History of copyright, growth and conceptual analysis: copyright protection and emergence of open access. Intellectual Property Quarterly, 2016(2), 135-150.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1504/IJTPL.2016.077169.
  • 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.
  • Koutras, N., (2015), The Open Access in the Context of Globalizing World. Publishing Research Quarterly, 31(2), 132-141, DOI: 10.1007/s12109-015-9403-x.
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