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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.Dr Koutras holds a Bachelors in political science achieved at the University of Crete and a Masters in science of information which was achieved at the Ionian University. In addition, he holds a PhD in Political Science (Ionian University, Greece) and a PhD degree in Law (Macquarie University, Australia). He was awarded full scholarship for his second PhD research fellowship from Macquarie University and also received the Macquarie University Postgraduate Research scholarship. Additionally, Nikos was awarded an Erasmus International scholarship for research visit at the University of Trento (Faculty of Law) and a research grant from the University of Antwerp for ACTORE short research visit. Recently, he was awarded another research grant from the Research Council of the University of Antwerp for a small research project which complemented his postdoctoral research project. He is an expert in European Union law, copyright law and governance, knowledge governance, and more specifically in open access and open science.

His research interest is aligned with multilevel governance and public decision-making. 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., (2019), Building Equitable Access to Knowledge Through Open Access Repositories., Hershey, PA, IGI Global, DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1131-2.

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., (2019), 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., (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., (2018), The Governance Framework of Open Access Repositories in Greece. Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 16(2), Article no. 9.
  • Koutras, N., (2017), Open Access: A Means for Social Justice and Greater Social Cohesion. Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 16(1), 104-134.
  • 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., (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), Copyright as property right: its historical evolution. Intellectual Property Forum, 104(Mar-16), 21-31.
  • 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.
  • 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., (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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