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Dr Emily Kakoullis

Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2087 5082
3.12, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX


Dr Emily Julia Kakoullis (LLB (Kent), LLM (Maastricht), PhD (Bristol)) is a Lecturer in Human Rights Law at Cardiff School of Law and Politics. Emily specialises in International Disability Human Rights Law focusing on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Prior to taking up this role she was a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter working on the GW4 Project The ‘Delegalized Space’ & ‘DIY’ Family Justice .

Dr Kakoullis and Professor Johnson have recently co-edited Recognising human rights in different cultural contexts: the United Nations convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (2020).


Education and Qualifications

2015: PhD in Law, University of Bristol.
A Shift from Welfare to Rights: A Case Study of the Ratification Process for the Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities in Cyprus (Kakoullis, 2015).

2006: LLM in European Law, University of Maastricht.

2005: LLB in Law, University of Kent.

Professional memberships

Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA)

Member of the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR)





  • Kakoullis, E. and Ikehara, Y. 2018. Article 1 purpose. In: Bantekas, I., Stein, M. and Anastasiou, D. eds. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities A Commentary. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press



LLM Modules:

LLB Modules:


  • Supervision of LLM Dissertations

Research Interests:

  • International Disability Human Rights Law, focusing on the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD);
  • The interaction between the UN CRPD and domestic cultural contexts;
  • Participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities;
  • Monitoring mechanisms designed to serve persons with disabilities and the implementation of Article 16 - Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse (CRPD 2006).

Research Centres