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Vasileios Karagiannopoulos

Associate Professor in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity and Co-Director of the Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime, University of Portsmouth

Vasileios has graduated from Athens Law School and has completed an LLM in Information Technology Law and a PhD in Law at the University of Strathclyde Law School with distinction. Since 2014 he has been working at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth, where he is now an Associate Professor in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity and Co-Director of the Centre for Cybercrime and Economic Crime. Vasileios is also the Director of the Cybercrime Awareness Clinic, an innovation hub that has secured funding from Hampshire Constabulary, The National Cyber Security Centre, the EU Commission and Research Councils to work on various cybercrime awareness projects with vulnerable groups and organisations. Vasileios has published extensively in national and international journals and magazines in relation to cybercrime and information technology law and politics as well as Internet regulation, cyberawareness and participates regularly in national and international academic and practitioner conferences. Vasileios has won the National Cyber Award for Cyberawareness in 2020 and a High Commendation in 2022 for his Clinic work and was named Privacy Leader of the Year in Academia at the 2022 PICCASO awards. He is also a judge for the National Cyber Awards and the Women In GRC awards.


  • 2014–present
    Senior Lecturer in Law and Cybercrime, University of Portsmouth
  • 2009–2014
    Law Tutor, University of Strathclyde
  • 2013–2014
    Law Tutor, University of Edinburgh


  • 2013 
    PhD in Law, University of Strathclyde, School of Law
  • 2007 
    LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law, University of Strathclyde, School of Law
  • 2006 
    LLB (Hons) in Law, National and Kapodistrian University, Athens School of Law


  • 2018
    Living with Hacktivism: From Conflict to Symbiosis,
  • 2016
    Insider unauthorised use of authorised access: What are the alternatives to the Computer Misuse Act 1990?, International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice
  • 2014
    From Morris to Nosal: The history of exceeding authorization and the need for a change, John Marshall Journal of Information Technology & Privacy Law
  • 2012
    China and the Internet: Expanding on Lessig’s Regulation Nightmares, SCRIPTed
  • 2012
    The role of the Internet in political struggles: Lessons from Iran and Egypt, New Political Science Journal

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Offline and online Radicalisation Prevention Holding back Extremism and Upholding Security
    Principal investigator for partner
    Funding Source:
    Interreg 2 Seas
  • 2017
    Portsmouth Cybercrime Awareness Clinic
    Director/Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Hampshire Constabulary