Brief Bio

Philomila Tsoukala is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown Law. Her research interests focus on the comparative position of family law in the political economy of western liberal states, with a special emphasis on the gendered character of the legal regulation of the family and the market. Her most recent article “Marrying Family Law to the Nation” published in the American Journal of Comparative Law uses legal historical insights from the nation-building stage of European history to analyze the contemporary debates over the harmonization of family law in Europe. She is co-editor of the forthcoming new edition of Professor Judy Areen’s Family Law casebook. She teaches Family Law I, European Union Law, Legal Justice, and a seminar on the legal regulation of the Family and the Market. Previously Professor Tsoukala was a Visiting Associate Professor at GULC, a Visiting Assistant Professor (Emerging Scholars Program) at the University of Texas School of Law (Emerging Scholars Program), and a Byse Fellow at Harvard Law School. She has a SJD from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree from Paris II, Panthéon-Assas, and a LLB from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Recent Scholarship


Philomila Tsoukala, Judith Areen & Marc Spindelman, Family Law: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press/Thomson Reuters 6th ed. 2012).    [ BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Philomila Tsoukala, Euro Zone Crisis Management and the New Social Europe, 20 Colum. J. Eur. L. 31-76 (2013).

Philomila Tsoukala, Narratives of the European Crisis and the Future of (Social) Europe, 48 Texas Int’l L.J. 241-267 (2013).

Philomila Tsoukala, Marrying Family Law to the Nation, 58 Am. J. Comp. L. 873-910 (2010).

Philomila Tsoukala, Reading A Poem is Being Written: A Tribute to Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 33 Harv. J.L. & Gender 339-347 (2010).

Courses taught at CTLS

  • Comparative Equality Rights in the Family and the Market (Fall 2014)
  • Core Course: Introduction to Transnational Law (Spring 2015)
  • European Law and Policy in Crisis (Fall 2014)