Philomila Tsoukala is a Professor of Law at Georgetown Law. Her research interests focus on the position of family law in the political economy of western liberal states, with a special emphasis on the gendered character of family and market regulation. She teaches in the areas of family law, European Union law and legal theory.

She has written extensively about the recent European crisis from the perspective of family regulation and welfare law, warning about the permanent transformation of the European Union through crisis management. Her 2015 article Household Regulation and European Integration: The Family Portrait of a Crisis, 63 Am. J. Comp. L. 747-799,won the Yntema Prize from the American Society of Comparative Law. She is co-editor, along with Professors Areen and Spindelman, of a major Family Law casebook. Professor Tsoukala has also written about the use of family law in the construction of national identities, critically engaging with recent projects of family law harmonization in Europe. In the past, her work has emphasized the importance of engaging with economic analyses of gender in order to properly understand gendered phenomena in the family and the market.

Professor Tsoukala was previously 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.



Judith C. Areen, Marc Spindelman, Philomila Tsoukala & Solangel Maldonado, Family Law: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: Foundation Press 7th ed. 2020 & Unabridged and Concise Supp. 2022-2023).
Judith C. Areen, Marc Spindelman, Philomila Tsoukala & Solangel Maldonado, Family Law: Cases and Materials (St. Paul, Minn.: Foundation Press Concise 7th ed. 2020 & Unabridged and Concise Supp. 2022-2023).

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

Philomila Tsoukala, Family Courts as Criminal Courts: A Story of Origins, JOTWELL, Jan. 8, 2019 (reviewing Elizabeth Katz, Criminal Law in Civil Guise: The Evolution of Family Courts and Support Laws, U. Chi. L. Rev. (forthcoming)).
Philomila Tsoukala, Punitive Courts and Shaky Science: The Case of the Floating Lungs Test in the Criminal Prosecution of Abortions, JOTWELL, Dec. 2, 2019 (reviewing Aziza Ahmed, Flocating Lungs: Forensic Science in Self-Induced Abortion Prosecutions (2019)).

Book Chapters & Collected Works

Philomila Tsoukala, Post-Crisis Economic and Social Policy: Some Thoughts on Structural Reforms 2.0., in EU Law in Populist Times: Crises and Prospects 67-90 (Francesca Bignami ed., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2020).
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