UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Helen Xanthaki

Prof Helen Xanthaki

Professor (Teaching)

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Jan 2016

Research summary

Helen came to UCL having served for 18 years at the IALS as the Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies. She was the first UK Professor in Law and Legislative Drafting. Helen is one of the top experts in legislation, legislative drafting, legislative quality in the UK, the Commonwealth and the UK. She is the author of the 5th edition of Thornton's Legislative Drafting, the leading manual for drafting practitioners, and of Drafting Legislation: Art and Technology of Rules and Regulation, the leading academic reference book in legislative drafting. She is a consultant to governments, international and regional organisations both as a trainer and a drafter. She is now focusing on EU legislative quality. She is President of the International Association for Legislation, a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the IALS, and a Visiting Professor at QMUL.

Teaching summary

Legislative Drafting; EU; Public; Comparative Law and Methods

Pedagogical approach: Cross-fertilisation between research and education by enhancing the curriculum with latest research outputs, and informing research via research questions arising in teaching and lecturing (connected curriculum)

Leadership in education -selected indicators: Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy; Senior Fellow, Mentor, and Assessor, UCL Arena; Fellow, Centre for Distance Education; External Examiner and Assessor to Greek Universities; PGT (Brunel); Universities of Manchester, Westminster, Malta; King’s Inns Dublin


University of London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma of Law |
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow | 2017
University of Durham
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2000
University of Durham
Other higher degree, Master of Laws | 1994
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Ptychion | 1990


Helen is the author of Thornton's Legislative Drafting (5th ed), the leading manual for drafters, and of Drafting Legislation: Art and Technology of Rules and Regulation, the main reference book in legislative studies. She is Senior Associate Research Fellow, IALS; Associate of the Centre for European Constitutional Law (Athens), the European Academy for Legislation (The Hague, until 2012), the Centre for Research in Language and Law, Napoli; Member of the Advisory Board of  Kimble Centre for Legal Drafting (Colley Law School, USA), the Centre for Legislation, LeTrobe (Austr), and the Legal Issues Centre at Otago (NZ); Visiting Fellow, University of Leiden; Guest Professor at Pisa, the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, the European Institute for Public Administration, Luxembourg, Ratzynger University, Israel; Member of the Editorial Board of EJLR, TPLeg, NovaLogos, and Hart series on EU Criminal Law; and President of the International Association for Legislation