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Maria Gavouneli

Associate Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

LL.B.(Athens, Honours); LL.M.(Cantab); Ph.D.(Cantab, Paul Guggenheim Prize)

Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

Associate, Hellenic Institute of International & Foreign Law

ORCID id: 0000-0002-4509-9513; SSRN: top 10% downloads in the past 12 months (consistently)

Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2018-2019 at the University of California Berkeley; Visiting professor and lecturer in several universities and research institutions in Greece and abroad, including the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), Tulane University (USA), the University of Edinburgh

Member of several academic organisations, including the British Institute of International & Comparative Law (visiting researcher in 2000); the American Society of International Law (co-chair of the Law of the Sea Interest Group – LOSIG, 2012-2015); the European Society of International Law (co-convenor of the Interest Group on the Law of the Sea – LAWSEA, 2014-2016, 2016-2018, 2018-2020); the Association internationale du droit de la mer (Assidmer); the International Law Association (President and founding member of the Hellenic Branch); the Hellenic Society of International Law & International Relations (Vice-chair); the Hellenic Arbitration Association.

ILA, Committee on international law and sea-level rise (2013-); Committee on the legal principles relating to climate change, member and co-author of the 2014 Washington Declaration on the legal principles relating to climate change (2010-2014); and co-rapporteur, Committee on transnational enforcement of environmental law (2005-2006). ILA Hellenic Branch, President, 2018-2020

Author of four monographs, including Pollution from offshore installations (Martinus Nijhoff 1995 – Prix Paul Guggenheim), State immunity and the rule of law (Athens 2001), Functional jurisdiction in the Law of the Sea (Martinus Nijhoff, 2007), Energy installations at sea (Nomiki Vivliothiki, 2016 – in Greek); editor of several volumes; several chapters in books and numerous articles; co-editor-in-chief: Yearbook of International Environmental Law (2015-2018); member of the board of several law journals.

Greek National Commission of Human Rights, President, 2019-2022; member of the European Coordination Committee (ECC), European Network of National Human Rights Institutions – ENNHRI; member of the Bureau, Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions – GANHRI.

European Commission, Expert Group on Corruption (2011-2015, 2015-2019).

OECD, Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, Vice-President (2005-2013), member of the Management Group (2014-) and lead examiner.

Council of Europe, Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO), Head of delegation (since 2006) and examiner.

UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), contact point for Greece (2007-2009), evaluator.

Greece, National Coordinator for combatting corruption, Advisory Body (2014-2015).

Delegate of the Hellenic Republic in the General Assembly of the United Nations (Third Committee); The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Chair and member in numerous committees of the Council of Europe, including the Steering Committee on Criminal Matters (CDPC), member of the Bureau (2007-2011); Steering Group of the Pan-European Platform on Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education – ETINED (2016-)

President of the Committee of Article 36 (CATS), Council of the European Union (Justice and Home Affairs) (2003 and 2014)

Delegate and negotiator in numerous bilateral and multilateral treaties, including treaties with the USA, the Russian Federation, Canada, the Ukraine, Mexico, Brazil, Iran and Armenia.

Advisor to the Hellenic Ministry of Justice, member of several legislative drafting committees.

Attorney-at-law, Athens Bar; Managing Partner, Gavouneli Micha Law Firm.

Arbitrator under ICC rules, other domestic rules and Greek law; counsel, legal advisor and consultant in energy and environmental matters; arbitrator with the Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE).

Fluent in Greek (native language), English, French, Italian and Spanish; comfortable with German


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Contact Details

e-mail: mgavoun[at]law.uoa[dot]gr