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Professor of International Law

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

Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law and Athens Public International Law Center – Athens PIL, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Director, Refugee & Migration Studies Hub – RMS Hub, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens 

Senior Policy Advisor, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy – ELIAMEP; Associate, Hellenic Institute of International & Foreign Law; Research Fellow, Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies, University of London (2019-); Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London (2005-2019)

ORCID id: 0000-0002-4509-9513; coordinator and member of major research teams funded by European and Greek resources; recipient of multiple research grants: Aristeia II, ELIDEK, COST, Jean Monnet; research impact: Google Scholar h-index 10 | i10-index 10; ResearchGate: 14,67 | total research interest: 113,4 | h-index: 5; Web of Science Researcher ID: AAL-6043-2021, h-index: 3

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 (Brodies Lecture), the University of Oxford, the University of Glasgow, the University of Manchester, Utrecht University

Member of several academic organisations, including the British Institute of International & Comparative Law (visiting researcher, 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, 2014-2020); the Association internationale du droit de la mer (AssIDMer); the International Law Association (member of the Executive Council; President, Hellenic Branch); the Hellenic Society of International Law & International Relations (Vice-chair); the Hellenic Arbitration Association

ILA, Committee on submarine cables and pipelines, nominee of the Chair (2018-); Committee on international law and sea-level rise (2013-2022); 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); Committee on transnational enforcement of environmental law, co-rapporteur (2005-2006); member, Standing Steering Committee, Executive Council (2021-); ILA Hellenic Branch, President (2018-2022)

Author of five 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); Energy at Sea (Edward Elgar, 2022) editor of several volumes; multiple chapters in books and numerous articles; co-editor-in-chief: Yearbook of International Environmental Law; board member in multiple journals 

Greek National Commission of Human Rights, President, 2019-2022; Bureau member, European Network of National Human Rights Institutions – ENNHRI (2016-2022); Bureau member, Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions – GANHRI (2019-2022); alternate member, Sub-Committee on Accreditation, UN OHCHR; Member, National Accessibility Authority

National Transparency Authority, member of the Management Board (2020-2023); OECD, Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, Vice-President (2005-2013), member of the Management Group (2014-2021) 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; National Coordinator for combatting corruption, Advisory Body (2014-2015); European Commission, Expert Group on Corruption (2011-2020)

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 (2016-2019)

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) and the European Organization for Arbitration and Mediation (EODID)

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

Full CV: download in pdf. 

e-mail: mgavoun[at]law.uoa[dot]gr