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Aliki Gkana holds an LL.B. (Honours) and an LL.M. in Public International Law (with distinction) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, while she was granted an excellence award as the first in rank graduate of Law Faculty’s United Programme of Postgraduate Studies for the academic year 2016-2017. Her research, as a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens and a scholar of the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (2019-2022), the Melina Merkouri Foundation and the Sylff Association (2018-2019), focuses on the protection of intangible cultural heritage under public international law. In 2020, she worked as an intern at the Living Heritage Entity, Culture Sector at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, partially in the context of the Erasmus+ traineeship programme. Researcher of the Athens PIL Center, she has collaborated with the University of Athens as a teaching and research assistant at the LL.M. in International and European Studies (direction of Public International Law) and completed an internship at the Protection Unit of UNHCR’s Athens Office in 2018. She also works as a lawyer, member of the Athens Bar Association (since 2017), while in parallel she develops manifold action in the field of intangible cultural heritage, as an executive of the “Polyphonic Caravan”, an institution of Panhellenic and cross-border action devoted to the safeguarding of the Polyphonic Song and Greece’s first proposal for inscription on UNESCO’s International Register of Good Safeguarding Practices in the field on intangible cultural heritage. Her areas of interest are public international law, international cultural heritage law, international human rights, environmental and intellectual property law. She is fluent in Greek (native language), English, French and German.

e-mail: alikigk[at]law.uoa[dot]gr