Professor of International Law and International Environmental Law, Panteion University of Athens, Greece. Founding Director of MEPIELAN Centre/Panteion University of Athens – an officially accredited UNEP/MAP Partner and a Member of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD). Director of the Postgraduate Degree Programme of the Department of International, European and Area Studies, Panteion University of Athens. Visiting Fellow, Downing College, University of Cambridge (Sep. 2015-Oct. 2016). Legal Adviser to the Mediterranean Action Plan/United Nations Environment Programme (MAP/UNEP) (1987-2010) and a Lawyer at the Athens Bar Association. International Negotiator, actively participated in more than 70 international environmental conferences and meetings since 1983.
Holder of: a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in International Law from the University of Cambridge, England (Ph.D. Cantab.), a Master Degree in International Law from the University of Cambridge, England (LL.M. Cantab.), and a Law Degree (First Class) from the Faculty of Law, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. A Ford Foundation Southern European Fellow of International Law at the Yale Law School, Yale University (1980 – 1982).
His research field includes: Theory, Methodology and Philosophy of International Law; Theory and Practice of Treaties; Language and International law; Theory of International Institutions; Regional and Global International Environmental Governance with emphasis on the Mediterranean; Public Trust Approach and its Applicability to Conventional Environmental Regimes; Theory and Practice of International Negotiations as a Process of Constructing International Common Interest.
Courses taught at the Panteion University of Athens: (Undergraduate Level) Theory and Methodology of International Law; Theory and Law of International Organizations; Theory and Law of International Negotiations for Constituting Treaty Regimes; International Environmental Law and the Mediterranean; (with Prof. H. Papasotiriou and Dr. K. Tsimonis) State, Society and Sustainable Governance in China. (Postgraduate Level) Theory and Technique of International Negotiations; Global and Regional
Served as Education Counsellor, Institute of Continual Training, National Centre of Public Administration, Athens (1985 – 1993) and International Legal Adviser to the Greek Minister of Housing, Public Works and the Environment (1983-1985).
Author of 11 books, numerous articles and international reports on various aspects of international law, theory, methodology and pfilosophy of international law, international environmental law and policy, and international negotiations theory and technique. Editor and Director of MEPIELAN E-Bulletin (www.mepielan-ebulletin.gr ). Lectured in Greek, European and American universities and institutes. Currently supervisor of three PhD theses.
His major books in English include: The Inadequacy of the Contractual Analogy in the Law of Treaties Publications of the Hellenic Institute of International & Foreign Law, Vol. 14, Alkyon Publishers, Athens, 1990, Pp.xix+466; Barcelona Convention and Protocols – The Mediterranean Action Plan Regime Simmonds & Hill Publishing Ltd., London, 1993, Pp. iv+382; Contributions to International Environmental Negotiation in the Mediterranean Context ( E. Raftopoulos – M. McConnell, eds.) MEPIELAN Studies in International Environmental Law and Negotiation – 2, Ant. N. Sakkoulas – Bruylant Publishers, Athens, 2004, Pp. xxiii + 192 *New Edition: Law Library, Athens, 2014, Pp. xxv+196.
His major books in Greek include: International Negotiations: Theory and Technique of Constructing International Common Interest, Law Library, Athens, 2014, Pp. xxi+263; Conventional Environmental Governance and the Mediterranean or PLUS ULTRA, Ant. N. Sakkoulas Publishers, Athens, 2006, Pp. xxii+376 *New Edition: Law Library, Athens, 2014, Pp. xxiii+398; The New Regime of the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Environment – The Problem and the Texts of the Greek Translation, MEPIELAN Studies in International Environmental Law and Negotiation – 1, Second Edition, Law Library, Athens, 2015, Pp. xxiii+398; Course, Theory and Language of International Law – “Objectivity” or International Common Interest? Ant. N. Sakkoulas Publishers, Athens, 1997, Pp. xviii+308 *New Edition: Law Library, Athens, 2014, Pp. xviii+322.
His latest publications are: “Theorizing about Conventional Environmental Sea-Regimes as International Trusts: The Case of the Barcelona Convention System”.
In: Contemporary Developments in International Law – Essays in Honour of Budislav Vukas (Ed. by Rüdiger Wolfrum, Maja Seršić, Trpimir M. Šošić), Brill-Nijhoff (Leiden, Boston), 2015, Part 2-Law of the Sea, pp. 263-290; “Conventional Environmental Governance in the Mediterranean and its Evolving Institutional and Fiduciary Aspects in a Pragmatic Perspective”, 30 OCEAN YEARBOOK (2016), pp. 129-173.