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Maria Gavouneli

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Assistant Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Athens

LL.B. (Honours) (Athens); LL.M. (Cantab); Ph.D. (Cantab) (Paul Guggenheim Prize)
Associate Research (Senior) Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
Associate, Hellenic Institute of International & Foreign Law

Visiting professor and lecturer in several universities and research institutions in Greece and abroad, including the University of London, 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, 2013-2015); the European Society of International Law (co-convenor of the Interest Group on the Law of the Sea – LAWSEA, 2014-2016); the Association internationale du droit de la mer (Assidmer); the International Law Association (treasurer and founding member of the Hellenic Branch); the Hellenic Society of International Law & International Relations (Secretary-General); the Hellenic Arbitration Association.
ILA, Committee on international law and sea-level rise (2013-); having served in the 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 (2004-2006).

Author of three monographs, several chapters in books and numerous articles; editor-in-chief and member of the board of several law journals, including the Revue hellénique de droit international; the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law; the Revue hellénique des droits de l’homme; the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts; the International Environmental Law Reports, the Aegean Review of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law.

OECD, Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, Vice-President (since 2005) 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; Council of Europe, Steering Committee on Criminal Matters (CDPC), member of the Bureau (2007-2011); Legal advisor and 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; President of the Committee of Article 36 (CATS), Council of the European Union (Justice and Home Affairs); 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.

Counsel, legal advisor and consultant; arbitrator under ICC rules, other domestic rules and Greek law.