Maria Gavouneli is the Director General of ELIAMEP.

LL.M. (Cantab), Ph.D. (Cantab) (Guggenheim Prize); Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law & Athens Public International Law Center – Athens PIL, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens; Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London (2005-2019); Fulbright Scholar – Greece at the University of California Berkeley (2018-2019); Senior Policy Advisor, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy – ELIAMEP (2020-2023).

Recipient of multiple research grants: ORCID id: 0000-0002-4509-9513; SSRN: top 10%. Visiting professor and lecturer in several universities and research institutions, including the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the British Institute of International & Comparative Law (BIICL), Tulane University (USA), the University of Edinburgh (Brodies Lectures in International Law), the University of  Glasgow, the University of Manchester, Utrecht University; member of several academic societies: currently co-convenor of the LAWSEA Interest Group of the European Society of International Law, having served as co-chair to the LOSIG of the American Society of International Law; member of the International Law Association Committee on SeaLevel Rise as well as the Committee on Cables and Pipelines (President’s appointee); President of the ILA Hellenic Branch; Vice-chair of the Hellenic Society of International Law & International Relations.

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 (2016 – in Greek); editor of seven volumes; numerous chapters and articles; coeditor-in-chief: Yearbook of International Environmental Law (OUP); member of the board of several law journals.

President of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights; member of the Board, European Network of National Human Rights Institutions – ENNHRI; member of the Bureau, Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions – GANHRI. Head of the Greek delegation at the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions and member of the Management Group; and at the Group of  States against Corruption (GRECO) at the Council of Europe; member of the Expert Group on Corruption of the European Commission.

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).