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Evangelos Raftopoulos

Ραυτόπουλος Ευάγγελος

Professor of International Law

Ph.D.(Cantab.), LL.M(Cantab.), Law Degree (Athens).

Director of the Postgraduate Degree Programme of the Department of International, European and Area Studies.

Visiting Scholar, Downing College, University of Cambridge (2015-2016 & 2016-2017).

Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Governance (C-EENRG)

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Panteion University
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Biographical Note

Evangelos Raftopoulos is Professor of International Law and International Environmental Law, Panteion University of Athens, Greece and the Founding Director of MEPIELAN Centre (Mediterranean Programme for International Environmental Law and Negotiation)/Panteion University of Athens - an officially accredited UNEP/MAP Partner and a Member of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD). He is the Director of the Postgraduate Programme Studies at the Department of International, European and Area Studies, Panteion University of Athens and Visiting Scholar at Downing College, University of Cambridge. (Sep. 2015–Oct. 2016 and November 2016–July 2017). He is Fellow at the  Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy, and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), University of Cambridge (  He served, for more than two decades, as a special Legal Adviser to the Mediterranean Action Plan/United Nations Environment Programme (MAP/UNEP) (1987-2010), and was appointed as International Legal Adviser to the Greek Minister of Housing, Public Works and the Environment (1983-1985) and a Lawyer at the Athens Bar Association. He served as the founding Educational Counselor at the Institute of Continual Training, National Centre of Public Administration, Athens (1985-1993). As International Negotiator, he actively participated in more than 70 international environmental conferences and meetings since 1983.

 He is the author of 11 books, numerous articles, book chapters and international reports on theory, methodology and philosophy of international law, relational theory and practice of treaties, international environmental law and governance, and theory and technique of international negotiations. His current research interests include: regional and global environmental governance and environmental sustainability of oceans and seas, with emphasis on the Mediterranean; the applicability of the public trust approach to conventional environmental regimes and environmental sustainability; international negotiations as a governance process of constructing international common Interest; the development of the educational aspect of environmental governance and sustainability. He is the Editor and Director of MEPIELAN E-Bulletin ( ) and he lectured in Greek, European and American universities and institutes. Currently, he supervises three PhD theses.

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 Environmental Governance.. K. Tsimonis) State, Society and Sustainable Governance in China. (Postgraduate Level) Theory and Technique of International Negotiations; Global and Regional Environmental Governance

Professor Raftopoulos holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in International Law from the University of Cambridge, UK, a Master Degree in International Law from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Law Degree (First Class) from the Faculty of Law, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He has been a Ford Foundation Southern European Fellow of International Law at the Yale Law School at Yale Law School, Yale University, USA (1980 – 1982).

Key  Publications

Βooks (in  English)

  • Contributions to International Environmental Negotiation in the Mediterranean Context. With Moira L. McConnell (eds.)   (MEPIELAN Studies in International Environmental Law and Negotiation – 2, Ant. N. Sakkoulas – Bruylant Publishers, Athens, 2004)
  •  Barcelona Convention and Protocols – The Mediterranean Action Plan Regime (Simmonds & Hill Publishing Ltd., London, 1993).
  •  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).


Βooks (in  Greek)

  •  International Negotiations: Theory and Technique of Constructing International Common Interest (Law Library, Athens, 2014).
  •  Conventional Environmental Governance and the Mediterranean or PLUS ULTRA (Ant. N. Sakkoulas Publishers, Athens, 2006 –  New Edition: Nomiki Bibliothiki, Athens, 2014).
  •  Course, Theory and Language of International Law - “Objectivity” or International Common Interest? Ant. N. Sakkoulas Publishers, Athens, 1997 –  New Edition: Nomiki Bibliohiki, Athens, 2014).


Articles, Book Chapters (recent – since 2011)

  •  “Conventional Environmental Governance in the Mediterranean and its Evolving Institutional and Fiduciary Aspects in a Pragmatic Perspective”(2016). 30 OCEAN YEARBOOK, pp. 129-173.
  • “Theorizing about Conventional Environmental Sea-Regimes as International Trusts: The Case of the Barcelona Convention System” (2015).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,  pp. 263-290.
  • “The Mediterranean Response to Global Challenges: Environmental Governance and  the Barcelona Convention  System” (2011). In: The World Ocean in Globalization – Climate Change, Sustainable Fisheries, Biodiversity,  Shipping, Regional Issues (ed. Davor Vidas & Peter Johan Schei), Martinus Njhoff Publishers (Leiden – Boston), Chapter 27, pp. 507-532.