Nikolaos Giannopoulos is currently appointed as Assistant Professor in International and European Law at the Faculty of Law of Utrecht University and is also working as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in EU Energy Law at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL). His current research focuses on the legal and regulatory issues relating to the energy transition within the multi-layered EU legal order and he has a special interest in both environmental and economic law (as well as their interactions and/or lack thereof). Nikolaos conducted his PhD research in international and EU law at the University of Utrecht within the ERC project “Accommodating New Interests at Sea: Legal Tools for Sustainable Ocean Governance” (SustainableOcean). After graduating from the School of Law of the University of Athens, he has obtained an LLM degree in Public Law from the University of Athens, an LLM degree in European Integration and Public Law from the Panteion University (with distinction – graduated first in his class), and an LLM on Public International Law from the University of Athens (with distinction). During his PhD, he was a visiting research fellow at Oxford University and has presented his work at a range of international conferences and workshops. He has published articles on topics ranging from the law of the sea, international environmental law and international investment law to EU and human rights law. Nikolaos is also a qualified lawyer at the Athens Bar Association, where he has practised public administrative law for several years.
Research Interests: Law of the sea, International and European Energy Law, International Investment Law, EU Economic Law, International and EU Environmental Law, Climate Change Law