Dr. Elizabeth Mavropoulou

Email: mavrope@westminster.ac.uk




Dr Elizabeth Mavropoulou studied law in Athens (LLB) where she qualified as an attorney at law (non-practising). She completed her postgraduate degree in Public International Law at the University of Westminster (LLM, Distinction). 

In 2021 Elizabeth completed her PhD degree defending her Thesis ‘Responsibility Sharing in International Refugee Law; Towards Differentiated Legal Obligations’. She currently lectures part-time on public international law and international human rights law modules at the University of Westminster.   

Elizabeth has been for the past eight years with the UK-based charity Human Rights at Sea where she is the Programme Manager running and overseeing its programmes and projects. The Charity acts as a global catalyst for human rights in the maritime environment and through research, advocacy, investigation and lobbying has contributed to legal and policy developments in countries around the world. 

Publications/recent projects:

  • The Right to Life: Italy found by UN in violation of the right to life of Migrants at Sea, Comment, Human Rights at Sea: https://www.humanrightsatsea.org/2021/01/28/the-right-to-life-italy-found-by-un-in-violation-of-the-right-to-life-of-migrants-at-sea/

  • Targeting in the Cyber Domain: Legal challenges arising from the application of the principle of distinction to cyber attacks”, Journal of Law and Cyberwarfare, Volume 4, Issue 2, Spring 2015.
  • “Human rights and Labour rights; the two sets of rights and the interplay between” Elizabeth Mavropoulou, (2016) Human Rights at Sea, First Submission for the Human Rights at Sea Legal Research Programme, available at https://www.humanrightsatsea.org/sdm_downloads/human-rights-and-labour-rights-a-legal-review-of-the-two-sets-of-rights-and-the-interplay-between-them/.
  • HRAS Legal Review and Commentary on Ali Samatar and Others v. France, (applications nos. 17110/10 and 17301/10) and Hassan and Others v. France, (Applications 46695/10 and 54588/10)  “The European Court of Human Rights finds detention of apprehended pirates by France to be a violation of their right to liberty and security because of a delay in judicial process”, Elisabeth Mavropoulou (LLM) & David Hammond, (Barrister & Founder Human Rights at Sea International Initiative), 1st January 2015.
  • EU MARSAFENET and Human rights at Sea, “Deprivation of Liberty at Sea”, Independent International Guidance on Deprivation of Liberty at Sea by Shipmasters, crew and/or Private Contracted Armed Security Personnel”.  Authors David E. Hammond GDL and Dr. Anna Petrig LLM.

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