Elizabeth Mavropoulou

Email: Elisavet.mavropoulou@my.westmintser.ac.uk 




Elizabeth Mavropoulou studied law in Athens (LLB) and trained as solicitor in two law firms in Athens. She is a Greek qualified attorney at law (non-practising). She completed her postgraduate degree in International Law at the University of Westminster (LLM, Distinction). She went further to work on maritime welfare in the NGO–human rights sector, where her work focused on research, advocacy and publications. She is currently legal advisor to Human Rights at Sea, a UK-based maritime human rights charity. She is also a Doctorate Researcher (PhD/MPhil candidate) at the University of Westminster (2017–2021), researching the concept of responsibility-sharing in international refugee law through the prism of the principle of common but differentiated responsibility, for the purposes of understanding its potential as a guiding principle to the Refugee Convention’s implementation. Her general research interests are public international law, international refugee and human rights law, international humanitarian law and the law of the sea. Elizabeth is also greatly interested in the interplay of international law and international relations. 


Publications/recent projects:

  • 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/research-programme/.
  • 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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