Professor, University of Athens

Areas of Expertise: maritime law – shipping, competition, energy, intellectual and industrial property, securities, corporate & business law

Arbitration Experience: enrolled in the arbitrators’ index of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and of the Regulatory Authority for Energy, legal counsel in arbitrations.

Languages: Greek, English, French, Italian

Education: law degree, University of Athens; D.E.A in commercial law, University of Aix-Marseille III; D.E.A in general private law, University of Paris II- Panthéon-Assas; academic authorization by the University of Paris I- Panthéon-Sorbonne to supervise university research; Ph.D in European and Commercial law, University of Paris I- Panthéon-Sorbonne

Professional Career: Lia Athanassiou is a professor at the Law School of the University of Athens and an attorney-at-law with the Piraeus Bar Association, as well as senior partner of Athanassiou – Gerapetritis & Associates law firm. Since 2008 she is an external legal advisor of the Regulatory Authority for Energy – drafting of secondary legislation on the liberalization of the gas market. She has authored many treatises and articles and she regularly participates as a speaker in international events.