Current Chairholder


Photini Pazartzis

Photini Pazartzis is the Constantine G. Karamanlis Chair in Hellenic and European Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (as of 1 January 2023).

Professor Photini (Fay) Pazartzis is Professor of Public International Law at the Law Faculty of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and Director of the Athens Public International Law Center (AthensPIL). She was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, the supervisory body of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (2015-2022), serving as its Vice-Chair (2019-2021) and Chair (2021-2022).

She has been Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Wolfson College (University of Cambridge) and has lectured at numerous universities and academic institutions, including the Universities of Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris-II Panthéon-Assas, Oxford University, the European University Institute (Florence), the Xiamen Academy of International Law (Xiamen, China), the Hague Academy of International Law, the Singapore Academy of International Law, the European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht).

Professor Pazartzis was a member of the Board of the European Society of International Law and served as President of the Society (2019-2021). She was President of the Hellenic Branch of the International Law Association and Co-Chair of the ILA Study Group on The Content and Evolution of the Rules of Interpretation (2015-2020, with Professor Geir Ulfstein).

She is author of several books and numerous articles on international law. She is on the Editorial Board of the Polish Yearbook of International Law and the Evrigenis Yearbook of International & European Law, and has previously been on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of International Law (in her capacity as President of ESIL).

Professor Pazartzis has served as adviser for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs; she was a member of the OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration and has recently been appointed as expert for the Moscow Mechanism of the OSCE (2022-2025).

She is a graduate of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a PhD (Doctorat d’Etat) from the University of Paris-II Pantheon-Sorbonne. Her PhD thesis received the Paul Guggenheim Prize.

Full CV:  Pazartzis_full_CV_2022

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