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Achilles Skordas

Professor of International Law, University of Bristol, UK
Senior Research Fellow

skordas@mpil.de

Main Fields of Research:

Geopolitics, Public International Law, EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, Migration Law and Policy

Academic Career:

Positions held

Professor of International Law, University of Bristol, UK (since 2008, on leave since 2016)

Professor of International Law (Marie Curie), University of Copenhagen (2016-2018)

Reader in Law, University of Bristol, UK (2006-2008)

Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Athens, Greece (1997-2006)

Lecturer, School of Law, University of Athens, Greece (1991-1997)

Advisor to the Greek Parliament

Advisor to the Greek Parliament on international legal affairs (1989-2006)

Advisor to the Greek Parliamentary delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) (1996-1997); participation in the PABSEC meetings in Tbilisi, Rize (Turkey), Moscow, Bucharest, and Athens

Links with government and other Greek institutions

External evaluator for the structural reform of the Law School, University of Athens (2013)

Member, Advisory Board, Karamanlis Institute for Democracy (2001-2005)

Degrees earned

Dr. jur., magna cum laude, Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany (1985) (DAAD scholarship)

J.D., summa cum laude, School of Law, University of Athens

Other academic and research activities

Connecticut/Baden-Württemberg Human Rights Research Consortium (HRRC CT-BW), Member of the Interstate Steering Committee; Coordinator of Working Group 3, Human Rights and International Relations (since 2019)

Marie Curie Professorial Fellowship, University of Copenhagen Law School – iCourts (2016-2018)

Leibniz Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for International Law, Heidelberg (2015)

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science Fellowship (2014)

University of Copenhagen Law School, iCourts, Visiting Fellow (2014)

Harvard Law School, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (2009-2010)

Bristol University Fellowship (2009-2010)

Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Fellow for Comparative Research in Law and Political Economy (CLPE) (2008)

University Paris XII, School of Law, Visiting Professor (one month annually, 1997-2001)

Odysseus Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe (founding member, since 1999)

Welsh Center for International Affairs (WCIA), Legal Affairs Committee (LAC), Cardiff, member (2006-2016)

Curriculum Vitae - Further Information (PDF, 337.8 KB)

Recent Publications

  • The Twenty-Day Greek-Turkish Border Crisis and Beyond: Geopolitics of Migration and Asylum Law (Part I). EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy Blog, 05 May 2020. http:// http://eumigrationlawblog.eu/the-twenty-day-greek-turkish-border-crisis-and-beyond-geopolitics-of-migration-and-asylum-law-part-i/
  • The Twenty-Day Greek-Turkish Border Crisis and Beyond: Geopolitics of Migration and Asylum Law (Part II). EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy Blog, 08 May 2020. http:// http://eumigrationlawblog.eu/the-twenty-day-greek-turkish-border-crisis-and-beyond-geopolitics-of-migration-and-asylum-law-part-ii/
  • A Very German Cultural War: Migrants and the Law. In: ZaöRV 79, 923-934 (2019).
  • A Westphalia for the Islamic World? In: ZaöRV 79, 195-204 (2019).
  • The Rise of the Neo-Hobbesian Age: Thirty Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall. In: ZaöRV 79, 469-479 (2019).
  • Intervention by Invitation and its Function: Governance in a Plural Society. In: ZaöRV 79, 685-689 (2019).
  • Temporary Protection. In: Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL) October (2019) (with Meltem Ineli-Ciger).
  • Who is Afraid of the International Court of Justice? International Law and Management of Refugee Flows (Ποιός φοβάται το Διεθνές Δικαστήριο? Διεθνές δίκαιο και διαχείριση των προσφυγικών ροών). In: Dilemmas and Context of the Refugee Problem, K. Papageorgiou/P. Sourlas (ed.). Foundation of the Greek Parliament, in Greek, Athens 2019, 187-213.
  • The European Union as post-national realist power. In: The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy – Research Handbook, S. Blockmans/P. Koutrakos (ed.). Elgar, Cheltenham 2018, 394-444.

Blogposts

  • The Missing Link in Migration Governance: An Advisory Opinion by the International Court of Justice. EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy, 12 July 2018. http://eumigrationlawblog.eu/the-missing...
  • A ‘blind spot’ in the migration debate? International responsibility of the EU and its Member States for cooperating with the Libyan coastguard and militias. EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy, 30 January 2018. http://eumigrationlawblog.eu/a-blind-spo...

Further Publications

    • Economic Constitutionalism in a Turbulent World, Elgar, (A. Skordas/G. Halmai/L. Mardikian eds., forthcoming 2020)
    • Research Handbook on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Elgar (A. Skordas/L. Mardikian eds., forthcoming 2020)
    • The Geopolitics of the ICJ, in A. Skordas/L. Mardikian (eds.) Research Handbook on the ICJ, Elgar (forthcoming 2020)
    • The European Union as post national realist power, in: Steven Blockmans and Panos Koutrakos (eds.), Research Handbook on the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy, pp. 394-444, Elgar, Cheltenham 2018.
    • Peace, Proposals for the Preservation of, in: The Law of Armed Conflict and the Use of Force – The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Thematic Volume 2, pp. 927-946 (F. Lachenmann/R. Wolfrum eds), OUP, 2017
    • ‘Treaty Interpretation and Global Governance: the Role of Domestic Courts’, in: HP Aust and G Nolte (eds.), The Interpretation of International Law by Domestic Courts. Unity, Diversity, Convergence, pp. 290-316, OUP, 2016
    • ‘Council Directive 2001/55 of 20 July 2001 on minimum standards for giving temporary protection in the event of a mass influx of displaced persons’, in K. Hailbronner/D. Thym (eds.), EU Immigration and Asylum Law - Commentary, 2nd edition, pp. 1054-1107, C.H. Beck/Hart/Nomos, 2016
    • The Law and Practice of Piracy at Sea – European and International Perspectives, 414 pp. (Koutrakos/Skordas eds, Hart, 2014)
    • Polycontextural Law: The Constitutional Law of Civil Society, translation of essays of Gunther Teubner in Greek by Vaios Karavas, 261 pp (Karavas/Skordas/Christodoulidis eds, P. Sakkoulas Publ., Athens, 2005)

    Key Presentations, Papers, Lectures

    • 2019 International Public Authority (IPA) Conference, MPI Heidelberg, Topic: The Authority of the International Court of Justice (28/29 November)
    • 2019 Conference organized by the Finnish EU Presidency: 'From Tampere 20 to Tampere 2.0', Helsinki, Topic: Migrants Trapped in Libya: For a Humanitarian Intervention 2.0 (24/25 October)
    • 2019 Nacht der Forschung Heidelberg - Mannheim: Podiumsdiskussion 'Was Europa ausmacht: Werte, Strategien, Risiken', Topic: Europäische Lebensweise und Ihre Gegner: Illiberale Demokratie und Parallelgesellschaft (27 September)
    • 2019 Konstanz Conference 'Constitutional Foundations of EU Migration Law', University of Konstanz, Topic: Irregular Migration as a System and the Interpretation of the 1951 Refugee Convention (18/19 June)
    • 2019 MPI und Außenamt: Aktuelle völkerrechtliche Fragen im Bereich Flucht und Migration vor dem Hintergrund neuer politischer Herausforderungen, Topic: Welche Bedeutung haben die (auch) durch Flucht und Migration bedingte Neuformierung räumlicher Ordnung und die damit einhergehenden Weiterentwicklungen des Völker- und Unionsrechts für die globale geopolitische Konstellation insgesamt? Welche Rolle spielen dabei Deutschland und die EU? (6 June)
    • 2019 MPIL Momentum: 'Illiberale Demokratie in der Krise: Venezuela in seiner Bedeutung für Europa', Topic: Wirtschaftliche Selbstbestimmung und die Krise in Venezuela (12 March)
    • 2018 Co-Convenor of the Conference on ‘Economic Constitutionalism: Mapping its Contours in European and Global Governance’ (with Gabor Halmai, Lisa Mardikian and Daniel Bedford), EUI, Florence (14/15 June)
    • 2018 International Court of Justice and the preservation of peace in the 21st century: Global governance in action, Keynote Lecture, Öresund International Law Workshop on ‘Challenges in the Law of Responsibility’, University of Lund, Faculty of Law (11 June)
    • 2018 Co-Convenor of a workshop on ‘Judicial Responses to the Migration Crisis’, University of Copenhagen (with Panos Koutrakos) (9 March)
    • 2018 The ICJ and the migration crisis – who will wake-up the Ice Queen?, in ‘Judicial Responses to the Migration Crisis (above), University of Copenhagen (9 March)
    • 2018 Convenor of a workshop of the contributors to the ‘Research Handbook on the International Court of Justice’ (Skordas ed.), University of Copenhagen (8-10 February)
    • 2018 The geopolitics of the ICJ, in: workshop of the contributors to the Research Handbook on the ICJ (above) (10 February)
    • 2018 Convenor of the panel on ‘International Responsibility of the EU for the Violations of Migrant Rights by Libya’, Annual Conference of the Odysseus Network in Brussels, with the theme ‘Conflict and Compromise – Between Law and Politics in EU Migration and Asylum Policies’ (1 February)
    • 2017 Europe in the World: Normativity and Geopolitics in the Trump Era, EURECO Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Copenhagen (3 October)
    • 2017 Legal Framework for EU Action at Sea, paper presented during a training course and naval exercise for EU high-level military, organized by the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) in Constanţa, Romania (ESDC activity 17-18/36/1) (2-6 October)
    • 2017 Chair and discussant of the panel on ‘The Public’s Many Faces’ at the ICON-S Conference,  University of Copenhagen (6 July)
    • 2017: Public discussion with Sir Michael Wood, Special Rapporteur of the International Law Commission, on the topic ‘The Functions of International Courts and Tribunals’, iCourts Summer School, University of Copenhagen (30 June)
    • 2017: The International Court of Justice and the Cultures of Anarchy, paper at the iCourts Annual Retreat, University of Copenhagen (10 May)
    • 2017: From Confrontation to Dispute Settlement: The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), paper at a Conference on ‘Implications of the Nuclear Agreement with Iran’, University of Copenhagen (3 April)
    • 2016 The European Union in the World: Geopolitics and Liberal Realism, Lecture at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (19 December)
    • 2016 Who is Afraid of the International Court of Justice? International Law and the Management of Refugee Flows, paper in a conference organized by the Greek Parliament on the refugee crisis (9 November)

     

Teaching

SoSe 2020

International Law and Geopolitics - An Analysis of the Jurisprudence of the ICJ

Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main (with Armin von Bogdandy)

WS 2019/2020

The ICJ between International Law and Geopolitics

Tel-Aviv University

WS 2019/2020

Migration Law and Policy - International, European, and German Perspectives

Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main (with Armin von Bogdandy)

SoSe 2019

Landmark Judgements on International Law in Context: International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Bundesverfassungsgericht (BVerfG)

Goethe University, Frankurt am Main (with Armin von Bogdandy)

WS 2018/2019

Landmark Judgements on International Law in Context: International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Bundesverfassungsgericht (BVerfG)

Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main (with Armin von Bogdandy)