October 2024: Sustainable Governance Training School

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October 2024: Sustainable Governance Training School

Vassiliki (Vicky) Karageorgou

Assistant Professor, EU Environmental Law and EU Administrative Law

Department of International, European & Area Studies, Panteion University of Athens, Greece



PhD in EU Environmental Law from the University of Cologne

Vasiliki (Vicky) Karageorgou studied Law at the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and obtained a Master’ s degree in Public Law and a PhD in EU Εnvironmental Law from the University of Cologne (Germany). She worked as a Legal Advisor to the Greek Deputy Minister for Environment, as a Consultant to the UNEP-MAP and as a Senior Investigator in the Greek Ombudsman.

Since 2010 she teaches EU Environmental Law and International Environmental Law and Policy at the Panteion University in Athens (Assistant Professor). She is author of three monographs, while she has published extensively on issues relating to EU and National Environmental Law in english and in greek. She also practices law on issues relating to environmental and urban planning law and provides legal services to municipalities and public entities in this field.

Selected Publications




  • Das Umweltordnungsrecht-Leistungsfähigkeit, Leistungsgrenzen und Entwicklungsperspektiven (Dissertation), Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden 2002
  • The administrative procedure under the impact of the European Integration Process, Sakkoulas Publications 2005
  • The Transparency Principle as an emerging principle of the European Union Law, Sakkoulas Publications 2013


Selective Chapters and Articles


  • Economic instruments for the re-orientation of economic processes towards more sustainable paths-The legal perspective in: A. Papandreou/ V. Karageorgou, Economic Instruments for Sustainable Development, SakkoulasPublications, Athens 2004, p. 47-97 (in Greek).
  • The principle of sustainable development as a guiding principle for modern environmental law–Basic normative directions and relevance for the use of certain instruments ”, Environment and Law, vol.3, 2004, p. 324-333 (in Greek).
  • Global Environmental Governance: Current Situation, future perspectives and the way towards its empowerment” in : St. Perrakis (Eds), Global Governance in the 21 st century, Athens 2006, p. 52-62(in Greek).
  • Hellenic Constitution and Environmental Protection in : P. Pavlopoulos/Sp. Flogaitis/A. Pantelis (Eds), The Constitution and its Reform, Esperia Publications LTD, London 2008, p. 381-389 (in English)
  • The Greek experience with the use of economic instruments in climate policy in : M. Rodi/M. Mehling (eds), Bridging the Divide in Global Climate Policy : Strategies for enhanced Participation and Integration, Lexxion Verlag, Berlin 2009, p. 177-202(in English).
  • Integrated and Adaptive Water Management as Part of the Climate Change Adaptation Strategies-The Legal Approach in : R. Engel/Kl. Bösselmann/L. Westra, Democracy, Ecological Integrity and International Law, Cambridge Publishing Scholars, 2010, p. 346-372.
  • Interbasin Water Transfers and Sustainable Water Use-A Relationship of Contradiction or of Compitability? in : R. Engel/L. Westra/Kl. Bösselmann (eds), Globalization and Ecological Integrity in Science and International Law, Cambridge Publishing Scholars 2011, σελ. 276-298.
  • Ηow the notion of environmental justice can transform environmental law, in the online law journal «Nomos and Physis» (www.nomosphysis.org.gr.), February 2012.
  • Granting development consent by specific legislative act-A choice to circumvent public participation and judicial control?-The European Perspective in :L. Westra/P. Taylor/A.Michelot (Eds), Confronting Ecological and Economic Collapse : Ecological Integrity for Law, Policy and Human Rights, Earthscan 2013, (Chapter 7), σελ. 92-103.
  • The access to justice for environmental matters in the light of the recent jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Aarhus Convention, Law and the Environment (greek journal for environmental law), 2/2013, p. 201-224.11.
  • The Fast-Track Authorization of Large-Scale RES Projects: An Acceptable Option? in :L.Squantini et al (Eds), Sustainable Energy in Diversity- Challenges and Approaches in Energy Transition in the European Union, European Environmental Law Series No 1, 2014, p.65-84.
  • Τhe Permissibility of Projects for Interbasin Water Transfer under the Prism of the EU Water and Environmental Legislation in:L. Squantini/B. Vanheudsen/M. Reese (Eds), EU Environmental and Planning Law Aspects of Large-Scale Projects, Intersentia, 2016, p. 199-227.
  • The EU Regulatory Framework to Deal with the Environmental Effects of the Mining Activities-Assessing the Effectiveness, European Energy and Environmental Law Review, 5/2016, p. 138-151.
  • The Scope of the Review in Environmental-related Disputes in the light of the Aarhus Convention and the EU Law-Tensions between Effective Judicial Protection and National Procedural Autonomy in: J. Jendroska /M.Bar (eds), Procedural Environmental Rights: Principle X in Theory and Practice, Intersentia 2018, σελ. 229-260.
  • Access to Justice in Environmental Matters: The current situation in the light of the Recent Developments at the International and Regional Level and the Implications at the National Level with emphasis on the UNECE Region and the EU, ΕΕΕLR 2018, p. 251-264.
  • The Right of Access to Justice in Environmental Matters: Recent Developments at International and Regional Level and the Repercussions at National Level in : J. May/E. Daly (eds),Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, Volume on Human Rights and the Environment, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019, p. σελ. 155-168.
  • Τhe Regulation of Water Services in the EU: A difficult attempt to balance between environmental, economic and social interests (with Kl. Pouikli), ΕΕΕLR 2019 (Vol. 28, Issue 6) , upcoming

Areas of Expertise

  • EU Environmental Law in interrelation with the international environmental law
  • Water Law (transboundary agreements, International, European and National Water Law)
  • Procedural Environmental Rights with specific emphasis on access to justice in Environmental matters
  • Economic instruments for environmental protection (eco-taxes, emissions trading)