Constantinos P. Iliopoulos is Professor Emeritus at the Democritus University of Thrace (DUT), Law Department. He became member of the Athens Bar in 1973 and is admitted as an Attorney to the Supreme Court (Arios Pagos). Since April 2016 he is on leave from the Athens Bar following his appointment as Judge at the General Court of the European Union.
Prior to retiring, he has taught the following courses at the Law School of the DUT: European Economic Law, International Economic Law, Competition Law and Energy Law. As Professor Emeritus he continues to teach at the post-graduate course (LLM) in “International and European Law of Energy” of the Law Faculty of the DUT. Up until completion of his doctoral thesis at the Law School of the Hamburg University on “Joint ventures in European Competition law”, he has been Assistant at the European law department of the University of Hamburg.
He practiced law in Germany (Hamburg) in collaboration with German law firms and in Athens from 1974 to April 2016.
After obtaining his PhD, and over several years (in 1986 and 1992-2006), Prof. Constatinos P. Iliopoulos has taught European Union law, European Competition law and European Private law at the Law School of the Hamburg University. Apart from his PhD thesis, he has published five monographs and several articles, and has been a co-editor of collective publications, which were published in Germany and Greece. He has given lectures in Greece and abroad on matters of European law, European and Greek Competition law, Economic law and Energy law.
The European Commission assigned him with two expert opinions on the subjects:
1. Compensation under Greek law stemming from an infringement of articles 85 and 86 EC-Treaty (in German), and
2. The protection of employees in the case of a business transfer as per Greek law and as per Community law, 1994 (in French).
The Republic of Cyprus chose him as an expert advisor and, in view of the preparation of the accession of Cyprus in the EU, was entrusted with two tasks; first, with the drafting of seven Bills with a view to harmonizing Cypriot law with the EU legal order, namely, EU company law, intellectual property law and industrial property law (thirteen directives), and, second, with the enhancement of the “Cypriot Commission for the Protection of Competition” (2000-2003).
From September 1992 until January 2006 he has been member of the Greek Competition Authority. He has been rapporteur or co-rapporteur in many important decisions and opinions. From September 2007 until October 2009 he has been an (external) legal advisor to the Minister of Development on matters of Energy law (international, European and national, and in particular regarding the Burgas–Alexandroupolis pipeline and the South Stream gas pipeline).
He is vice-president of the German-Greek association of Jurists (Hamburg), general secretary of the Greek-German association of Jurists (Athens), general secretary of the Greek association of European Law (Athens), and general secretary of the Greek association of Energy Law (Athens). During the years 2005-2011 he has been a member of the board of Directors of the “Centre of International and European Economic Law” (Thessaloniki).
He speaks Greek, German, French and English.