The Greek Professor who directs EPLO (European Public Law Organization)
Spyridon Flogaitis is a Professor of Public Law at the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Director of the European Public Law Organization. EPLO is an international organization based in Athens aiming at creating and disseminating knowledge in the sphere of governance and public law.
The Director of ELPO, Spyridon Flogaitis, was born in Lefkada, on July 22, 1950. He studied at the Law School of Athens, where he graduated in 1973 and continued his studies at the Pantheon-Assas University in France, from which he acquired a Master’s degree in Public Law. In 1978, he took his doctorate from the same university and two years later his academic career started as a lecturer at the Department of Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
He was elected an assistant professor in 1982, then deputy professor and became a professor in 1992. Now, he teaches Administrative and Comparative Law in Greece and has taught as a visiting professor at various European universities, including the University of Heidelberg, the University of Paris, the University of Cambridge and the University of Bordeaux.
Since 1974, he has been a lawyer at the Athens Bar Association, an attorney at the superior court of law of Greece, since 1985, and a lawyer of the Council of State. He has been a Senior Associate in the Law Firm “Flogaitis – Paboukis – Siouti & Associates”, since 1990, and has served as a member or chairman of several committees, such as the Committee on Local Government Responsibilities (Chairman) and the Committee for the Codification of the Greek Environmental Law (member).
From 2000 until 2005, he was a member of the UN Administrative Court, where he became president for the next four years. He is the Director of the European Public Law Organization and has also served as Deputy Chairman of the Administrative Court of the European Space Agency, former Minister of Home Office Public Administration and Decentralization and former Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs. He has been named a Knight of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic, Knight of the Order of Honor of the Italian Republic, Honorary Officer of the Order of Honor of Hungary and Honorary Officer of the Order of Prince Henry of the Portuguese Republic.
He has participated in numerous international seminars and congresses of administrative law and has published a large number of articles and books of legal content and is also a co-publisher of the scientific articles “Environment and Law”, “Energy and Law”, “Critical Review of Legal Theory and Practice” And “European Review of Public Law”.
The European Public Law Organization was set up at the initiative of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is a follow-up to the European Public Law Center established in 1995.
On 21 June 2007, it began its operation, which focuses on the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the area of Public Law lato sensu and Governance, including but not limited to, inter alia, national, comparative and European public law, human rights law and environmental law and the promotion of European values for a better generation of lawyers and democratic institutions worldwide.
To achieve these objectives, EPLO develops, organizes, promotes and supports scientific, educational, research, teaching and training activities, while provides support for the reform, modernization and improvement of democratic institutions at a global level at the same time. Up to this day, the Organization has implemented over two hundred programs and activities in more than seventy countries.
The EPLO’s Board of Directors is comprised of seventeen countries, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, four Public Authorities (Ministry of Justice – Greece, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administrative Reconstruction – Greece, Brecko-Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Greek Parliament), seventy Universities and Institutes from around the world.
Furthermore, EPLO promotes partnerships with organizations and institutions and particularly with organizations of the United Nations system, through which the former was given the “Observer Status” by the International Labor Organization (ILO), in 2015 – which is part of the System of the United Nations – by the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2015 – which is one of sixteen specialized agencies of the United Nations – and by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in 2016.