Dr Irini Papanicolopulu

  • Senior Lecturer (School of Law)

telephone: 01413303528
email: Irini.Papanicolopulu@glasgow.ac.uk


Irini Papanicolopulu joined the School of Law in 2012, having previously been a Marie Curie Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford (2010-12) and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Milano-Bicocca (since 2005). She specialises in international law and has particular interests in the law of the sea, sovereignty and jurisdiction, environmental protection and maritime security.

Irini studied law at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Law Degree, 1999) and the University of Milan (Doctorate (PhD) in International Law, 2005) and is an alumnus of the Rhodes Academy on Oceans Law and Policy (1999 and 2001). She has been a member of the Legal Advisory Panel for the FP7-funded European Polar Research Icebreaker Consortium - AURORA BOREALIS project (2008-12) and a Marie Curie Fellow (FP7 IEF – HUMANSATSEA - Integrating the human element into law of the sea: the quest for a comprehensive legal regime and adequate implementation tools at the international and EC level). She is currently the British representative to COST action IS1105 - NETwork of experts on the legal aspects of MARitime SAFEty and security (MARSAFENET) and the Co-Leader of Working Group 2 on new developments of economic activities at sea. She is also a member of the ITU/WMO/UNESCO IOC Joint Task Force to investigate the potential of using submarine telecommunications cables for ocean and climate monitoring and disaster warning

Research interests

All areas of public international law, with particular interest in the law of the sea, delimitation of maritime boundaries, sovereignty and jurisdiction, environmental protection, international investment law.

Irini has published widely in the field of international law. She has published a volume on maritime delimitation (Il confine marino: unità o pluralità?, Giuffrè Editore, Milano, 2005), is the editor or co-editor of four collections of essays and the author of numerous articles and book chapters on law of the sea, environmental law and IHL. Among others, she is a contributor to the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and the International Maritime Boundaries series published by the American Society of International Law. She has been invited to present the results of her research in Australia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Korea, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the United States. She has been an in-house Legal Advisor to the (Italian) Ministry of the Environment (2002) and has acted as a legal expert for the Italian Government and for a number of international governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Selected publications

Papanicolopulu, I. (2013) A missing part of the law of the sea convention: addressing issues of state jurisdiction over persons at sea. In: Kwon, M.-S., Schofield, C. and Lee, S. (eds.) The Limits of Maritime Jurisdiction. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague. (In Press)

Papanicolopulu, I. (2012) Acoustic pollution of the oceans. In: Andreone, , Caligiuri, and Cataldi, (eds.) Law of Sea and Environmental Emergencies. Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, pp. 159-190.

Papanicolopulu, I. (2011) The European Union and the regulation of underwater noise pollution. In: Vidas, D. and Schei, P.J. (eds.) The World Ocean in Globalization: Climate Change, Sustainable Fisheries, Biodiversity, Shipping, Regional Issues. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden, pp. 457-471. ISBN 9789004191754

Milano, E., and Papanicolopulu, I. (2011) State responsibility in disputed areas on land and at sea. Zeitschrift für Ausländisches Öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, 71 (3). p. 587.


Research students under supervision

Joanna Dingwall

Yincheng Hsu

Mai Minh Huong

Pakittah Nipawan