Dr. Artemis Papathanassiou is an international lawyer and Senior Legal Advisor at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Greece. She has a PHD in Public International Law.
– As a Legal Advisor at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she specializes and produces legal opinions on issues related to public international law and, in particular, on issues of international terrorism, international cultural property law, international space law, as well as on issues related to bilateral interstate relations and to international organizations and institutions.
– She has participated and participates in a large number of bilateral and multilateral negotiations, representing her country in international and regional organizations and, in particular, the United Nations (Sixth Committee and Plenary of the UN General Assembly), UNESCO, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, the Council of Europe, UNIDROIT and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization.
– She is former Chairperson ( 2011-2012) of the of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP).
– She is former Chairperson (2014-2016) of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention).
– She is the Facilitator/Moderator of the negotiations within the UN General Assembly which led to the elaboration and adoption of General Assembly Resolutions A/RES70/76 and A/RES/73/130 “on the Return or Restitution of Cultural Property to the Countries of Origin.”
– She is nominated by Greece Mediator /Conciliator for International Cultural Disputes in the List of Mediators and Conciliators of UNESCO.
– She is one of the three Members of the Hellenic Advisory Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.
– She has participated, as invited lecturer and panellist, in several International Conferences and is author of several articles on issues of public international law and international cultural property law.