Dr. Markos Karavias is the Director of the Asylum Service of the Hellenic Republic. Prior to the Service, Dr Karavias worked as an Assistant Professor in International Law at the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam. Between 2014 and 2016, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Amsterdam on a project funded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. He has in the past acted as a Special Adviser to the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change of the Hellenic Republic, as well as a Member of the Asylum Appeals Committees of the Hellenic Republic under Presidential Decree 114/2010.
Dr Karavias holds a law degree and a Master’s in International Studies from the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, as well as a Magister Juris (Distinction), a Master of Philosophy in Law, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on questions of international law, including refugee and human rights law.
Dr Karavias has qualified with the Athens Bar Association and has served as counsel on human rights and refugee law cases.
He speaks English, German and French.