Yannis Papageorgiou studied law at the University of Athens. He holds postgraduate degrees in comparative politics from Paris I University and in developmental cooperation from The Free University of Brussels, from which he also received his PhD in the field of regional integration. He has worked at the University of the Aegean and has been teaching at the Aristotle University since 2004. His subject area is “International Relations, International Politics and Greek Foreign politics” and he teaches courses related to European policy and institutions, comparative politics and subjects of international relations. His research deals with issues of European political integration, refugee policy and international humanitarian and refugee law. He is a lawyer, and served as Director of the Greek Refugee Service, and in 2012 he was chairman of the working group on asylum in the Council of Ministers of the EU during the Cyprus presidency of the Council. His publications include monographs such as Democracy through Regional Integration – How Regional Integration Enhances National Democracy (2015), The administrative detention of aliens – International legislation and national practice (2015), Social Rights at European, Regional and International Level – Challenges for the 21st Century (2010), Regional Integration and Courts of Justice (2005), and articles related to regional integration and international protection, as well as subjects related to international democracy. He held a Fulbright scholarship for research in the USA (2007) and from the Folke Bernadotte Academy for research in Latin America and Africa.