Vassilis Hatzopoulos studied commercial Law in the University of Strasbourg (Maîtrise), EC law in the College of Europe in Bruges (DEEA) and International Law in the University of Cambridge (LL.M). His Ph.D Thesis, “Le principe communautaire d’équivalence et de reconnaissance mutuelle dans la libre prestation de services” (EC Principle of Mutual Recognition and Equivalence in the Field of Free Provision of Services), presented at the University of Strasbourg, was published by Bruylant/Sakkoulas (1999). In 2006 he spent six months as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA).

He started his academic career as an assistant at the Legal Department of the College of Europe, Bruges, during 1993-1995 and has taught as a visiting Professor at the University of Athens, the National School of Public Administration (Greece) and the Summer Academy of the EUI/Florence (Italy). Currently, he is a full-time Associate Professor at the Democritus University of Thrace (Greece). He also teaches a 25-hour seminar on “Regulating Services in the EU and the WTO” (in French) at the College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium). Since 2008, he has also been appointed as a Special (Honorary) Lecturer at the University of Nottingham (UK).

He practices as a lawyer at the Athens Bar since 1995 in the fields of Internal Market, network industries and public procurement. He has been advising the Secretary General of Commerce (2000-2002), on behalf of which he represented the Greek Government at the OECD Regulatory Reform Assessment (2001) and at the EC Commission SMEs initiative, under the Lisbon agenda. He has been also advising the Greek Rail (OSE, 2002-2004) on issues of liberalization and market deregulation.

Vassilis Hatzopoulos is member of the board of editors in several Greek law journals and a regular contributor to the Common Market Law Review. Next to his Ph.D. thesis, he has published a book on Domain Names and the internet (jointly with Dr. Vassilis Tountopoulos, Nomiki Vivliothiki, Athens, 2000) and a book on the Essential Facilities Doctrine under EC and Greek Competition Law (Sakkoulas, Athens, 2002). Moreover, he has published over 90 articles and case notes, in Greek, English and French, on various topics of EC law.

His recent publications include an article on the Open Method of Coordination :“Why the OMC is bad for you: A letter to the EU”, ELJ 3/2007, 309-342, a couple of articles on the services directive (CDE 3-4/2008, 299-358 and CYEL 2008, forthcoming) and several articles on healthcare and Social policy in the EU: “Health Law and Policy: the Impact of the EU” in De Burca (ed) EU Law and the Welfare State: In Search of Solidarity, EUI/OUP (2005), 123-160; “A (more) social Europe: A political crossroad or a legal one-way? Dialogues between Luxembourg and Lisbon”, CMLRev n. 6/2005, 1599-1635; “Public procurement and state aid in national healthcare systems” in E. Mossialos e.a. (eds.), Health Systems Governance in Europe: the role of EU law and policy, CUP (forthcoming 2009). Also, in the field of competition law: The Evolution of the Essential Facilities Doctrine, in G. Amato & C.-D. Elhermann (eds.) EC Competition Law: A Critical View, Hart (2007) 317-358; and the EU Area Freedom of Security and Justice: “With or without you: Judging Politically in the Area of Freedom Security and Justice”, ELRev (33) 2008, 44-65 and “Casual but smart: The Court’s new clothes in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice after the Lisbon Treaty”, in J. Monar (ed) The institutional dimension of the EU “Area of Freedom, Security and Justice” Brussels etc, PIE Peter Lang (forthcoming 2009).