• Sofia Tzortzi

    Sofia Tzortzi is a qualified lawyer in Cyprus, expert on EU law and decision-making, with extensive experience from different professional and academic activities. She holds a Bachelor's in Laws (LL.B.) from the University of London, a Maîtrise on European Studies from the Sorbonne and a Master's on EU governance from the College of Europe. She is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of Cagliari in the areas of EU and international law, researching on EU investment law and teaching courses and seminars of EU law and policies. In the past she has worked as a Cypriot lawyer, as a consultant in EU public affairs and as a coordinator of the work of the Committee of Permanent Representatives – Part 1 (Coreper I) at the EU Council of Ministers from the driving seat of the EU Cyprus Presidency. Prior to these positions, she has worked at the cabinet of the former Greek European Commissioner for the Environment. Other relevant research activities include work on anti-terrorism funding, the rights of migrant children and EU asylum policy, human rights as well as participation as a country expert of the “EU profiler” project of the European Institute of Florence for the European elections 2009, the preparation of the “Guide to effective lobbying” etc. Sofia has also worked as a journalist, as a press officer/spokesperson and for the Athens Olympic Games. In her free time she volunteers in schools for children with disabilities. She is a Greek national and native speaker, fluent in French and English while she also speaks Italian and Spanish. As a true European she has extensively utilised the right for free movement; she currently lives in Italy after having worked/studied and lived in Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, France,  and Poland.