Efpraxia (Aithra) Maria
Associate Professor, Environmental & Engineering Law 
Environmental Law and Environmental Goverance Laboratory
Division I: Environmental Management

Extended CV (pdf)


  • Office: 145 B 92
  • Tel.: +30 28210 37753 FAX: +30 28210 37852
  • Email:efmaria@enveng.tuc.gr
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 and Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00


  • 1998: PhD in Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Athens, Greece
  • 1988: MSc in Public Law, Faculty of Law, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1984: Law Degree, Faculty of Law, University of Athens, Greece

Research Interests

Legal and interdisciplinary research on:

  • Biodiversity/Agro-biodiversity legal issues
    • Forest protection,
    • Landscape protection 
    • Genetic resources
    • Plant genetic resources/forest genetic resources
    • In situ conservation/Protected Areas
    • Ex situ conservation
    • Gene Banks & Seed Banks
    • Botanical Gardens
  • Environmental and landscape governance
  • Energy Law
    • Renewable Energy Sources
    • Energy saving in buildings
    • Smart metering

Participation in Research Programs and Projects

  • Participation as  Scientific Coordinator: "Legal issues derived from the use of monitoring and observation Εarth technologies to ensure environmental compliance in the Hellenic legal order (HELLASNOMOSAT), ESPA (OPS MIS 5047355), Period 1.2.2020 - 31.5.2021.
  • Participation as researcher: "GREEN PARTNERSHIPS - Local Partnerships for Greener Cities and Regions", MED 2007-2013, 1-1-2013 until 31-5-2015
  • Participation as researcher: "ΝΕΖΕΗ - Nearly Zero Energy Hotels", Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE), 1-4-2013 until 31-3-2016.
  • Participation as researcher: "BUILD UP Skills UPSWING-UPgrading the construction Sector Workforce traINing and qualification in Greece", Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE), 2014-2017,
  • Participation as General Scientific Coordinator : ESPA-EU (OPS 5000346), “Codification of forest legislation”, 2014-2016 (participation as General Scientific Coordinator)

Recent Publications

    • E.A. Maria, “The legal protection of landscape in International, European Community and national law”, Publ. Ant. Sakkoulas, Athens 2009, ISBN 978-960-15-2298-2 (book, 569 pages, monograph, in Greek).
    • E.A. Maria, “Forest Legislation”, Publ. Nomiki Bibliothiki, Athens 2011, ISBN 978-960-272-785-0 (Annotated Forest Legislation i.e. with extensive bibliography and case law comments), p. 1372, (in Greek).
    • E.A. Maria, “Innovative tools for biodiversity protection : The European Landscape Convention and the ratified law 3827/2010” in : Memory of Professor George Papadimitriou II "Constitution, Democracy and State Institutions', Publ. Sakkoulas Athens-Thessaloniki, 2013, pp. 539-562, ISBN 978-960-445-971-1.
    • E-A Maria & G-P Limniou, Legal framework in Greece regarding the ABS regime, implementation gaps and issues requiring national and international attention, pp. 137-161 in : B. Coolsaet, F. Batur, A. Broggiato, J. Pitseys, T. Dedeurwaerdere (eds.), Implementing the Nagoya Protocol. Comparing Access and Benefit-Sharing regimes in Europe, ISBN 978-90-04-293205 (2015), Brill Nijhoff.
    • E.A. Maria «Act 3937/20111 for biodiversity conservation : critical approach in the light of recent developments in international and EU law on genetic resources»     (contribution in Honorary Volume), pp. 1035-1062, in  :  Honorary Volume for 50 years of Administrative Courts, Publ. Sakkoulas SA, Athens-Thessaloniki, 2015, ISBN  978-960-568-320-7 (in Greek).
    • Efpraxia-Aithra Maria, Georgia-Panagiota Limniou & Spyridon Kokkaliaris, “The energy efficiency directive and the challenges for the Hellenic legislative process in times of crisis”, Advances in Building Energy Research, Volume 7, Issue 1, 2013.  
    • I-A Kapetanakis, D Kolokotsa, E-A Maria, Parametric analysis and assessment of the photovoltaics' landscape integration: Technical and legal aspects, Renewable Energy 67, 207-214 (2014)
    • V. Tsilini, S. Papantoniou, D. Kolokotsa, E-A Maria, Urban gardens as a solution to energy poverty and urban heat island, Sustainable Cities and Society 14, 323-333 (2015)
    • S. Kokkaliaris & E-A Maria, The legislative initiatives for smart metering as a precondition to zero energy: the case of Greece, Advances in Building Energy Research, volume 9, issue 1, (2015) pp. 55-72
    • Kapotas P. & E.A. Maria, (2017) "Livestock grazing, forest protection and law in Greece", Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 28 Iss: 1, pp.57 – 69.
    • E.A. Maria, (2017) «Forest mapping and Cadastre in Council of State’s jurisprudence», Environment & Law 3/2017, pp. 401-411. (in Greek).

Undergraduate Courses

Ph.D. Candidates

  • Panagiotis Kapotas
  • Irini Nikolaou