Theodoros Chalkiopoulos(†) was born in Skopje in 1928, where his father was serving as Consul General of Greece.
He studied Law at the University of Athens from where he received his doctorate on “Issues of capture at sea during the kapodistrian period, a thesis of particular legal and historical importance.
He was member of the Athens Bar Association from 1963 until 1977.
He served as an assistant, lecturer and academic associate at the University of Athens under Konstantinos Efstathiades, the late distinguished Professor of International Law.
In 1976 he was appointed legal counselor at the Special Legal Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he served until his retirement at the rank of Director.
Participation in International Fora
During his career he participated as representative of Greece in numerous, important conferences. The extent and impact of his participation in international fora cannot be adequately described in this brief note. Suffice to say that as a specialist in the Law of the Sea, he participated in all meetings of the Third Conference of the United Nations on the Law of the Sea from 1975 to 1982.
He was head of the Greek Delegation on the Preparatory Committee for the International Authority of the Sea and for the International Court of the Law of the Sea. Vice-President and President of the Fourth Special Committee responsible for setting up the ad hoc Committee of the Law of the Sea. Member of the ad hoc Committee of Experts of the Council of Europe for the underwater cultural heritage (1980-1985). Greek representative for many years on the 6th Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations and at the UNESCO.
He published many articles and books on International Law with emphasis on the Law of the Sea.
After his departure from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1995, he was appointed Emeritus Legal Counsel of the Ministry and continued to work until his death in February 2004.
With his deep knowledge of international law, Dr. Chalkiopoulos was a valuable source of guidance and inspiration for those who knew him and worked with him.