Yannis Ktistakis is a lawyer and senior partner in Ktistakis & Associates Law Firm, Assistant Professor of Public International Law both at the Faculty of Law, Democritus University of Thrace, Komotini (Greece) and at the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul (Turkey). He serves as the legal advisor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Former memberships have included the Executive Board of EUMC, the Greek Equal Treatment Committee, the National Commission for Human Rights and the Secretary General of the Greek League for Human Rights (NGO). He has produced over thirty-five publications on diverse issues related to immigration law, religious freedom, Islamic Law, protection of human rights and the jurisprudence of the ECHR. He has successfully defended fifty-three cases before the European Court of Human Rights and one collective complaint before the European Committee of Social Rights. He is fluent in Greek (his mother tongue), English and French.