Stamatina (Matina) Yannakourou joined the European University Cyprus (EUC) in October 2012 as Assistant Professor of Labour Law and teaches Greek and Cyprus Labour Law, General Principles of Civil Law and Social Security Law. Previously she was Deputy Ombudsman in Greece (2008 – 2012). She has also worked as consultant at the Economic and Social Council of Greece - OKE (1996-2005) and as government advisor to the Secretary General for Gender Equality, Hellenic Ministry of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation (2005-2007). Furthermore, she has collaborated as independent labour law expert with the European Commission (DG EMPL) and several research centers and academic institutions in various EU countries. She has been member of the Scientific Council of the Hellenic National Center of Public Administration and Local Government (2008-2012) and has taught for many years at the National School of Public Administration in Greece. Since 1990 she is Attorney-at- Law at the Athens Bar Association.
She holds a law degree from the Athens Law School (National Kapodistriako University of Athens). She received a Master’s degree (DEA) in Social and Trade Union Law and a PhD in Private Law (Specialisation: Labour Law), with the highest honours, from the Paris West University Nanterre La Défense (formerly called “Paris-X Nanterre”). During the preparation of her PhD she served as Teaching and Research Assistant for Private Law for two years at the University of Paris X-Nanterre. For her PhD, she was honored with a publishing grant from the French Government.
She is an alumna of the American College of Greece (Pierce College), where she received the Minnie Mills Prize for her contribution to the promotion of the students’ community spirit. She is fluent in Greek (native speaker), English and French and has a limited working capacity in Italian.
Her research interests include Labour Law and Labour Relations, Employment Law and Policies, Social Dialogue and Work Governance, Gender Equality Law and Anti-Discrimination Law.