The Founder

Theodore Georgopoulos, Holder of the Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Reims (France) is the founder of the Law firm “Georgopoulos & Associates”, exercising personal supervision in every case.

He is the President of the Vine and Wine Champagne Institute, the President of the International Wine Law Association (2020-2022) and the General Manager of the Greek Wine Federation.


Graduated from Athens Law School in 1997. Postgraduate studies in International Law (Athens, 1998) and European Law (Aix-en-Provence, 1999). PhD in European and Comparative Law (Aix-en-Provence, 2003), (magna cum laude). Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (Aix-en-Provence, 2009).

Full-time Senior Lecturer (Maître de conferences, HDR) in Reims Law School since 2004, he mainly teaches, Comparative Constitutional Law, European and International Law as well as Wine Law. He also teaches Wine Law at the Burgundy School of Wine and Spirits Business, at the University of Roma III and the MSc of the OIV and European Tax Law at the University of Pau. Previously, he has taught EU Law as Visiting Professor at the European Institute of Public Administration (Brussels), at the Bucharest Law School (Romania), the Law School of the Universities of Montpellier and Bordeaux, the Bordeaux School of Management, the School of Agriculture of Angers, at Democritus Law School (Greece), as well as at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Reims Campus). Lectures at Harvard, Minnesota, NYU, Stanford, Davis, McGill, Nicosia… He is the supervisor of 6 PhD thesis in European Law and Wine Law.

Director of the Wine & Law Program (, he is responsible for several research programs in legal studies related to the wine industry. Director of the Master’s Program on Wine & Spirits Law, the Diploma on Wine Journalism, the Moot Court on European Wine Law, the EU Wine Law Fall School and the Wine Law Clinics (University of Reims Law School).

Holder of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Regulation of the Wine Sector, University of Reims (since 2015).

President of the Georges Chappaz Champagne Wine Institute, since 2015 (

Researcher at the Center of European and International Studies of Aix-Marseille Law School (1999-2008) and at the “Centre de Recheche sur la Décentralisation territoriale” (Reims). He has also spent 7 months on a Fulbright Scholarship as a Visiting Academic Scholar in the NYU Jean Monnet Center (NY, USA, 2006) and at the Law School of the University of Tübingen (Germany, 2002).

Attorney-at-Law at the Supreme Court and Council of State of Greece, he joined the Athens Bar Association in 2001, specializing in the field of European Law, Wine Law and Food Law. Managing Partner of Georgopoulos & Associates ( Internship in the European Court of Justice (2001). Legal Counsel of national bodies and business in Greece, especially in the food and wine & spirits industry. He has handled various cases before the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Commission.

President of the International Wine Law Association (AIDV,, 2020-2022)

General Director of the Greek Wine Federation ( Representative at the Comité européen des Entreprises viticoles (CEEV). Expert at the International Vine & and Wine Organization. Special Secretary of the Law and Consumption Group of Experts of the OIV.

Director of Jus Vini – Journal of Wine & Spirits Law, the first peer-review legal journal specializing in Wine & Spirits Law (

Writing activity: Author of five monographs and two textbooks in EU Law, some 100 articles as well as the editor of five books, in English, French and Greek focusing on the enforcement of European and International Law in the national legal order (with emphasis to the French, German and US Law), on questions of substantive EC and US Law (especially Tax Law and Public Economic Law) and on European and Comparative Wine Law. Columnist in the wine magazines La Champagne viticole (Epernay) and Wine Trails (Athens).

Member of the Board of the International Wine Law Association (, of the Editor’s Board of the Journal of Administrative Law (Athens) and of the National University Council of France (CNU, since 2011). Former member of the Directory Broad of the French Association of European Law, of the Examination Committee of Paris Bar Association and of the Council of the Law School of Reims.

Prizes – Scholarships: Book Prize of the International Vine & Wine Organization (OIV, 2016) Jean Monnet Module in EU Wine Law (2009) ; Emile Noël Scholarship of the Centre Jean Monnet, NYU School of Law (2006) ; EU – US Fulbright Scholarship (2006); PhD Prizes of the Centre français de droit comparé (2004), the Groupe européen de droit public (2004), of the University Aix-Marseille III (2004) and the French ECSA Organization (2004) ; Research Scholarship of the French-German Office of Youth (2002) and of the Hague Academy of International Law (2000) ; Winner of the 1st Prize of International Law of the Greek Foundation of Scholarships (1998).

Languages: English, French, German, Greek.