Stavroula Antoniou graduated from the Faculty of Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (LL.B.), holds a Master’s Degree with Specialization in Private Law A (LL.M.) from the same university, and Ph.D. by Freie Universität Berlin with the “The Control of Rights of Unilateral Price Adjustment in Long-term Contracts, in particular Energy Supply Contracts;j a Comparative Study between the German and the Greek Law”. She worked as a special assistant at the Institute for Energy and Regulatory Law, Berlin and was the tutor and the supervisor of the Tutorial Course for the Successful Fruition in LL.M, Program at Freie Universität Berlin during two university semesters. She has worked, inter alia, as a research assistant in the area of International Energy Law, Environmental Law and European Contract Law in international law offices, Beiten Burkhardt and Noerr-Leading Law Firm in Berlin. From September 2014 is a member of the Adjunct faculty of Neapolis University in Pafos (Cyprus). Stavroula Antoniou is an Attorney-at-Law in Athens since 2006, in Rokas Law Office since 2016 and specializes in Civil Law, Energy Law and Competition Law cases.
The most contentious energy projects have centred on the extraction of lignite and hydrocarbons, the installation of renewable resource power plants and the development of the electricity grid. While the extraction of hydrocarbons has raised questions about the environmental effects of this activity and the consequences of oil extraction, these projects have significant support from local communities, since they promise sizeable increases in employment.
Unlike in most other EU countries, natural gas became part of the Greek market only recently following the launch of organised commercial import of natural gas at the end of 1996. Until then, gas was mainly used for electricity generation. Although the Greek supply and transmission of natural gas has not yet reached maturity, there have been significant attempts to liberalise the market in the past decade, particularly in the past couple of years.