PRESIDENT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE
INTERNATIONAL LAW PROFESSOR
Professor Dr. Dr.h.c. Paraskevi (Paroula) Naskou-Perraki was born in Thessaloniki. She studied at the Faculty of Law of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, at Roosevelt University of Chicago, attended classes at The Hague Academy of International Law, at the Academy of Comparative Law, at the International Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg and received her doctorate thesis on Public International Law from the Faculty of Law of Democritus University of Thrace.
She taught at the Faculty of Law of Democritus University in Komotini, from 1974 to 1993 and from 1994 to 2014 at the Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, where she founded ThessisMUN and the UNESCO Chair on Inter-cultural Policy. She was the editor of the “UNESCO Chair Publications”.
Secretary of the Center of International and European Economic Law (1997-2007), visiting professor at the Law School of Capital University, Colombus, Ohio, USA (2001, 2009, 2011), lecturer at the Summer School of the same University held in Thessaloniki (1997-2005), she taught at the National School of Judges, at the European Master on Human Rights and Democratization in Venice (2002), at the Masters program of the World Trade Institute on Bern (2002, 2003) , at the Institute of Human Rights in Strasburg (2010), at the University of the Hague to judges from Indonesia (2017-2019) and gave lectures at different Universities in Europe. Member in many scientific associations she was Secretary of the Board of K Koufa Foundation (2014-2018), she is the President of the Board of the Institute for Balkan Studies, Vice President of UNESCO Center for Women and Peace in the Balkans, Director of the Hellenic Institute for the United Nations, member of the Scientific Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece.
She was awarded an Honorary Doctor from the Department of Law and History of the Neophit Rilsky University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria (2003). She was member of the Editorial Committee of the Hellenic Review of European Law (2004-2007) , the Scientific Committee of the Refugee and Alien Law Annually (1998-2018) and Chief Editor of the Evrigenis Yearbook of International and European Law (2018-). She has represented Greece at the dialogue of EU-Iran, EU-China on Human Rights and at the adoption of Dublin II Regulation in the European Union.
In 2011 she was appointed Judge ad Hoc at the European Court of Human Rights. She has published books and scientific articles in Greek, French and English.
Welcoming Message from Paroula Naskou-Perraki, Head of the Scientific Committee of the
High-School Simulation “Students as Diplomats”
The Simulation of the UN Committees on Human Rights, with the participation of high-
schoolstudents from all over Greece and abroad, is organized in Thessaloniki since 2016.
Human Rights are the foundation of all human beings’ existence and for this reason we have
chosen this thematic, recognizing the importance of Human Rights education in the younger
generations of our society.
Human rights are universal and inalienable, indivisible, interdependent and
interrelated.They are universal because everyone is born with and possesses the same
rights, regardless of where they live, their gender or race, or their religious, cultural or ethnic
background. Human Rights can never be taken away and, for this reason, it is important for
all of us to know our rights and defend them.
Human Rights knowledge relates to the education of young people to respect Human Rights
and Fundamental Freedoms, otherwise the development of their personality in the spirit of
respect of human dignity and equality of rights.
Since 1976 the (former) Commission of Human Rightshas requested from member states to
establish special courses for Human Rights and introduce them in all education levels,
including universities.UNESCO has requested the introduction of the Universal Declaration
on Human Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to all
curricula,in all levels of educationandon a daily basis. UNESCOhas also requested the training
of teachers, so that Human Rights can be implemented in practice.In 2004 the UN General
Assembly declared the Global Programme for Education on Human Rights underlining that
the course on Human Rights must be incorporated in all levels of education.
Human Rightstrainings should be offered to professors, public officers, policemen, gards in
prisons, journalists, people working with refugees and others.The knowledge of Human
Rights contributes to the creation and defense of a Human Rights culture and we should all
be aware that “Education on Human Rights constitutes adistinct Human Right itself”.
I wholeheartedly wish youall the best and the greatest of success!
Member of the Orginising comitee & head of communications
Thomais Ntafouli is a law student at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is currently serving as Vice President in charge of Marketing at the National Board 2020/2021 of ELSA Greece (European Law Students’ Association), after her participation in various ELSA projects as Director for Marketing or OC member. Her passion for contributing to project organization has led her also founding, along with the principal of her high school, public consultation for students about political, social and law issues and a business plan day. She has represented her region in National Youth Parliament as a high-school student and she had also participated in various competitions and conferences. She runs the debate club of her high school and also helps as a coach for students who participate in such conferences. For the last three years, she has contributed to the realization of the conferences “Students as Diplomats” and “Students Debaters” as Head of Staff, Board Member or Judge. It is a great honor for her to be a member of the Organizing Committee of the first International Student Conference “Students Diplomats”, aiming to reassure the best conference quality experience possible.
MEMBER OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Dimitra Karakioulaki is a law student at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since 2010 she has participated at numerous international sessions of Model United Nations, the European Youth Parliament and the Model Greek Parliament, as well as at various debate and public speaking competitions, wining awards for meritorious performance. She is an active member of ELSA, Youthorama, NSHSS and was a volunteer at the United Nations. On 2018 she participated at the 12th session of UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances in Geneva and on 2019 she represented Greece at the International Negotiation Competition in Tokyo. She is a co-founder and member of the organizing committees of the “Students as Diplomats” conference and the “Students Debaters” competition in Thessaloniki, Greece.
MEMBER OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Nikolas Blounas is a 22 year old Law student at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Throughout his life has participated in a plethora of youth conferences such as Models of the United Nations, where he’s been awarded as Best Judge in the ICJ (International Court of Justice) committee, and EYP (European Youth Parliament) where he was selected among a team of high-school students to represent Greece in an international forum held in Constantinople. He has also been taking place in public debate and speaking competitions managing to be awarded with the prize of the Best Speaker in North Greece. For the last 6 years he is an active YMCA volunteer and the last 4 years has been a co-founder and member of the organizing committees of the “Students as Diplomats” conference and the “Students Debaters” competition in Thessaloniki, Greece.
head of communications
Andromachi Sklopi is 20 years old. She has graduated from the Hellenic College of Thessaloniki and right now she is an undergraduate student in the faculty of Journalism and Mass Communications at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. From a very young age sports have played a major and decisive role in the formation of her character and her education and she has been awarded many times. She is fluent in English and German and she has excellent computer skills. She has participated in many UN's and UNESCO's simulations, as well as in rhetoric debates as a journalist, editor in chief, social media manager and communications manager. She has worked as a secretary and has been many times in charge of supervision, creative occupation and amusement of children. In her spare time she is an amateur photographer and she plays volleyball.