Harry-Zachary Tzimitras

Director. PRIO Cyprus Centre

Harry-Zachary Tzimitras
Email: harry@prio.org
Work phone: +357.22.456555/4
Mobile phone: +357 (99) 727 101
Twitter: @h_tzimitras

Research Interests

​Public International law; Law of the Sea; Foreign Policy Analysis; International Organizations; Energy Geopolitics; Eastern Mediterranean; Cyprus; Greece; Turkey.

Background

​​​Professor of International Law and International Relations.

Before joining PRIO he was with Istanbul Bilgi University, where he has been the Director of the M.A. in International Relations Program and the Director of the Turkish-Greek Studies Division. In Istanbul he was also Adjunct Professor of International Law at Koc University.

Educated at the London School of Economics and the Panteion University of Athens, he has held positions at the University of Cambridge and the Institute of International Relations, Athens.

His teaching, research and policy interests lie primarily in the fields of public international law, the law of the sea, foreign policy, energy geopolitics, the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, and has published extensively in these areas.

Some of his recent publications in his current area of engagement include:

Gurel, A., Tzimitras, H. and Faustmann, H. (ed.) East Mediterranean Hydrocarbons: Geopolitical Perspectives, Markets and Export Routes, and Regional Cooperation. Oslo-Nicosia: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Cyprus Centre, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Brookings Institution, PCC Report 3/2014;


Gurel, A. and Tzimitras, H. "Gas Can Become the New Lost Opportunity" in Kerr Lindsay, J. (ed.) Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution. London: I.B. Tauris, 2014;


Gurel, A., Kahveci, H. and Tzimitras, H. "How to build confidence over energy issues in the context of a Cyprus settlement" in Andoura, S. and Koranyi. D. (eds.), Energy in the Eastern Mediterranean – Promise or Peril? Joint Report by the Egmont Institute and the Atlantic Council. Gent: Academia Press, 2014;


Gurel, A., Mullen, F. and Tzimitras, H. The Cyprus Hydrocarbons Issue: Context, Positions and Future Scenarios. Oslo-Nicosia: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Cyprus Centre, PCC Report 1/2013;


Tzimitras, H.Z. The Legal Implications of Gas Resources in the Eastern Mediterranean: International Law Perspectives in Nathanson, R. and Levy, Ro'ee (ed.) "Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean – Casus Belli or Chance for Regional Cooperation?" Tel Aviv: Institute for National Security Studies and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2012;


Tzimitras, H.Z. "The prospects for Exploration and Exploitation of Oil and Gas in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean: Some Observations" in Faustman, H. and Gurel, A. Cyprus Offshore Hydrocarbons: Regional Politics and Wealth Distribution. Oslo-Nicosia: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Peace Rerearch Institute Oslo (PRIO) Cyprus Centre, PCC Report 1/2012.

Events

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Publications

Book

Tzimitras, H.Z. "I Ifalokripida ton Nision sti Diethni Nomologia" [The Continental Shelf of Islands in International Jurisprudence] (with a preface by Prof. C. Economides) Athens: Sakkoulas Law Publishers, 1997.


Book Chapters, Articles and Reports

Gurel, A., Tzimitras, H. and Faustmann, H. (ed.) East Mediterranean Hydrocarbons: Geopolitical Perspectives, Markets and Export Routes, and Regional Cooperation. Oslo-Nicosia: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Cyprus Centre, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Brookings Institution, PCC Report 3/2014


Gurel, A. and Tzimitras, H. "Gas Can Become the New Lost Opportunity" in Kerr Lindsay, J. (ed.) Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution. London: I.B. Tauris, 2014

 

Gurel, A., Kahveci, H. and Tzimitras, H. "How to build confidence over energy issues in the context of a Cyprus settlement" in Andoura, S. and Koranyi. D. (eds.), Energy in the Eastern Mediterranean – Promise or Peril? Joint Report by the Egmont Institute and the Atlantic Council. Gent: Academia Press, 2014.

 

Gurel, A., Mullen, F. and Tzimitras, H. The Cyprus Hydrocarbons Issue: Context, Positions and Future Scenarios. Oslo-Nicosia: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Cyprus Centre, PCC Report 1/2013

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. The Legal Implications of Gas Resources in the Eastern Mediterranean: International Law Perspectives in Nathanson, R. and Levy, Ro'ee (ed.) "Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean – Casus Belli or Chance for Regional Cooperation?" Tel Aviv: Institute for National Security Studies and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2012

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "The prospects for Exploration and Exploitation of Oil and Gas in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean: Some Observations" in Faustman, H. and Gurel, A. Cyprus Offshore Hydrocarbons: Regional Politics and Wealth Distribution. Oslo-Nicosia: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Peace Rerearch Institute Oslo (PRIO) Cyprus Centre, PCC Report 1/2012

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "The Politics of Law or the Law of Politics? International Law vs. International Politics and the Global Challenges in Governance and Sustainable Development". Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF): Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Political Science, Sociology and International Relations (PSSIR), 2011

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "EU Law: An Introduction". in Kaya, A. et. al. (ed.) Introduction to the European Union: History, Institutions and Politics. Istanbul: Istanbul Bilgi University Press, 2011 (in Turkish).

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "Alternative Forms of Nationalism: Superiority through Law in Greek Foreign Policy" in Aktar, A., Kizilyurek, N. & Ozkirimli, U. (ed.) Nationalism in the Troubled Triangle: Cyprus, Greece and Turkey. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "Europe, Nationalism and Turkish-Greek Aegean Disputes" in Nikolaidis, K., Anastasakis, O. & Oktem, K. (ed.) Under the Long Shadow of Europe: Greeks and Turks in the Era of Post-Nationalism. Leiden & Boston: Brill/ Martinus Nijhoff, 2009.

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "Europeanization and Nationalism in the Turkish-Greek Rapprochement" Insight Turkey, vol. 10, No., 1 2008.

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "The Emerging Framework of Greek-Turkish Relations: Traditional Clichés and New Perceptions" in Kappler, M. (ed.) Intercultural Aspects in and around Turkic Literatures. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag 2006.

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "To Provlima ton Synhronon Epikliseon Ithikis sto Diethnes Dikaio kai tous Diethneis Thesmous" ["The Problem of Current Invocation of Ethics in International Law and International Institutions"] Exoterika Themata [Foreign Issues], A Foreign Policy Quarterly Review (Athens), No. 18, July 2005 (in Greek).

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "O Proliptikos Polemos" ["Pre-emptive War"] Exoterika Themata [Foreign Issues], A Foreign Policy Quarterly Review (Athens), No. 15, October 2004 (in Greek).

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "Kritikos Anastohasmos ton Ellinotourkikon Sheseon: Esoterikes Parametroi kai Exoterikes Metavlites" ["Critical Rethinking of Greek-Turkish Relations: Internal Parameters and External Variables"] Exoterika Themata [Foreign Issues], A Foreign Policy Quarterly Review (Athens), No. 13, April 2004 (in Greek).

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "Diethnes Dikaio kai Syghroni Elliniki Exoteriki Politiki" ["International Law and Contemporary Greek Foreign Policy"] in P. Tsakonas (ed.), Syghroni Elliniki Exoteriki Politiki [Contemporary Greek Foreign Policy]. Athens: Sideris Publishers, 2003 (in Greek).

 

Constas, D. & Tzimitras, H.Z. "Grandi Sfide per la Presidenza Greca" ["The Great Challenges for the Greek Presidency of the European Union"] VI Foro Ellenico No. 48, January-February 2003 (in Italian).

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "Diethnes Dikastirio Dikaiou Thalassis: I Nomologia tou Sti Nea Hilietirida" ["International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: Its Jurisprudence in the New Millennium"] Institute of International Relations: Yearbook 2002. Athens: Sakkoulas Law Publishers, 2003 (in Greek).

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "Evropaiki Politiki Asfaleias kai Amynas: Koinovouleftikos Eleghos kai Dimokratiko Elleimma" ["European Security and Defence Policy: Parliamentary Scrutiny and Democratic Deficit"] Exoterika Themata [Foreign Issues], A Foreign Policy Quarterly Review (Athens) No. 6, June 2002 (in Greek).

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "To Anadyomeno Plaisio Epilysis ton Ellinotourkikon Diaforon kai to Diethnes Dikastirio tis Hagis" ["The Emerging Framework for the Settlement of Greek-Turkish Disputes and the International Court of Justice"] Exoterika Themata [Foreign Issues], A Foreign Policy Quarterly Review (Athens) No. 5, April 2002 (in Greek).

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "Mergitur nec Fluctuat: O Organismos Inomenon Ethnon sti Dini ton Diethnon Exelixeon ston 21o Aiona" ["Mergitur nec Fluctuat: The United Nations in the Whirlpool of International Developments in the Twenty-first Century"] Society for Political and Economic Studies: 3 Eksynchronismos [Modernisation], Oct.-Dec. 2001 (in Greek).

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes and the Development of the Law of the Sea: The Role of the International Court of Justice". 10 Cambridge Review of International Affairs, No. 2, 1997.

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "Mia Ypothiki gia to Mellon: I Ifalokrripida ton Nision kai I Ipothesi tis Voreiou Thalassis" ["A Hypothecation of the Future: The Continental Shelf of Islands and the North Sea Cases"] 11 The Athens Law Review, No. 1, 1996 (in Greek).

 

Tzimitras, H.Z. "The United Nations' International Security Role". The Institute of Public International Law and International Relations: XIX Thesaurus Acroasium, 1993.

Recent publications

Gürel, Ayla; Harry-Zachary Tzimitras; & Hubert Faustmann, eds, (2016) Global Energy Debates and the Eastern Mediterranean, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 1. Cyprus: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla; Harry-Zachary Tzimitras; & Hubert Faustmann, eds, (2014) East Mediterranean Hydrocarbons: Geopolitical Perspectives, Markets, and Regional Cooperation, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 3. Cyprus : PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Tzimitras, Harry-Zachary; & Mete Hatay (2016) The Need for Realism: Solving the Cyprus problem through linkage politics, Turkey Project Policy Paper , 9. USA: Centre on the United States and Europe at Brookings.
Ellinas, Charles ; Harry-Zachary Tzimitras; & John Roberts (2016) Hydrocarbon Developments in the Eastern Mediterranean The Case for PragmatismUSA: Atlantic Council, Global Energy Center and Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.
Gürel, Ayla & Harry-Zachary Tzimitras (2016) Cyprus Settlement Negotiations: From Euphoria to Reality, Turkish Policy Quarterly 15(1): 51–63.

All publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Gürel, Ayla & Harry-Zachary Tzimitras (2015) Beyond Energy: Remarks about the Direction of Turkish-Russian Relations and Their Implications for the Cyprus Problem, Energy and Integration In the Black Sea Region(18): 28–38.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Gürel, Ayla & Harry-Zachary Tzimitras (2016) Cyprus Settlement Negotiations: From Euphoria to Reality, Turkish Policy Quarterly 15(1): 51–63.

PRIO Report

Gürel, Ayla; Harry-Zachary Tzimitras; & Hubert Faustmann, eds, (2016) Global Energy Debates and the Eastern Mediterranean, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 1. Cyprus: PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla; Harry-Zachary Tzimitras; & Hubert Faustmann, eds, (2014) East Mediterranean Hydrocarbons: Geopolitical Perspectives, Markets, and Regional Cooperation, PRIO Cyprus Centre Report, 3. Cyprus : PRIO Cyprus Centre.
Gürel, Ayla; Fiona Mullen; & Harry Tzimitras (2013) The Cyprus Hydrocarbons Issue: Context, Positions and Future Scenarios, PRIO Report, 1. Nicosia: PRIO Cyprus Centre.

Report - Other

Ellinas, Charles ; Harry-Zachary Tzimitras; & John Roberts (2016) Hydrocarbon Developments in the Eastern Mediterranean The Case for PragmatismUSA: Atlantic Council, Global Energy Center and Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.

Report - External Series

Tzimitras, Harry-Zachary; & Mete Hatay (2016) The Need for Realism: Solving the Cyprus problem through linkage politics, Turkey Project Policy Paper , 9. USA: Centre on the United States and Europe at Brookings.

Blog Posts

No More Lost Opportunities

Posted by Harry Tzimitras on Thursday, 1 September 2016

The leaders of Cyprus’ communities enjoy a rapport that would seem encouraging for settling decades-long differences. But new geopolitical realities could easily sideline progress. The time is now for visionary and credible political initiative, coupled with the constructive engagement of the international community. Few would disagree that negotiations for the solution of the decades-old Cyprus problem have made considerable progress. But few would agree that the final solution is only a matter of time. The euphoric climate surrounding the negotiations, prompted especially by the good rapport between the leaders of the two communities leads to much optimism. At the same ...

Business and Peace

Posted by Kristian Berg Harpviken & Harry Tzimitras on Wednesday, 14 May 2014

These days, the Business for Peace Symposium is happening in Oslo. Business leaders from all over the world are gathered to discuss how business can contribute to peace and hinder conflict. Some of the most distinguished guests have arrived from Cyprus, namely Manthos Mavrommatis, Honorary President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Vargin Varer, Vice President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce. The Cyprus issue is currently at its most critical conjuncture for at least a decade. It is indeed only the second time in 40 years that the prospects of a solution might actually be ...

Golden Sunset

Posted by Harry Tzimitras on Thursday, 3 October 2013

The recent crackdown on the Golden Dawn, the extreme right political party in Greece, met with a mixture of feelings on the part of the general Greek public: relief, exaltation, impatience, frustration, uncertainty, even fear. It was also surrounded with a number of questions. For some, just why? For most, why now? Why has it taken so long? What’s next? Will this backfire? The fact remains, of course, that belatedly or not, the government proceeded with nearly unprecedented determination to remove the gangrene of the Greek political system. There’s little doubt that this is a development of far reaching consequences ...

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