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Theodore Georgopoulos

Director of the Wine, Spirits & Terroirs department

Of Counsel


  • - Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (University of Aix-Marseille III) – 2009
  • - PhD in European and Comparative Law, magna cum laude (University of Aix-Marseille III) – 2003
  • - Master (DEA) in European Law (University of Aix-Marseille III) – 1999
  • - LL.M. in International Law (University of Athens) – 1998
  • - B.A. in law (University of Athens) – 1997

Practice description

A recognized and influential expert in Wine Law, Theodore Georgopoulos joined CASALONGA in 2021 as Director of the Wine, Spirits & Terroirs Department.

Theodore is a EU as well as a Wine, Spirits & Food Law expert. He advises winegrowers, cooperatives, traders, unions of the Wine and Spirits Sector, as well as government of bodies, in France and abroad. He represents actors of the Wine, Spirits as well as Food Sector before the European Commission, various national and European authorities and courts, including the European Court of Justice.

Holder of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Regulation of the Wine Sector, he is the Director of the Master’s Program in Wine & Spirits Law at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne and the President of the Institute Georges Chappaz of Vine and Wine in Champagne, which coordinates research and education in the field of Vine and Wine and ensures dialogue between the academic world and the champagne industry.

Professional organisations

Theodore is the President of the International Wine Law Association (AIDV-IWLA) (2020-2022). He directs the Journal of Wine & Spirits Law (Jus Vini) and is Vice-President of the Group of Experts “Law and Consumer Information” of the international Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV). He is also a member of the
international Academy of Wine (AIV) and of the Directors’ Club of the CEEV (Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins).


He is the author of 6 monographs and 2 textbooks in EU Law, of more than 100 articles, as well as the editor of 9 collective books, in particular on European law, wine law and the law of designations of origin. He is also columnist for the "Revue des Œnologues", "La Champagne Viticole" and "Vitisphère".


He regularly participates as a speaker in many presentations, especially in the fields of European law and Wine & Spirits law.


Greek (native), French, English, German