İlker Tsavousoglou is a PhD Research Fellow at the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University and an Attorney at Law in Greece. He studied law in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) where he obtained his Bachelor Degree (2006) and then he proceeded to his postgraduate studies in Democritus University of Thrace (Greece) where he completed his Masters with specialisation in Civil law (2013).
During his postgraduate studies he emphasised on legal aspects regarding assisted human reproduction and legal issues generated by the application of Islamic law in the Greek legal order. His Master thesis dealt extensively and specifically with the regulation of family law relations of the Muslim community of Western Thrace under the rule of Islamic law.
Before joining the Human Rights Centre as a PhD Researcher he practised law as a Civil law Attorney in Thrace (Greece), with specialisation in Greek Family, Inheritance and Property law, a profession that he keeps alongside with his activities as a member of the Human Rights Centre.
His PhD research project deals particularly with the official application of Muslim law in the Greek legal order in the light of the European Convention on Human Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, in conjunction with international and domestic scholarship and his empirical insights as an Attorney in the region.
Contemporary issues of European Family law (including assisted human reproduction), human rights law, and the interaction between law and religion with focus on the accommodation of Islamic legal traditions in the European context fall within his range of interests. He attended the 5th Conference of the Commission on Family Law (Bonn, 2013) and the seminar organised by the Legal Council of the State on the legal status of Mufti, the application of Shari’a in the Greek legal order and freedom of religion (Athens, 2013).