Ioannis (Yannis) Ktistakis is a Greek Supreme Court certified lawyer, Associate Professor of Public International Law and International Human Rights Law at the Faculty of Law, Democritus University of Thrace, Komotini (Greece) and substitute Member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe.

Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi (Bosphorus) University, Istanbul (Turkey), Lecturer at the Greek National School for the Judiciary as well as Legal Consultant to the Greek National Commission for Human Rights and the Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights.

Former memberships include the Executive Board of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Intolerance (EU), the Greek Equal Treatment Committee and the Greek National Commission for Human Rights.

During the last two decades, he has successfully defended 55 individual cases before the European Court of Human Rights, 3 of them before the Grand Chamber.

He has over 62 publications (in Greek, English and French) on issues related to environmental law, religious freedom, immigration law, procedures before international courts, and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Committee of Social Rights.