Maria Kotsi was born in Athens, Greece. From the beginning of her studies at the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens she was interested in international and European law.
During her ERASMUS exchange semester at Freie Universität Berlin (Oct. 2008-March 2009) she was selected as a member of the team representing it in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2009; the team won the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Best Memorials Award in the German National Round.
Upon her return to her home university and already being internationally minded she decided to dedicate the next three years contributing to the student community by re-establishing ELSA (The European Law Students’ Association) first in her university and then on a national level. Being elected President of ELSA Athens for one year and of ELSA Greece for three years, she was responsible for organizing a number of events and helping students in Greece benefit from the wide range of academic opportunities ELSA offers (Jan. 2010-Dec. 2012).
One of ELSA’s projects that particularly drew her interest was the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (EMC2). During her term as Member of the ELSA Organizing Secretariat for the 10th Edition of the Competition (2011-2012) assisting with its marketing and promotion in ELSA member countries, she contacted Mr. Gourgourinis, Lecturer of International Economic Law in her University, to present the Competition; a couple of months later the team was formed that would represent the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens for the very first time in the 11th Edition of the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law (2012-2013).
She was selected to be a member of this first team and was appointed Team Captain. Already from the beginning of the preparations she realized that international economic law and especially WTO law was the field she wanted to specialize in. The Team won the European Regional Round in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the Best Written Submission for Complainant Award and the Best Written Submission Overall Award and she was awarded the Best Oralist Award in the Regional Round Semi-Finals. In the Final Oral Round in Geneva, Switzerland the team ranked 10th in the Preliminary Rounds and she was ranked 6th best Oralist in the Preliminary Rounds.
In the following year she helped with the preparation of the new team representing the University in the 12th Edition of the EMC2 (2013-2014) as Assistant Coach. The Team advanced from the European Regional Round in Prague, Czech Republic, to the Final Oral Round in Geneva and was the overall winner of the Competition.
During her studies she also worked part-time as a legal intern in a law firm in Athens specializing in civil and commercial law cases (December 2010- May 2011; April 2012 - September 2012).
As she aspires to become an international trade lawyer and researcher, she believes that the IELPO LL.M. will provide her with all the necessary tools to expand her knowledge and understanding of international economic law and economics.
Maria has been awarded the IELPO-ELSA scholarship in order to attend the IELPO LL.M. this year.
Her mother language is Greek, she speaks fluently English and German and is currently learning Spanish.