Dr Michalis Stavrinos started his professional career at first as a practicing Lawyer in Athens from 1977 to 1980. He then worked for the Administration of the National Bank of Greece in Athens. He later worked as a Legal Adviser, Special Legal Service, to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He entered the Cypriot Diplomatic Service in 1989. During his service abroad he has been posted as Ambassador / Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (2006-2008), Ambassador of Cyprus to Denmark (2002-2003), Ambassador / High Commissioner to Kenya (2000-2002), Consul General in Thessaloniki, Greece (1998-2000), Deputy Head of Mission in Germany, Bonn (1996-1998), Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations in New York (1991-1995). At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has served as Director of the Political Affairs Division (Multilateral Affairs), Head of the Middle East and Africa Department, Head of the Legal Department, Director of the Department for International and Community Law – EU Accession Course of Turkey and Acting Director of the European Union Division.
As of 13 September 2011, Dr Stavrinos is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cyprus to Ireland.
Dr Stavrinos holds a Degree in Law (Athens University), a Political Science Degree (Athens University), an M.Sc. in Marine Law and Policy on a scholarship (University of Wales) and a PhD in International Law on a scholarship (University of Wales).
Dr. Stavrinos was born in Cyprus, on 14 October, 1954. He is married to Mrs Marita Pantazi-Stavrinou, a lawyer, and he has three children, Christophoros, Alexandros and Philippos. In his free time he writes Books on International Law issues, Collections of Poems and Historic Novels.