Lia Athanasiou

Academic degrees & distinctions

1994:  Ph.D. in European and Commercial Law at the University of Paris I- Panthéon-Sorbonne. Doctoral dissertation under the title “Legal aspects of competition in maritime transport and comparative study based on EU Law”.

Grade / distinctions: Summa cum laude and first class honors (“très honorable avec félicitations”), Prize Albert Lilar, Comité Maritime International (1996),  Economic Law Award Jean-Bertrand Nogaro (1996), Prize of the Hellenic Association of Maritime Law (1995), Subvention, French Ministry of University Education (1995), Subvention, University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne (1995), Subvention, Commission of European Communities (General Directorate X) (1995), Onassis Foundation, grant for post-graduate studies (1989-1992).

1994:  Academic Authorization by the University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne to supervise University research.

1990:  LL.M. in General Private Law from the University of Paris II- Panthéon-Assas (“Assez bien” – Honors).

1989:  LL.M. in Commercial Law from the University of Aix-Marseille III – Institute of Commercial Law (“Bien-Major de la promotion” – High Honors, Graduated first in the LL.M. Class).

1988:  LL.B from the University of Athens (Grade: Excellent)

Academic experience/ Memberships

2015- present: Professor in Commercial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Athens (Teaching of Transport and Maritime Law & Maritime Law [Erasmus], Corporate Law, Industrial Property and Competition Law).

2011-2015: Associate Professor in Commercial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Athens (Teaching of Transport and Maritime Law & Maritime Law [Erasmus], Law of Negotiable Instruments, Industrial Property and Competition Law).

2007-2008:  Visiting Scholar – Harvard Law School (research on corporate law) – Fulbright Scholarship for the conduct of research in USA.

2006-present :  Senior Researcher- European Public Law Organization – in charge of a program aiming at the compliance of the insurance legislation of Cyprus with the European Community precedent.

2005-2011: Assistant Professor in Maritime and Commercial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Athens.

2005-present :  Member of the scientific committee of the law review “Epitheorissis Emporikou Dikaiou” (Business Law Review) and law review “Dikaio Epixeiriseon kai etairion”, (Corporate and Business Law).

2000-2005:  Lecturer in Commercial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Athens.

2000–present :  Member of Legislative Committees for the reform of  the Greek Code of Private Maritime Law and other maritime law statutes, trademark law, consumer law, legislative framework for the Greek Private Company, the incorporation of EU Directives and Regulations regarding commercial law.

2000-present:  President of the Organising Committee of international conferences, for instance 5th ECMLR (European Colloquium on Maritime Law Research -2008) in competition matters, 8th International Conference of Maritime Law (2013).

2000-present:  Associate Researcher – Hellenic Institute of International and Foreign Law

1999–present (regularly):  Visiting Lecturer - International Maritime Law Institute IMO ( Malta) (2013), University of Bologna (2003), University of Maastricht (1999, 2010),  Law Faculty of Demokritus University of Thrace (1998).

1997–present (regularly):  Member of the Jury for the selection of the Notary Publics, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Jurists of the public sector, Coast Guard Officers, candidate lawyers from the Court of Appeal of Piraeus district.

1997-1998:  Legal Consultant of Erasmus University (Rotterdam), in competition law application on port services

1997-present:  Participation in a large number of research programs, as for instance: (i) research and preparation of a study for the European Commission entitled: “The legal regime and the functioning of stevedoring services in the organizational context of the European ports”, (ii) research program of the Athens Academy entitled: “Greek seamen, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the International Labour Organization”, (iii) research program of the European Public Law Organizationconduct of a study under the European program THALIA in the sector of transport and telecommunications, (iv) research program of the Demokritus University of Thrace, on the subject: “Enforcement of the new liberalization framework regarding rail transport”.

1997-present:  Member of various scientific organizations (Hellenic Association of Maritime Law, Vice-president since 2009, Association of Greek Commercial Law Jurists, Association of Civil Law Jurists, Hellenic Association of European Law, International Law Association, Hellenic Branch, Hellenic Association of International Private Law etc.).

Professional experience

Present:  Attorney at law entitled to plead before the Supreme Court – Member of the Piraeus Bar Association- Partner of the “Athanassiou-Gerapetritis and partners” Law Firm.

Specialized in maritime law, competition law (European and national), energy law, company law as well as European commercial law. Representation in national and European courts as well as arbitration courts.

Enrolled in the arbitrators’ index of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and the arbitrators’ index of the Regulatory Authority for Energy.

2008–present:  External Legal Advisor of the Regulatory Authority for Energy – Drafting of secondary legislation on the liberalization of the gas market.

2006-2008:  Full Member of the Hellenic Competition Commission

2003-2006:  Alternate Member of the Hellenic Competition Commission – Participation to a Work Group on the incorporation of Regulation 1/2003 into the national legal order.

2002-2004:  Participation to a Work Group commissioned by the Regulatory Authority for Energy on the reform of the legal framework for the liberalization of the gas market. The goal of the Group was the preparation of a bill for the reform of the greek law according to Directive 2003/55/EC – Draft of a Supply Code.

2000-2001 :  Legal Advisor of the Greek Minister of Transport and Communications

1999-2002:   Legal Service of the National Bank of Greece

1998-2000:   Legal Advisor of Cyprus Bank of Development on EC Transportation and Corporate Law

1995-96, 1991-92:  Legal Expert at the European Commission (DG VII/Directorate D) – giving advice on matters concerning competition, State aids, freedom to provide services and International Law as well as social questions.

1995:  Authorization for inscription to the Paris Bar Association (Aptitude test passed with distinction)

1991:  Stagiaire (trainee) at the European Commission (DG VII/Directorate D)

Foreign Languages

Excellent command: French, English

Fair knowledge: Italian

Lectures/ Seminars

More than 60 lectures in Greece, Europe and the USA.


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