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Basil Markesinis

Basil Markesinis

– LL.B.:  Athens, “starred first” (1965)

– Doctor Iuris:  Athens ‑ “Summa Cum Laude” (1968)

– M.A. and Ph.D.:  Cambridge (1970) (Yorke Prize for best Cambridge Ph. D. dissertation of the year)

– LL.D.:  Cambridge (1988)

– D.C.L.:  Oxford (1995)

– Doctor Iuris, Honoris Causa, University of Gent (1992)

– Doctor Iur., Honoris Causa, Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne (1998)

– Doctor Iur., Honoris Causa, University of Munich (1999)

– Doctor Iur., Honoris Causa, University of Athens (2006)

  • Member of the American Law Institute (1989)
  • Foreign Fellow of the Royal Belgian Academy (1990)
  • Corresponding Fellow of the Academy of Athens (1994)
  • Foreign Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy (1995)
  • Fellow of the British Academy (1997)
  • Fellow of the Greek Archaeological Society (2004)
  • Corresponding Fellow of the Institut de France (French Academy) (2004)
  • Foreign Fellow (Socio Straniero), Accademia dei Lincei (Rome) (2005)

-Advocate to the Supreme Court, Athens (1976‑ retried: 1986)

-Deputy Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Q.M.W., London (1986‑1993)

-Director for International Affairs for the Faculty of Laws, Q.M.W. (1989-93)

-Acting Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (1987/1988)

-Founder-Director of the “Institute of Anglo‑American Law”, Leiden, The Netherlands (1987-1999) (Officially “opened” by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales in 1987 and President W Bush in 1989)

-Bencher of Gray’s Inn (1991- ); Appointed Senior Master of the Bench as of 2015.

-Founder-Director of the Oxford Centre for the Advanced Study of European and Comparative Law (1997-2001). Officially “opened” by the German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister in January 1996; upgraded to Institute in 1999.

-Founder-Director of the Institute of Transnational Law University of Texas at Austin (1999- 2014).

-Clifford Chance Special Adviser for European Affairs (1998- 2006) (Special duties: political/ legal networking/ advising for the Law Firm)

-Founder and first Chairman of the UCL Institute of Global Law (2001- 2005).

-Conseiller Scientifique du Premier Président de la Cour de Cassation (2001- 2007 ). The only non-French lawyer ever appointed to this post in the history of the Court.

-Non-Executive Director of the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (2007-2011)


-Bundesverdienstkreuz, Erste Klass (Officer, Order of Merit) (conferred by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany for the “exceptional merits” of my work on German law and my successful efforts to strengthen Anglo-German relations) (1991)

-Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Officer) (Awarded personally by the Prime Minister of France “pour services rendus depuis de nombreuses années à la culture française”) (1992)

-Chevalier dans l’Ordre Nationale de la Légion d’Honneur (awarded by Président Mitterrand) (1995)

-Cavaliere-Ufficiale del Ordine all Merito (Italy) (awarded personally by President Scalfaro “for services to European Integration”) (1995)

-Queens Counsel, honoris causa (1998)

-Grosse Verdienstkreuz (Commander of the Order of Merit, Germany) (conferred personally by the President of Germany for “outstanding contribution to British-German relations and the promotion of German law”) (1999)

-Grande Ufficiale del Ordine al Merito della Republica Italiana (Knight Commander of the Order of Merit) (conferred personally by the President Scalfaro of Italy) (1999)

-Commander of the Order of Honour (Greece) (2000) (Awarded personally by President Constantine Stephanopoulos for services to the study of Foreign and Comparative law and European legal integration.)

-Commander of the Order of the Légion d’ Honneur (2000) (Awarded by President Chirac “for exceptional services to France, Europe and the science of Comparative Law”.)

-Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit (Italy), awarded by President Ciampi for “services to Comparative Law, Italian Law and European Integration”. (2002)

-Knight Commander of the Order of Merit (Germany), awarded by President Johannes Rau for “exceptional services rendered to German-British relations”. (2003).

-Knight Bachelor (New Year’s Honours List, 2005). For Exceptional Services to International Relations

-Knight Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit, (France) (2006).

BOOKS (latest on top)
  1. Odysseus and Homer, An attempt to analyse an unusual hero and great poet (Sideris Publications and Amazon USA – end of 2016
  2. Ancient Greek Poetry – Epic, Lyric, and Tragic – as seen from the Angle of Art and Psychology (approximately 530 pages). Published by Amazon USA (2106).
  3. Mass immigration: Problems and Opportunities (Approximately 600 printed pages; Greek edition by Sideris Publishing – Autumn 2016; Amazon edition in English: Summer 2016.)
  4. Ancient Greek Poetry – Epic, Lyric, and Tragic – as seen from the Angle of Art and Psychology (approximately 567 pages, plus 50 coloured illustrations accompanied by fairly extensive captions mainly focused on the art aspect of the subjects. Greek edition by I. Sideris November 2015; Abridged Chinese edition 2016.
  5. Six Lectures on the Endurance of Ancient Greek Thought Through the Ages. Jan Sramek Verlag, Vienna, (2014), pp 220. Chinese edition to appear in 2016.
  6. The Market Economy and the Rule of Law. Series of Lectures Delivered in Shanghai and Beijing in May 2014. Chinese, Greek, Italian and English edition, (2014- 2015), pp 162.
  7. Will the Greek Economic Crisis Mutate into Social Upheaval? Sideris, Athens (2014), 119 pages.
  8. The Legacy of the Greek Tragedy on Modern European Culture (Chinese ed. planned for 2017); Greek edition (Sideris (2013) (600 printed pages). English ed. to be negotiated but ready and already edited.
  9. The Need for a New Foreign Policy and Military Dogma for Greece (in Greek, Sideris) (2013), 300 printed pages.
  10. Γράφοντας Για τον Εαυτό μου (Writing for Myself) – in Greek – Livanis (2011-12), pp. 495. (Best-selling book for the whole of 2013).
  11. Οι Επτά Ιδέες για Πιθανή Αναγέννηση της Ελλάδας, (Seven Ideas for the Revival of Greece) in Greek, Livanis (2011), pp. 175.
  12. Η Ελλάς των Κρίσεων (The Greece of the Many Crises) in Greek, Livanis (2011), pp. 430. (Best seller for two years: 2011 – 2012).
  13. Σκιές από την Αμερική. Άρθρα και Δοκίμια πάνω στον Σύγχρονο Αμερικανικό Επεκτατισμό. (Shadows from America) In Greek, Εκδόσεις Λιβάνη (2009), pages 364.
  14. Επικοινωνιακή Διπλωματία και Διπλωματία Βάθους. (Communication and Substance in Diplomacy) in Greek, Εκδόσεις Λιβάνη (2009), pages 317.
  15. Το Καλό και το Κακό στην Τέχνη και το Δίκαιο. Ένα Εκτενές Δοκίμιο. Εκδόσεις Λιβάνη (2010), pages (A translated, up-dated and extended version of no 12, below). Also in Chinese, 2013.
  16. Engaging with Foreign Law (co-author), Hart Publishing (2009), pages 452.
  17. The Duality of Genius, Jan Sramek Verlag, illustrated, Vienna (2008), pages 469.
  18. Σκοτεινό Μεγαλείο. Εικονογραφημένο (Flawed Grandeur) Ελληνικά Γράμματα (2008) in Greek, pages
  19. Good and Evil in Art and Law. An Extended Essay (Springer Verlag Wien New York, (2007) 264 pages. Chinese edition (2014); French edition (agreed).
  20. Judicial Recourse to Foreign Law: A New Source of Inspiration? (co-author), (Rutledge/ Cavendish Press), (2006), pages 409. Italian edtion (2009).
  21. Juge et Universitaires face au droit comparé. Histoire de trente-cinq dernières année, Dalloz (2006) with a Foreword of Président Guy Canivet of the French Supreme Court. (French translation of book no 20, below, but up-dated and with an additional chapter on French/USA constitutional law.)
  22. The German Law of Contract: A Comparative Treatise, (co-author) 2nd  (Completely re-cast and re-written to take into account the recent reform of German Contract Law (2006), 979 pages plus liv. 3rd edition to appear in 2015.
  23. Patterns of Federalism and Regionalism (co-editor). Hart Press (2006), pages280 pages.
  24. Compensation for Personal Injury in England, Germany and Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2005) (239 pages). 2nd ed. 2011.
  25. Recthvergleichung in Teorie und Praxis. Ein Beitrag zur rechtswissenschftlichen Methodenlehre (2004, pp. 275+xxv) with a Foreword by the President of the Federal Supreme Court Professor Dr. Günter Hirsch.
  26. Comparative Law in the Courtroom nd the Classroom. The Story of the Last Thirty Five Years, Hart Publishing (2003), pages 272. (Italian edition under the title Il Metodo della Comparazione, with a Foreword by the Vice President of the Italian Constitutional Court Dr. Fernanda Contri 2004).
  27. The German Law of Tort: A Comparative Treatise, (co author) 4th Hart Publishing (2002) (1050 pages).  5th edition (2014).
  28. The British Contribution to the Europe of the Twenty-First Century, British Academy Centenary Lectures (ed. by Basil Markesinis) (chapter five entitled “Tutorial and Repetitorium: Parallel and different techniques of teaching law in England and Germany”) Hart Publishing (2002), pages 266.
  29. Always on the Same Path: Essays on Foreign Law and Comparative Methodology, vol. 2, Hart Publishing (2001)  pages 431 pages.
  30. The Coming Together of the Common Law and the Civil Law. The Millennium Lectures organised under the high patronage of the Lord Chancellor. (Editor and contributor), Hart Publishing (2000)  pages 255 pages.
  31. Tortious Liability of Statutory Bodies: A Comparative and Economic Analysis of Five English Cases, (co-author) Hart Publishing, (1999), pages , xix + 171.
  32. Protecting Privacy. The Clifford Chance Lectures, vol. IV, (1998) (Editor and Contributor). (248 pp.).
  33. The Impact of the Human Rights Bill on English Law. The Clifford Chance Lectures, vol. III, (1998) (Editor and Contributor), pages  vi + 191.
  34. Law Making, Law Finding and Law Shaping: The Diverse Influences. The Clifford Chance Lectures, vol. II, (1997) (Editor and contributor.), pages viii + 226 pp..
  35. Foreign Law and Comparative Methodology: A Subject and a Thesis.  A collection of twenty articles, eighteen of which had already appeared in various journals.  Hart Publishing (1997), pages, xxxii + 487 pp..
  36. The German Law of Contract and Restitution. (co-authored) Clarendon Press, (1997). (This book, along with The German Law of Torts became part of a two volume series entitled The German Law of Obligations).
  37. The German Law of Torts: A Comparative Introduction.  Oxford University Press (Clarendon) 1986.  Second edition 1990 (xli + 750pp).  (Third edition 1994), (approx. 1016 pp.).  Third, revised and corrected reprint (1997).  Fourth edition (2002); fifth edition 2013. Fifth ed. planned for 2016/7.
  38. Bridging the Channel. The Clifford Chance Lectures, vol. I (editor and contributor of one chapter) (1996), (275 pages).
  39. The Gradual Convergence: Foreign ideas, Foreign Influences and English Law on the Eve of the 21st Century. (Editor of and contributor to a collection of papers based on a series of lectures delivered at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies) (320 pp.).  Clarendon Press 1994; (reprinted 1995).
  40. La Réparation du Préjudice Corporel. (Co‑author). ECONOMICA (1985). (The Cambridge University Press has agreed to publish an updated and enlarged edition in English), pages viii + 179pp.
  41. Tort Law, (Co‑author). Oxford University Press (Clarendon) (1984).  2nd ed. (1989) (xlviii + 599). 3rd ed. (1994) (lvix + 758).  4th ed. (1999) (816 pp.)  5th (2003) (900+ lxx – approx.); 6th edition (2008); 7th (2013), pages 907.
  42. Tort Law Statutes (Co-author) Oxford University Press (Clarendon) (1989), pages 112pp.
  43. Tortious Liability for Unintentional Harm in the Common Law and the Civil Law. (co‑author) Volume 1: Commentary. Cambridge University Press (1982).  (Japanese edition 1997), pages xxi + 239pp.
  44. Tortious Liability for Unintentional Harm in the Common Law and the Civil Law. Volume 2: translated and annotated texts. Cambridge University Press (1982), pages xxi + 343pp.
  45. An Outline of the Law of Agency. (Co‑author). Butterworths (1979); 2nd edition (1986); 3rd edition (1992), pages xxiv + 338pp. 4th edition (1999).
  46. Richterliche Rechtspolitik im Haftungsrecht (co-authored with Professor Christian von Bar) C.B. Mohr, Tübingen (1981), pages 63pp.
  47. The English Law of Torts: A Comparative Introduction. (Et. E Bruylant, Brussels) (1976), pages 287pp.
  48. The Theory and Practice of Dissolution of Parliament. (Cambridge University Press) (1972) pages xii + 283pp, (Yorke Prize for 1972 – best law thesis of the year).
  49. The Mother’s right to Guardianship according to the Greek Civil Code (1968) (in Greek) Papyros/Larousse, pages 275pp.
  1. “Weltliteratur and Global Law Lessons from Goethe”, Liber Amicorum for Lord Bingham, Senior Law Lord, Oxford University Press (2009).
  2. « La politisation de la pensée juridique américain », Mélanges Geneviève Viney, Dalloz (2008).
  3. “Die Kunst und die Wissenschaft deutsche Kultur im Ausland zu fördern”, Festschrift für Claus-Wilhelm Canaris zum 70. Geburstag, C.H. Beck Verlag (2008).
  4. “Human and Divine Justice”, 6th Denning Lecture delivered at Lincoln’s Inn and appeared in the Liber Amicorum Guido Alpa, Giuffrè Milano, (2007).
  5. “Political thinking, Human Rights law, and Legal Transplants”, Inaugural address at the University of Athens on the occasion of the award of a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the faculty of Law. (University of Athens, 2007; in Greek).
  6. “Understanding American Law by Looking at it through Foreign Eyes: Towards a Wider Theory for the Study and Use of Foreign Law”, The Irvine Lecture, Cornell, 22nd August 2006 in 81 No 1 Tulane Law Review (2006) (pp. 123-185).
  7. “Judicial Mentality: Mental Disposition or Outlook as a Factor Impeding Recourse to Foreign Law”, Centenary Lecture of the Society of Comparative Legislation, 80 Tulane Law Review Issue 4 (April 2006) (pp1325-1375).
  8. “Political Thought in Legal Judgments” contribution in the Festschrift for Carl Baudenbacher Entitled Economic Law and Justice in Times of Globalisation, Staempfi Verlag. AG Bern (2005) pp. 191-206.
  9. “Le droit étranger devant le juge américain et le juge français”. Lecture at the Institut de France delivered on 13 March 2006.  Institute webpage of that date and (to be reproduced in the Academia Analecta for 2007).
  10. “National Self-Sufficiency or Intellectual Arrogance? The Current Attitude of American Courts Towards Foreign Law”, The Ninth Peter Taylor Memorial Lecture, Lincoln’s Inn, 2006, 65 No 2, Cambridge Law Journal (2006) pp. 301-329.
  11. “The Judge as Comparativist”, The 2005 Eason-Weinemann Lecture, 80 No 1 Tulane Law Review., pp.11-167 (2006).
  12. “Constructions de systèmes et résolution de problèmes concrets: Occasions manquées et naissantes pour une convergence méthodologique entre le droit français et le droit anglais”, Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Civil, no 1 2005, pp. 47-72.
  13. “The Enduring (Double) Legacy of the Code Napoleon.” (2005) LQR, January issue.
  14. “Deux cents ans dans la vie d’un Code célèbre. Réflexions historiques et comparatives à propos des projets européens.”  Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Civil, no. 1 (2004) pp. 45-60.
  15. “Two hundred years of a famous code: What should we be celebrating?” June 2004 issue of The Texas Journal of International Law.
  16. “Concerns and Ideas about our Developing Law of Privacy (and how Knowledge of Foreign Law Might be of Help)” (co-author); vol. LII The American Journal of Comparative Law pp. 133- 208 (2004). (Reproduced in website of Institute of Global Law of UCL:
  17. “Case law and Comparative Law: Any Wider Lessons to be Learnt?” European Review of Private Law (2003).
  18. “Scholarship, Reputation of Scholarship, and Legacy: Some Provocative Reflections from a Comparatist’s Point of View.”  The John Maurice Kelly Memorial Lecture, The Irish Jurist 2003.
  19. “Caroline of Monaco, Zeta Jones, Naomi Campbell: The private lives of public figures and the Press” Lecture delivered at the Academy of Athens.  (Academia Analecta, 2003).
  20. “Liability of Experts in German and American Law: An Exercise in Comparative Methodology” (co-authored) The American Journal of Comparative Law, Autumn issue, 2003.
  21. “Foreign Law Inspiring National Law: Lessons from Greatorex v. Greatorex.  61 Cambridge Law Journal, 2002, pp. 386-404.
  22. “Unité ou divergence: à la recherche des ressemblances dans le droit européen contemporain”, Rev. intern. dr comp. January 2002.
  23. “Zur Lehre des Rechts anhand von Fällen: Einige bescheidene Vorschläge zur Verbesserung der deutschen Juristenausbildung », Festschiurft for Peter Schlectriem, Mohr, (2002).
  24. “Plaintiff’s tort law or defendant’s tort law? Is the House of Lords moving towards a synthesis?” Tort Law Journal, June 2001.
  25. “Tortious Liability for Negligent Misdiagnosis of Learning Disabilities: A Comparative Study of English and American Law”, Texas International Law Journal April issue 2001.
  26. “Réflexions d’un comparatiste britannique sur à partir de l’arrêt Perruche”, Revue trimestrielle de droit civil, (1 RTD civ 2001, pp. 75-103).
  27. “Der wachsende Einfluß der Menschenrechte auf das englische Deliktsrecht”, Festschrift für Hans Stoll zum 75 Geburstag, Mohr, Tübingen, (2000).
  28. “Judicial Style and Judicial Reasoning in England and Germany” CLJ (2000).
  29. “Studying Judicial Decisions in the Common Law and the Civil Law. A Good Way of Discovering Some of the Most Interesting Similarities and Differences that Exist Between the two Legal Families” in European Private Law in Context (ed. Mark van Hoecke) Hart Publishing 2000.
  30. “Homage an das deutsche Recht”, European Journal of Private Law, Winter issue, 1999.
  31. “Privacy, Freedom of Speech and the Horizontality of the Human Rights Bill” 1998 Wilberforce Lecture, 115 (1999) LQR (pp.47-88.).
  32. “The Familiarity of the Unknown”, The Search for Principle. Essays in Honour of Lord Goff of Chieveley (ed. William Swadling and G. Jones), OUP (1999) (pp. 59-77).
  33. “Crépuscule et Aurore: Quelques réflexions comparatives à l’aube du 21ème siècle.” (Discours prononcé à la Sorbonne à l’ occasion de la remise des insignes de doctorat honoris causa par l’Université de Paris I.)
  34. “European Influences on English Judicial Thinking”, Mélanges a l’honneur de Dennis Talon. Paris (1999).
  35. “Foreign Law and Foreign Ideas in the English Courts: The Contemporary English Contribution to the Use of Foreign Law and Comparative Methodology”.  Academia Analecta (1998), Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences. (19 pp.).
  36. “Reading Through a Foreign Judgment”, The Law of Obligations, Essays in Celebration of John Flemming (eds. Cane and Jane Stapleton) (1998). (pp 261 –283).
  37. “Some Comparative Reflections on the Right of Privacy of Public Figures in Public Places” in Privacy and Loyalty (ed. B.H. Birks) (1997) (pp. 113-131).
  38. “The Legacy of History on German Contract Law”, Essays in Honour of Professor Roy Goode (ed. Ross Cranston) (1997) (pp.1-29).
  39. “The Comparatist (or a Plea for a Broader Legal Education)” – an inaugural lecture in the University of Oxford, 1996. Yearbook of European Law (pp. 261- 282); re-published in Pressing Problems in the Law, vol. II. What are Law Schools For? (Ed. P.B.H. Birks) 1996, (pp. 108 –118).
  40. “Civil Responsibility for Harmful Conduct: the Anglo-American Perspective” in “Tema della responsibilità civile da atto illecito nella prospettiva storico – comparatista”, Giuffrè (1996).
  41. “The Professional and Lay Elements in the Shaping and Development of English Law”. Inaugural Address delivered in the Academy of Athens (in Greek), Academiae Analecta (1995).
  42. “Five Days in the House of Lords: Some Comparative Reflections on White v. Jones”. 3 Torts Law Journal, (pp. 169-201) (1995).  Also published in Saggi, Conferenze e Seminari of the Centro di Studie Ricerche di Diritto Comparativo e Straniero in 1995.
  43. “A Matter of Style”. Inaugural Lecture, University College, London 110 (1994) L.Q.R., pp. 607-628.  Italian translation reproduced in Politica del Diritto, XXVI, 1995, pp. 209-238 under the title “Una Questione di Stile.”
  44. “General Theory of Unlawful Acts in Europe”, in Towards a European Civil Code (edited by Professor A.S. Hartkamp, Advocate General of the Hoge Raad and Professor E. Hondius) Ars Acqui Libri (Nijmegen) (1994), (pp. 285-299).
  45. “The Destructive and Constructive Role of the Comparative Lawyer”, Inaugural Address delivered at the Royal Belgian Academy on 21 March 1992 Rabels Zeitschrift 1993, pp. 428-448 (reprinted in the Academiae Analecta, 1993).
  46. “Caparo and Murphy: How two recent decisions of the House of Lords look from the other side of the Channel”, (1993) European Journal of Private Law, (pp. 155-168).
  47. “Judge, Jurist and the Study and Use of Foreign Law”, 109 (1993) L.Q.R., (pp. 622-635).
  48. “Bridging Legal Cultures”, the 1993 Lionel Cohen Lecture delivered at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 16 June 1993. 23 (1993) Israel Law Review, (pp. 363-383).
  49. “Il Ruolo della Giurisprudenza nella Comparazione Giuridica”, Vol. VIII (1992) Contratto e Impresa (pp. 1350-1386).
  50. “The Random Element of their Lordships’ Infallible Judgment: Critical Look at the Tort of Negligence from Anns to Murphy”, 55 [1992] M.L.R., (619-649).
  51. “Doctrinal Clarity in Tort Litigation”, The International Lawyer (1992) vol. 25, number 1, (pp. 953-966).
  52. “Subtle ways of Legal Borrowing. Some Comparative Reflections on the Report of the Calcutt Committee `On Privacy and Related Matters’” in Festschrift für Werner Lorenz zum Siebzigsten Geburtstag, J.C.B. Möhr (Paul Siebeck) 1991, (pp. 717-737).
  53. “Comparative Law: A Subject in Search of an Audience”.  (The Shimizu Trust lecture given at the L.S.E.) and published [1990] M.L.R. (pp. 1-21).
  54. “Litigation-mania in England, Germany and the U.S.A. – are we that different?” (The Atkin lecture given at the Reform Club on 9.11.89 and published [1990] C.L.J. (pp. 233- 276). Reprinted with additions in 1990 Studi Senesi (pp. 372-433).
  55. “Rechtsvergelijking – Een Onderwerp op Zock Naar Een Gehoor” in 1989 no. 4 Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht (pp. 1615-1656).
  56. “Evaluation du préjudice corporel en droit commun de la responsabilité -Rapport d’introduction”. Colloque Juridique Européen published by A.D.E.P. (l989) (pp. 12 –23).
  57. “Negligence, Nuisance and Affirmative Duties of Action” (Inaugural lecture in the University of London (1989) 105 L.Q.R. (pp. 104-124).
  58. “The Need to Set Acceptable Boundaries Between Contract and Tort: An English Lawyer’s views on Recent American Trends”, in Conflict and Integration:  Comparative Law in the World Today, Festschrift for the Fortieth Anniversary of The Institute of Comparative Law in Japan (1988) (pp. 313-327).
  59. “Problèmes de responsabilité médicale en droit anglais: un aperçu de la situation dans les années 80”. (1988) Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé No. 2,  (pp. 351-381).
  60. “Torts”, Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) (pp. 739-745). (New edition 2001).
  61. “An Expanding Tort Law: The Price of a Rigid Contract Law” (Inaugural lecture in the University of Leiden), (1987) 103 L.Q.R (pp. 354-397).
  62. “All or Nothing? Dispelling some myths about the compensation of pure economic loss”. In Ex Iure a collection of essays by the Societas Iuridica Grotius, published by Gouda Quint/Arnheim (1987) (pp. 63-72).
  63. “Conceptualism, pragmatism and courage: A Common Lawyer looks at some judgments of the German Federal Court”.  Essays in Memory of Professor F. H. Lawson Butterworths (1985).  Reprinted in 34 The American Journal of Comparative Law, (pp. 349-367) (1986).
  64. “The Right to be Let Alone versus Freedom of Speech”, (1986) Public Law 67-82. Reprinted in 1987 Studi Senesi (pp. 83-104).
  65. “Tort Damages in English and German Law: A Comparison” Studi Senesi (pp. 7-46) (1985).
  66. “L’enseignement du droit comparé sous l’éclairage de la jurisprudence” (1985) Revue de la Recherche Juridique ‑ Droit Prospectif (pp. 864-887).
  67. “La notion de Considération dans la Common Law: Vieux problèmes: nouvelles théories”, (1983) Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé, No. 4. (pp. 735-766).
  68. “La perversion des notions de responsabilité civile par la pratique de l’assurance”, (l983) Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé No. 2 (pp.301-317).
  69. “La politique jurisprudentielle et la réparation du préjudice économique en Angleterre: une approche comparative”, (1983) Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé, No. 1, (pp. 31-50). (An English translation of this appeared in The Cambridge Lectures 1981 (Butterworths, Canada, 1982).
  70. “Policy Factors and the Law of Tort” in The Cambridge Lectures (Ed. D. Mendes da Costa) Butterworth, Canada, 1981. (pp. 199-227).
  71. “Fatal Accident Damages: How Not to Reform the Law” (co-author), (l98l) 131 New Law Journal 869, et seq.
  72. “Cricket, Power-boat racing and The Public Interest: Some Strange Decisions in the Law of Nuisance”, (co-author), (l98l) l3l New Law Journal 108, et seq.
  73. “Cause and Consideration: A Study in Parallel”, [1978] C.L.J., (pp. 53-75).
  74. “The Not So Dissimilar Tort and Delict”, (1977) 93 L.Q.R., (pp. 78-123).
  75. “The Law of Agency and section 9(2) of the E.C. Act 1972”, [1976] C.L.J., (pp. 112-134).
  76. “Recent Constitutional and Political Developments in Greece”, Parliamentary Affairs, (1975) (pp. 261‑277).
  77. “The Royal Prerogative Re-Visited” [1973] C.L.J. (pp. 287- 309).
  78. “Reflections on the New Greek Constitution”, Parliamentary Affairs, (1973/74), (pp. 8-27).
  79. “The Greek Crown and its Ministers”, Parliamentary Affairs, (1972/73), (pp. 56-68).



129.  “Ways and Means of Teaching Foreign Law”, Review Article of von Mehren and Gordley, “An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Private Law”, 82. No 3 Tulane Law Review (2007).

130.  “English Law and Foreign Law:  A Growing Symbiosis” Melanges Denis Tallon, (1998).

131.  “Why a Code is not the best way to advance European Unity”, (1997) European Review of Private Law, Autumn, 1997 issue, (pp. 519-524).

132.  “University Challenge (or Crisis)?” in Dies Lectures 1997, University of Leiden.

133.  “The European Challenge for English Law and English Legal Education”, Graya. Autumn 1996 and Winter 1997.

134.  “Solicitors’ liability towards third parties:  back into the troubled waters of the contract/tort divide”, (1993) 55 M.L.R., 558-563.

135.  “Compensation for negligently inflicted pure economic loss:  Some Canadian views” in (1993) 109 L.Q.R., (pp. 5-12).

136.  “The Calcutt Report Must Not be Forgotten”, (1992) 55 M.L.R., (pp. 118-122).

137.  “Eternal and troublesome triangles” (1990) 106 L.Q.R. (pp. 556-561).

138.  “Our Patchy Law of Privacy – Time to do something about it”. (1990) M.L.R.  (pp. 802-809).

139.  “Tort Victims and Litigants in England and the U.S.A. – Some thoughts on some real and apparent differences”. American Bar Association – Continuing Legal Education Review (1990), vol. 21, no. 17, (pp. 1-12).

140.  “The compelling case for a law on privacy”, Business Law Brief 1990, (pp. 17-21).

141.  “Thesis‑Antithesis, But No Signs Yet of a Synthesis”, (1988) 104 L.Q.R (pp. 9-12).

142.  “Liability of the Police to an Ordinary Citizen for Failing to Arrest a Dangerous Murderer”, 46 [1987] C.L.J. (pp. 387- 389).

143.  “Fixing Acceptable Limits to the Liability of Solicitors vis-à-vis third parties ‑ Note on Al‑Kandari v. J.R. Brown & Co.” [1987] 2 W.L.R 469 ‑ (1987) 103 L.Q.R (pp. 346-353).

144.  “Dissolution of Legislative Assemblies” Encyclopaedia of Political Institutions (B. Blackwell – 1987).

145.  Leigh and Sillavan Ltd. v. Aliakmon Shipping Co. Ltd. (1986) 2 W.L.R. 902 in [1986] C.L.J. (pp. 384-386).

146.  Re X (A Minor) 1984 1 W.L.R. 1422 in [1985] C.L.J., (pp. 209-212).

147.  Leakey v. National Trust (1980) 2 W.L.R. 65, in [1980] C.L.J. (pp. 259-263).

148.  Trentex v. Bank of Nigeria and I Congresso del Partido, [1977]. C.L.J., (pp. 216-221).

149.  Sorrell v. Finch (1976) 2 W.L.R. 833 in [1976] C.L.J., (pp. 237-239).

150.     Thai‑Europe Tapioca Service Ltd. v. Government of Pakistan and The Philippine Admiral (Owners) v. Wallem Shipping Ltd. [1976] C.L.J., (pp. 198-203)



151.  G. Dannemann, German Private and Commercial Law, 1996 The British Journal of International and Comparative law, Autumn 1996.

152.   Bernstein, Economic Loss, (1994) Autumn issue International Journal of Insurance Law.

153.  J. E. Jaffey, The Duty of Care, 52 (1993) C.L.J., (pp. 524-525).

154.  Carter-Ruck on Libel and Slander 11 (1992) Civil Justice Quarterly, (pp. 325-6).

155.  D. Harris and Denis Tallon, Contract Law Today.  Anglo-French Comparisons in [1990] C.L.J., (pp. 152-155).

156.  J.G. Fleming, The Law of Torts (7th ed.) and The American Tort Process in [1989] C.L.J., (pp. 135-142).

157.  Bowstead on Agency, 15th ed. in [1986] C.L.J., (pp. 336-337).

158.  Besson, Schroth, Stiefel and Zeller, Tendances de la RC produits en Europe et en Amérique (1981), 1 Rev. Intern. Dr. Comp. (pp. 250–255) (1984).

159.  Horn, Kötz and Leyser, German Private and Commercial Law [1982] C.L.J., (pp. 360-363).

160.  Zweigert and Kötz, Introduction to Comparative Law, [1979] C.L.J., (pp. 205-207).

161.  Lord Hailsham’s Elected Dictatorship (Dimbleby Lecture), Parliamentary Affairs, 1977, (pp. 324-327).

162.  Sir Harold Wilson’s, The Governance of Britain, [1977] C.L.J., (pp. 179-181).

163.  Lord Blake’s, Office of Prime Minister, [1976] C.L.J., (pp. 182-184).

164.  Bowstead on Agency, 14th ed. (1977) L.Q.R., (pp. 303-304).

165.  Fridman’s Law of Agency in [1976] C.L.J., (pp. 352-353).

166.  Gregory and Hutcheson, The Parliamentary Ombudsman, [1976] C.L.J., (pp. 185–186).


167.  Butterworths Lectures – 1st Series (Professors G. Jones and John Fleming) (1987/88); 2nd Series (Professors W. Lorenz and Sir Michael Mustill) (1988/89); 3rd Series (Professors P. Birks and F. Reynolds) (1990/91); 4th Series (Adv. Gen. T. Koopmans and Lord Slynn of Hadley).

168.  Jan Hebly, The Netherlands Civil Evidence Act 1988 and related provisions of the Netherlands Law of Evidence, Kluwer (1992).

169.  P. Calamandrei, Eulogy of Judges, 2nd English edition, Princeton University Press (1992).

170.  Laudatio for Lord Bingham on his election as Corresponding Fellow of the Academy of Athens, Academia Analecta (2003).

171.  Foreword to Prof. Kourakis Book on “The Principles of Byzantine Military Strategy, Athens, 2012.


2.8 Five Legal articles (usual size) and case notes published in the Athens Bar Journal, and other Greek journals in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s


– approximately 120 – which have appeared in English, American and Greek newspapers on  geopolitical issues and contemporary diplomacy concerning the Eastern Mediterranean in The Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Austin American Statesman, The Vima (of Athens), The Ethnos (Athens), Paron (Athens), Avgi (Athens), Kathimerini, “O Cosmos tou Epeniditi”, Epikaira, Hmerisia, Elefterotypia, Dimokratia (i.e. the main Greek papers covering the entire political spectrum from Right to far Left).

General Editor in charge of a site of translated and in many cases annotated decisions of the decisions of the Supreme Courts of Germany, France, and Italy situated at Institute of Transnational Law of the University of Texas at Austin (which I created in 2000). Total documents deposited: approx: 2,500,000 words of materials, widely used by courts and law firms all over the world (including the CIA!). (Over 2 million hits)


The University of Texas at Austin Studies in Foreign and Transnational Law (14 volumes have appeared thus far).


Assistant Professor of Roman and Byzantine Law, University of Athens (1966‑68).

Research Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge (1970‑73).

Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and Director of Studies in Law (1974‑1986).

University Assistant Lecturer (1975‑79); Lecturer (1978‑86) Faculty of Law, Cambridge.

Visiting Professor, Cornell Law School, Fall Term 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, Spring-Summer term 1991.

Visiting Professor at the Universities of Paris I (Panthéon‑Sorbonne) and Paris II (1982/83).

Visiting Professor, School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall Terms 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1989;

Winter and Fall terms 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997.  Tenured Professor since then.

Visiting Professor, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Fall Term 1986.

Professore a Contrato, University of Siena, Faculty of Law (1985‑86, 1986-87).

Denning Professor of Comparative Law in the University of London at Queen Mary and Westfield College (1986‑1993).

Ordinarius Professor of Anglo‑American Private Law in the University of Leiden (1986‑1999).

Professor of European Private Law, University College, London (1994-1995).

Holder of the “Francqui Chair”, Faculty of Law, University of Gent 1989/90.

Visiting Professor, University of Rome (La Sapienza), Winter term 1995

Clifford Chance Professor of European Law, University of Oxford and Director of the Centre of Advanced Study of European and Comparative Law (1995-1999).

Professor of Comparative Law and Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, 1999, 2000.

Professor of Common and Civil Law, University College London 2001-

Distinguished Visiting Chair, University of Ghent, 2004, 5, and 2006.

Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Texas at Austin (2014- )


“The Atkin Lecture”, Reform Club, 9 November 1989.

“The Shimizu Lecture”, London School of Economics, 30 November 1989.

“The 1993 Lionel Cohen Lecture”, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 16 June 1993.

“The Wilberforce Lecture”, 1998.

“The John Maurice Kelly Memorial Lecture” (Univ. College, Dublin) (2002).

“Irvine Distinguished Lecture”, Cornell Law School, August (2006).

 “The New Eastern Question”, The Fifth Andreas A David Memorial Lecture, Hellenic Community Trust, London 2010.


In addition to the above longer-term teaching appointments in foreign Universities and Named Lectures, I have given lectures (typically a series of 2 or 3 lectures) in the following Law Faculties (in alphabetical order):

Aix‑en‑Provence; Amsterdam; Athens; Bayreuth; Beijing, Bonn; Brussels; University of California at Berkeley; Duke; (Summer School in Copenhagen); Geneva; Gent; Harvard; Jerusalem (Hebrew University); Leeds; Madrid; Munich, Munster, Rome (La Sapienza); Shanghai, Southern Methodist University (Dallas); Stockholm; Tilburg; Tulane.

I have also addressed conferences of businessmen, politicians, and bankers in Athens, Berlin, Beijing, California (Carmel), Dusseldorf, New York; Shanghai, Singapore; Vienna. I have also appeared regularly on Greek Television on matters concerning the current political and economic crisis in the Middle East.


Member of the Athens Bar (1968‑1986).

Called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn (1973); door tenant of Essex Court Chambers (1973- ).

General Editor of “The Cambridge‑Tilburg Lectures” (8 volumes published so far by Messrs. Kluwer of the Netherlands; two more in preparation). (1978-1986).

University Advocate, Cambridge (1981‑82).

Secretary of the Degree Committee of the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 1983/84, 1984/85.

Member of Faculty Board of Law, Cambridge 1979‑1982 and again 1983‑86.

Member of Editorial Board of The Netherlands Journal of International Law (1986‑1997).

Member of the Board of Management of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, (1987‑1991).

Fellow of the International Academy of Comparative Law (1987- 1998)

Membre de l’Institut Canadien d’Etudes Juridiques Supérieures (1990-).

Membre of the Cour d’Arbitrage et de Conciliation – Membre Actif (1991- ) (Association for International Arbitration and Conciliation based in Paris).

Member of the Board of Editors, European Review of Private Law 1991.

Corresponding Member of UNIDROIT, Rome (1992- ).

Member of the Board of Editors, Revue de droit internationale et de droit comparé

(1992- ) published by the Institut Belge de Droit Comparé.

Member of the Council of Management of The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (1993-2001).


Various `first class’ prizes and awards by the Law Faculty, University of Athens, (1961‑1965).

British Council Scholarship 1968‑69 and 1969–70.

St Antony’s College, Oxford, Studentship (1970) (never taken up).

Lord Justice Holker Senior Award, Gray’s Inn (1972).

Yorke Prize:  Law Faculty, University of Cambridge (1972).

Leverhulme Fellowship (1979).

Silver Medal, University of Leiden (1998).