Prof. Dr. em. Athanassios Kaissis
Athanassios Kaissis is Professor emeritus at the Law Faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Member of the Governing Board of the International Hellenic University.
He is the Scientific Director of the “LLM in Transnational and European Commercial Law, Mediation, Arbitration & Energy Law”, of the “Master in Art, Law and Economy” and of the “MSc in Energy Law, Business, Regulation and Policy”.
He is international arbitrator and practicing litigator and legal advisor.
He studied Law at the Law Faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He carried out his postgraduate studies in Heidelberg-Germany (1973-1978), from where he also obtained his Doctoral Degree.
He is Corresponding Fellow of the Institute for Foreign Law, International Law, Comparative Law, Conflicts of Law and International Business Law at University of Heidelberg.
He is Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Natural Gas Supply Corporation – Thessaloniki (EPA Thessaloniki AG).
He is Chairman of the South Eastern European Energy Forum – Thessaloniki.
He is a member of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), the International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL), the German-Greek Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.
In 2015 he was elected as an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law which resides in Hague.
He is a member of the Scientific Councils of the Institute for Law and Art (Institut für Kunst und Recht) in Heidelberg and of the Foundation of Professor Elias Krispis and Dr. Anastasia Krispi - Samara for International Legal Studies.
He was Former:
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Industrial Property Organization (Patent Office)
- Chairman and member of the Advisory Board of the European Patent Academy
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Sugar Industry
- Director of the Centre of International and European Economic Law
- Alternate member of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority
- Member of the National Ethics Committee.
- Member of the Scientific Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of the German-speaking jurists of Northern Greece
Professor Dr. em. Athanassios Kaissis has been decorated with the First Class Cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany.
On 17 March 2012 and on the occasion of his 65th birthday, in recognition of his work and contribution in the international arena, the international scientific community dedicated, at an official ceremony in Munich, an honorary volume of essays with contributions by 70 scientists from 14 jurisdictions (U.S.A., China, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Brazil, etc.). The honorary volume which is dedicated to Prof. Kaissis has the title "Recht ohne Grenzen. Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Kaissis zum 65. Geburtstag" ("Law without frontiers"), published by Selier European Law Publishers (2012).