Stathis Banakas is a Reader in Law. In the Autumn Semester 2008/09 he was on study leave at the European University Institute in Florence, where he was a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow, working on a research project ‘Global Justice and Private Law’. He has a Law Degree ("Ptycheion Nomikis") from the University of Athens, Greece, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England. He is an Attorney at Law (Dikigoros), member of the Athens Bar. He teaches Tort, Jurisprudence and Comparative Law, and an LL.M. course Harmonisation of European Private Law. He currently is also Adjunct Professor of Comparative Law at the London Programme of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, invited Professor at the French Law Faculties of Bordeaux ,Pau and Savoie, Professor of Comparative Law at the International Faculty of Comparative Law, Strasbourg, the Faculty of Law of the School of Business Studies (ESADE), University Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and the University of Luzern in Switzerland.. He has held numerous visiting appointments in the past at Universities in several European countries, North Africa and the USA. In 2002, he was Visiting professor at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne. Dr Banakas is a member of the International Academy of Comparative law (Common Law Section) and English law editor of the venerable Italian Law Journal 'Rivista di Diritto Civile'. He has directed several international projects of Academic Research Collaboration with Universities in other European countries, funded by foreign national Governments and the British Council, and regularly represents the UK in European Working Groups on Harmonisation of European Tort law. From 2002 to 2006 he was UK project leader of a EU-funded research training network project, Fundamental Rights and Private Law in the EU. He is currently acting as external examiner for the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and, also, the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

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