Lia I. Athanassiou is a Professor of Commercial Law with senior full-time tenure at the Law School of the University of Athens. She holds a PhD Degree from the University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne on European, Competition and Maritime Law, as well as an authorization by the same University to supervise University research. Visiting Scholar – Harvard Law School (2007-08), Fulbright Scholar (2007-08), Head of the Reformed LLM Program of Commercial Law (2018-2022), Director of the 2nd Department of Private Law (2022-2023). Member of the Hellenic Competition Commission (2003-08) and of the Committee of Experts of the International Labor Organisation (ILO). Barrister at law entitled to plead before the Supreme Court with experience in consulting and arbitration in commercial law matters, member of various legislative committees (inter alia for the incorporation of EU Directive 2019/1 on the empowerment of competition authorities) president of the Legislative Committee on the Reform of the Greek Code of Private Maritime Law (New L. 5020/2023), registered arbitrator in various institutions.
She has lectured and effectuated academic research in several foreign Institutions (USA, Malta, UK, Italy, France, Germany). Member of the Organizing Committee of the Int’l Competition Law Conferences in Athens (2016-2022).
She has published extensively on Maritime, Competition, Industrial Property, Energy, Company, European and Transport law, in Greek, English and French. Co-Director of the publication series on Competition law, in Greek. Author of 5 chapters in the collective book edited by D. Tzouganatos, Competition Law, 2nd ed. 2020, editor of “State aid law” (forthcoming 2023).