Since the Institute’s establishment and until today, the following persons have served as Directors:
Petros Vallindas (1939-1960)
Panagiotis Zepos (1960-1975)
André Gasis (1975-1990)
Konstantinos D. Kerameus (1990-2008)
Spyridon Vl. Vrellis (2008-)
Petros Vallindas (1912-1960)
Institute Director, 1939-1960
Born in Chania. Studied at the University of Berlin, obtained a degree in political and economic studies, and served as assistant in the Kaiser-Wilhelm Institut fur auslandisches offentliches Recht und Volkerrecht and the Kaiser-Wilhelm Institut fur auslandisches und internationales Privatrecht. Received his Ph.D. from the University of Athens (1932).
Adjunct lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens (1938), professor at the Panteion School of Political Sciences (1938) and professor of private international law and comparative law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Thessaloniki (1944).
Director of the legal research services of the Ministry of Justice (1938-1941), honorary councilor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1947-1960), legal councilor of the Ministry of Finance (1958-1960).
Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (1947-1960).
Associate member of the Institut de droit international (1952-1960), Board member of the International Institute for the Unification of Private law (UNIDROIT) (1952-1960) and associate member of a number of other foreign academic institutions on international and comparative law.
Author of a considerable number of monographs, articles and other publications, mainly on private international law and comparative law.
Panagiotis Zepos (1908-1985)
Institute Director, 1960-1975
Born in Athens. Studied law at the Universitites of Athens and Berlin, and political and economic sciences at the University of Athens.
Adjunct lecturer of civil law at the University of Athens (1934), professor of civil law at the University of Thessaloniki (1940) and professor of civil law at the University of Athens (1953).
Member of the Academy of Athens (1970).
Secretary General of the Ministries of Justice (1935) and Education (1945). Minister of the Interior (1974) and Minister of National Education and Religions (1974-1975).
He taught extensively in many foreign universities (Paris, Oxford, Cambridge, Strasbourg, Marburg, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Zurich, Bern, Basel, Bolognia, Catania, Luxemburg, Tulane, Dallas, Louisiana State etc.).
Board member of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). Director of Greek legal reviews Archive of Private Law (Αρχείον Ιδιωτικού Δικαίου) and Journal of Greek Jurists (Εφημερίς Ελλήνων Νομικών).
Author of monographs and articles, mainly on civil law, sociology of law and history of law.
André Gasis (1909-2000)
Born in Athens. Received degrees in law (1932) and political and economic sciences (1933) from the University of Athens and continued by studying at the Universities of Berlin, Hamburg and London (1933-1937). Obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Athens (1940).
Adjunct lecturer of civil law (1945) and professor of civil law (1962) at the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens.
Member in many law-drafting committees; served as president in the law-drafting committee on ‘the introduction into civil law of equality of rights and obligations between Greek men and women’ (1979).
President of the National Center of Social Studies (1974-1981).
Author of a considerable number of monographs and articles on civil law, history of law and legal science in general.
Konstantinos D. Kerameus (1937-)
Institute Director, 1990-2008
Born in Thessaloniki. Obtained a degree in law from the University of Thessaloniki (1960) and a Ph.D. from the Free University of Berlin (1962).
Teaching assistant in civil law of the University of Thessaloniki and subsequently adjunct lecturer (1967). Professor of civil procedure of the same university (1971). Professor of civil procedure of the University of Athens (1982) and currently professor emeritus.
Taught civil procedure, comparative law and procedural international law in many foreign universities (Berlin, Hamburg, Tulane, Louisiana State, Ohio State, Paris II, Ghent etc.) and lectured in over 90 European, American and Japanese academic institutions. Also taught in the Hague Academy of International Law (1997).
Honorary doctor of the Universities of Hamburg (1993), Paris II (2000), Liège (2003) and Vienna (2003). President of the International Academy of Comparative Law (1998-2006).
Represented Greece in diplomatic conferences and other meetings. President of the State Scholarship Foundation (1992-1995) and President of the Academic Cooperation Association (1996-2002).
Author of textbooks, monographs and article-by-article interpretations, especially in the field of procedural law.
Spyridon Vl. Vrellis (1943-)
Institute Director since 2008
Born in Ioannina. Studied in Athens, Paris and Freiburg i.Br. and obtained a law degree (1965) and Ph.D. (1972) from the University of Athens.
Assistant (1967), adjunct assistant (1975) and adjunct lecturer (1979) of private international law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens; assistant professor (1983), associate professor (1986) and professor (1990), a position held to this day.
Taught and lectured in a number of universities in Europe and elsewhere (Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Nicosia, Sofia, Strasburg etc.) and at the Hague Academy of International Law.
President of the Greek Committee of Private International Law and the Greek Section of the International Commission of Civil Status. Member of the European Group on Private International Law, associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, executive member of the International Union of Jurists and member of various other institutions.
Representative of Greece in the Council of the European Union, the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the International Commission of Civil Status.