International Law Conference 2015

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The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the American Bar Association Section of International Law, organized with great success the International Law Conference under the title: Greece: The Path from a Great Past to a Great Future.  The Role of Economics, Rule of Law & Best Practices.

The program, the first of its kind in Greece, included a comparative approach across legal systems (Greece, US and EU) toward a better understanding of each legal system’s differences, similarities and the types of legal systems and regulations which serve competitiveness, transparency and established “rule of law” criteria.

Judges, academics, prominent international executives and government officials participated in numerous timely and informative panel discussions and lectures with a focus on practicality and on how the legal system is actually experienced by business people and litigants.

The conference was under the auspices of H.E. The President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos who was the guest of honor and keynote speaker during the closing Gala Reception which took place at the Acropolis Museum in June 17, 2015.

LAW CONFERENCE SPEECHES

WELCOME REMARKS

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Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos, Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights  (speech)

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Simos Anastasopoulos, President, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce  (speech)

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Marcelo Bombau, Chair, American Bar Association Section of International Law   (speech)

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Vassilis Alexandris, President, Athens Bar Association (speech)

 

OPENING WELCOME ADDRESS

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Panagiotis Pikrammenos, Former Prime Minister, Honorable President of the Council of State   (speech)

 

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS

 

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Myron T. Steele, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware

 

SESSION 1

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INTERNATIONAL OBSERVATIONS

Marcelo Bombau, Chair, American Bar Association Section of International Law

Dimitris Tsibanoulis, Managing Partner, Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm    (speech)

Panos Alexandris, Partner, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm   (speech greek & English)

Nikos Alivizatos, Professor of Constitutional Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

 

SESSION 2

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GREEK GOVERNMENT REFORMS

Judge Panagiotis Lymperopoulos, Athens Court of Appeal   (speech)

Antonis Manitakis, Professor of Constitutional Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   (speech in Greek and English)

Nicolas Kanellopoulos, President, Institute of Justice and Growth-EPLO   (speech)

Vassilis Antoniades, Partner & Managing Director   (speech)

Yanos Gramatidis, Managing Partner, Bahas Gramatidis & Partners, Honorary President of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce

 

SESSION 3

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ROLE OF LAWYERS AND JUDGES

Judge Athanassios Rantos, Vice President, The Council of State   (speech)

Judge Delissa Ridgway, United States Court of International Trade      (speech)

Judge Charalambos Macheras, First Civil and Commercial Chamber, Supreme Court of Greece   (speech)

Nikolaos Panou, Senior Partner, N. Panou & Associates Law Firm   (speech)

John Dryllerakis, Chairman, Hellenic Association of Law Firms

 

SESSION 4

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LITIGATION IN US, GREECE AND EU COURT ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE

Daniel Hall, Vice President of the Court Consulting Services Division, National Center for State Courts    (speech)

John Kyriakides, Partner, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm    (speech)

Lambros Kotsiris, Professor Emeritus of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Member of the Greek Academy

George Kounoupis, Attorney at Law, Hahalis & Kounoupis, P.C.   (speech)

George Tsougarakis, Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

 

SESSION 5

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RULE OF LAW AND INTERNATIONAL LEGAL SYSTEM BEST PRACTICES

George Gerapetritis, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law, University of Athens     (speech)

Hermann Knott, Partner, Luther Law Firm mbH

Paulette Brown, President-Elect, American Bar Association

Beatrice Raccanello, LL.M., Assistant Director, Graduate and International Programs, Temple University Beasley School of Law

 

SESSION 6

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PRIVATE EQUITY, VENTURE CAPITAL, CROSS-BORDER INVESTOR AND PORTFOLIO COMPANY RISKS AND CHALLENGES IN THE US, GREECE AND THE EU

Nicholas Papapolitis, Partner, Papapolitis & Papapolitis

Dr. John Howard, President, Electromagnetic Technologies Industries, Inc.

Loukas Pilitsis, Partner, Anchorstone Partners

Dana Anagnostou, Partner, Kramer Levin

Mattia Colonnelli De Gasperis, Founder, Colonnelli de Gasperis Studio Legale     (speech)

 

SESSION 7

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BUSINESS FORMATION, START-UP, OPERATION AND REGULATION

Myron T. Steele, Former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court

John Stratakis, Managing Partner, Poles, Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzalez LLP   (speech)

John Apsouris, Group General Counsel, Hellenic Petrojeum S.A.   (speech)

Aphrodite Bouikidis, Founder and co-Director, Ashoka Greece

Gisėle Rosselle, Partner, Strelia Law Firm, Brussels

 

ACROPOLIS MUSEUM – GALA RECEPTION

The President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos and Paulette Brown, President-Elect, American Bar Association

The President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos and Paulette Brown, President-Elect, American Bar Association

 

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Simos Anastasopoulos, President, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce

 

 

The President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos

The President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos

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The President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, Paulette Brown, President-Elect, American Bar Association, Marcelo Bombau, Chair, American Bar Association Section of International Law and Simos Anastasopoulos, President, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce

The President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, Paulette Brown, President-Elect, American Bar Association, Marcelo Bombau, Chair, American Bar Association Section of International Law and Simos Anastasopoulos, President, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce