Nestor Kourakis

Nestor Kourakis



Professor Nestor Cοuraκis (Curriculum vitae)

Greek university professor; born 21 May 1947, Athens; educ. Law Faculty, Univ. of Athens (LL.M. 1971), Law Faculty, Univ. of Freiburg/Germany (Ph.D. on Penal Law 1978 with “summa cum laude”), Law Faculty, Univ. of Paris II (“Diplôme d’ Études approfondies” in Criminology, 1977), Institute of Criminology of Paris (Diploma 1979); research work at Max-Planck Institute of Foreign and International Criminal Law (Freiburg, Germany) 1978-80. Since October 2014 he is full-time Professor at the Law Department of the University of Nicosia.

He has been awarded the “Aghis Tambakopoulos Prize” of the Academy of Athens for his treatise on the Abuse of Rights (1974) and the Prize of Society of Greek Penalists for his scientific work (1985); has been elected and taught as Visiting Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford University (1996, 1997). He has also been elected as ordinary member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2012).

A Faculty member at Univ. of Athens Law School since 1981, he has been actively involved with the teaching, among others, of Criminology, Criminalistics, Penology, Economic Crime, Gender Criminality and Criminal Policy.

He has been the scientific supervisor of research teams on Hooliganism (1986-88), on Juvenile Detainees (1993-94 and Follow-up research 1999-2002), on Female Detainees (1994-96), on Juvenile Gangs in Athens (2002-2004) and on Euthanasia (2005-2007).

He has participated in Committee for the drafting of a new Greek Penitentiary Code and has represented Greece in several criminological meetings at the Council of Europe, the United Nations and the European Union; has also participated in several international conferences and has presented country-reports (e.g. International Congress of Comparative Law, Athens 1994, on Alternative Penal Sanctions in Greece, and at Preparatory Colloquium of AIDP on Organized Crime, Alexandria 1997); scientific counselor on criminological and penological matters at the Ministry of Justice, Athens 1990-93; mem. Bd. Trustees of Hellenic Society of Criminology etc.; has been mem. European Society of Criminology, International Association of Penal Law (AIDP), Société Internationale de Défence Sociale, World Society of Victimology.

Publications include: in Greek: “Economic Crimes” 1982/1998/2007, “Criminological Horizons” 1991/2005, “Penal Repression” 1985/1997/2005/2009, “Juvenile Justice System” 2004/2012, “On the Abuse of Rights” 1978, “On Penalties, according to the Greek Criminal Code” 1993/2008, “Criminal Policy” (ed.), 4 volumes 1994-2003, “Juvenile Delinquents and Society” (in Greek and English) 1999, “On Individual Self-Defense”, German Dissertation 1982, more than 190 articles in legal reviews or Congress acts and honorary volumes.

Languages: English, French, German, Italian.

Address: Tsamadou 39, 106 83 Athens, Greece, tel. +30.1.210 8813.216, fax: 210 8220.129. e-mail: and Web-site: