October 1, 2023

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Sir Vasileios Markizenis has died at the age of 79

Vasileios Markezinis, at Oxford where he lived permanently, died after a serious and protracted illness.

Sir Vasilios Markezinis suffered from dementia for years until he breathed his last at the age of 79. Nikandros Bouras, Professor Emeritus of King’s College London Medical School, announced the news.

Who was Vasilios Markezinis?

Vasilios Markizenis was born in Athens on July 10, 1944, the son of politician Spyros Markizenis.

He obtained his degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens with a 10th grade and a first Ph.D. with honors.

He was a professor at the University of Texas and founder and director of the Institute of International Law at the University of Texas at Austin. He was full professor at the University of London, where from 2001 to 2007 he founded and directed the Institute of Global Law, as well as at the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and the University of Oxford, where from 1995 until 2001 he founded and directed the Institute of European and Comparative Law. In addition, he has taught at twenty-five universities around the world, and is the author of 33 books and more than one hundred and thirty legal articles, which have been published in legal journals around the world.

His works have been translated into German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Chinese. He is a member of the British Academy, corresponding member of the French Academy and the Academy of Athens, and a foreign fellow of the Belgian, Dutch, and Italian Academies (Academia dei Lincei), as well as the American Law Institute. Since 1997 he holds the title of Honorary Adviser to the Queen of Great Britain (Queen’s Counsellor), while since 2000 he has been working as Special Scientific Adviser to the First President of the French Court of Cassation (Cour de Cassation). Since 2007, he has been a board member of the “Alexandros S. Onassis” charitable foundation.

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Vasilios Markezinis has been awarded with the highest honors, such as the Brigadier General of the Order of the Hellenic State (2000), the Grand Cross of the Order of Italy (2002), and the Brigadier of the French Legion of Honor. (2004), the Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit from France (2006), as well as the first Brigadier after the Ribbon and Star from Germany (2005).

In 2005, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his distinguished services in international legal relations, so in Britain he holds the title of Sir.

In his recent works, he deals with the crisis that has struck Greece in recent years. Among them he put the beginning of the corruption of the political system in the apostasy of 1965 and the overthrow of the government of George Papandreou in a non-institutional way, while among post-colonial leaders he praised Andreas Papandreou for correcting it. and national foreign policy.