Dr. Emmanouil Billis, LL.M.

Research Group Leader
Otto Hahn Group on Alternative and Informal Systems of Crime Control and Criminal Justice
+49 761 7081-234

Main Focus

  • Al­tern­at­ive and in­form­al sys­tems of crime con­trol and crim­in­al justice
  • Crim­in­al law and pro­ced­ure
  • Crim­in­al law in Greece
  • Com­par­at­ive crim­in­al justice and leg­al re­search
  • Com­par­at­ive crim­in­al law (In­ter­na­tion­al Max Planck In­form­a­tion Sys­tem for Com­par­at­ive Crim­in­al Law)
  • Law of evid­ence (doc­tor­al pro­ject)
  • European and in­ter­na­tion­al crim­in­al law and pro­ced­ure

Curriculum Vitae

Em­man­ouil Bil­lis is Re­search Group Lead­er at the Max Planck In­sti­tute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. He was born in Athens (Greece). After gradu­at­ing from the Ger­man School of Athens, he stud­ied law at the Fac­ulty of Law of the Demo­crit­us Uni­versity of Thrace (Greece) from 2001 to 2005. As a qual­i­fied law­yer, he has been a mem­ber of the Athens Bar As­so­ci­ation since 2007.

From 2005 to 2008 Em­man­ouil Bil­lis com­pleted the post­gradu­ate pro­gramme Mas­ter of Laws in Crim­in­al Law of the Fac­ulty of Law of the Uni­versity of Athens with a thes­is on as­pects of European crim­in­al pro­ced­ure and in­ter­na­tion­al leg­al as­sist­ance (grade: "ex­cel­lent"). From 2009 to 2010 he com­pleted the LL.M. pro­gramme of the Fac­ulty of Law of the Uni­versity of Bonn (Ger­many) un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Pro­fess­or Dr. Hans-Ull­rich Paeff­gen. For his thes­is on is­sues of European crim­in­al pro­ced­ure and hu­man rights law he was awar­ded “summa cum laude”. He was the re­cip­i­ent of an Al­ex­an­der S. Onas­sis Pub­lic Be­ne­fit Found­a­tion schol­ar­ship. From 2012 to 2014 Em­man­ouil Bil­lis was a doc­tor­al can­did­ate at the Fac­ulty of Law of the Uni­versity of Freiburg (Ger­many) un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Pro­fess­or Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ul­rich Sieber, and a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tion­al Max Planck Re­search School for Com­par­at­ive Crim­in­al Law. For his doc­tor­al thes­is en­titled "Die Rolle des Richters im ad­versat­or­ischen und im in­quis­it­or­ischen Be­weis­ver­fahren" (The Role of the Judge in Ad­versari­al and In­quis­it­ori­al Evid­en­tiary Pro­ceed­ings, Dunck­er & Humblot 2015), he was awar­ded "summa cum laude" and was dis­tin­guished with the Otto Hahn Medal 2016 and the Otto Hahn Award 2016 for out­stand­ing sci­entif­ic achieve­ments.

From 2015 to 2018 Em­man­ouil Bil­lis was a Lec­turer in crim­in­al pro­ced­ure at the Of­ficers' School of the Hel­len­ic Po­lice Academy. An Aca­dem­ic Vis­it­or and Vis­it­ing Schol­ar at the uni­versit­ies of Ox­ford (Fac­ulty of Law, Centre for Crim­in­o­logy), Tromso (Nor­way), and Athens (Fac­ulty of Law, Mas­ter Pro­gramme) for aca­dem­ic year 2018/2019, he has been also a Vis­it­ing Schol­ar at Queen Mary Uni­versity of Lon­don (School of Law, Crim­in­al Justice Centre) since 2016.

Since 2010 Dr. Bil­lis has been a re­search­er at the Max Planck In­sti­tute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. From 2015 to 2017 he led the Max Planck In­sti­tute pro­ject "Trans­la­tion of the Greek Pen­al Code in­to Eng­lish" (Dunck­er & Humblot 2017). He is cur­rently writ­ing the coun­try re­ports on the Greek crim­in­al law for the pro­ject In­ter­na­tion­al Max Planck In­form­a­tion Sys­tem for Com­par­at­ive Crim­in­al Law. Since Janu­ary 2020 Em­man­ouil Bil­lis has been Head of the Otto Hahn Re­search Group on Al­tern­at­ive and In­form­al Sys­tems of Crime Con­trol and Crim­in­al Justice at the Max Planck In­sti­tute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law.

Otto Hahn Research Group


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Journal Article (14)

Journal Article
Tzannetaki, T., & Billis, E. (2020). Interview with Professors Andrew Ashworth and Lucia Zedner. The Art of Crime, (8). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-B9AD-5
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Billis, E. (2019). Limits of Informal Enforcement. Revue Internationale de Droit Pénal, 90(2), 369–391. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-7C95-8
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Billis, E. (2018). Οι συμφωνίες αναστελλόμενης δίωξης νομικών προσώπων στο αγγλικό δίκαιο. The Art of Crime, (5). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0002-A438-6
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Billis, E. (2017). Κριτήρια κίνησης της ποινικής δίωξης, σκοποί της δίκης και αποδεικτικές δυσχέρειες ενώπιον του Διεθνούς Ποινικού Δικαστηρίου. Poinika Chronika, 12(2), 86–92. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002E-3861-A
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Billis, E. (2017). On the methodology of comparative criminal law research: Paradigmatic approaches to the research method of functional comparison and the heuristic device of ideal types. Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, 24(6), 864–881. doi:10.1177/1023263X17745795
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Billis, E. (2017). Plea bargaining, Verständigung, ποινική συνδιαλλαγή: συγκριτικές και πρακτικές διαστάσεις. Poiniki Dikaiosyni, (8-9), 717–722. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0000-8406-4
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Billis, E. (2017). Report on the First International Conference of the European & International Criminal Law Institute on "International Criminal Law and Contemporary Reality: Challenges and Perspectives". European Criminal Law Review, 7(2), 210–214. doi:10.5771/2193-5505-2017-2-210
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Billis, E. (2016). The European Court of Justice: A “Quasi-Constitutional Court” in Criminal Matters? The Taricco Judgment and Its Shortcomings. New Journal of European Criminal Law, (1), 20–38. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002E-391C-F
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Billis, E. (2016). Νομολογία Δικαστηρίου Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, Απόφαση “Taricco and others” της 8ης Σεπτεμβρίου 2015 (Τμήμα Μείζονος Συνθέσεως – υπόθεση C105/14), Παρατηρήσεις. Poinika Chronika, 11(6), 478–480. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002E-3976-1
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Billis, E. (2015). Der rechtliche Rahmen zur Bekämpfung der Terrorismusfinanzierung in Griechenland. Eucrim - the European Criminal Law Associations' Forum, (1), 19–26. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002E-3A9F-0
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