Dr. Emmanouil Billis, LL.M.Research Group Leader
- 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
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.