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

Project

The typ­ic­al tri­al-ori­ented sys­tems of crim­in­al justice that are primar­ily based on the strict ap­plic­a­tion of sub­stant­ive crim­in­al law have reached their func­tion­al and lo­gistical lim­its in most parts of the mod­ern leg­al world… more

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