FULL NAME: Christos V. Gortsos

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Professor of Public Economic Law, Director of the Public Law Department and Academic Responsible for the LLM Program in “Financial Regulation”.


After having graduated from the German School of Athens (Dörpfeld Gymnasium) in 1979 (Apolytirion of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Abitur of the German Ministry of Education), he pursued his academic education in law (University of Athens, Law School, Degree in Law, University of Zürich, Law School, Pre-diploma (Diplom-Vorprüfung) and University of Geneva, Graduate Institute of International Studies (‘ΙUΗΕΙ’), Master’s degree (D.E.S.) in International Law) and economics (University of Athens, School of Economics, Degree in Economics, University of Geneva, ΙUΗΕΙ, Master’s degree (D.E.S.) in International Macroeconomics. He received his PhD in 1996 from the University of Geneva, ΙUΗΕΙ; Thesis title: International and Regional Regimes for the Prudential Regulation of International Banks (grade: magna cum laude (thesis), summa cum laude (viva)).

He is Visiting Professor at the Europa-Institut of the University of Saarland (since the 2008-2009 academic year) and at the European Law and Governance School (ELGS) of the European Public Law Organisation (EPLO) (since the 2015-2106 academic year). Since the 2014-2015 academic year, he also holds a teachingposition at the European Institute of the University of Zürich, lecturing in the LL.M. Program in International Economic Law and the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Program in Financial Markets Law. Since 2012, he is regularly lecturing in conferences organised by the European Law Academy (ERA) in Trier. The main fields of his research, teaching and publication activities are public economic law, EMU law, financial regulation (banking, capital markets and insurance) and institutional economics. In the winter semester of the 2017-2018academic year he was awarded the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (Department of Law), during which he conducted his Research Project on: “The EU framework on banking resolution”, and taught (with EUI Professor Stefan Grundmann) the course “Introduction to European (EU) Financial Law”. For the period September – October 2018 he was Academic Visitor at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford affiliated to the Political Economy for Financial Markets (PEFM) programme.

Selected Publications

European Central Banking Law – Legal aspects of the European Central Bank within the European System of Central Banks and the European System of Financial Supervision” (2020), Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham – Switzerland   

Pandemic Crisis and Financial Stability(2020, co-edited with Prof. Georg Ringe), EBI e-book (at:;

The Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) and the Single Resolution Fund (SRF): Legal aspects of the second main pillar of the European Banking Union(2019), e-book, Fifth edition (at:;

The Evolution of European (EU) Banking Law under the Influence of (Public) International Banking Law: A Comprehensive Overview(2019), Research study supported by Charles University, Prague, Second edition (at:

Stricto Sensu Investor Protection Under the ‘MiFID II’: A Systematic Overview of Articles 24-30(2018), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge;

Resolving private sector insolvency: The experience of the EU periphery and the case of Greece(2017, co-edited with Platon Monokroussos), Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham – Switzerland;

Banking Union: A Compendium (2016, co-authored with Professor J.-H. Binder), Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden – C.H. Beck, München – Hart Publishing, Oxford;

The Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) – Legal aspects of the first pillar of the European Banking Union (2015), European Public Law Organisation (EPLO) and Nomiki Bibliothiki, Athens;

The new EU Directive (2014/49/EU) on deposit guarantee schemes: an element of the European Banking Union (2014), Nomiki Bibliothiki, Athens;

Fundamentals of Public International Financial Law (2012), Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden.

Ancillary Activities

In July 2018, he was elected Fellow Academic Member of the European Banking Institute (EBI) and co-chair (with Professor Georg Ringe, University of Hamburg) of the “Task Force on Financial Resolution”. Since February 2020, he serves as President of the EBI’s Academic Board

Since October 2015, he is Research Partner at the University Research Priority Program (URPP) “Financial Market Regulation”of the University of Zürich and, since March 2016, Research Associate at the European Research Centre for Economic and Financial Governance (EURO-CEFG) of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Since 2018, he has is research partner in the Research Program “Money as a Means of Community Belonging”, conducted under the EUMOL Jean Monnet Chair at the Law School of the University of Siena.

He is also Member of the Committee on International Monetary Law of the International Law Association (MoComILA, since April 2005) and its Academic Coordinator (since November 2018); Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Society of Banking Law and Capital Markets Law (since June 2017); and Member of the Central Bank Research Association (CEBRA), the EPLO’s European Group of Public Law (EGPL) and the Association of Greek Commercial Lawyers.