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Eleftheria Sp. Papagianni is a Professor of History of Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Law School, where she teaches History of Law and Byzantine Law at the undergraduate level and Byzantine and Postbyzantine Law at the postgraduate level. She has also taught Introduction to the Greek Legal History I & II under the Erasmus program, in German and also in Seminars in foreign Institutes and Universities (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Centre Pierre Belon, Paris; Serbian Academy of Science and Arts, Belgrad). Dr. Iuris in 1986 (Law School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Grade: Excellent). She speaks and writes fluently in Greek, French, German and English and reads italian Bibliography.

She has participated in many of the Law School’s and the University’s administrative bodies and committees. She has served many times as Director of the Department of History and Theory of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Law School. She has written a big number of articles, books, contributions in collective volumes, translations and reviews, in Greek, French, German, and English. She has participated in numerous national and international Congresses and Conferences, in many meetings of which she has chaired.

Selected Publications

  1. The financial state of the married clergy in Byzantium [Forschungen zur byzantinischen Rechtsgeschichte-Athener Reihe, 1], Athens 1986, pp. XXXII+352 (Dissertation, in Greek).
  2. The Case Law of the ecclesiastical courts of Byzantine and post-Byzantine period in matters of Property Law, 3 vol., vol. 1: Law of obligations and Property Law, vol. 2: Family Law & vol. 3: Inheritance Law, [Forschungen zur byzantinischen Rechtsgeschichte-Athener Reihe, 6, 11 & 18], Athens 1992, 1997 & 2010, pp. XXIX+302, XXI+247, XXV+320 (in Greek).
  3. Forms of buildings during the late Byzantine period. Information from legal documents [Goulandris-Horn Foundation. Material, Natural and Spiritual Environment in the Byzantine and post-Byzantine World, 9], Athens 1995, pp. 56 (in Greek).
  4. “Legal institutions and practice in matters of ecclesiastical property”; “Protimesis (Preemption) in Byzatium”; “Byzantine Legislation on Economic Activity Relative to Social Class”in: Laiou, A.E. (ed.), The economic history of Byzantium: from the seventh through the fifteenth century, Washington D.C. 2002, Volume 3, pp. 1059-1069, 1071-1082, 1083-1093 (in English).
  5. “Un “témoin de la réalité juridique byzantine:  la jurisprudence patriarcale au XIVe siècle” (The patriarchal jurisprudence in the 14th Century as evidence for the byzantine juridical reality), in:  Fontes Minores 11 (2005) 213-227((in French).
  6. “The participation of the State in legacies during the late Byzantine period. Remarks on "aviotikion"”, in: Papagianni, E. - Burdara, C., Leontaritou, V. (eds), Antecessor. Honorary Volume in honor of Spyros N. Troianos, vol. 2, Athens 2013, pp. 1275-1308 (in Greek).
  7. General editor in: History of Law (Handbook), Athens 2015, pp. 203 (E-book, Kallipos repository, Hellenic Academic Libraries Link). Writer of Chapters 8, 9 and 10 (Byzantine Law) of the same book (in Greek).
  8. “Gesetzgebung und Rechtpraxis”, in: Daim, F. (ed.), Byzanz: Historisch-kulturwissenschaftliches Handbuch, [Der Neue Pauly, Supplemente Band, 11], Stuttgart 2016, pp. 417-468  and „Legislation and legal Practice“, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 10: History and Culture of Byzantium, English edition by Dillon, J.N.; Translated by Smart, D.A., Leiden-Boston 2019, pp. 190-213 (in German and in English).
  9. Alexios Aristenos. Kommentar zur "Synopsis canonum" (Alexios Aristenos. Canonical Commentary on the Synopsis Canonum), in cooperation with Troianos, Sp. - Burgmann, L. - Maksimovič, K., [Forschungen zur byzantinischen Rechtsgeschichte-Neue Folge, 1], Berlin/Boston 2019, PP. XLVII+272 (Text: Ancient Greek, Commentaries in German)
  10. “Construction Activity in Byzantium from the perspective of a Jurist”, in Deltion of the Christian Archeological Society, Series 4 Volume 40 (2019) 1-16 (in Greek).  

Ancillary Activities

Since 1981 she has been participating in the international Research Program for the republishing of Byzantine legal sources at the Frankfurt a.M.-based Göttingen Academy of Sciences (Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte). She served as Director of the Program (2008 to 2011) and since then, she is a member of its Steering Committee.

She is a member of many Greek and International scientific associations. She has served as President of the Management Board of the Greek Company (Union) of Legal Historians.