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Maria Psarra

Vice Editor-in-Chief

Lawyer at VG Lawyers, Member of the Athens Bar Association

 In 2012, she graduated from Aristotle University, Faculty of Law.  She launched her law career right after her graduation, having been recruited by a law firm specialised in European Union Law in Athens;  a position she held for about two years before undertaking a legal traineeship at the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Chambers of First Advocate General Melchior Wathelet. She continues her law career at VG Lawyers in Athens were she currently works as a legal advisor for various international construction and consultancy companies.  Her main fields of practice are international contracts (consultancy and sub-consultancy agreements etc.), company law (establishment and operation of companies in Greece, etc.), European Union public procurement law (EU tenders and contracts, OLAF, etc.), trademarks, and the so called Greek “golden VISA” for third county nationals/investors.

Curriculum Vitae:

Ph.D. Candidate [National and Kapodistrian University of Athens] (2014-2018) [Advisory Committee: Ass. Prof. Chr. Tsouca – University of Athens, Prof. Ch. Pamboukis – University of Athens, Prof. E. Pataut – Université Paris I]

Legal Intern [Court of Justice of the EU, Chambers of the First Advocate General Melchior Wathelet] (Oct-Dec 2015)

IICL Professional Certificate on International Alternative Dispute Resolution [International Institute of Commercial, Pace Law School] (Sept 2014 – Feb 2015)

Contributor, International Child Abduction Database [Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law] (2014).

Master of Laws in International Legal Studies – Direction of Private International Law, First Class Honours – Rank:1st/41 [National and Kapodistrian University of Athens] (Oct 2012 – Apr 2014)

Law Degree, Upper Second Class Honours [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki] (Oct 2007 – Sept 2012)

Summer Course on Alternative Dispute Resolution – EU Mediation & ODR, [Academy of European Law] (June -July 2015)

Summer Courses on Private International Law & Directed Studies, Director of Studies (English speaking section) Prof. Br. Lurger, University of Graz, [Hague Academy of International Law) (Jul -Aug 2014)

ICC Certified Training in ICC Arbitration and the Application of the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration [International Chamber of Commerce] (2014)

XXth International Congress of Comparative Law, National Rapporteur (Greece): “The Legal Services Market and Conveyancing” [International Academy of Comparative Law] (July 2018 – expected) 

Conference ‘Divorce and its Consequences on Family Legal Relationships – Issues of Substantive and Private International Law’, Participant – Interventionist [Northern Greece Law Society] (29 Jan 2016)

10th Anniversary of Journal of Private International Law Conference, Speaker: “Incidental Questions in European Private International Law” [University of Cambridge] (3-5 Sept 2015)

Workshop on “European Regulations in Civil Cross-Border Proceedings”, Participant [Centre of International and European Economic Law- Academy of European Law] (3-4 Nov 2014)

Judge – Oral Rounds, 3rd Europa Moot Court Competition [Mohammed Ali Research Center (MOHA)/ Chambers of Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union, Melchior Wathelet] (21-23 Mar 2016)

Arbitrator – Memorandums, 23rd Vis Moot Court Competition [Association for the Organization and Promotion of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot] (Jan-Feb 2016)

Member of the Academy of European Law, Trier (2013 – )

State Scholarships Foundation Grant [IKY] (2015, 2016)

Peter Caesar Scholarship [ERA] (2015)

Institute of International Commercial Law Scholarship [IICL] (2014)

Email: mpsarra@vglawyers.gr

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