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Dean Emeritus Symeon Symeonides honored by Greece’s largest university

Symeon C. Symeonides, Alex L. Parks Distinguished Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, recently was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causae of the Law Faculty by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Symeonides, who led Willamette University College of Law for 12 years until stepping down in 2011, attended the University of Thessaloniki as a law student, graduating summa cum laude and receiving degrees in public and private law.

The award is for lifetime achievement, given to individuals with exemplary accomplishments in their fields. Symeonides also has received two law degrees from Harvard Law School.

Active in law reform, Symeonides is spending the fall in Brussels helping the European Union (EU) in drafting new laws and reforming old ones.

Specifically, Symeonides  presides over four different working groups consisting of representatives of the 27 Member States of the EU, which are drafting new EU laws on the following subjects:

• A Common European Sales Law;

• The Property Relations of Spouses;

• The Property Consequences of Registered Partnerships; and

• The Cross-Border Freezing of Bank Accounts.

Symeonides also presides over another working group that has completed the revision of the EU Law on Jurisdiction and Judgment Recognition in Civil and Commercial Cases.  His mandate now is to act as a mediator to ensure that the three EU institutions (Parliament, Commission, and Council) will agree to the same text or amendments to it.

In addition, Symeonides   represents the Presidency of the EU Council at the Hague Conference of Private International Law in negotiating a new internationalConvention on Choice of Law for International Contracts.

Symeonides will return to Willamette in the spring to teach private international law and international civil litigation and arbitration.