SINCE 1989

Standalone Publications

In addition to the European Review of Public Law and its special editions (European Public Law Series, Central and Eastern European Legal Studies, European Papers, Academy of European Public Law Series and European Environmental Law Series) the EPLO publishing activity includes standalone publications in the areas of law and political studies.

In addition, it includes publications related to the work of the Organization such as the EPLO Annual Reports and the laudatio in honour of members of the European Group of Public Law (EGPL), the European Scientific Council, given by their peers during the EGPL annual meetings, or publications on the occasion of special events organised by the EPLO, such as the inauguration of its premises in Athens and Sounio.

Among these standalone publications are:

  • Agustín Gordillo, “An Introduction to Law”, Preface by Spyridon Flogaitis
  • Agustín Gordillo, “The Future of Latin America: Can the EU Help?”, Preface by Spyridon Flogaitis.
  • EGPL/GEDP“15 Years of the European Group of Public Law / 15 ans du Groupe Européen de Droit Public - Laudatios: Prof. Epaminondas Spiliotopoulos / Prof. Sir David Williams / The Rt Hon. The Lord Woolf"
  • “International Administrative Tribunals in a Changing World”, comprising the papers presented at a conference organized by the United Nations Administrative Tribunal, under the auspices of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General in New York, on Friday, 9 November, 2007
  • “Justice et Politique - Eléments de jurisprudence: Allemagne • Espagne • Etats-Unis d’Amérique • France • Israël • Cour européenne des droits de l’homme / Justice and Politics - Elements of Jurisprudence: Germany • Spain • United States of America • France • Israel • European Court of Human Rights", Avant-propos de / Foreword by Gérard Timsit
  • Epaminondas Spiliotopoulos (ed.), “Harmonization of Legislation in the Field of Justice and Home Affairs / Harmonisation des législations en matière de justice et affaires intérieures”


Christos V. Gortsos, The Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) - Legal aspects of the first pillar of the European Banking Union

COVER GORTSOSChristos V. Gortsos, The Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) - Legal aspects of the first pillar of the European Banking Union, 432 pp., 2015, ISBN: 978-960-562-421-7

This study mainly intends to provide a comprehensive account of the provisions of the conceptually solid, but institutionally complex, framework pertaining to the European Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), which is the first pillar of the European Banking Union (EBU) and became operational on 4 November 2014. It is structured in seven (7) sections.

The institutional framework of the SSM forms part of the new European Banking Law, which has been (and is still being) formulated gradually since 2008 in order to address in a systematic and efficient manner the problems identified during both the recent (2007-2009) international financial crisis, and the current and ongoing euro area fiscal and debt crisis. In view of the latter, the need for a further Europeanisation of the "bank safety net" was deemed necessary, resulting in the establishment of the EBU. In this framework, the Council Regulation governing the SSM (1024/2013) confers on the European Central Bank "specific tasks" with regard to the micro-prudential supervision of credit institutions, thus converting it, in essence, to a banking supervisory authority, in addition to its monetary policy and other tasks.

This study will prove a useful tool for jurists and economists aiming at understanding in depth the functioning of the first pillar of the EBU, and in general seeking up-to-date information concerning the general directions of the European financial policy. It is also of interest to students of law, economics and political studies, who wish to deepen their knowledge of European Banking Law.

An extensive list of primary and secondary sources, and a useful alphabetical index, complete this work, which is published by the Greek publisher NOMIKI BIBLIOTHIKI in collaboration with the European Public Law Organization (EPLO).

The author is Professor of International Economic Law at the Panteion University of Athens (Department of International, European and Area Studies) and the Secretary General of the Hellenic Bank Association.

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Nikos Scandamis / Kosmas Boskovits, Rival Securities in Europe and Beyond, 2013, 188 pp., ISBN: 978-960-87611-6-2

rivalsecuritiesLiberty and security form a highly ambiguous conceptual pairing whose internal tension has never ceased to increase, in particular within the borderless societies of a world driven globally but still operating in institutional fragments. This is a tension understood and treated differently according to various normative horizons which interconnect at different levels, national, transnational or global. The European paradigm reveals its novelty by integrating people while marking their trace as plural; it favours a precarious symbiosis as a result of this continuous creation of liberties, which proves more and more difficult to manage. Delineating and safeguarding liberties as reassessed and reordered transnationally implies new schemes of powers holding together the body politic and the citizen. Diverse conceptions of liberty and security come to light, as political and legal claims have to compete within horizontal patterns of governance instituted by the European Union, parallel and in opposition to the vertical patterns of government still dominating its Member States. The tension, already latent in balancing Liberty and Security, becomes exacerbated: Liberty is enhanced by security of person but diminished by security of state. This balance is subjected to differentiated modes of governance, which the relevant legal orders construct, through particular sets of rules, as shifting institutional enclosures responding to their internal principles: Making such discrepancies governable becomes a vital issue for the individuals and their status in the modern world.

Nikos Scandamis is Professor emeritus at the University of Athens, international lawyer and former Director at the European Commission. His writings on European integration favour an interdisciplinary approach towards law, economics and political philosophy.

Kosmas Boskovits (Docteur en Droit, Strasbourg) is Deputy Legal Counselor at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

They both steered the research team of the University of Athens (Faculty of Law) for two major research programmes on Liberty and Security launched by the European Commission (ELISE and CHALLENGE).



     S. Varouxakis, "The Diplomacy of the Mediterranean", 2013, 442 pp., ISBN: 978-960-87611-0-0

    the diplomacy of the mediterranean coverThe relations between the European states and the countries around the Mediterranean have been difficult throughout history, but nevertheless of crucial importance for both sides. Trade rela­tions, multiple exchanges, cultural influences, but also conflicts, wars and alliances, were the main characteristics of the historical process.

    Against this background, during the last two decades, politicians and diplomats from both sides understood that a new modus vivendi in their relations was necessary, in order to reach solutions on many problems. In fact, everybody felt that a common effort was needed, aiming at the creation of a framework for discussion and coopera­tion between countries and peoples who had, at the same time, many common interests, but also many differences and rivalries.

    This book tries to present, describe and analyze these efforts and the 'behind the scenes' actions whose goal it was to create an insti­tutional framework - capable of guaranteeing peace, stability, secu­rity and prosperity for all the peoples of the Mediterranean.

    The author, Ambassador Sotiris Varouxakis, has personally participated in the greater part of this journey, representing Greece in the Senior Officials Meetings. He has been elected, in 2011, as Deputy Secretary General in the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.




      Athens Dialogue on A Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction as well as Their Means of Delivery (WMDFZ), 2013, 288 pp., ISBN: 978-960-87611-1-7

      ATHENS DIALOGUE COVERA major Report on establishing the Middle East as a zone free of weapons of mass destruction has been published by La Trobe University Centre for Dialogue and the European Public Law Organization.

      Written in four languages (English, Hebrew, Farsi and Arabic), the report carries a foreword by Judge Christopher Weeramantry, former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice.

      The Athens Dialogue brought together Israeli, Palestinian, Arab, Iranian and other Middle Eastern civil society leaders, former diplomats, and some diplomatic representatives. Proposals emerging out of the Dialogue included the establishment of a UN Regional Centre for Peace and Security to match similar centres in other conflict-prone regions of the world, new confidence-building measures to promote Middle East denuclearization, new regional structures to pursue such denuclearization, and new civil society initiatives to encourage Middle Eastern governments to pursue negotiations. The most important development immediately following the Athens Dialogue was the US Department of State announcement that the Helsinki Conference would not be convened as previously envisaged in December 2012. The postponement of the Helsinki Conference indicates difficulties ahead. Nevertheless, Finland as the host country, the Europeans, the Russians, the UN Secretary-General and even the United States remain firmly committed to the staging of such a conference.

      The Centre for Dialogue and the European Public Law Organization, remain encouraged by this first attempt at a regional dialogue despite the sharply diverging interests and attitudes within and between countries. Future stability in the Middle East and global security may well depend on the success of such dialogue.

      The full text of the book can be found at the La Trobe University's and the EPLO's websites.