Faculty Profile: Basil S. Markesinis
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Sir Basil Markesinis is an honorary QC and holds doctorates or honorary doctorates from (in alphabetical order) Athens, Cambridge, Ghent, Munich, Oxford, and Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne). After holding successively the Chairs of European Law and then Comparative Law at the University of Oxford, where he founded the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law, he moved to University College London to the Chair of Common and Civil Law, from which he retired in 2007. He now holds the (part-time but tenured) Jamail Regents Chair at the University of Texas at Austin to which he was elected over ten years ago.
He has authored or co-authored 42 books on topics dealing with law, geopolitcs, art and psycho-biography which have been written or transalted into French, German, Italian, Greek and Chinese as well as over 120 legal articles, which have been published in leading law journals in America, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and the Netherlands. He has lectured extensively in 25 different law faculties including Athens, Cornell, Ghent, Leiden, Michigan, Munich, Paris I, Paris II, Rome, and Siena, where he has held Visiting Professorships. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Corresponding Fellow of the French Academy, a Foreign Fellow of the Italian Academy (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei), the Royal Belgian and the Royal Netherlands Academies, a Corresponding Fellow of the Academy of Athens, a Member of the American Law Institute as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Athens Archaeological Society. In 2002 he was appointed Conseiller Scientifique du Premier President de la Cour de Cassation (France) on matters of European law a post which he held until 2006. Besides his academic work, Sir Basil has advised many Government Ministers on both sides of the Channel on matters concerning Europe and, between 1997 and 2001, he also served as Special Advisor on Eurpean matters to the multi-national firm of Clifford Chance. For his academic work and other services to European integration Sir Basil has received high decorations from the Presidents of France (three times), Germany (three times), Greece, and Italy (three times). Most recently (2002) he was promoted by the President of Italy to the highest rank of the Italian Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross, while the President of Germany awarded him the insignia of Knight Commander of the Order of Merit, in May 2003. In 2005 he was also awarded by the President of France the insignia of Knight Grand Cross of the French Order Of Merit. He was made Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year of 2005 for "Distinguished Services to International Legal Relations"