Stavros Vardalas is the Director of the Legal Department of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy.
Mr. Vardalas studied Law at the University of Athens Law School, graduating in 1966, and Economics at the Economics Department of the same University, graduating in 1970. From 1970 to 1974 he attended courses in the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of History and Archeology, University of Athens. After completing his studies in Greece, he completed his postgraduate studies in Maritime Law, University College London (1974-76) and European Comparative Law at Brunel University (1975-76) (Middlesex, England) where he received his Masters Degree ( LL.M.) with Distinction. From 1962 to 1968 he worked as an Administrative Officer at the National Bank of Greece. In 1970 he was appointed a lawyer at the Athens Court of First Instance, and since 1978 he has been a lawyer at the Supreme Court and the Council of State. Since 1979 he has been a legal associate and since 1991 he is a Legal Adviser at the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEA), while from 1980 to 2003 he represented Greece at the European Commission’s Legal Affairs Committee in Brussels. As a Legal Adviser to the EBEA, he has participated in more than 15 Competition Committees in both the EBEA and various other Regional Chambers over the last 15 years, and has been a member of the Appeals Committee in various chamber and national content and European content, bilateral cooperation and digital convergence). From his position he has drawn up administrative (public) contracts for the implementation of the above tenders. He is a permanent member of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry arbitrators’ list of out-of-court commercial disputes and has presided over arbitration in at least thirty (national and international) arbitration cases before the Arbitral Tribunal. He has been a member of various Legislative Committees of the Ministries of Development (for reforming chamber law), Internal (for reforming public administration and simplifying administrative procedures) and for Justice (for drafting the new bankruptcy code). He was a founding member of the European Cultural Association “THE HOME OF EUROPE ATHENS”, founded in 1978, of which he was elected Secretary-General until 1991, and in the same year he was elected Chairman of that Board. In June 1993 he founded THE EUROPEAN HOUSE in order to provide extensive information on European issues in the region and to enhance Greek-European cultural exchanges. From that date, he remains the President of the Board of Directors. During the European elections of 1994 (for the election of MEPs), he submitted a candidate for a member of parliament formed by all European cultural associations in Greece. In addition, he has taught European Commercial Law and Competition Law under Greek and European law, as a lecturer in various private schools, at ELKEPA and in training seminars for civil servants. He has published a number of articles in the journal of the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on European issues, and has participated in many Greek and foreign workshops as a lecturer or coordinator on European issues (mainly arbitration). He has authored two books entitled “The European Parliament and its Direct Representation” and “Abuse of Dominant Position in European and American Law”. He is fluent in English and very good in French. He is a member of the Athens Bar Association, the Hellenic Association of Greek Merchants, the British Association of Greek Scientists, and the Brunel University Graduate Society based in Middlesex, UK. He has participated in various scientific (legal and historical) conferences at home and abroad as a lecturer and has attended corresponding conferences in Greece and abroad mainly on commercial, legal and cultural issues.