Dr Konstantina Sampani
LLB (University of Athens, Greece); BA in Piano (National School of Music, Greece); LLM (University of Kent at Canterbury, UK); PhD (Queen Mary, University of London, UK); Practicing Certificate, Law Society of Athens (Member of Athens Bar Association,
I obtained my first degree in law from the University of Athens whilst I concurrently graduated with a BA in Piano from the National School of Music in Greece. My postgraduate studies constitute a combination of Commercial Law with Criminal Justice and Criminology. I completed my LLM at the University of Kent at Canterbury in International and Commercial Law and specialised in International Business Transactions, International Commercial Dispute Settlements (Arbitration and Litigation), Carriage of Goods by Sea, Road, Rail and Air and Finance and Insurance of Exports. I also obtained a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London in Criminal Justice and Criminology.
After qualifying I worked as a practising lawyer on transnational cases in a law firm in the city of London and I subsequently joined a legal500 law firm in Athens. I thereafter became a partner of a different law practice. I have a sound background in litigation in a civil and common law jurisdiction under my belt which enriched my teaching with 'real life experience' and contributed with a more pragmatic angle in my research. My principal areas of practice and teaching encompass international trade, shipping, the sale and carriage of goods and alternative dispute resolution.
When in practice I became particularly interested in professional training by collaborating with Lloyd's Maritime Academy as an in-house corporate trainer and a course author of Marine Insurance by distance learning and also a course author and director for Maritime Disputes and Arbitration and the International Trade and Transport Law in the course of which I designed and authored booklets on these subjects used for training by shipping companies and training centres. I receive speaking and training invitations from Lloyd's Maritime Academy.
My earlier research focused on the impact that sociological, historical, political and anthropological factors have on the evolution of the criminal justice system using Greece as a case study.
My current research focuses on the interdisciplinary areas of the impact of cultural contexts in the process of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms and the use of technology in the ODR. It is within this field of research interest that I designed and authored the course material on Maritime Disputes and Arbitration and the International Trade and Transport Law for Lloyd's Maritime Academy. I have also presented a paper on the impact of culture in an effective mediation process at the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice Annual Conference in Wales, 2013.
My research plan is to explore the disparities between legality and legitimacy especially with respect to current austerity measures introduced in Greece, Portugal and Spain for theoretical and policy implications. My recent book chapter relating to this area has been published entitled 'Financial crisis and crime', in Essays in Honour of Prof. C. Dedes, Athens-Komotini, Ant. N. Sakkoulas, 2013.