Expert resume of Spyridon (Spiros) V. Bazinas
Independent Consultant; Arbitrator; Law Lecturer, Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversitaet (Vienna); Member, ALI; P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert
Spiros Bazinas is an Independent Consultant, Arbitrator and Law Lecturer (SFU). He was the Secretary of the UNCITRAL Working Group VI (WG VI - Security Interests) from 2003 to 2017.
As Secretary of WG VI, Mr. Bazinas was responsible for preparing comparative law studies, drafting legislative texts and commentaries, and servicing the Working Group. Mr. Bazinas served as Secretary of WG VI, when it prepared the Guide to Enactment of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions (2017), the UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions (2016), the UNCITRAL Guide on the Implementation of a Security Rights Registry (2013), the Supplement on Security Interests in Intellectual Property Rights (2010), and the UNCITRAL Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions (2007).
Mr. Bazinas also served as Secretary of the Working Group on International Contract Practices, when it prepared the draft Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade (2001). He has also been involved in the Commission's work on insolvency, bank guarantees, procurement and electronic commerce.
He has also provided technical assistance to States and lectured all over the world on a variety of UNCITRAL work topics. For a number of years, he has taught a course on secured financing (including insolvency and private international law) at the Law School of the University of Vienna, Austria.
Mr. Bazinas has co-authored more than ten books and has published more than fifty articles on various international trade law topics and, in particular, on secured financing.
Before joining the UNCITRAL Secretariat in 1992, Mr. Bazinas worked for three years at the General Legal Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in New York, dealing with contract and administrative law matters (1989-1992), and before that time, for another two years as an attorney in Athens, Greece, dealing with civil and commercial law matters (1986-1988).
Mr. Bazinas holds an LL.B. from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an LL.M. equivalent from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and an LL.M. from the University of Miami at Coral Gables, U.S.A.
He is a P.R.I.M.E. Finance expert, a member of the American Law Institute and the International Bar Association, as well as an honorary member of the Centre for International Legal Studies. He is fluent in English, German and Greek, and has a good command of French.