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Prof. Dr. Konstantina Papathanasiou LL.M.

Prof. Dr. Konstantina Papathanasiou, LL.M., holds the Chair of Economic Criminal Law, Compliance and Digitalization at the University of Liechtenstein, since September 1, 2021. The chair’s research and teaching program covers all issues of Liechtenstein, German-speaking as well as European and international economic criminal law. Research into criminal liability in business-related activity also extends to company-specific compliance requirements and developments in the digital field.

Prof. Papathanasiou pursued her legal studies from 2001 to 2005, and in 2007 completed a Master’s Degree in Criminal Law Sciences in Athens. From 2008 onwards, she received the DAAD-Scholarship to pursue her research at the University of Heidelberg, where she completed her doctorate from 2010 to 2013. She conducted her doctoral studies as a scholarship holder of the Alexander Onassis Foundation.

From 2017 to 2020, she worked on her habilitation thesis with a habilitation scholarship from the University of Regensburg on the topic “Ius Puniendi and the State Sovereignty – Origins, International Legal Limits and Theoretical Foundations of International Criminal Law.”

She habilitated in March 2021 and was subsequently awarded the venia legendi for criminal law, criminal procedural law, economic criminal law, international criminal law, comparative law and legal philosophy. Awarded the “Regensburg Prize for Women in Science and the Arts” on Oct. 27, 2021, for habilitation and “in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of law”.

Since 2016, Prof. Dr.  Papathanasiou has been a visiting professor at the Faculté Libre de Droit in Paris, while she was 2018 a two-month research fellow at Collège de France. In 2021, she was elected to the Board of the Greek Society of Criminal Law. Since 2022 she is a member of the Liechtenstein Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Prof. Papathanasiou has designed a new » Executive Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Economic Criminal Law at the University of Liechtenstein, which will start in February 2023. The course, which is unique in the German-speaking world, offers the necessary comprehensive and at the same time practice-oriented continuing education, which not only brings decisive advantages for the practice of criminal justice, but also for the areas of prevention and law enforcement. One of the modules is dedicated to corporate criminal law and the area of criminal compliance, including the topic of whistleblowing.
She has also launched an intensive » Anti Money Laundering course, which starts in November 2022 and will be held every six months.