Nikolaos Chatzinikolaou, Dr. jur. - Lawyer


Nikos Chatzinikolaou was born and raised in the island of Kos, Greece. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he successfully obtained his PhD as well. He practices as a specialist in criminal cases since 2000, and he is a member of the Bar Association of Thessaloniki, appointed in the Supreme Court of Greece (“Areios Pagos”) since 2011, member of the Union of Jurists of Northern Greece, of the Union of Greek Penologists and of other scientific and professional unions.

He attended his master and Doctoral degree after he participated successfully in a Pan-Hellenic written competition, administered by the Greek State of Scholarships Foundation which nominated him as a scholar in the discipline of substantive criminal law and criminal procedural law.  He continued being a post-doctoral scholar of the same institution and the Research Committee of Aristotle University as well.

During the years of 1999-2012, he participated in teaching the undergraduate courses of the general part of Criminal Law and Penology, in the Law Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 

Conduction of tutorials, designation of case studies and participation in organizing thematic seminars, were some of his main duties while collaborating with National School of Judges, Center of Treatment of the Addicted, Balkan Institute of Public Administration, Bar Association of Thessaloniki, Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government, School of Further Education and Training of the Hellenic Police, Supreme Joint War College etc.

He has also participated in numerous Greek and European research projects such as ECLAN and ODYSSEUS.


  1. The expulsion of an alien as a sanction of criminal law (article 74 Criminal Code), Sakkoulas Publications, Athens- Thessaloniki, 2006, XIV+598
  2. The criminal suppression of the illegal immigration, Nomiki Vivliothiki Publications (ed. L. X. Margaritis), 2009, XX+353
  3. Interpretation of Articles 290-289 of the Greek Criminal Code (Crimes against the safety of transport -  forthcoming edition), 146
  4. Mixed Courts – Interpretation of Articles 377-408 of the Greek Code of Criminal Procedure, in L. Margaritis (Ed.), Interpretation of the Greek Code of Criminal Procedure, Nomiki Vivliothiki Publications, 2012, 1626-1822
  5. Practice in Criminal Law, Sakkoulas Publications, Athens- Thessaloniki, 2009 (in collaboration with N. Paraskevopoulos, G. Nouskalis, K. Chatzikostas)
  6. The framework decision on combating trafficking in human beings. Evaluating its fundamental attributes as well as its transposition in Greek criminal law, in A. Weyembergh/V. Santamaria, The Evaluation of European criminal law, Editions de l’ Université de Bruxelles, 2009, 131-196 (in collaboration with M. Kaiafa- Gbandi, A.Giannakoula, Th. Papakyriakou)
  7. The rules delimiting the territorial application of Greek criminal law, as well as resolving conflicts of jurisdiction (in collaboration with Th. Papakyriakou, A. Zachariadis, M. Kaiafa- Gbandi – forthcoming edition)
  8. The crime of defrauding secured creditors (article 397 Criminal Code), Armenopoulos 2000, 1344-1363
  9. Public Limited Company’s representation in the criminal trial, Poiniki Dikaiosyni, 2002, 762-771
  10.  The criminal suppression of the illegal immigration and the human trafficking in the Greek legal order, Poiniki Dikaiosyni 2008, 213-230
  11. The abuse of the position of vulnerability in trafficking in human beings, Poinika Chronika, 2009, 492-500
  12. Comments on Decision 51/2000 of the District Court of Thessaloniki, Yperaspissi, 2000, 1029-1045
  13. Comments on Decision 755/1999 of the Court of Appeals of Thessaloniki, Yperaspissi, 2000, 563-566  
  14. Comments on Decision 306/2000 of the Court of Appeals of Peiraus, Yperaspissi, 1237-1239
  15. Comments on Decision 5878/2001 of the District Court of Thessaloniki, Armenopoulos 2001, 1115-1116
  16. Special Criminal Acts, Nomiki Vivliothiki Publications  (M. Kaiafa- Gbandi/ E. Symeonidou Kastanidou), 2009

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