Nicos Alivizatos was born in Athens in 1949 but his family originates from the islands of Κefalonia and Chios. He studied Law in Athens, where he obtained his LL.B. in 1972, and in Paris, where he obtained his doctorate degree (Doctorat d’ Etat) in 1977. He has been practicing Law in Athens since 1978 and specializes in public law litigation, in particular property law, media law, law of education, environmental law and minority rights. He pleads regularly before the Council of State (Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court) and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He has been a professor at the Faculty of Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where he has been teaching Constitutional Law since 1980. Finally, we was founding member and first General Secretary (1984-1988) of the Union of Greek Constitutional Law Scholars as well as member of the Board since 1979 and President (1999-2002) of the Hellenic League of Human Rights.