Vasilis Sotiropoulos is a lawyer and he begins his talk with a bold statement: “The laws and the legal system are completely different than law as a discipline”. Courts, he explains, are often viewed as something negative, but there is a way for justice to be served without trials. This can be achieved through institutions as the Ombudsman, now available for various Greek cities. Legal issues can be solved out of court when it comes to disputes between nations, giving as an example the UNESCO committee that deals with the Elgin Marbles. Law, as he reminds us, “is a living organism, not contained in the courts of law, whose doors open when someone dares to knock on them, determined to win”.
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