June 30, 2015 Print

Protesters at a pro-EU rally at Syntagma Square. "Statism, taxes, bureaucracy kills the economy."

In Greece, everything is on the table — and there’s no time to waste.

On Wednesday, July 1, at 2 p.m. EDT, Atlas Network hosted a one-hour webinar on "Greece at a crossroads: What is at stake, and what to expect", featuring Aristides Hatzis, the leading pro-reform expert on Greece and an associate professor of philosophy of law and theory of institutions at the University of Athens, to discuss Greece’s debt crisis and the urgency for finding a solution.

View the talk below and download the PowerPoint slides.

Hatzis addressed the solutions that have been proposed and how each could impact both Greece’s and the world’s economy. Hatzis is one of the most sought-out intellectuals for nearly every major international news agency, a friend of Atlas Network, and a featured author in Tom G. Palmer’s After the Welfare State. He recently spoke at Atlas Network’s Athens event, Emergency Economic Summit for Greece. Hatzis is also the founder of two Atlas Network partners, the John Stuart Mill Research Group and LearnLiberty.gr, and one of the leading blogs that has covered the Greek crisis since its beginning, greekcrisis.net.

Hatzis completed his basic legal studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He studied sociology, philosophy, history, and economic analysis of law at the graduate level at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Law (LL.B., LL.M.) and at the University of Chicago Law School (LL.M., J.S.D.). In 1999, he received his doctorate on the economics of law under the supervision of Judge Richard A. Posner (chair), Frank Easterbrook, and William Landes. He is an attorney-at-law and a member of the Thessaloniki Bar Association since 1992 and of the American Bar Association since 1994.

In September 2001, he was elected a member of the steering committee of the European Association of Law & Economics where he served until 2006. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of European Contract Law (SECOLA), the Steering Committee of the European Network for Better Regulation (ENBR), and the Editorial Board of the European Review of Contract Law. He is also a fellow of the European Law Institute and a member of the scientific board of the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). In early 2014 Hatzis was appointed to the National Council for Research & Technology, the supreme advisory body of the Greek government for the formulation of research, technology, and innovation policy.

He is the recipient of several fellowships and awards and his papers have been published in major international journals and in international collective volumes. He has refereed papers for over 20 journals and he has taught as visiting professor in several Greek, European, and North American universities. He is the co-editor of Law & Economics: Philosophical Issues and Fundamental Questions (Routledge, 2015).

His op-eds have been published by the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and other major international media. He has also given interviews to major international media outlets: Bloomberg News, Economist, Euronews, Spiegel, BBC, U.S. National Public Radio, Time, Voice of America, and others. He recently authored: