Spyridon Bazinas, Senior Legal Officer, United Nations, Greece

Spyridon Bazinas, Senior Legal Officer, United Nations, Greece

Spyridon Bazinas is a senior legal officer in the International Trade Law Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). He holds law degrees from the University of Athens (LLB (Hons)) and the University of Miami at Coral Gables (LLM (Hons)). He has also conducted post-graduate research at the Hamburg-based Max-Planck-Institute of Foreign and Private International Law (1982-1984). He has been a member of the Athens Bar since 1981 and of the International Bar Association (Committees E, J and M) since 1997.

He is currently the Secretary of Working Group VI (Security Interests), which is preparing a Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions. As Secretary of the Working Group, he is responsible for drafting the legislative guide (legislative recommendations and commentary) and for servicing the Working Group.

Spyridon Bazinas joined the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in 1989 and the Secretariat of UNCITRAL in 1992. He also served as Secretary of the UNCITRAL Working Group on International Contract Practices, which prepared the draft Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade. He has also been involved in the Commission's work on electronic commerce, cross-border insolvency, procurement and bank guarantees.

He has co-authored/edited two books (International Secured Transactions, Introduction, Oceana Publications, Inc., Dobbs Ferry, New York, August 2003 and Das UN-Abtretungs Uebereinkommen, Wien 2005, Springer Wien New York, Bank Verlag) and has published more than twenty articles on various international trade law topics and, in particular, on receivables financing and secured credit law. He has lectured all over the world on a variety of UNCITRAL work topics.