He was born in Patras. He studied Law at the University of Thessaloniki. As a Fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), he completed postgraduate studies in Criminal Law at the University of Freiburg/Germany and the Max Planck Institute thereat. In December 1984 he received his PhD with the highest distinction (“summa cum laude”).
He was initially a Professor of Criminal Procedure at the Hellenic Police Academy for Officers. He was then appointed as a Lecturer in the field of Criminal Sciences of the Faculty of Law at the University of Athens and was later elected as Assistant Professor.
He has worked as a Special Adviser in several Ministries, represented Greece in international organizations and in the EU, and participated as a member or chairman in more than 25 legislative committees of different ministries, and in more than 10 Working Groups.
He practices law as a member of the Athens Bar Association.
Since 1989 he is a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal ‘Criminal Chronicles’.
He has written two scientific monographs, more than 40 articles, many comments on court decisions, and translated many criminal science articles from German and English to Greek, as well as important philosophical (Adorno), sociological (H. Willke) and literary works (Thomas Mann, Hermann Broch). He has also collaborated as a translator with the Athens Concert Hall.
He retired from the University in 2021 and in November of the same year he was appointed as a deputy member of the Hellenic DPA.
On August 2022 he was appointed by the Greek Prime Minister as member of the National Commission for Human Rights.