Conflict of Laws Expert to Lecture on Nontraditional Families

Willamette University College of Law is pleased to announce that Professor Ana Grammaticaki-Alexiou will present the final lecture in the law school’s 14th Annual Speaker Series. “New Challenges of Family Law in Europe: Same-Sex Marriage and Surrogate Motherhood” will address issues related to nontraditional families.

Grammaticaki-Alexiou believes that despite changing attitudes, same-sex unions and surrogate motherhood continue to be contentious issues, even within a single country. In the multiethnic European Union, the change of attitudes has proceeded at different speeds. The uneven degree by which European countries have embraced change and the increased mobility of people across European borders pose formidable challenges to certain basic principles of European Union law and human rights law. Her lecture will explore these and related challenges.

The lecture will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall (room 201) of the Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center on the Willamette University campus in Salem. The center is located at 245 Winter St. SE. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Willamette University College of Law welcomes your attendance at this free public event. For more information, call 503-370-6877 or send an e-mail to

Professor Grammaticaki-Alexiou
Ana Grammaticaki-Alexiou is a professor of conflict of laws at Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki School of Law in Greece. She is a graduate of the same law school, from which she also received her doctoral degree. She is the author or co-author of several books and has published widely in the areas of conflict of laws, international protection of cultural property, international child abduction, and the law applicable to individual employment contracts.

Grammaticaki-Alexiou has taught at graduate and post-graduate levels, Conflict of Laws, Comparative Law, Comparative Conflict of Laws, International Transactions, International Commercial Arbitration, Uniform Law, International Protection of Cultural Property, Human Rights Law, Nationality Law, Economic European Community Law and International Litigation in both Greece and abroad. She has been a visiting professor at Loyola Law School and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, as well as at the inter-university European Master’s Program on Human Rights and Democratization in Venice, Italy. She also served as a judge on the Greek Special Supreme Court for three years, vice chairperson of the Greek Delegation in the Civil Law Commission of the Council of the European Union, and head of the Greek delegation of the Greek Ministry of Justice in the same commission, working on the proposal of a regulation on the law applicable to contractual obligations.