Ioannis Gkountis


Visiting Lecturer in Criminal Law

Scientific Staff in Criminal Law


Dr. Ioannis Gkountis is Member of the Teaching Staff of the Law School in NEAPOLIS University Pafos, (Visiting Lecturer – Criminal Law) since September 2020.
For the academic year 2020-2021 he is teaching the following subjects: General Criminal Law I-Gr, General Criminal Law II-Gr, Special Criminal Law I-Gr, Special Criminal Law II-Gr, Criminal Procedure I-Gr, Criminal Procedure II-Gr, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Practical Issues-Gr, Penology-Gr and Anti-Corruption in Criminal Law, Global Taxation Standards and Financial Crime for the M.A in Economic Crime and Criminal Justice.
Dr. Ioannis Gkountis was admitted in 1997 to the Department of Law of the Democritus University of Thrace, from where he graduated in 2001 with the grade “very good” (7.9).
In the same year he was admitted to the Ludwig-Maximilian University Postgraduate Program (LL.M.) in Munich, Germany, which he completed with the grade “excellent”. He wrote a master’s thesis titled “Die Gentherapie in rechtlicher und ethischer Hinsicht”, under the supervision of Professor Dr. Ulrich Schroth. The thesis focused on the examination –under the light of criminal law doctrine- of the specific issues raised during the conduct of medical research and the application of new therapeutic methods on humans and assessed furthermore the usefulness of “bioethics” as a guidelines in the whole process.
Dr. Ioannis Gountis was subsequently accepted by the above institution as a PhD candidate, writing a doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Professor Dr.Dr.h.c.mult. Bernd Schünemann, titled “Autonomie und strafrechtlicher Paternalismus”, which received the degree “magna cum laude” and was published in 2011. The dissertation focused on the examination of the legitimacy of criminal provisions, which penalise acts of “self-harm”. These provisions, also known as instances of “paternalistic” criminal law legislation, were put under scrutiny and were proven to be “incompatible” with the fundamental principles of the criminal law dogma. In addition, the dubious character of these provisions was also demonstrated from the viewpoint of the philosophy and history of law.
During the last phase of his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Ioannis Gkountis also received a scholarship from the “Stibet” scholarship program of Ludwig-Maximilian University and DAAD.