Dimitri Vlassis

Dimitri Vlassis

Dimitri Vlassis holds a law degree from the University of Athens (Greece) and an LL.M. (Master of Laws) from the University of Miami (U.S.A.). He has pursued post-graduate studies in international law at the George Washington University. He is an attorney, licensed to practice law in Greece and member of the Athens Bar Association.

Mr. Vlassis was recruited by the United Nations in 1989 following the successful completion of a United Nations National Competitive Examination, working with the Centre for International Crime Prevention of the Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention of the United Nations Office at Vienna (now the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) ever since.

From 1998 to 2003, he has been Secretary of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Elaboration of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and from 2004 to 2007, he has been the Secretary of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

From 2001 to 2003, he has been Secretary of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Negotiation of a Convention against Corruption. Mr. Vlassis is currently Secretary of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

His responsibilities at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in his capacity as Chief of the Corruption and Economic Crime Section, also include action against corruption and other forms of economic crime. He was principally responsible for the organization and servicing of the Naples World Ministerial Conference on Organized Transnational Crime (November 1994), as well as for the International Conference on the Prevention of Money Laundering and the Control of the Proceeds of Crime (Courmayeur, Italy) (June 1994), as well as the High-level Political Signing Conference for the United Nations Convention against Corruption (Mérida, Mexico, December 2003).

In addition to these tasks, Mr. Vlassis has been actively involved in the technical cooperation programme of the Office, leading or participating in needs assessment and advisory services missions in numerous countries, including Cambodia and Somalia (in the context of peace-keeping missions of the United Nations).

Dimitri Vlassis is married and has two children.