Takis Vidalis completed his basic legal studies at the University of Athens. In 1995, he received his Ph.D. in constitutional law from the University of Athens (summa cum laude).
He is the author (or co-author) of 7 books and more than 40 academic papers on bioethics, biolaw, medical ethics, medical law, constitutional law, philosophy of law, sociology of law and environmental law. He participated in international and national research projects, concerning especially issues of law and advanced technologies. Among them: “Discrimination against people with HIV and AIDS: Good practices in legal advice and litigation concerning employment, insurance, credit, housing, education and health care” E.U. – University College, London, 2000 – 2002. “HERCULES - “Medical Genetics and Biomedical Informatics Infrastructure in support of early diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of children with neurological disorders in Greece” EEA /EU – University of Crete, 2009 – 2010.
He presented papers in international and national conferences, workshops, and academic seminars. T. Vidalis was a member of the lawmaking committee for the Greek Act on Transplantations (law 2737/1999), and contributed to the ratification process of the Oviedo Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (law 2619/1998). He was also a member of the lawmaking committee for the establishment of RECs in universities and research institutes (voted recently by the Parliament), and a member of the lawmaking committee for the mental health law reform. Currently, he is the president of the lawmaking committee working for the rights of patients in dementia.
He participated as an independent expert: In ethical reviews of biomedical and biotechnology research projects, under the EU research activities (FP 6, 7, European Research Council), since 2005, In the UNESCO’s Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs) Database on Ethics Related Legislation and Guidelines.
In 2001 he was elected a senior scientist and legal advisor of the Hellenic National Bioethics Commission. He has an extensive educational experience for more than 25 years.
Currently he teaches a) “Biolaw and Bioethics”, “Biomedicine and Law”, “Biolaw, Biosafety and Environment” and “Patent Law in Biological Applications” at the International Hellenic University (interdisciplinary post graduate program in “Bioeconomy. Law, Regulation and Management”), b) “Biolaw” at the University of Crete (interdisciplinary post graduate program in “Bioethics”), c) “Medical Ethics and Bioethics” at the University of Athens (distance learning /vocational education program). Since 2010 he organizes and coordinates the educational program on Bioethics for Schools of the Hellenic National Bioethics Commission, as well as its annual seminar for students and professionals.
He is the president of the Research Ethics Committee of the leading research Institute in Greece “Democritus”. Also, he is a full member of the National Ethics Committee for Clinical Trials, of the Alzheimer’s National Observatory’s executive board, and a deputy member of the National Committee for the Laboratory Animals Welfare. An external member of the Research Ethics Committee of the University of Crete, he participated also as an independent expert in its establishment (2012).
An attorney-at-law and a member of the Athens Bar Association, he is the director of the Medical Law and Bioethics department of the Athens Law Firm.