Allan Rosas, Dr. Jur., Dr.Jur. h.c., Dr.Pol.Sc. h.c., judge at the European Court of Justice since 2002. Senior Fellow of the University of Turku; Visiting Professor, College of Europe and University of Helsinki; Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Baltic Area Legal Studies network BALEX (University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University); Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Former Professor of Public Law of the University of Turku (1978-1981) and Armfelt Professor of Law of the Åbo Akademi University (1981-1995); Principal Legal Adviser at the Legal Service of the European Commission (1995-2001) and Deputy Director-General of the said Legal Service (2001-2002). More than 400 publications in the fields of EU law, international law, constitutional law and administrative law.
Dr. CHIARA ZILIOLI has worked all her career long for European integration project, in particular for the monetary union. She holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from the European University Institute. From the Legal Service of the EU Council, where she started in 1989, she moved to the European Monetary Institute in1995 and to the ECB in 1998 where she was appointed first Head of Division and then Director General of Legal Services (General Counsel) of the ECB.
Dr. Chiara Zilioli has published three books and several articles, mainly on the position of the ECB within the EU institutional framework and on the functions of the ECB. Since several years she is lecturer at the Institute for Law and Finance of the J-W Goethe Universität, Frankfurt and at the Collegio Europeo di Parma, Italy. Dr. Chiara Zilioli is a member of the Bar, is married and has four children.
Born 1955 in Riga; graduated in law and in political science from the University of Hamburg; Research Assistant at the Faculty of Law, University of Kiel; Adviser to the Latvian Parliament on questions of international law, constitutional law and legislative reform; Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to Germany and Switzerland (1992-93), Austria, Switzerland and Hungary (1994-95); Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Justice, acting Minister for Foreign Affairs (1993-94); Conciliator at the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration within the OSCE (from 1997); member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (from 2001); elected as Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in 1995, re-elected in 1998 and 2001; numerous publications in the spheres of constitutional and administrative law, law reform and European Community law; Judge at the Court of Justice since 11 May 2004.
Legal Adviser, Legal Service of the Council of the EU /since April 2006- /.
Professor of the College of Europe, Brugge and Natolin (Warsaw) since the 1997/1998 Academic year.
He was Chief Legal Adviser to the HU Presidency of the Council of the EU (seconded from the GSC to Budapest between 1.12.2010 and 1.7.2011).
First (founding) President of the Hungarian FIDE Association /2003-2006/. He was national rapporteur at the FIDE Congress (Dublin, 2004) and chaired sessions at the FIDE Congresses (Linz 2008, Madrid 2010).
He obtained a Doctorate degree, with summa cum laude, in Legal and Political Sciences from the ELTE University, Budapest (1991). Head of Unit in the Prime Minister Office of Hungary (1991-1992). Director at different HU Privatization Institutions (1992-1995). Legal Adviser at the Delegation of the European Commission in Budapest (1995-2001). Co-founder and Vice-President of the European Law Academy in Budapest (1999-2006). He tought EU law, Roman Law and Comparative legal transitology at several HU Universities (1991-2006). Member of the Budapest Bar Association since 2001-. He was successful in an EU open (EPSO) concours for Head of Unit posts (AD 12) in 2005. He is specialist of the law of EU Funds, EU external action law, the Law of EU enlargement and ENP, and of the EU institutional law. He is member of ASIL, ESIL, SIPE, CLEER and FIDE (CD). He is author, co-author, editor, co-editor of 13 books, and author of more than 100 academic articles.
Lars Bay Larsen
Born 1953; awarded degrees in political science (1976) and law (1983) at the University of Copenhagen; official at the Ministry of Justice (1983-85); Lecturer (1984-91), then Associate Professor (1991-96), in Family Law at the University of Copenhagen; Head of Section at the Advokatsamfund (Danish Bar Association) (1985-86); Head of Section (1986-91) at the Ministry of Justice; called to the Bar (1991); Head of Division (1991-95), Head of the Police Department (1995-99) and Head of the Law Department (2000-03) at the Ministry of Justice; Representative of the Kingdom of Denmark on the K-4 Committee (1995-2000), the Schengen Central Group (1996-98) and the Europol Management Board (1998-2000); Judge at the Højesteret (Supreme Court) (2003-06); Judge at the Court of Justice since 11 January 2006.
Luis Ortiz Blanco
Professor Ortiz Blanco is a partner in the EU and Competition Law Department at J&A Garrigues, SLP. He spent ten years (1987-1996) as an official in DG COMP of the European Commission and currently teaches competition law and trade defense procedures at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and private international law at the law faculty of Universidad Complutense, Madrid. He is the Secretary General of AEDEur, the Spanish group within FIDE, in which he was Secretary General between 2008 and 2010. He has authored well-known books on EU and Spanish antitrust law, including more recently EU Competition Procedure (Third Edition), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013 (Editor) and Market Power in EU Antitrust Law, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2012. He is a regular speaker at high-profile conferences in the area of European and international competition law, including those organized by the International Competition Network (ICN), the Global Competition Law Center of the College of Europe (GCLC), the Academy of European Law (ERA), the European University Institute (EUI) and Fordham University.
Piet Eeckhout studied law (lic.iur.) and European law (lic.Eur.iur – equivalent to LLM) at the University of Ghent, Belgium, where he also obtained his PhD degree. He is Professor of European Law at University College London. He previously taught at the Universities of Ghent and Brussels, and at King's College London.
Professor Eeckhout is joint editor of Current Legal Problems, and of the Oxford EU Law Library (both Oxford University Press), and has been joint editor of the Yearbook of European Law (1998-2015). Professor Eeckhout is a leading authority in EU law and international economic law. He is the author of EU External Relations Law (2nd ed, Oxford University Press 2011).
Professor Eeckhout’s research covers many areas of EU law and of international economic law. He has published papers on EU constitutional law, human rights law, internal market law, judicial protection, state aid law, and on various questions of WTO law. One of his main research interests is EU external relations, and his monograph on the subject is the leading text in this area.
Professor José Luís da Cruz Vilaça
Born 1944; degree in law and master's degree in political economy at the University of Coimbra; Doctor in International Economics (University of Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne); compulsory military service performed in the Ministry for the Navy (Justice Department, 1969 – 72); visiting Professor at the Catholic University and the New University of Lisbon; formerly Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra and Professor at Lusíada University, Lisbon (Director of the Institute for European Studies); Member of the Portuguese Government (1980-83): State Secretary for Home Affairs, State Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office and State Secretary for European Affairs, in charge of the negotiations for accession to the EC’s; Deputy in the Portuguese Parliament, Vice-President of the Christian-Democrat Group; Advocate General at the Court of Justice (1986-88); President of the Court of first Instance of the European Communities (1989-95); lawyer at the Lisbon bar, specialist in European and competition law, partner with PLMJ (1996-2012); member of the Working Party on the Future of the European Communities' Court System – "Due Group" (2000); Chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the European Commission (2003-07); President of the Portuguese Association of European Law (since 1999); Judge at the Court of Justice since 8 October 2012.
Sir Francis Jacobs
Professor of Law, King’s College London since 2006; Jean Monnet Professor; President, Centre of European Law and President, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Formerly: Professor of European Law, University of London (King’s College) 1974-88.
Advocate General, European Court of Justice, 1988-2006.
Barrister, Middle Temple; Queen’s Counsel 1984; Bencher 1990; Reader 2009.
First President, European law Institute, 2011-13; member of Senate, 2013-
President, Missing Children Europe, 2007-13; Patron, 2013-
President, UNIDROIT Administrative Tribunal.
Governor, British Institute of Human Rights.
Trustee, British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
Patron, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.
Former President, United Kingdom Association for European Law.
Former Chairman, European Maritime Law Organisation.
Author of several books on European law, including:
The Court of Justice of the European Communities (5th edition by Brown and
Kennedy, Sweet & Maxwell 2000)
The European Convention on Human Rights (6th edition by Rainey, Wicks and Ovey, Oxford University Press 2014)
The Sovereignty of Law: the European Way (Hamlyn lectures 2006) (Cambridge University Press 2007)
General Editor, The Oxford EU Law Library (Oxford University Press) 1986-2010
Founding Editor, Yearbook of European Law (Oxford University Press).
Thomas van Rijn
Dr. jur. (Nijmegen and Leiden, NL), lic.spéc. dr.eur. (Brussels). Member (1980- 1998), legal advisor (1998-2004) and principal legal advisor (2004-2014) at the Legal Service of the European Commission. Judge at the College van Beroep voor het Bedrijfsleven (The Hague, NL).
Tihamér Tóth is an associate professor and associate dean at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, giving lectures in EU, international and Hungarian competition law, public consumer protection law and the law of administrative sanctions for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He obtained his PhD in 2001 at the University of Szeged. He is chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Competition research Center. He is chief editor of the quarterly Hungarian State Aid Law journal and member of the editorial board of the Competition Mirror, the official journal of the competition authority. He is the author of numerous competition law related books and papers in Hungarian and in English. During the 2015/16 academic year he was teaching and researching at the law schools of Loyola Chicago and Notre Dame as a Fulbright scholar.
His knowledge of competition law stems from his previous engagement with the Hungarian Competition Authority, where he was chairman of the Competition Council of the Hungarian Competition Office from 2003-2009. After graduating from the University of Szeged in 1994 he worked at various ministries preparing Hungary for the EC accession negotiations.
Tihamér Tóth has also been an of-counsel for Réczicza Dentons Europe LLP in Budapest since 2009.
Neergaard, Ulla has been a professor at the University of Copenhagen since 2009, first in EU Market Law and then in EU Law. Before that she was among others Professor of Competition Law at the Copenhagen Business School. Ulla Neergaard has been appointed as an “expert member” to several boards/committees (among others the Danish Council of Competition and the Danish Energy Regulatory Authority). At present she is deputy member of the Appeals Permission Board which holds a central role in the Danish court system (with her participation in deciding about fifty percent of cases presented at meetings). She was the President of the International Federation for European Law (FIDE) from 2013-14 and organised the prestigious FIDE-Congress in 2014. She is at present among others the President of the Danish Association for European Law. She has published widely both in EU Competition Law and in more fundamental EU Law. She has e.g. been involved in the following larger research projects: “Blurring Boundaries: EU Law and the Danish Welfare State” and “Towards a European Legal Method: Synthesis or Fragmentation”. She is still involved in the following research projects: “Legal Issues of Services of General Interest”, “All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards EUropean CITIZENSHIP” (“FP7-project”) and “The Choice for Europe since Maastricht – Member States’ Preferences for Economic and Fiscal Integration” (“Horizon 2020 project”). Ulla Neergaard holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence (1998). She is responsible of many of the EU-law courses (BA and MA) at the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen, which mainly focus on the internal market. The academic year 2015-16 is spent at the Faculty of Law/St. John’s College, University of Oxford.