“Open Justice”

Luxembourg, 1st - 2nd February 2018

Conference organised in cooperation with Saarland University

Biographies of Conference Speakers

Prof. Alberto Alemanno, HEC Paris and New York University School of Law

Alberto Alemanno is Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris and Global Professor of Law at New York University School of Law in Paris, where he directs the EU Public Interest Clinic. Alberto’s research has been centered on the role of - and need for – evidence and public input in domestic and supranational policymaking. He has explored, in particular, the use of scientific evidence and behavioural research - as drawn from psychology, cognitive sciences and economics - in regulatory decision-making and in the judicial review of science-based measures by courts. His most recent work focuses on democratizing decision-making through the opening up of new avenues of citizen participation within the EU public policy space and beyond.

He has published in leading international law journals, such as the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Harvard International Law Journal and the Common Market Law Review, and authored books with university publishers and edited volumes, such as 'Nudge and the Law – A European Perspective' (Hart) and Regulating Lifestyle Risks (Cambridge University Press). His last book is ‘Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society’ (Iconbooks, 2017). He’s the founder and editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Risk Regulation, the leading journal at the interface of global law, science and public policy, published by Cambridge University Press. He also acts as a regular reviewer for journals and university publishers, such as OUP and CUP monographs series.

Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, he regularly provides advice to a variety of NGOs, such as Transparency International, Wikimedia, and BEUC, and governments across the world, as well as international organizations, such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the OECD, the WHO, on various aspects of European Union law, international regulatory cooperation, international trade and global health law as well as evidence-based policymaking.

Alberto is a regular contributor to Bloomberg, Le Monde, Politico Europe, Il Sole 24 Ore, and his work has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Science, and the Financial Times. Originally from Italy, Alberto is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the College of Europe and holds a PhD in International Law & Economics from Bocconi University. He was nominated Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2015.

Advocate General Michal Bobek, Court of Justice of the European Union

Born 1977; master's degree in law and master's degree in international relations (Charles University in Prague); diploma in English law and the law of the European Union (University of Cambridge); Magister Juris (University of Oxford, St. Edmund Hall); Doctor of Laws (European University Institute, Florence); studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles and the University of Queensland (Australia); Legal Secretary to the President of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic (2005-09) and Head of the Research and Documentation Department of that court (2008-09); qualified to perform the duties of a judge in the Czech Republic (2009); Fellow (2011-12) and Research Fellow (2013-16) at the Institute of European and Comparative Law of the University of Oxford; Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges (2013-15); Member of the Board of Appeals of the Czech National Bank (2013-15); Ad hoc judge at the European Court of Human Rights (2013-15); Co-founder and President of the Czech Society for European and Comparative Law; lecturer and visiting professor at numerous universities in Europe and elsewhere; author of numerous publications in the field of EU law, European human rights, comparative (public) law and legal theory; Advocate General at the Court of Justice since 7 October 2015.

Prof. Cécile Chainais, Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas

Cécile Chainais is Professor of Law and Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She is the director of the Centre of Advance Research for Justice and Trial (CRJ. Centre de recherche sur la Justice et le règlement des conflits), Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II. She is also the director of the postgraduate Program in Procedural Law of Université Panthéon-Assas. Prof. Chainais is the co-author of two main treaties (Précis, ed. Dalloz): Procédure civile. Droit interne et européen du procès civil and Droit processuel. Droits fondamentaux du procès. She is a member of the “Giuseppe Tarzia” European research group on Comparative civil procedural law. She is currently a member of the Commission designed by the Court of cassation’s First President to work on redefining the French Supreme Court’s missions.

Prof. Tiziana Chiusi, Saarland University

Prof. Dr. T.J. Chiusi studied Law at the Universities of Rome “La Sapienza”, Freiburg i. Br. and Munich. Doctorate in law (ph.d.) and post-doc (Roma law and laws of the Ancient Near Ost) at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome; Habilitation at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich.

Teaching and researching at the Universities Rome, Munich, Padua and Tübingen; since 2001 chair for Roman law, Civil law and Comparative law of Saarland University. Visiting professor at the Universities of San Sebastian, Catania and Tbilisi (Georgia). Lecturing in Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Japan, Israel, Switzerland, Scotland, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey. She is inter alia director of the Institute of European Law at Saarland University, director of the Centre for European Studies of Saarland University (Collegium Europaeum Universitatis Saraviensis) and vice-president of the German Law Faculties Association (DJFT).

Research focusses in Roman law: Ancient slavery as phenomenon of status and business law; integration as a fundamental civil law question for the development and organization of Roman law; procedural law and civil law as hermeneutical keys for the determination of juridical systems. In Civil Law and Comparative Law: law of donation as socio-juridical phenomenon; roots and forms of the European law of restitution; integration of the middle- and eastern European countries into European civil law system.

Prof. Dame Hazel Genn, Director Centre for Access to Justice, University College London

Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE, QC (Hon), FBA is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies in the UCL Faculty of Laws. She was Dean of the Faculty 2008-2017 and is currently Director of the UCL Centre for Access to Justice and Co-director of the UCL Judicial Institute. She is a leading authority on access to civil and administrative justice. Her prize winning scholarship focuses on the experiences of citizens caught up in legal problems. She has conducted numerous empirical studies on public access to the justice system and has published widely in her specialist fields. She is author of Paths to Justice: What People Do and Think About Going to Law, a seminal study of public access to justice which has since been replicated in 27 jurisdictions around the globe. Her work has had a major influence on policy-makers around the world. She delivered the F A Mann Annual Lecture on ‘Why the Privatisation of Justice is a Rule of Law Issue’ and in November 2017 she delivered the Annual Birkenhead Lecture at Gray’s Inn entitled ‘Online Courts and the Future of Justice.’ She has held numerous public appointments, including the Judicial Appointments Commission 2006-2011 where she appointed judiciary at all levels up to the UK Supreme Court.

Prof. Thomas Giegerich, Europa-Institut, Saarland University

Professor Dr. jur. Thomas Giegerich, LL.M. (Univ. of Virginia 1985) holds a Chair of European Union Law, Public International Law and Public Law at the Faculty of Law, Saarland University (since 2012). He also is Director of the Europa-Institut of the Law Faculty, Saarland University. In 2017, he was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration, Antidiscrimination, Human Rights and Diversity.

Before joining Saarland University, he held chairs at the Universities of Bremen and Kiel where he also was Director of the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law. Formerly, he was a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, and a law clerk at the German Federal Constitutional Court. He has published widely European Union law, public international law and (comparative) constitutional law with an emphasis on human rights.

Thomas Giegerich has lectured at universities in China, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (2007), a Visiting Professor at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh (2011-12), and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence (2016). 

Prof. Katrin Gierhake, University of Regensburg

After graduating from high school and following completion of her banking professional apprenticeship, Katrin Gierhake studied from 1994 to 1999 law at the University of Trier. Her first state examination in Rhineland-Palatinate was followed by a one-year LL.M. programme in Nottingham (England) and a four-month work at the UN Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague (Netherlands). Afterward, she worked as a research assistant at the Chair for Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Legal Philosophy held by Prof. Dr Rainer Zaczyk (Bonn). In Bonn she received her Doctor title in 2004 with a thesis on international criminal law. After her second state examination (North Rhine-Westphalia), she began working in 2006 on her habilitation thesis. At the beginning of 2013 she was habilitated in Bonn and received the authorization to teach at a university on Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, International Criminal Law and Legal Philosophy (venia legendi). During the winter semester 2013/2014 she received professorship from the University of Regensburg. Since then, her research interests are focused on the legal and philosophical foundations of criminal and criminal procedural law, as well as on international criminal law, in particular in the novel research area of transitional justice.

Prof. Ruth Herz, Birkbeck, University of London, former judge, Cologne

Ruth Herz studied law in Geneva, Munich and Cologne, where she earned her doctorate in law. From 1974-2006 she served as a judge in Cologne. She devised the ‘victim offender mediation and reparation’ scheme, an alternative sanction for juvenile offenders, which was incorporated into the German legal system. For her contribution, she was awarded with the State’s Medal of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz). Throughout most of her judicial career, she represented Germany in the executive board of The International Association of Youth Court Judges.

She taught criminology at the University of Toronto and Jerusalem, 1999-2000, was an Associate member of the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University, 2006 – 2010, and a visiting fellow at Princeton University in 2010-2011. Since 2012, she has been a visiting professor at the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London.

Her research focuses on law and culture as a vehicle for understanding the process of judging. She has published extensively. Her most recent book is The Art of Justice: The Judge’s Perspective was published by Hart Publishing, Oxford. Her interest in the evolving relations between law and the media was kindled when she played the role of the judge in a daily fictional court series on German television, 2001 – 2005.

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Burkhard Hess, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law

Burkhard Hess, born in Worms (Germany) in 1961, became founding and executive director of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law in September 2012. He graduated in Munich in 1990. After being granted Venia Legendi in civil law, civil procedure, private international law, European law and public international law in 1996, he held chairs at the Universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg. He was a guest professor in Beijing, in Paris (Sorbonne) and in Georgetown, and a scholar-in-residence at the Center for Transnational Law at the New York University. He served as a part-time judge at the Court of Appeal of Karlsruhe. He is Chairman of the ILA Committee on the Protection of Privacy in Private International and Procedural Law. In March 2015, the University of Ghent awarded Professor Hess a doctor honoris causa; in May 2016, the University of Thessaloniki.

Prof. Dr Joachim Jahn, Neue Juristische Wochenschrift

Joachim Jahn, born in Hannover (1959), became Co-Chief-Editor of „Neue Juristische Wochenschrift“ (NJW) in Frankfurt/Main in 2016. He studied law at the University of Hannover and graduated there. Afterwards traineeship at the newspaper „Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung“, then editor there mainly at the politics desk. At the same time graduation to PhD. In 1998 he changed to the national business-paper „Handelsblatt“. 1999 – 2016 editor in the business ressort oft „Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“, during the last seven years covering legal policy and judicature in the capital-office in Berlin.

Since 2003 visiting lecturer, since 2010 Honorary Professor at the University of Mannheim (Faculty of Law). Since 2008 visiting lecturer at the University of Münster (Faculty of Law). A list of publications, speeches, moderations and further activities can be found at www.jura.uni-mannheim.de -> Abteilung -> Lehrende -> Honorarprofessuren.

Judge Ferdinand Kirchhof, Vice-President, Bundesverfassungsgericht

Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Kirchhof is the Vice-President of the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) and the Chairperson of its First Senate. He holds the Chair of Public Law, Law of Public Finance and Fiscal Law at the University of Tübingen, where he has also been the holder of the European Union's Jean Monnet Chair for European Fiscal Law since 1993. Kirchhof taught at the Universities of Saarbrücken, Munich, Speyer, and Tübingen. At the latter, he also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Law (1989-1990) and the Vice-Rector of the University (1999-2001). From 2003 to 2004 he was an elected expert member of the Commission on the Reform of the Federal System of Government (Federalism Commission) established by the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. He served as a member of the Constitutional Court (Staatsgerichtshof) of the Land Baden-Württemberg from 2003 to 2007, when he was appointed as a judge in the First Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court. Kirchhof received his doctoral degree from Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg in 1981 and defended his habilitation in Speyer in 1985. In 2007 he was a visiting professor (professeur invité) at the Paris Sorbonne. From 2006 to 2007 he was a board member of the Vereinigung der Deutschen Staatsrechtslehrer (Association of German University Teachers of Constitutional Law).

Prof. Jan Henrik Klement, Saarland University

As of 1 February 2018, Jan Henrik Klement is a Professor at the University of Mannheim. Prior to this, he was a Professor at Saarland University in Saarbrücken where he held the Chair for Constitutional and Administrative Law. In 2002, he completed his first state examination in Gießen. From 2002 to 2005, he was a research assistant at Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen. In 2006, he completed his dissertation entitled “Verantwortung. Funktion und Legitimation eines Begriffs im Öffentlichen Recht “ at Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen, supervised by Professor Klaus Lange. Having passed the second state examination in Frankfurt am Main in 2007, he served as an assistant professor (Akademischer Rat) at the University of Bayreuth and the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. In 2013, he finished his postdoctoral thesis (Habilitation) „Wettbewerbsfreiheit. Bausteine einer europäischen Grundrechtstheorie“ in Heidelberg supervised by Professor Wolfgang Kahl. Klement has the venia legendi for Public law, European law and Legal theory. Currently, his research focuses on German and European public economic law as well as Environmental law, Information law and Constitutional rights theory with a particular interest for the interrelations between public and civil law as well as the process of European integration. As a co-opted member of the executive board of the Association of German Constitutional Law Professors (Vereinigung der Deutschen Staatsrechtslehrer), Klement was responsible for the annual meeting in Saarbrücken 2017.

Ana Koprivica, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law

Ana Koprivica is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law and a member of the International Max Planck Research School for Successful Dispute Resolution. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Luxembourg under the supervision of Professor Burkhard Hess. Her PhD project re-examines the evolution, the scope, and the operation of the principle of public hearings principle in light of recent trends in investor-state arbitration (and beyond) towards more transparency. Ana holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Novi Sad (Serbia) since 2010 and an LL.M. degree from Europa-Institut, Saarland University (Germany) since 2013, with specializations in International Dispute Resolution, and Foreign Trade and Investment. Prior to joining the Institute, Ana had participated in the International Academy for Arbitration Law in Paris as a scholarship holder. She had previously done an internship in a law office in Serbia and worked for the University of Novi Sad as an associate on a TEMPUS project monitored by the European Commission. For a brief period of time she was an associate on the DAAD Project “Akademischer Neuaufbau Südosteuropa” supported by German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Europa-Institut.

Prof. Katalin Ligeti, University of Luxembourg

Katalin Ligeti, is professor of European and international criminal law and course director of the Master in European Economic and Financial Criminal Law (LL.M.) offered at the University of Luxembourg. She also coordinates the Doctoral Training Unit on Enforcement in Multi-Level Regulatory Systems (DTU REMS). She holds a doctorate in law (magna cum laude) from the University of Hamburg (Germany) and has widely published on topics of police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters, EU criminal law, comparative criminal procedure, economic and financial crime as well as information technology and criminal law.

Since 2015, Prof. Ligeti is a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Criminal Policy. In April 2017 she has been appointed as Special Advisor of Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Ms Věra Jourová. She is Vice President in Charge of Scientific Coordination of the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP) and co-coordinator of the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN). She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, and of the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation.

Prof. Ligeti is frequently called on for her expertise by European, international and national policy makers and organizations including several European Parliament committees, the OECD, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the House of Lords.

PD Dr Robert Magnus, Institute for Foreign and International Private and Economic Law, Heidelberg University

Dr Robert Magnus studied Law in Freiburg (Germany) and Paris. After passing the First Legal State Examination (Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen) he was a Research Fellow at the Chair of Professor Dr Dres h.c. Rolf Stürner at the Institute for Foreign and German Civil Procedure, University of Freiburg from 2006 to 2009. His doctoral thesis, undertaken at Freiburg, focused on the protection of the attorney-client-privilege in civil procedure and was published in 2010. In 2011 he passed the Second Legal State Examination (Zweites Juristisches Staatsexamen) and joined the Institute for Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws and International Business Law, University of Heidelberg as a Senior Research Fellow at the Chair of Professor Dr Dr h.c. Thomas Pfeiffer. He finished his Habilitation which dealt with clawback claims in Family Law, Succession Law and Insolvency Law in 2017 and was awarded the venia legendi for the subjects: Private Law, Civil Procedure and Conflict of Laws. For the Summer term 2017 he held a temporary Professorship at the University of Bonn. Currently he is employed as a temporary Professor for the Winter term at the University of Regensburg.

Judge Angelika Nußberger, Vice-President, European Court of Human Rights

Angelika Nußberger is Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights. She was elected judge on behalf of Germany in 2010 and took up office as of 1st of January 2011; she presides the Fifth Section of the Court.

She is professor at Cologne University where she used to teach public international law, German public law and comparative constitutional law. Before being elected Judge she had been Vice President of Cologne University, member of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations of the International Labour Organisation (2004-2010) and substitute member to the Venice Commission (2006-2010). She was also one of the authors of the report of the Independent Fact Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia instituted by the EU under the leadership of the Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini.

She has graduated in Slavic languages and literature (Magister Artium, Munich 1987) and law (first State exam Munich 1989, second State exam Heidelberg 1993, Diploma in comparative law at the University of Strasbourg in 1988, Doctor of Law at the University of Würzburg in 1993). From 1993 until 2001 she was research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Social Law in Munich and from 1994 until 1995 visiting researcher Harvard University.

Judge Siofra O'Leary, European Court of Human Rights

Judge Síofra O'Leary, BCL (University College Dublin), PhD (European University Institute) was sworn in as a Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in July 2015.

Prior to joining the European Court of Human Rights, Judge O’Leary worked for 18 years at the Court of Justice of the European Union, where she served as a référendaire and Chef de cabinet for Judges Aindrias Ó Caoimh, Fidelma Macken  and Federico Mancini. She later ran part of that Court’s Research Directorate.

Judge O’Leary has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges for many years where she has taught LLM courses on EU law and the individual, EU Social Law and Policy and now a judicial workshop.

She has, in recent years, been a member of the Editorial Board of the Common Market Law Review and is now a member of both its Advisory Board and the Board of the Irish Centre for European Law. In 2016 she was elected an Honorary Bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

Before joining the Court of Justice of the European Union, Siofra O’Leary was the Assistant Director for the Centre of European Legal Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Emmanuel College. She was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University College Dublin, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cádiz, Spain and a Research Associate at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London.

She is the author of two books entitled The Evolving Concept of Community Citizenship (Kluwer, 1996) and Employment Law at the European Court of Justice (Hart Publishing, 2001) and has published extensively in academic journals and monographs on the protection of fundamental rights, EU employment law, the free movement of persons and services and EU citizenship.

Judge Andreas Paulus, Bundesverfassungsgericht

Andreas L. Paulus holds the Chair of Public and International Law at the Georg-August-University Göttingen. Paulus teaches Public Law, International and European Law and Legal Philosophy. In March 2010, he was sworn in as justice of the First Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht). In 2003/04, Paulus taught at the University of Michigan Law School as Visiting Assistant Professor of Law. From 1999-2006, he was assistant professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, where he also concluded his habilitation (2006) and received his doctor degree (2000). He had studied law in Göttingen, Geneva, Munich and at Harvard Law School.

Paulus also served as counsel and advisor of the Federal Republic of Germany before the International Court of Justice in the LaGrand (Germany v. United States) and Certain Property (Liechtenstein v. Germany) cases. In 2000, Paulus completed his dissertation on the international community in international law. His habilitation deals with parliamentary participation in the deployment of armed forced from a historical and comparative perspective. Further publications regard international legal theory, the United Nations, international adjudication, as well as international criminal law. Paulus is associate editor of the commentary on the UN Charter (B. Simma ed., 2d ed.2002) and co-editor of the third edition (Oxford 2012).

Prof. Judith Resnik, Yale Law School

Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches about federalism, procedure, courts, prisons, equality, and citizenship. Her books include Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms (with Dennis Curtis, 2011); Federal Courts Stories (co-edited, 2010); Migrations and Mobilities: Citizenship, Borders, and Gender (co-edited, 2009), and the Daedalus volume The Invention of Courts (co-edited, 2014). Recent articles include Reorienting the Process Due: Using Jurisdiction to Forge Post-Settlement Relationships among Litigants, Courts, and the Public in Class and Other Aggregate Litigation (2017); The Contingency of Openness in Courts (2015); and Diffusing Disputes: The Public in the Private of Arbitration, the Private in Courts, and the Erasure of Rights (2015).

Professor Resnik chairs Yale Law School’s Global Constitutionalism Seminar and is the editor of the volumes from 2012 forward, including The Reach of Rights (2015). She is the founding director of Yale's Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law; in 2015, the Center joined with the Association of State Correctional Administrators in co-authoring Time-in-Cell, the first to provide updated nationwide information on both the numbers of people in (80,000 to 100,000) and the conditions of solitary confinement. She is a Managerial Trustee of the International Association of Women Judges and an occasional litigator, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Joshua Rozenberg QC (hon), Legal Commentator and Journalist

Joshua Rozenberg QC (hon) is Britain's best-known commentator on the law and the only full-time journalist to have been appointed as Queen's Counsel honoris causa. After taking a law degree at Oxford he trained as a solicitor, qualifying in 1976. He is an honorary Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn and holds honorary doctorates in law from the University of Hertfordshire, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Lincoln and the University of Law. He writes twice a month for the Law Society Gazette. From 2010 to 2016, he wrote a weekly commentary for the Guardian website. His columns and commentaries now appear on his Facebook page. Joshua was the BBC's legal correspondent for 15 years before moving to The Daily Telegraph where he stayed until 2007. A decade after he left the BBC, Joshua returned to present the popular Radio 4 series Law in Action. In 2010, he accepted an invitation to chair Halsbury's Law Exchange. In 2012, Joshua was included by The Times in its independently-judged list of the UK's 100 most influential lawyers, the only journalist to feature in the Times Law 100. He is accredited as a mediator by the ADR group, although he does not practise. He was the producer of The Week in Westminster on Radio 4 and he published several books, of which Privacy and the Press (OUP 2004, updated 2005) has been particularly well-reviewed.

Prof. Hélène Ruiz Fabri, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law

Hélène Ruiz Fabri holds Degrees in Law and Political Science and a PhD from the University of Bordeaux. She is the Executive Director of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law, where she heads the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution. Previously, she was Professor at the Sorbonne Law School (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), of which she had been Dean for four years. She had also been Director of the Joint Institute of Comparative Law (University Paris 1/CNRS) for eleven years, as well as Director of the Master 2 Degree Programmes in International Economic Law (University Paris 1) and in International Economic Governance (Joint Global Business Law Programme Paris 1-Sciences Po-Columbia).

Her research spans WTO law and international dispute resolution as well as comparative and constitutional law. Privileging a comparative approach, she has focused on international courts and tribunals for years and has published extensively on these topics. Currently she is the General Editor of the project Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law (EiPro) and leads a research program on the making of judicial and arbitral decisions.

She is a Honorary Member of the Institut Universitaire de France and is Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite. In 2015 she was awarded the French CNRS Silver Medal for her achievements in research and the Légion d’honneur.

The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ryder (Sir Ernest Nigel Ryder), Senior President of Tribunals, United Kingdom

Sir Ernest is the Senior President of Tribunals in the United Kingdom and a judge of the Court of Appeal in England and Wales. He was formerly a judge of the Family Division of the High Court and prior to his appointment to the bench he was a family and administrative law silk (QC).

Until his appointment to the Court of Appeal, Sir Ernest was the senior Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit where he also sat in the criminal, civil and administrative courts. As Judge in Charge of the Modernisation of Family Justice, he was responsible for the creation of the Family Court and the family justice modernisation programme.

He is presently responsible with the Lord Chief Justice for a £1Bn reform programme of the courts in England and Wales. He is also the Head of Deployment Strategy, the Course Director of the Leadership Programme at the Judicial College and a regular lecturer at the Judicial College, the Judicial Institute in Scotland and at Universities across the United Kingdom.

Sir Ernest lives in the North West of England.  

Prof. Maxi Scherer, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Dr Maxi Scherer is a full-time tenured Professor of Law at Queen Mary University of London, School of International Arbitration, where she holds the Chair for International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Energy Law. She is also a Special Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London. She is admitted to the bar in Paris (France) and as solicitor (England and Wales) and has served as arbitrator in numerous international arbitration proceedings.

Maxi publishes extensively in the field of international arbitration (http://ssrn.com/author=2149379), and is the General Editor of the Kluwer Journal of International Arbitration. Other current or past academic appointments include Global Professor of Law at NYU Law School, Visiting Professor at SciencesPo Law School Paris, Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown Centre of Transnational Legal Studies, as well as visiting positions or guest lecturers at UIBE Beijing, City University of Hong Kong, Bucerius Law School Hamburg, University of Melbourne, Freie Universität Berlin, Sorbonne Law School, Universität Wien, Université de Versailles, Université de Fribourg Switzerland, Universität Würzburg, Pepperdine Law School, Université de Bourgogne, Universität Basel and Université de Paris X Nanterre.

Dr John Sorabji, Principal Legal Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice and Master of the Rolls

Dr John Sorabji is the Senior Judicial Institute Fellow at UCL’s Judicial Institute as well as being the Principal Legal Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice and Master of the Rolls. At UCL he teaches its LLM course on Principles of Civil Justice and its LLM and LLB courses on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris-II. He is an assistant editor of the International Journal of Procedural Law, and is the Case Note Editor of the Civil Justice Quarterly. He is a member of White Book’s editorial board, its Assistant Editor and the author Civil Procedure News. He has published widely on civil justice, and is the author of English Civil Justice after Woolf and Jackson (2014), a contributing author of both Foskett on Compromise (2015) and Civil Litigation in a Comparative Context (2017). He is also a former member of the European Law Institute’s Executive Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee and a number of working parties on the joint ELI-UNIDROIT project on developing draft rules of European Civil Procedure. Additionally, he is a governor of the Expert Witness Institute.

Advocate General Maciej Szpunar, Court of Justice of the European Union

Maciej Szpunar, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union, Professor at the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland); LL.M. (College of Europe, Bruges); member of the Research Group on Existing EC Private Law (‘Acquis Group'); member of the European Group for Private International Law; associated member of the International Academy of Comparative Law; member of the consultative committee of the ERA in Trier; president of the Polish Association of European Law; Undersecretary of State at the Office of the Committee for European Integration (2008-09), then in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-13).

Judge Jean-Claude Wiwinius, Président de la Cour Supérieure de Justice Luxembourg

Jean-Claude Wiwinius graduated from the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne and after practicing for three years at the Luxembourg Bar, he started in 1980 his career as a judge, first at the District Court in Luxembourg, and then at the Justice of the Peace of Esch-sur-Alzette. Following a three years’ professional experience as a legal secretary of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities, he served as vice-president at the Luxembourg District Court. In 1994 he was called upon to take over the function of advocate general at the Superior Court of Justice and in 2008 he was appointed as president of a chamber at the Court of Appeal. In 2015 he became vice-president at the Superior Court of Justice as well as counsellor at the Court of Cassation. Since 2012 he has been judge at the Constitutional Court.

On the 2nd August 2016 he has been appointed as president of the Superior Court of Justice and of the Constitutional Court, thus representing the judiciary in Luxembourg. His areas of interest are family law, criminal law and the Luxembourg private international law on which he has written a reference work.

From 1983 onwards and for 30 years he was teaching civil procedure and private international law at the Centre universitaire of Luxembourg. Since 1993 he has been in charge of the ethics course for the newly appointed attachés de justice.