Peter Arnt Nielsen

Peter Arnt Nielsen is a Professor at the Copenhagen Business School and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Belgium. Member of Groupe européen de droit international privé (GEDIP), The International Academy of Comparative Law, the EU Working Parties on the Rome I Regulation, the Brussels I Regulation, the Recast of Brussels I, and the Danish Delegations to the Hague Conference for Private International Law concerning the Global Judgments Convention, the Choice of Court Convention and the Judgments Project. Arbitrator and mediator.

Andreas Stein

Andreas Stein is Head of Unit responsible for civil justice at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice. He is a German lawyer holding a doctoral degree (University of Hamburg) and a postgraduate degree in International Relations (Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna). After several years of practising as judge at a district court and then at a labour tribunal he joined the Commission in 2001 and has worked in the areas of private international law, contract law, equality and anti-discrimination law and competition law before taking his current position. 

Maciej Szpunar

Maciej Szpunar is the First Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union and Professor at the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland). He obtained his LL.M. from the College of Europe, Bruges. AG Szpunar is a member of the Research Group on Existing EC Private Law (‘Acquis Group’) and the European Group for Private International Law. He is an associated member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and serves on the Board of Trustees at the ERA in Trier. He is the president of the Polish Association of European Law. Maciej Szpunar was the Undersecretary of State at the Office of the Committee for European Integration (2008-09) and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-13).


Marie-Élodie Ancel

Marie-Élodie Ancel is a professor at the Law Faculty of the University Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne (UPEC), where she teaches private international law and arbitration law. She is the founder of two post-grade programmes in International Business Litigation and Arbitration.

Professor Ancel regularly publishes case notes and articles in private international law, especially in the fields of contracts, intellectual property and e-commerce. Her first book was dedicated to The Characteristic Performance of the Contract (Economica) and consisted in a research in French contract law and European private international law. Co-writer with Professors Pascale Deumier and Malik Laazouzi of a book on international contracts (Dalloz), she also worked with Professor Hélène Gaudemet-Tallon on the sixth edition of her book Compétence et exécution des jugements en Europe (LGDJ).

She is the co-founder and scientific director of Lynxlex, an online legal database dedicated to the private international law instruments of the European Union.

Furthermore, she is Secretary General of the Comité français de droit international privé, and a member of the Comité français de l’arbitrage, and of the ILA’s French Branch.

Matthias Lehmann

Matthias Lehmann is a full professor in Bonn, Germany, where he holds the Chair for German, European and International Civil and Business Law and is the director of the Institute for Private International and Comparative Law. Matthias has obtained doctoral degrees by the University of Jena and Columbia University as well as a Habilitation by the University of Bayreuth. His main interest lies in private international and comparative law as well as in banking and financial law. He has published extensively on these subject in German, English, French and Spanish, and is regularly invited as a guest professor at universities in France, Spain and Switzerland. Matthias is a member of the Academic Board of the European Banking Institute (EBI). He has participated in the European Commission’s Expert Group on Conflict of Laws Regarding Securities and Claims and in the UK Financial Market Law Committee’s working group on distributed ledger technology.

Christiane Wendehorst

Christiane Wendehorst has been Professor of Civil Law at the University of Vienna since 2008. Amongst other functions, she is founding member and President of the European Law Institute (ELI), chair of the Academy Council of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), chair of the Civil Law section of the Austrian Jurists' Forum (ÖJT), co-chair of the German Data Ethics Committee and member of the Academia Europea (AE), the International Academy for Comparative Law (IACL), the American Law Institute (ALI) and the Bioethics Committee at the Austrian Federal Chancellery. Currently, her work is focussed on legal challenges arising from digitalization, and she has worked as an expert on subjects such as digital content, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and data economy for, inter alia, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the German Federal Government, the ELI and the ALI. Prior to moving to Vienna, she held chairs in in Göttingen (1999-2008) and Greifswald (1998-99) and was Managing Director of the Sino-German Institute of Legal Studies (2000-2008).

Burkhard Hess

Burkhard Hess, born in 1961, became founding director of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for 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 Taipei, Georgetown, Paris (Sorbonne) and Beijing, 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 March 2015, the University of Ghent awarded Professor Hess a doctor honoris causa; in May 2016, the University of Thessaloniki.

Francisco Garcimartín-Alférez

Francisco Garcimartín-Alférez

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Thalia Kruger

Thalia Kruger studied law in South Africa and pursued doctoral studies in Belgium on international civil procedure. Soon after that she started working on international family law, including international child abduction. Since 2010 she lectures private international law, European and comparative civil procedure and international family law at the University of Antwerp. She is participating in several European research projects in these fields and has acted as expert for legislation in progress at the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Gian Paolo Romano

Gian Paolo Romano is Full Professor at the University of Geneva. He holds a dual PhD from the University of Paris 2 and the University of Padua (2005). He was appointed Privatdozent at the University of Sankt Gallen in 2009 and was Visiting Professor at the University of Paris 2 (2010-2012). His main areas of research and interest include conflict of laws, international litigation, family law and comparative law. He is Co-Editor of the Yearbook of Private International Law. Gian Paolo Romano practised law in Italy, Belgium and England, served as Chairman in international arbitration and currently advises Swiss law firms in cross-border transactions and disputes, both in the family and commercial context.

Ralf Michaels

Ralf Michaels is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Professor of Global Law at Queen Mary University London, and Professor of Law at Hamburg University. Previously, he was the Arthur Larson Professor of Law at Duke University, where he served on the law faculty from 2002 until 2019. Michaels, who holds degrees from the Universities of Passau and Cambridge, has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Panthéon/Assas (Paris II), Princeton, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Tel Aviv, and the London School of Economics, and a senior fellow at Harvard and Princeton, as well as the American Academy in Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Private Law. Michaels is a member of the American Law Institute and the Comparative Law Associations of the United States, Germany, and France, amongst others.

The main focus of Michaels’ research lies on problems of the plurality of laws under conditions of globalization. A specific focus of his work lies in the role of non-state law. In 2016, he gave a course on non-state law in private international law at the Hague Academy for International law.

Marta Pertegás Sender

Marta Pertegás holds professorial positions at the Faculties of Law of Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and the University of Antwerp (Belgium). She has extensively researched, lectured and published on EU private International Law of the European Union and on the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH).

Professor Pertegás was a fulltime member of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH between 2008 and 2017. Her primary responsibility with this international organization related to projects in the area of international civil procedure and commercial law, including the adoption of the 2015 Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts, the promotion of the 2005 Choice of Court Convention (leading to the Convention’s entry into force in 2015) and preparatory work on the 2019 Judgments Convention. Professor Pertegás has also contributed to projects of the European Union and other intergovernmental organizations, such as the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), in the area of international dispute resolution. She currently serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Dutch Branch of the International Law Association.

Harris P. Pamboukis

Professor Harris P. Pamboukis studied law at Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne where he continued his studies and earned a PhD with honor’s (Doctorat d’ Etat en Droit) in 1990. In 2009, he has been elected as Professor of Private International Law at the Law School of the University of Athens (where he teaches private international law, international arbitration and international business law since 1991). In 2003, he taught a series of lessons at the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law, while in 2017 he taught as a Visiting Professor to the Paris Arbitration Academy the special course on “The Annulled Arbitral Award”. He is qualified to appear before the Supreme Court and he is one of the founding partners at Pamboukis Maravelis Nikolaidis & Associates Law Firm. He is the General Editor of the journal Arbitration & Mediation. From October 2009 till June 2011, he served as the Minister of State to the Prime Minister. In August 2011, he resigned from the government. He has been honored as Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur, and he is the author of many books in the international legal field and several essays in politics.