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Speakers and commentators

Paul Craig

Craig, Paul is Professor of English Law at St John's College, Oxford, a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary QC. His research spans over the areas of administrative law, EU law, comparative constitutional law and comparative public law. He is the author of numerous journal articles and legal textbooks on EU law, the most well-known of them being EU Law - Text, Cases and Materials which was published in its 5th edition by Oxford University Press in 2011. He is also the author of a book on EU administrative law and has recently published on the constitutional and institutional implications of the Economic and Monetary Union. Finally, Paul Craig is on the editorial or advisory board of a number of journals, including Public Law, Public Law Review, Journal of European Public Policy, Rivista Italiana di Diritto Pubblico Comunitario, European Constitutional Law Review and Zeitschrift für öffentliches Recht. Paul Craig is also the alternative UK member on the Venice Commission on Law and Democracy.

Børge Dahl

Dahl, Børge has been President of the Supreme Court of Denmark since 2010. Before being appointed as a judge at the Supreme Court in 1996, he served as Professor, Director of the Law Department, at the Copenhagen Business School. Børge Dahl studied law at the University of Copenhagen and at the universities of Freiburg (Germany) and Cambridge (England). He is dr.merc. h.c. (Copenhagen Business School 2000). Børge Dahl is chairman of a number of boards including The Court of Impeachment and a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Haag. Among other things he has published several books concerning business law and commercial and product liability. He is former editor of the European Consumer Protection and Product Liability Reporter and now serves as editor of the Nordic Law Reports (Danish department).

Darák, Péter

Darák, Péter has been President of the Curia of Hungary since 2012, having been an administrative judge of the supreme judicial body of Hungary since 1999. In 2003, he became Chair of the Public and Administrative Law Department of the Association of Hungarian Lawyers. Since 2010, he has been a member of the International Association of Tax Judges, and is a member of the Board of the European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment. He regularly gives lectures on financial law at the Faculty of Law of Pázmány Péter Catholic University and at the Faculty of Law of ELTE University. He holds a PhD in administrative law from the Faculty of Law of Janus Pannonius University, and has published extensively, mainly in the fields of administrative law, administrative procedural law, financial and tax law. In February 2014, Peter Darák was elected President of the FIDE Hungarian Association.

Hemmingsen, Ralf

Hemmingsen, Ralf Dr.MD, Professor, is Rector at the University of Copenhagen. Prior to his position as Rector, he was Dean at the Faculty of Health Sciences. In 1995, he was appointed Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Copenhagen. Prof. Hemmingsen has also held the position of Medical Director at the Psychiatric Department, Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen. Prof. Hemmingsen has served as member and chair in several national and international scientific bodies, and has published extensively in scientific journals. His field of research is neurobiology and psychiatry, with special reference to schizophrenia and psychiatric law.

Pauliine Koskelo

Koskelo, Pauliine has been President of the Supreme Court of Finland since 2006, having been a member of the Court since 2000. Before her judicial career, she served at the Ministry of Justice in various areas of legislative work and international co-operation, including questions of EU law. She also spent some years in senior positions at the legal directorate of the European Investment Bank, dealing with institutional and other EU law matters. She is Vice-President of the Network of Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the EU Member States and President of the Board of Trustees of the European Academy of Law (ERA). She is a graduate of the University of Helsinki Law Faculty, and Dr. iur. h.c. of that university.

Mattias Kumm

Kumm, Mattias is the “Rule of law in the Age of Globalization” Research Professor and Head of the Rule of Law Center at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and at Humboldt University. He is also Inge Rennert Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. His research and teaching focuses on basic issues in global, European and comparative public law. Mattias Kumm has accepted visiting professorships at numerous leading universities worldwide, including Harvard, Yale and the EUI and is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of “Global Constitutionalism” (CUP).

Julia Laffranque

Laffranque, Julia has been a judge at the European Court of Human Rights since 2011. She is also a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. From 2004 to 2010, she was a judge at the Estonian Supreme Court. Previously, she was Head of EU Law Division, and then Deputy Secretary General on Legislative Drafting at the Ministry of Justice. She also held various positions at the University of Tartu where she became Professor in 2011. She is a member of several boards and associations, such as the Estonian Association for European Law, and is the author of several books and journal articles on the relationship between EU law and Estonian law. Julia Laffranque has studied law in Estonia and Germany, and is Doctor Juris from the University of Tartu.

Martin Lidegaard

Lidegaard, Martin has been Minister of Foreign Affairs since February 2014 and is a Member of Parliament for the Social-Liberal Party. He was previously Minister for Climate, Energy and Building from October 2011 to February 2014. He was the co-founder and chairman of the think tank CONCITO from 2008 to 2011 and Deputy Secretary General of the Danish Association for International Cooperation from 1996 to 2001. Martin Lidegaard has an MA in Communication from Roskilde University.

Ulla Neergaard

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 held a number of positions including, 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, the Danish Energy Regulatory Authority and the Appeals Permission Board). She has published widely in EU competition law as well as in more fundamental EU law. She has e.g. been involved in the following 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 and All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards EUropean CITIZENSHIP”. Ulla Neergaard holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence.

Jacob Graff Nielsen

Nielsen, Jacob Graff was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen in April 2014. He was formerly part of the management of the Faculty as Head of Research. Jacob Graff Nielsen is also Professor in Tax law with special interest on the limits resulting from EU law and the interaction between taxes and welfare. In addition, he is interested in the Danish taxation of pensions in the light of international law.

Luis Romero Requena

Romero, Luis Requena has been Director-General of the European Commission’s Legal Service since June 2009. He was previously the Director-General of the DG Budget (2002-2009), Director in DG Budget (1999-2002) and the Chief Advisor of the DG Environment. Prior to his positions at the European Commission, Luis Romero Requena was Financial Counsellor for the Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union (1986-1996). He was educated at the Escuela de Hacienda Pública (1979-1980) and at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris (1984). He has a Master degree in Law from the University of Deusto, Madrid (ICADE).

Silvana Sciarra

Sciarra, Silvana currently holds the chair in Labour Law and European Social Law at the Faculty of Law, University og Florence. She is Doctor HC in law at Stockholm and Hasselt Universities. In addition, she was professor of European Labour and Social Law at the European University Institute, she has worked and taught at several Universities, including UCLA, Harvard Law School (Harkness Fellow and Fulbright Fellow), Warvick University (Leverhulme Professor), Columbia Law School (BNL Professor), Cambridge University (Arthur Goodhart Professor in Legal Science), Stockholm and Lund Universities, and UCL. She has coordinated research projects co-financed by the European Commission and taken part in expert groups in different fields of European social policies. She co-edits Giornale di Diritto del Lavoro e di Relazioni Industriali and is a member of the editorial board of European Law Journal and Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal.

Sauvé, Jean-Marc

Sauvé, Jean-Marc has been Vice-President of the Conseil d’Etat since 2006. He is also President of the panel set up by article 255 of the TFUE, in charge of giving advice on candidates' suitability to perform the duties of EU judges. In 2012, he was elected President of the ACA-Europe (Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the European Union). From 1995 to 2006, he was Secretary General of the Cabinet Office. In 1981, he became an assistant to the Minister of Justice and then held senior positions in the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior. Jean-Marc Sauvé graduated from the Ecole nationale d’administration in 1977 where he first was appointed to the Conseil d’Etat.

Skouris, Vassilios

Skouris, Vassilios has been President of the European Court of Justice since 2003, where he was appointed in 1999. He previously held the position as President of the Greek Economic and Social Council and was member of several boards and committees. He is currently a member of the Academic Council of the Academy of European Law in Trier. Vassilios Skouris graduated in Berlin and holds a Doctorate in Constitutional and Administrative Law from the University of Hamburg. He was a professor in Public Law at the Bielefeld University and the University of Thessaloniki, where he also directed the Centre for International and European Economic Law.

Tesauro, Giuseppe

Tesauro, Giuseppe has been a Judge of the Italian Constitutional Court since 2005 and was an Advocate General at the European Court of Justice from 1988 to 1998. From 1998 to 2005, he was Chairman of the Italian Antitrust Authority. He was also a Lecturer of International Law at the Faculty of Law in Naples and a Professor of International Law and European Law at the Universities of Messina, Naples and Rome, La Sapienza. Guiseppe Teasuro studied law at the University of Naples where he obtained a degree in International Law. He is currently Chairman of the Italian FIDE-association, AIGE (Associazione Italiana Giuristi Europei).t

Andreas Voßkuhle

Voßkuhle, Andreas is President of the German Federal Constitutional Court and Chairperson of its Second Senate where he started working in 2008. He is also the Director of the Institute for Political Science and Philosophy of Law at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. Since 2007, he has also been a full member of the Social Sciences Class of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In 2006/2007, Andreas Voßkuhle was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; and was appointed as Rector of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg in 2007. Andreas Voßkuhle is Dr. jur. from the University of Munich and he completed his habilitation (professorial dissertation) with a venia legendi in public law, administrative law, and legal theory on the principle of compensation. Public law, administrative law and legal theory are also the main subjects of his current research activities.

 Weiler, Joseph

Weiler, Joseph has been President of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence since 1st of September 2013, where he co-founded the Academy of European Law and the European Policy Unit, the precursor of the Robert Schuman Centre. He came to the EUI from New York University (NYU) where he was University Professor as well as holder of the European Union Jean Monnet Chair at the School of Law. Joseph Weiler is also a professor at the National University of Singapore and Honorary Professor at various universities such as University College, London, and at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. He served for many years as a member of the Committee of Jurists of the Institutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, inter alia co-drafting the European Parliament's Declaration of Human Rights and Freedoms. He is also a WTO and NAFTA Panelist. Joseph Weiler is Editor in Chief of EJIL – the European Journal of International Law and ICON – the International Journal of Constitutional Law. He is the author of numerous articles and books in the fields of international, comparative, and European law.