ELFA: Dedicated to legal education

The European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) was founded in 1995 in Leuven by more than 80 Faculties of Law located in different universities across Europe. The organisation today has more than 150 members from countries within Europe and beyond.

ELFA acts as an international forum for the discussion of legal topics related to legal education, and negotiates and signs cooperation agreements with governmental agencies and educational entities in Europe and internationally.

Every year ELFA organises its annual conference at which members are encouraged to participate in its plenary, workshops and round tables. To support researchers it organises its ELFA Award for the best Doctoral Thesis on European Law.

If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.

Louis D. Brandeis


ELFA represents and promotes the interests of its members in the field of legal education and research vis-à-vis EU institutions, international organisations as well as associations of legal professionals.


2018     ELFA promotes the 1st International meeting of Law Faculty Associations

2017     ELFA calls to ensure that access to justice remain affordable and open to all

2017     ELFA calls to ensure EU funding to complement action by Member States

2015     The Chinese Association of Law Faculties indicates its interest in joining ELFA

2014     ELFA calls to ensure that Public sector law faculties are sufficiently funded

2013    ELFA considers teaching and research as their core tasks

2012    Cooperation agreements with the Association of American Law Schools and the Southeastern Association of Law Schools

2012     Launching of first ELFA Award for the best European Doctoral Thesis on European Law

2011     ELFA asks EU institutions and governments to discontinue budgetary reductions

2009   ELFA creates a list of experts dealing with the ECTS system

1995    Foundation of ELFA in Leuven by more than 80 faculties of Law across Europe


The ELFA Board members and the current President

Andreas R. Ziegler
Andreas R. Ziegler University of Lausanne

Andreas R. Ziegler is Professor of International Law at the Law School of the University of Lausanne.

He is also the Director of the LL.M. Program in International and European Economic and Commercial Law at the same university.

Currently he is a member of numerous professional organisations and acts as the President of the Swiss Chapter of the International Law Association (ILA). He holds a conjoint professorship at the Law School of the University of New South Wales as well as visiting appointments at the University of St. Gallen, the University of Technology (Sydney, Australia), the Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich), the World Trade Institute of the University of Berne and the Europe Institute in Saarbrücken (Germany). He has previously held visiting appointments at Bocconi University in Milan, the University of Lund, Yeditepe University in Istanbul, the Diplomatic Academy of Jordan, the Chicago-Kent College of Law as well as the University of Pittsburgh.

He was a civil servant working for several Swiss Ministries as well as the EFTA Secretariat in Geneva and the European Commission before being appointed full professor of law at the University of Lausanne in 2003. He has also worked for a major law firm and is currently of counsel with Froriep Rengli (Zürich, Switzerland). He is on the rosters of panelists of the WTO and of conciliators of ICSID and has taken part in proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Andres R. Ziegler studied economics, international relations and law at the universities of St. Gallen, Paris (SciencesPo), Florence (LLM, European University Institute) and London. After obtaining his doctorate in St. Gallen in 1995, and the diplomas of the Academy of International Law (The Hague) and European Law (Florence) he undertook post-doctoral research at Georgetown University Law Center (Washington DC, USA) and the Max-Planck-Institute in Heidelberg (Germany).

Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm
Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm University of Edinburgh
First Vice-President

Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm is a Senior Lecturer in Private International Law at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh.

Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm holds law degrees from the University of Edinburgh (LLM, PhD) and the Catholic University of Uruguay (JD, MA). Before joining Edinburgh she was a Lecturer at Sheffield Law School (2008-2014).

Dr. Ruiz Abou-Nigm has published widely in English and in Spanish, and is active in many international collaborative research projects. She is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and The Society of Legal Scholars. She has been a visiting professor at various universities in Europe and South America.

She authored The Arrest of Ships in Private International Law (OUP 2011). She is also the co-author of Morris on The Conflict of Laws (Sweet & Maxwell 8th edn (2012) and 9th edn (2016)); and assistant editor of Dicey, Morris & Collins: The Conflict of Laws (Sweet & Maxwell) (2014-to date).

She has been a research scholar in centres such as the Max-Planck institut für Auslandisches und Internationales Privatrecht (Hamburg) and UNIDROIT (Rome).

Jivko Draganov
Jivko DraganovUniversity of National and World Economy Sofia

Jivko Draganov is Professor at the University of National and World Economy Sofia (UNWE).

He is Head of the Department of International and European Union Law at UNWE, university of which he was Dean of the Law Faculty (2015 – 2019). Since 2012 he serves as Director of the Regional Centre for Distance Learning at UNWE in Haskovo. He is a member of the Academic committee at the President of the Bulgarian Patent Office.  He was a member of the Standing Committee on Post-Accreditation Monitoring and Control of the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency in Bulgaria (2014-2015).

Jivko Draganov has more than 50 publications in Bulgarian and English, among which four books. His research interests focus on Intellectual Property Law and European Union law. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Varna Free University, Bulgaria. He has been visiting professor and guest lecturer at the American University in Bulgaria, North-West Institute of Management, St. Petersburg, Russia, University of Reggio Calabria, Italy and other universities in Bulgaria and abroad.

Gema Tomás
Gema TomásUniversity of Deusto
Vice-President and Treasurer

Gema Tomás is Full Professor of Civil Law at the University of Deusto.

Gema Tomás holds a Law degree and a PhD in Civil law from the University of Deusto. She is currently Dean of the Deusto Law School. She was Substitute Judge (Magistrada) at the Provincial Court (1999-2002) and has collaborated with the Basque Government in the drafting of regulatory projects.

In the academic field she combines research and teaching at Deusto Law School in the areas of European Contract law, Roman law, Spanish Law of Obligations and Gender studies. She has been visiting professor at Antofagasta University in Chile and Bayreuth University in Germany, and has conducted international research at Boston College, the University of Amsterdam and the University of London, among others. She is a national reporter for Spain in the international network Common Core of European Private Law.

Dr Tomás is a Member of the Societé Internationale de Histoire et Droit de la Antiquité, the Academia Vasca del Derecho and the European Law Institute (ELI).

Barbara Pozzo
Barbara PozzoUniversità degli Studi dell’Insubria – Como

Barbara Pozzo is Full Professor of Comparative Law at the
Università degli Studi dell’Insubria – Como.

Izabela Kraśnicka
Izabela KraśnickaUniversity of Bialystok

Izabela Kraśnicka is an Associate Professor of Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bialystok.

Dr hab. Izabela Kraśnicka is Vice-Dean for International Cooperation and Development at the Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok, in Poland.

Izabela Kraśnicka holds a doctoral and post-doctoral Degree in Law. She specializes and publishes her works in Public International Law (with special emphasis on International Aviation Law), US Legal System and Legal Education.

Dr Kraśnicka runs international relations of her law school as a Vice-Dean for International Cooperation and Development. She is also directing the Legal Center of Research on Education and supervising the Summer Law Program with Michigan State University College of Law. She is a board member of the Polish Legal Clinics Foundation and member of the Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for Justice Education.

She has been attending ELFA annual meetings since 2005 and currently serves as a Deputy-Editor of the European Journal of Legal Education published by ELFA.

Marek Grzybowski
Marek Grzybowski University of Warsaw
Ex-president, advisor to the Board

Marek Grzybowski is an Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Law and Administration at Warsaw University.

Marek Grzybowski has been Deputy Director at the Institute for Legal and Administrative Sciences (2000–2005) and Deputy Dean for Financial Affairs of the Faculty of Law and Administration (since 2012). He was a member of the Board of the Bank Guarantee Fund (1995-1999), Chairman of the Board of the Bank Guarantee Fund (1999-2003), editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine “GLOSA” (since 1997), a member of the editorial board of the quarterly “Safe Bank” (1999-2007) and editor-in-chief of the said quarterly (1999–2003).

His main research interests are in the area of public banking law, in particular as regards regulatory and supervisory issues related to the financial market, deposit guarantee systems and public finance law. He is the author or co-author of many publications including a financial law course book and a commentary to the Act on the Bank Guarantee Fund. He is the promoter of more than a hundred M.A. theses.

In 2005 Marek Grzybowski was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit for his contribution to the Polish banking system.


2019-2022  Marek Grzybowski (University of Warsaw)

2018-2019  Michele Graziadei (University of Torino)

2017-2018  Josep Maria de Dios (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

2016-2017  Vera Kalvodová (Masaryk University)

2015-2016  Laurence Gormley (University of Groningen)

2014-2015  Haluk Kabaalioglu (Yeditepe University)

2013-2014  Anne Klebes-Pélissier (University of Strasbourg)

2012-2013  Reiner Schulze (University of Münster)

2011-2012  Manuel Bermejo Castrillo (University Carlos III of Madrid)

2010-2011  Jacek Petzel (University of Warsaw)

2009-2010  Janez Kranjc (University of Ljubljana)

2008-2009 Pascal Pichonnaz (University of Fribourg)

2007-2008 Heribert Hirte (University of Hamburg)

2006-2007 Blanca Vilà Costa (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

2005-2006 Fiona Cownie (University of Hull)

2004-2005 Willibald Posch (Karl-Franzens University Graz)

2003-2004 Norbert Olszak (University of Strasbourg)

2002-2003 Julian Lonbay (University of Birmingham)

2001-2002 Norbert Reich (Riga Graduate School of Law)

2000-2001 Stefania Bariatti (University of Milano)

1999-2000 Jaap Doek (Free University Amsterdam)

1998-1999 Dominique Breillat (University of Poitiers)

1997-1998 Hilmar Fenge (University of Hannover)

1995-1997 Frans Vanistendael (Catholic University Leuven)


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