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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 250 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

Mission

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.

ELFA CHRONICLE

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

BOARD MEMBERS

The ELFA Board members and the current President

Michele Graziadei
Michele GraziadeiUniversity of Turin
President

Michele Graziadei is professor of comparative law at the Law Department of the University of Torino, where he is Director of the Scuola di Studi Superiori “Ferdinando Rossi”.

His research concentrates on the methodology of comparative law, EU law, legal pluralism, legal anthropology, law and language, and on other theoretical problems relating to the comparison of laws. He has published widely in several languages, and is active in many international research projects concerning law and other social sciences. He is the author of over a hundred publications: Among his recent works: M. Graziadei/L. Smith, Comparative Property Law: Global Perspectives, Elgar, 2017, 503 pp.; M-C Foblets, M. Graziadei, A. Renteln (cur.), Personal Autonomy in Plural Societies: A Principle and its Paradoxes, Ashgate, 2018, pp. 316

Prof. Graziadei is a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, President of the Italian Society for Research on Comparative Law (SIRD: http://www.sirdcomp.it/), President of the Italian Group of the Association Capitant, Collegio Carlo Alberto fellow, and a fellow of the European Centre on Tort and Insurance Law, Vienna. He has been a visiting professor at the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, Cornell University, Université de Luxembourg, Université Jean Moulin, Lyon III and Bar-Ilan University.

Marek Grzybowski
Marek Grzybowski University of Warsaw
First Vice-President

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.

Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm
Veronica Ruiz Abou-Nigm University of Edinburgh
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).

Andreas R. Ziegler
Andreas R. Ziegler University of Lausanne
Vice-President and Treasurer

Andres R. Ziegler is Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Lausanne, where he is also the Director of the LL.M. Program in International and European Economic and Commercial Law.

He is a member of numerous professional organisations and serves currently 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).

Begüm Bulak Uygun
Begüm Bulak Uygun Yeditepe University
Vice-President

Begüm Bulak Uygun is an Associate Professor at Yeditepe University, in Istanbul.

Yrd. Doc. Dr. Begüm Bulak Uygun took her doctorate at the University of Geneva with a thesis on La liberté d’expression face à la présomption d’innocence, following an LL.M. at the College of Europe, Bruges. Her first degree in law was also from Geneva.

She has a number of international publications in the field of Human Rights law and is a frequent speaker at international conferences in this area.

Josep Maria De Dios Marcer
Josep Maria De Dios MarcerAutonomous University of Barcelona
Former President

Josep Maria De Dios Marcer is full professor of Private International Law at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Faculty of Law (UAB).

Dr. de Dios teaches Private International Law and EU Law at undergraduate and graduate level at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Faculty of Law. From 2008 to 2013 Dr. De Dios was Dean of the UAB Faculty of Law. Nowadays he is the Director of the Institute of European Union Studies at the UAB, and he is the Director of the Master Degree on EU Integration.

Dr. De Dios has also given and is still giving lectures in several number of universities, professional organisations and institutions around the world.

In his university responsibilities, he has been and he is a member of several UAB commissions, and university governamental Departments.

Josep Maria De Dios Marcer completed his first law degree in 1984 at the UAB, Law School. After working in a Belgian Law Firm in Brussels, in 1989 he received his master’s degree in EC Law from the UAB. In 1992 he completed his Ph.D. at the UAB with the subject of “the Extraterritorial Effects of Bankruptcy Decisions.

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