Senior Research Fellow/Head of JHA Programme @ CEPS
Dr. Sergio Carrera is Senior Research Fellow and Head of Justice and Home Affairs Programme at CEPS. He is Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po (France); Associate Professor/Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law in Maastricht University (The Netherlands); and Honorary Industry Professor/Senior Research Fellow at the School of Law in Queen Mary University of London (UK).
We present to you our speakers and are looking forward to welcome them at the Abbaye de Septfontaines
René de Groot
Professor Emeritus @ Maastricht University
Gerard-René de Groot (1951) studied Law at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands) and at the Westfälische Wilhelmsuniversität Münster (Germany). In Groningen he obtained the degrees Magister iuris and Doctorandus iuris, and from 1974 until 1982, he taught Private and Comparative Law there.
Since 1982 he has been teaching Private Law, Comparative Law and Private International Law at the Universiteit Maastricht, where he obtained the degree of Doctor iuris. In 1988 he was appointed Professor of Comparative Law and Private International Law.
Michel Debroux is a member of the Brussels and Paris bars, whose practice of French and EU competition law spans over 24 years.
A partner of DS Avocats, a large French firm with over 18 offices worldwide, his work focuses in particular on telecommunications, energy, chemicals, media, and paper industries.
Specialized in state aid, merger control, antitrust litigation and compliance, Michel acts as both counsellor and litigator, and he regularly intervenes in front of French and EU authorities and courts.
Professor of Law @ Birbeck College, University of London
Michelle Everson LLB (Exeter), PhD (EUI, Florence) is Professor of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has researched and published widely in the field of economic and constitutional law, with an emphasis upon EU law.
Currently, Michelle Everson also sits on the editorial boards of the European Law Journal, Law and Critique and the Journal for Socio-Legal Studies.
Professor of Law and Society @ Hertie School of Governance
Christian Joerges is Professor of Law and Society at the Hertie School of Governance. His research focuses on economic ordering through law at the national level and on European integration and globalisation. His current projects include the European crisis and transnational trade governance. He is also a Co-Director of the Centre of European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen.
Until 2007, he held the Chair for European Economic Law at the European University Institute Florence. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Fribourg.
Professor of EU Law @ Maastricht University
Since 1986, Hildegard Schneider has worked at Maastricht University, teaching mainly European Union law, German law and German legal terminology and her research covers the same areas.
In her research she is particularly interested in the free movement of natural and legal persons and migration issues, the recognition of diplomas and EU policies in the field of education and culture, international trade law and comparative law. She obtained her Ph.D. defending a thesis entitled 'Die Anerkennung von Diplomen in der Europäischen Gemeinschaft' at Maastricht University.
Since September 2011 she is Dean of the Law Faculty and member of the Management Team of Maastricht University.
Director of Communications @ CJEU
William Valasidis is the Director of Communication of the CJEU. Prior he served as référendaire in the Chambers of the President of the CJEU, Prof. Dr. Vassilios Skouris (1999-2014) and in the Chambers of the Judge Krateros Ioannou (1998-1999).
Mr. Valasidis holds a Degree in Law with high honours from Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki School of Law and completed two years of postgraduate studies there in Corporate, Admirality and Bankruptcy Law. He holds a master of Law (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School. Mr. Valasidis currently serves as the Vice-President of the European Law Moot Court Society.
Référendaire @ CJEU
Georges Vallindas is Référendaire (law clerk) at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Following a Stage with the President of the Court, Prof. Skouris, he worked from 2008 to 2013 for Judge Soldevila Fragoso at the EU General Court before joining Judge Prof. Rodin at the Court of Justice in September 2013.
His PhD, “Essai sur la rationalité du droit communautaire des concentrations”, was published by Bruylant (Brussels, 2009) and has received the “Best PhD in European law Award” from the Aix en Provence Faculty of Law (Aix-Marseille University). Mr. Vallindas servies as the President of the European Law Moot Court Society.
Professor @ HEC Paris and NYU
Alberto Alemanno is Jean Monnet Professor of Law at Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Paris and Global Professor at New York University School of Law where he runs 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. In particular, he has been focusing on and promoting the study of the emerging law and policy of risk regulation in both the EU and the WTO legal orders.
Alberto Alemanno was appointed Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015.
His first non-academic book is ‘Lobbying for Good: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society’, London, 2017.
Privacy activist @ Facebook-v-Europe.org
Maximilian Schrems (usually referred to as Max Schrems) is an Austrian lawyer, author and privacy activist who got known for campaigns against Facebook for privacy violation, including its violations of European privacy laws and alleged transfer of personal data to the US National Security Agency (NSA) as part of the NSA's PRISM program.
He has published a copy of his personal data revived from Facebook and documents relating to legal procedures on europe-v-facebook.org.
Associate Professor @ Maastricht University
Mariolina Eliantonio is an Associate Professor of European Administrative Law at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University.
In 2008 she finalised her PhD on ‘Europeanisation of Administrative Justice? The influence of the ECJ’s case law in Italy, Germany and England’ at Maastricht University. The thesis was awarded a special distinction by the European Public Law Group. Between 2008 and 2015 she has been working as an Assistant Professor of European Administrative Law.
Since 2015 she is an Associate Professor within the Maastricht Center of European Law and carries out research on the enforcement of European law before national and European courts, with a special focus on shared administration, environmental law and the new modes of governance.
Editor-in-Chief @ EUobserver
Eric Maurice is editor-in-chief of EUobserver.
Before joining the Brussels-based news website, he was editor-in-chief of Presseurop, a pan-European and multilingual media project. A graduate of the Paris Sorbonne University in history of international relations and the Paris Ecole Supérieure de journalisme, he started his career at the French weekly Courrier International, where he was successively in charge of the French, US and Western Europe desks.
Ian S. Forrester
Judge @ the General Court of the European Union
(born 1945) holds degrees from the University of Glasgow (MA 1965, LLB 1967) (history and English literature, law); master’s degree in civil law from Tulane University of Louisiana (MCL 1969); called to the Scottish Bar (1972) and the New York Bar (1977); appointed Queen’s Counsel (1988); called to the Bar of England and Wales (1996) and the Brussels Bar (1999); practised at the Bar in Edinburgh, Brussels, London and New York; visiting professor (1991) and doctor honoris causa (2009) of the University of Glasgow; Bencher of Middle Temple (2012); arbitrator at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); author of numerous publications; Judge at the General Court since 7 October 2015.
Partner @ DLA Piper
Jeroen graduated from the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University in 1990. He is specialised in Public International Law and EU Law.
Following his graduation in 1990, he held various challenging positions in the Dutch diplomatic service where he dealt extensively with legal and political UN issues, was responsible for the national implementation of UN sanction measures in the Netherlands, posted to Belgrade (Operations Officer ICFY Sanctions Monitoring Mission in Serbia and Montenegro) and Vienna (Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to OSCE). In the interim, Jeroen was also seconded to the Governments of Luxembourg and Poland. From 1997-2001 he was Deputy Head of Mission of the Netherlands' Embassy in Beirut (Lebanon). Before joining DLA Piper in 2005, he was Seconded National Expert at the European Commission (DG External Relations/Aidco) in Brussels.
As a partner at DLA Piper in Brussels, Jeroen leads the firm's EU Regulatory, Trade and Government Affairs practice. His advises corporate clients, industry associations & federations as well as foreign governments and diplomatic missions on EU law and policy. He is the firm's sanctions partner (first port of call for complex sanctions matters) and sits on the Iran Working Group and the Brexit Committee of the firm.