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Maria WEIMER is assistant professor in EU law at the Law Faculty of the University of Amsterdam and a senior research fellow at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG). Before joining ACELG Maria Weimer worked as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of International and European Law of Maastricht University (2011-2013).


She is an associate scholar of the Maastricht Centre for European Law (MCEL). She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, where she wrote a thesis on the constitutionalisation of EU administrative governance of GMOs. 


Maria Weimer studied law in France (Université d’Aix-Marseille), Germany (Hamburg University), and Italy (European University Institute). In Germany she passed the First State Examination in Law with honors (Prädikat) among the top 5 % of her year (2003). After graduation, she worked as a research assistant and tutor at the Department for Public Law of Hamburg University (2003-2005).

She also holds a Master of Research from the European University Institute (2006). In 2008/2009 she accomplished a traineeship at the Legal Service of the European Commission. 


In 2012 Maria Weimer has been awarded a personal research grant by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to carry out a research project titled “Defending European values in the World Trade Organisation? Exploring the relationship between EU regulation, WTO law, and the social disintegration of markets.”


Norberto NUNO GOMES DE ANDRADE is a Postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT), and a Fellow at the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL, The Netherlands). At Boalt Hall, Norberto is conducting comparative research on US and European IT Law and policy issues, namely privacy, intellectual property, content regulation and advertising. He is also developing foresight methods and studies (information gathering and scanning, trend extrapolation, scenario development, implications analysis) regarding the regulation of new technologies.


Before moving to the US, Norberto was a Legal Researcher and Scientific Officer at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. At the IPTS, Norberto led various research projects concerning the legal aspects of privacy, identity and data protection in Europe. Norberto holds a PhD in Law and Technology and a MRes from the European University Institute (Italy), an MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University (Hungary), and an LLB from the University of Lisbon. In 2007 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC) of Nanyang Technological University. Previously he worked as a legal expert in the field of telecommunications at the External Relations Department of the Portuguese Regulatory Authority for Communications (ANACOM, Portugal).


Norberto has also been involved in several research projects dealing with the interaction between human rights and new technologies, namely in Brazil and Italy. His research interests are focused on Law and Technology, namely on issues of Privacy and Data Protection,  Internet Law and Cyberspace Regulation, EU Law, Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property, Digital Identity, Social Networks, Telecommunications Law and Cloud Computing. Norberto is also interested in prospective legal studies regarding the future of the Internet. In 2009, he co-edited and published “Law and Technology: Looking into the Future Selected Essays”; and in 2013 he co-edited and published “New Technologies and Human Rights: Challenges to Regulation” (Ashgate).


Veljko Milutinović is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Business Studies in Belgrade since 2011, where he teaches business law, international business law and EU law.  In 2012-2013, he was also a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence. Prior to that, in 2008-2010, he was a an associate with the law firm Wolf Theiss in Belgrade and, in 2007-2008, a trainee at the European Commission, DG Competition in Brussels. He holds a Ph. D in law from the European University Institute, an LLM from the University of Bristol and an LLB from the University of Essex.


Although his interests are broad, Veljko's area of special expertise is competition law (primarily EU competition law and Serbian competition law). He has also conducted high-level research on issues of EU constitutional law, human rights, international trade, telecoms regulation and comparative private law. He has experience in Serbian business, trade and energy law. 


Veljko's publications include the highly acclaimed book: The ‘Right to Damages’ under EU Competition Law: from Courage v. Crehan to the White Paper and Beyond (The Hague, Kluwer Law International, 2010), as well as several articles and chapters in edited monographs. In the past five years, was a speaker and/or lecturer in ten international and three domestic conferences/workshops/seminars, including one competition law training seminar for European civil judges and another one for Serbian in-house counsel and managers.


Among others, Veljko is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the European Journal of Legal Studies in Florence, the Mediterranean Competition Council in Brussels/Geneva and the Business Lawyers' Association of Serbia in Belgrade.


Dr. Alessandro CHECHI is a post-doctoral researcher at the Art-Law Centre of the University of Geneva and lecturer in public international law at the Université Catholique of Lille.

He is reporter for Italy of the International Law in Domestic Courts – Oxford University Press project (http://opil.ouplaw.com/home/oril), and member of the AHRC Network ‘World Heritage Sites for the Nation’ (http://www.kent.ac.uk/law/research/projects/heritage/index.html).


He is the author of the book The Settlement of International Cultural Heritage Disputes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), and member of the Editorial Committee of the Italian Yearbook of International Law. Currently, his main research areas cover international cultural heritage law, international dispute settlement, international organizations, and the law of international immunities. 




Tatiana COUTTO joined the University of Warwick in September 2014. She also teaches at the Université Catholique de Lille and collaborates with think-tanks and research institutions in Brazil and in Europe.  


Her current research activities deal with EU institutions and policymaking processes, and with public diplomacy of middle powers. More specifically, she seeks to understand the determinants of institutional and policy design, as well as the actors and processes that account for their evolution and change over time. Her works focus on various policy areas (environment, security, culture), while the theoretical and methodological foundations remain constant. She is also interested in qualitative comparative research and in the use of interviews and archive research as methods of data collection. 

Leonardo Massai is a climate change law and policy specialist and is an Acclimatise Associate.

Leonardo is experienced in offering training, assistance, advisory services, capacity building, research and teaching on international, regional and national climate change law and policy. 


In his current role, he provides direct counsel - mainly to developing countries - on international environmental law, climate change, clean energy, forestry, climate compatible development plans,  and multilateral negotiations. He also has experience consulting to both private and public entities on these topics.

Leonardo holds a Ph.D. in Climate Change Law and is also associated with academic institutions where he regularly lectures in EU Law, International and EU Environmental Law, Climate Change Law and Human Rights and Environment. He has a strong record of publishing articles in peer reviewed journals and is currently editor of several journals and portals on the subject. 

Dr. Emilia Mišćenić, LL.M. (Saarbrücken), S.J.D. (Graz), Assistant Professor at the Chair of European and Private International Law, Faculty of Law, University in Rijeka (Croatia); Master of European Law in European Integration, LL.M.Eur from the Europa-Institut of the Saarland University (2006); J.S.D. in European Private Law from the Faculty of Law, Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria (2009); Member of the Working Group on the Chapter 28 – Consumer and Health Protection – within the context of the Accession Negotiations of the Republic of Croatia with the European Union (2006-2007); Member of the scientific working group within the Civil Law Forum for the South East Europe; Member of the scientific working group within the Trento Common Core Network on European Private Law; Member of the working group within the scientific project “Croatian Terminology for EU Legal Terms” financed by the Croatian Science Foundation (results available in the electronic database STRUNA of the Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics: http://struna.ihjj.hr/ ); executive manager of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka (http://www.pravri.hr/ZEUP/); research periods at: Hamburg Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Law, International and European Public Law Institute, University of Tilburg, Europa-Institut, Saarland University, Faculty of Law, Karl-Franzens University etc.


In 2011 the Annual National Science Award for Junior Researcher in the field of social sciences by the National Science Awards Committee of the Croatian Parliament for the monograph: Čikara, Emilia, Gegenwart und Zukunft der Verbraucherkreditverträge in der EU und in Kroatien, Die Umsetzung der Richtlinie 87/102/EWG und Richtlinie 2008/48/EG in das deutsche, österreichische und kroatische Verbraucherkreditrecht, Berlin-Münster-Wien-Zürich-London, LIT Verlag, 2010 (http://www.litverlag.de/isbn/3-643-50109-7 ); In 2012 express quotation in the opinion of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union by Prof. Dr. Verica Trstenjak in the Case C-453/10, Pereničová et Perenič; In 2012 the Prize of the Foundation of the University of Rijeka.


In 2013 selected by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports as one of twenty most successful research assistant in the Republic of Croatia fulfilling special criteria of excellence (http://public.mzos.hr/Default.aspx?art=12293 ).  

Reka SOMSSICH has been teaching at the Faculty of Law of ELTE University for 13 years both at graduate and at post-graduate level in Hungarian, in English and in French. Her field of interest is the uniform interpretation of EU law and closely connected to this subject, the multilingual drafting and interpretation of European legislation. 


She defended her Phd thesis in 2007 on the linguistic expression of the concepts of EU law. Reka’s publications are focusing on language related problems or challenges of interpreting EU law and concepts by national jurisdictions in general. 


Working in the Ministry of Justice between 1997 and 2009, where she was heading the EU Law Department for five years, she gained practical experience on how EU institutions, the decision-making process and the implementation at national level work.


Between 2004 and 2009 she was appointed as agent of the Hungarian Government before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Since 2009 she is a full-time lecturer and researcher at the University and participated in several projects and research programmes financed or supported by the European Commission (multilingual drafting, reception of EU law in the new Member States).

As an external expert on the approximation of laws, she participated in several twinning projects on Moldova and Kosovo. Since 2012 Reka is the academic coordinator of the LL.M programme European and International Business Law at the ELTE, first LL.M programme in Hungary.

Andra Cotiga is specialised in business law and international private law. She is head of the European and international master program specialized in business and competition law at the Université Catholique de Lille.

She defended her thesis entittled"regulatory competition within the EU: the example of company law" in 2010. 

Vincent Cassiers is a lawyer as well as a lecturer at the University of Louvain. He is specialised in the intellectual property field and is the editing secretary of the intellectual property rights journal (Buylant) since 2012.