Name / University / Position / Background  

Josep Maria De Dios Marcer / Autonomous University of Barcelona / President


Josep Maria De Dios Marcer completed his first law degree in 1984 at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Law School (UAB). After, he received his master’s degree in EC Law from the UAB. In 1992 he completed his Ph.D. with the subject of “the Extraterritorial Effects of Bankruptcy Decisions” at the UBA. Dr. Marcer is offering courses of Private International Law and EU Law in undergraduate and graduate level, as well as Ph.D. courses, at the following Universities: Autónoma de Barcelona, Girona, Carlos III of Madrid, Pontificia de Comillas, Ramón Llull and Rovira i Virgili, among others. He has also given several lectures on these matters in a number of professional organizations and institutions. Dr. Marcer is the member of several University commissions, of the University Senate and Governing Council, and representative of the University in various governmental and non-governmental institutions (Consell Català del Moviment Europeu; Consell de la Justícia de Catalunya; Institut d’Estudis Europeus; Institut d’Estudis Autonòmics, Comisión permanente de la conferencia de decanos de facultades de derecho españolas, etc.). Moreover, he is the representative of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona at the Iboroamerican Association of Schools of Law. Since 2008 Dr. Marcer is the dean of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Law School.


Michele Graziadei / University of Turin / First Vice-President


Michele Graziadei is professor of comparative law at the University of Torino, where is the head of the Doctoral School for the Social Sciences. 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.

Prof. Graziadei is titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, President of the Italian Society for Research on Comparative Law (SIRD:, President of the Italian Group of the Association Capitant, 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, Bar-Ilan University. He teaches at the Faculté internationale de droit comparé, Strasbourg.

Marek Grzybowski / University of Warsaw / Vice-President


Since 1977 Marek Grzybowski has been employed in the Financial Law Department of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Warsaw University, where he started work as an Assistant and got promoted to an Adjunct Professor of the University of Warsaw. In 2000–2005, Marek Grzybowski fulfilled the duties of the Deputy Director of the Institute for Legal and Administrative Sciences of the Faculty of Law and Administration. Since 2012 he has served as Deputy Dean for Financial Affairs of the Faculty of Law and Administration. He is the author or co-author of many publications: monographs, a financial law course book, a commentary to the Act on the Bank Guarantee Fund, articles and other publications. He is the promoter of more than 100 M.A. theses. He was awarded a number of prizes by the Rector of the University of Warsaw. In 2005 he was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit for his contribution to the Polish banking system.

Marek Grzybowski is chiefly interested in the public bank law, and in particular regulatory and supervisory issues related to the financial market, deposit guarantee systems and public finance law. In the years 1995–1999 he was a member of the Board of the Bank Guarantee Fund, and subsequently in the years 1999–2003 he acted as the Chairman of the Board of the Bank Guarantee Fund. Since 1997 Marek Grzybowski has been the editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine “GLOSA” (which has been published since 2005 as a quarterly). In the years 1999–2007 he was a member of the editorial board of the quarterly “Safe Bank” and in the period 1999–2003 he was the editor-in-chief of the said quarterly.

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

Professor at the University of Lausanne, Director of the LL.M. Program in International and European

Andreas 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). 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.

He is a member of numerous professional organization and serves currently as the President of the Swiss Chapter of the International Law Association (ILA). He is the Director of the LLM Programme in International and European Economic and Commercial Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Lausanne. 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.

Begum Bulak Begüm Bulak Uygun / Yeditepe University / Vice-President


Yrd. Doc. Dr. Begüm Bulak Uygun is presently an Assistant Professor at Yeditepe University, in Istanbul. She 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 that area.

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


Dr. Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm is Senior Lecturer in International Private Law at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh. She holds law degrees from the University of Edinburgh (LLM, PhD) and the Catholic University of Uruguay (JD, MA). Before joining Edinburgh she was Lecturer at Sheffield Law School (2008-2014). She has published widely in English and in Spanish, and is active in many international collaborative research projects. Dr. Ruiz Abou-Nigm is titular 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. Verónica 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). Verónica has been a research scholar in centres such as the Max-Planck institut für Auslandisches und Internationales Privatrecht (Hamburg) and UNIDROIT (Rome).