The Centre has strong links with colleagues in other institutions, and continuously creates new links through external and internal events.

Associate Members

Marcelo de Alcantara (Japan)Marcelo de Alcantara

Marcelo de Alcantara is an Associate Professor of Law at Ochanomizu University, Japan. His research interests lie at the intersection of family law, comparative law and private international law, with a special focus on assisted reproductive technology issues and cross-border family disputes. He is currently conducting a comparative study on legal parentage supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Nadia De Araujo (Brazil)

“I was interested in Private International Law since Law School at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and started to prepare my application for a Master Program, after graduation, in 1981. I did a Master in Comparative Law in 1983, at George Washington University and was back in Rio de Janeiro working as a District Attorney in 1984. The Nadia De Araujofollowing year I started to teach Private International Law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) where I currently teach.

During my Doctoral Program (SJD) at the University of São Paulo (USP, 1993-1996) where I wrote my thesis on International Contracts, in 1996. It was published as a book in 1997 and is currently in its 4th edition. The subject continues to be one of the main focuses of my studies and I have chosen it to be the theme of my course at the Hague Academy of International Law, in 2010, with a more global perspective (“Party Autonomy and International Contracts”). I have also written a textbook on Private International Law in 2003, now at its 5th edition. Furthermore, I worked in Family Law issues of Private International Law, serving as a Delegate of Brazil to the Special Commission on international child maintenance of the Hague Conference on Private International Law from 2004 to 2007, as well as in other projects with this organization on related matters.”

Stefania BariattiStefania Bariatti (Italy)

Stefania Bariatti is currently full professor of Private International Law at the University of Milan, where she teaches EU Private International Law and International Insolvency Law. She has held a Jean Monnet Chair on EU Private International Law from 2004 to 2009.

She has represented the Republic of Italy at the Hague Conference on Private International Law for the many projects and conventions (Protection of Adults (1999), Intermediated Securities (2001-2002), Enforcement of judgments (2001-2003) Choice of Court Agreements (2002-2006), Recovery of Child Support and Family Maintenance (2003-2007)), and she has chaired the commissions on the Law applicable to Certain Rights on Securities held through an Intermediary. She has acted as outside legal expert of the European Parliament, DG for Internal Policies, Citizen’s Rights and Constitutional Affairs, on Judicial Cooperation in Civil Matters (2005-2009).

She is a member of GEDIP – European Group on Private International Law and chairperson of the INSOL Europe Academic Forum. She is also a member of several associations and organisations (Institute of World Business Law, International Insolvency Institute, INSOL Europe; International Academy of Comparative Law, International Law Association, International Bar Association). She is a member of the editorial board of the Rivista di diritto internazionale private e processuale.

She is a partner at a leading Italian law firm, where she heads the Competition, European and International Law practice. She is a member of the Milan Bar, admitted to the Supreme Court, and a member of the Brussels Bar (Liste E)

She has published extensively in Italian, English, French and German, and held lectures and seminars at many colloquia in Italy and abroad.

Mihail Danov (England)

Mihail Danov is Associate Professor at Leeds University, London. His research is in the areas of international commercial litigation and EU competition law. Mihail completed his Ph.D. thesis, ‘Jurisdiction and judgments in relation to EU competition law claims’, in Aberdeen where his study was fully funded by a University of Aberdeen Sixth Century Scholarship. An expanded and substantially revised version of his doctoral work was published by Hart Publishing. His articles have appeared in International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Journal of Private International Law, European Competition Law Review.

Currently, Mihail is the principal investigator of a research project which received approximately €196,000.00 in financial support from the European Commission Civil Justice Programme. The funded research project, which also involves Professor Dr Becker of Kiel University in Germany as a research partner, aims to consider whether the European Union should use the current EU private international law framework with regard to cross-border EU competition law claims brought by private parties, or rather whether the EU legislator should set up a Special Regulation dealing with EU competition law proceedings arising in the European context. The project started on 1st September 2010 and will last for two years.

Veronika GaertnerVeronika Gaertner (Germany)

Veronika Gaertner is working as a judge in Germany. Before that she worked as a research fellow at the Institute for Private International Law in Heidelberg where she was involved inter alia in studies on PIL for European institutions and carried out her doctoral research on non-judicial divorces. In 2005, Veronika obtained her LL.M. degree in International and European Law at the University of Aberdeen with a dissertation in Private International Law on Family Law under the supervision of Professor Paul Beaumont. Since 2006, Veronika is one of the editors of Conflict of Laws.

Constanza Honorati (Italy)

Costanza Honorati is full professor of European Union (EU) Law at the Milano-Bicocca University, School of Law, where she also teaches Private International Law (PIL). She has been Visiting Scholar and Professor in Yale, Würzburg, Hamburg and Frankfurt (Max-Planck Institut); from 2007 to 2012 she was Head of the Post Graduate Programme of the Law School of Milano-Bicocca University. She has published in several fields of PIL and EU Law. Currently her research interests are in the areas of EU Judicial Cooperation, International Family Law, Abduction of Children, Intellectual Property and PIL Law.

Lord (David) Hope of Craighead (United Kingdom)

Lord Hope was born in Edinburgh in 1938. Having read classics at the University of Cambridge he studied law at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated LLB in 1965. In the same year he was admitted to practise at the Scottish Bar as a member of the Faculty of Advocates. He remained in private practice there for 24 years. During that time he was Standing Junior Counsel in Scotland to the Board of Inland Revenue from 1974 to 1978, became a Queen’s Counsel in 1978, and was an Advocate Depute (prosecuting for the Crown in the High Court of Justiciary) from 1978 to 1982. From 1986 to 1989 he was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates (Chairman of the Scottish Bar).

In 1989 he was appointed direct from the bar to the bench as Lord Justice General of Scotland and Lord President of the Court of Session. He held these offices for seven years until 1996, when he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. In 2009 he was appointed the second senior Lord of Appeal. Later that year the appellate jurisdiction of the House of Lords was transferred to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and he became its first Deputy President. He was made a Privy Councillor in 1989 and a Life Peer in 1995. He was appointed to be a Knight of the Order of the Thistle in 2009. He is an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Chancellor of Strathclyde University. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, which is part of the School of Advanced Studies in the University of London. He is a former President of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association.

Lord Hope is an Honorary Professor in the School of Law of the University of Aberdeen. He gave the keynote address at the second Journal of Private International Law Conference in Birmingham in 2007.

Zhengxin HuoZhengxin Huo (China)

Zhengxin HUO received his PhD. in private international law from Wuhan University, China. He has held faculty appointment at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) since July 2005 where he teaches private international law, comparative law and international culture property law. He is currently an associate professor at CUPL, Deputy Director of the Institute of Private International Law of CUPL, member of China Society of Law, member of China Society of Private International Law. He has published two monographs, more than fifty articles and review essays, and he is the translator of several academic books. He has won various awards for academic and teaching achievements. He was the visiting scholar at Minnesota Law School in 2007 and, Seoul National University School of Law in 2009.

Hugh Hutchison (Scotland)

Hugh Hutchison works in private practice in London (for leading corporate law firm Travers Smith LLP) specialising in international corporate and investment law. He studied a Bachelor of Law at the University of Aberdeen where he obtained a first class honours degree focusing on European law and private international law. After obtaining his Diploma in Legal Practice, Hugh achieved a research Masters of Law in private international law, looking specifically at the external competence of European Union to conclude private international law treaties on behalf of its member states. He travels to Aberdeen to meet with the PIL Centre when possible, and is in regular contact with Professor Beaumont and its other members.


Mary Keyes (Australia)

Mary Keyes teaches and researches at Griffith Law School in Brisbane, Australia. Her principal area of teaching and research is private international law, which she has also taught at the Australian National University. She is co-author of the most recent Australian text (Private International Law in Australia, 2nd ed, 2011, with R Mortensen and R Garnett), and is widely published in the area, including a recent article on developing a scheme for cooperation in international civil litigation within the Commonwealth of nations ((2011) 37 Commonwealth Law Bulletin 661, with the Hon R McClelland MP). She is co-author of Policy and Pragmatism in the Conflict of Laws (2001, with M Whincop), and author of Jurisdiction in International Litigation (2005), as well as of many articles. She is Review Articles Editor of the Journal of Private International Law. Her current research focuses on autonomy in private international law.

Thalia KrugerThalia Kruger (Belgium)

Thalia Kruger lectures on Private International Law and Comparative and European Civil Procedure at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Originally from South Africa, she is an Honorary Research Associate of the University of Cape Town, where she also teaches International Commercial transactions. She has published on international civil procedure, international family law and various other aspects of private international law. In cooperation with Child Focus, an NGO, she has conducted research on international child abduction to and from Belgium. She has worked as recording secretary and as consultant for the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

Irena KucinaIrena Kucina (Latvia)

Dr.iur. Irena Kucina is a Head of the Division of International Private Law of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Latvia and a lecturer of the Law Faculty of the University of Latvia and Latvian Judicial Training Centre. As an expert from Latvia, she participated in the elaboration of regulations on Private International Law by defining Latvian positions within working groups at Brussels. She has been working with EU instruments on Private International Law from the very beginning of Latvia’s entry in the EU in 2004. She also has a long experience in lecturing – in training judges, other legal practitioners and law students in the Latvian Judicial Training Centre and the Law Faculty of the University of Latvia. In 2011, she obtained PhD in International Private Law. The title of her doctoral dissertation is “Civil Aspects of Unlawful Cross - Border Removal or Retention of Children: in Terms of the Dimension of International, European and Latvian Law”.

Ivana KundaIvana Kunda (Croatia)

Ivana Kunda graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka in 1999, and in 2004, she completed her masters degree there. In 2008, she defended her doctorate thesis at the University of Zagreb on conflict of laws and intellectual property rights. She received research grants for the Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Hamburg, the University of Hamburg, the Max-Planck-Institut für Geistiges Eigentum, Wettbewerbs- und Steuerrecht, Munich, and a Fulbright post-doctoral scholarship for the Columbia University, New York.

Since 2000, she worked as a research assistant at the Private International and European Private Law Department of the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, and as of 2009, she was elected as an assistant professor at the same Department. She received an invitation for visiting professorship in the academic year 2010/2011 at the University of Navarra, Pamplona.

She published articles and chapters in the books in Croatian and foreign languages. In 2007, she published a monograph titled "Internationally Mandatory Rules in European Contract Conflict of Laws: The Rome Convention and the Rome I Proposal". For her scientific research and contribution to and promotion of legal science, from the University of Rijeka Foundation she received the Award for the year 2007.

Lord (Jonathan) ManceLord (Jonathan) Mance (United Kingdom)

Lord Mance is a member of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Previously he was (from 2005) a Law Lord, (from 1999) a member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and (from 1993) a Judge of the Queen’s Bench Division (sitting for half his time in the Commercial Court).
From 1967 to 1993 he was a barrister in commercial chambers, and Queen’s Counsel from 1982. As such, he practised extensively in fields involving private international law questions. After reading jurisprudence at Oxford, he spent time with a Hamburg law firm. He has been from its foundation in 1980 a member of the British German Jurists Association, of which he is now president. He served as UK representative on the Council of Europe’s Consultative Council of European Judges from 2000 to 2011 (and was its first elected chair) as well as on the Board of Advisers of the European Law Academy, Trier until 2011.

From 2007 to 2009, he sat on the House of Lords European Union Select Committee, chairing its sub-committee E, which scrutinises proposals concerning European law and institutions. He currently chairs the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law as well as the Executive Council of the International Law Association.

Lord Mance gave the keynote address at the first Journal of Private International Law Conference in Aberdeen in 2005.

Guillermo Palao MorenoGuillermo Palao Moreno (Spain)

Guillermo Palao Moreno obtained his PhD (with honours) at the University of Valencia and he is currently full professor of Private International Law at that University, where he teaches Private International Law and International Commercial Law. He also holds a UNESCO Chair at the same institution.

Former adviser of the Study Group on a European Civil Code, he is a Fellow of the European Law Institute as well as correspondent Academic of the Spanish Academy of Jurisprudence and Law. Besides he is a member of several associations such us the Spanish Teachers Association of International Law and International Relations, the American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP), the Deutsch-Spanische Juristenvereinigung (DSJV) or the R&D Group of Intellectual Property of the University of Valencia.

He is also a member of the Arbitration and Mediation Centers of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and of the Chamber of Commerce of Valencia.

He has published extensively in Spanish, English, German, Italian and Portuguese. His research is in areas of International Contracts and Tort Law, International Company Law, International Labour Law, International Litigation and ADR as well as International Intellectual Property and IT Law. He has a long teaching and researching experience (at graduate and postgraduate levels) both in European and Latin American Universities.

Reid MortensenReid Mortensen (Australia)

Reid Mortensen is Professor of Law at the University of Southern Queensland at Toowoomba, Australia. He was formerly Deputy Director of the Centre of Public, International and Comparative Law at the University of Queensland. Reid is author of Private International Law in Australia, now in its second edition and co-authored with Richard Garnett and Mary Keyes. His journal articles on choice of tort law, renvoi, civil jurisdiction and the cross-border enforcement of judgments have appeared in the Yearbook of Private International Law, the Journal of Private International Law and the International & Comparative Law Quarterly. Reid has a particular research focus on the reform of the private international law associated with the integration of the Australian and New Zealand single economic market, and in particular the trans-Tasman jurisdiction and judgments scheme. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Private International Law.

Carmen OteroCarmen Otero (Spain)

Carmen Otero García-Castrillón is Profesor Titular of Private International Law in the Complutense University (Madrid-Spain). She holds a PhD from Complutense University and an Ll.M from the University of Amsterdam. Her interests are in conflict of laws and jurisdiction in patrimonial matters as well as in international trade law, international business law and investment and commercial arbitration. In these fields, she has published books in Spanish and a number of articles in Spanish and in English.

Oliver Parker (United Kingdom)

Oliver Parker was called to the Bar in 1977. He worked in the Law Commission from 1980 to 1985 and thereafter in the Lord Chancellor’s Department, the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Ministry of Justice. From 1993 to 2014, when he retired, he worked in the field of private international law. He was part of the UK’s negotiating team at the Hague Conference in the negotiations leading to the 1996 Convention on the Protection of Children and the 2005 Convention on Choice of Court Agreements. In Brussels he was involved in the negotiations leading to the 2001 Brussels I Judgments Regulation, and the revision of that instrument in 2012, the 2007 Rome II Regulation on Choice of Law in Tort and the 2008 Rome I Regulation on Choice of Law in Contract.

Monika Pauknerová (Czech Republic)

Monika Pauknerová is a Professor of Private International Law and International Business Law at the Department of Commercial Law, Faculty of Law, Charles UniversitMonika Pauknerovay and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of State and Law, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic. She is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, and since 2007, she has been the President of the Czech National Committee of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Since 2004, she has been a member of the GEDIP (European Group for Private International Law). She is also the Vice-President of the International Association of Legal Science and the President of the Czech National Committee of the International Association of Legal Science. Since 1985, she has been an arbitrator at the Arbitration Court in Prague. Her fields of interest and research are private international law, including European private (international) law, international commercial and business law, and comparative law.

Contact: Professor JUDr. Monika Pauknerová, CSs., DSc., Faculty of Law, Charles University Prague, Nam. Curieovych 7, 116 40 Prague 1, Czech Republic,

Laura Carballo Piñeiro (Spain)

Laura Carballo Piñeiro is a Senior Lecturer of Private International Law at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She specializes in private international law, international litigation and international insolvency law, and has held lectures and seminars at many colloquia in Spain and abroad. A Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, her research has been published in a number of international journals in English, German, Italian and Spanish. She belongs to the research group De Conflictu Legum. Professor Carballo is admitted to practice as a lawyer and has worked as a deputy judge in Spain. She has also been selected to serve as Director of Studies at The Hague Academy of International Law in 2017. Laura was a visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Private International Law from August to October 2016 and gave a paper on Brexit and insolvency which is now a Working Paper in the Centre series.

Tena Hoško (Croatia)

Tena Ratkovic completed a master degree concentrating on EU law at the University of Zagreb and has finished an LLM in Private International Law at the University of Aberdeen. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb where she is a teaching assistant at the Private International Law Chair. Her major research interest is private international law of family law, with special regard to family relationships involving children. She is also interested in international commercial arbitration and procedural issues in commercial cross-border disputes.

Peter Ripley (Scotland)

Peter Ripley is a graduate from the University of Aberdeen. He is currently a Senior Solicitor (Oil & Gas) at Burness Paull LLP. Peter first became interested in the area of private international law while studying for the compulsory LLB course on the subject. In recognition of the importance of the rules of private international law, he decided to study the subject in more depth in the honours level course offered by the University. Two of the seminar topics for this course focussed on aspects of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction which encouraged him to write his undergraduate dissertation on the “grave risk of harm” exception to the summary return procedure provided for under the Convention. He was fortunate enough to have this paper published in the Journal of Private International Law, with the help of Professor Beaumont. During his final two years at the University he studied for the Diploma in Legal Practice and an LLM in Oil and Gas Law, but maintained an interest in private international law by working as a research assistant for Professor Beaumont. The research that he carried out related to the recently published third edition of Anton’s Private International Law.

Christa Roodt (Scotland) 

Dr Christa Roodt is Research Lecturer in Art, Law and Business at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her expertise and research interests are in International Art Law, Civil Claims to Art and Cultural Objects, Dispute Settlement and Cultural Heritage, and International Civil Procedure in Business Litigation. She is responsible for developing Art, Law and Business within the School of Culture & Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow. She works in close collaboration with Christie's Education in London for purposes of delivering the MSc in Art, Law and Business. She is a Research Fellow and Professor Extraordinaria in the Department of Jurisprudence, University of South Africa (2011-present).
Before her appointment at the University of Glasgow, she was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Aberdeen, Professor in the Department of Jurisprudence at the University of South Africa, Principal Researcher at the Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law and Senior Legal Advisor at the Pan South African Language Board. She holds a Masters Degree in Law from the University of South Africa and a PhD in Legal Philosophy from University of the Free State in South Africa.
Recent research and publication activities have focused on dispute resolution in international art claims and private international law aspects of international commercial arbitration in the EU, the US and South Africa. Her current research project deals with the international dimension of civil claims in respect of portable objects of artistic and cultural value.

Andrea SchulzAndrea Schulz (Germany)

“Although – initially being specialised in Constitutional law and public international law – my first contact with private international law was not a love affair, 19 years in PIL have now convinced me that this is one of the most fascinating areas of law. After a Ph.D. thesis on, inter alia, state immunity for foreign State cultural institutes in civil proceedings and having worked with the Hamburg Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Private International Law, I joined the German Federal Ministry of Justice in 1995 and worked in the areas of PIL (both family and commercial law) and copyright, interrupted by a secondment to the Council of Europe where I worked on Human Rights first and then PIL. From 2002 to 2007 I served as First Secretary at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, in charge of the Choice of Court Convention, IP and e-commerce. Since July 2007 I am the Director of the German Central Authority for International Custody Conflicts at the Federal Office of Justice, now inter alia applying in practice what I negotiated in the past.”

Albert Font i SeguraDr Albert Font i Segura (Catalonia - Spain)

Albert Font i Segura, PhD Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, is a Profesor Titular of Private International Law since 2002 at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) where he was Vice-Dean (2007-2010). He teaches Private International Law in both the Law degree and the Ll.M at the Pompeu Fabra University and at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. His research interests are focused on interregional conflict of laws and European PIL rules, as well as on International succession Law. He was member of the Working Group to draft a bill on private interregional law, commissioned by the Department of Justice of the Catalan Government. He has published books, articles and review essays on conflict of laws and on jurisdiction.

Donna McKenzie SkeneDonna McKenzie Skene (Scotland)

Donna McKenzie Skene is a senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. Her main research interests are in domestic, comparative and international insolvency law. She has published a number of articles on international insolvency law and has a special interest in the EU Regulation on insolvency proceedings. She has just completed a major collaborative project on the composition of the debtor’s estate on insolvency which makes recommendations for harmonisation of aspects of the law in this area at an international level. Her research feeds into teaching on international insolvency law at both honours and masters level.

Linda Silberman (USA)

Linda J. Silberman is the Martin Lipton Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. She is one of the leading figures in the United States in private international law, and her academic and scholarly interests range from numerous areas of commercial law to personal and family matters. She is a co-director of the NYU Center for Transnational Litigation and Commercial Law. Professor Silberman teaches a range of courses, including Civil Procedure, Comparative Procedure, Conflict of Laws, International Litigation/Arbitration, and International Commercial Arbitration. She is a co-author of a highly regarded Civil Procedure casebook, Civil Procedure: TheoLinda Silbermanry and Practice, now in its third edition, and of a recent book on Comparative Civil Procedure, entitled Civil Litigation in Comparative Practice. She was a co-Reporter (with Andreas Lowenfeld) for the American Law Institute Project entitled Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments: Analysis and Proposed Federal Statute. She presently serves as an adviser to the Institute’s proposed Restatement of the Law Third on International Commercial Arbitration.

Professor Silberman is a Member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. She is presently a member of a small group helping to develop implementing legislation for the 2005 Hague Choice of Court Convention. Professor Silberman has also been a member of numerous U.S. State Department delegations to the Hague Conference where she was involved in the negotiation of the 1996 Hague Protection of Children Convention, and she has been part of other Special Commissions on the continuing oversight of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention. An updated version of her 1999 Hague lectures on the Hague Children’s Conventions were published in the 2006 Recueil des Cours, Co-operative Efforts in Private International Law on Behalf of Children: The Hague Children’s Conventions.

Addis Tammiku

Private international law was rather a pragmatic decision than a passion when applying for an LL.M programme at the University of Aberdeen. I was interested in developing my knowledge in a field where Estonia, at least to my best understanding, lacked an army of experts. Having gone through the LLM Programme in Private International Law, I cannot be happier that my somewhat pragmatic decision led me to discover my true professional passion. Private international law is not only challenging but also a fast developing area of law, which makes it an intriguing field of law to work with.

I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tartu and after wards practiced law in several legal offices in Estonia. Since graduating from the University of Aberdeen in 2017, I have been working as a judicial clerk at the Estonian Court of Appeal. Once the mandatory traineeship period is over, I will be qualified to take the professional judicial exam and hope to become a judge. At the same time, I hope to continue with academic work.

Sophia Tang (China, England)

Dr Sophia Tang is Professor of Law & Commerce at the University of Newcastle. She studied law in China and UK. Dr Tang's research interest lies primarily in private international law in civil and commercial matters. She is the author of Electronic Consumer Contracts in the Conflict of Laws (Hart, 2009) and has published high quality articles extensively in top ranking law journals, such as Modern Law Review, Journal of Private International Law, European Law Review, Journal of Business Law and Edinburgh Law Review. She is currently working with other prestigious Chinese scholars on a major project on the Chinese conflict of laws which receives the Aberdeen Principal's Excellence funding and the external funding from the Carnegie Trust and the Chinese Planning Committee of Philosophy and Social Science. The project will result in a monograph published by the Edward Elgar Publishing. She also has another project with the Routledge-Cavendish on the comparative study of procedural autonomy in litigation and arbitration.

Maarja Torga (Estonia)

Maarja Torga obtained her first degree from the University of Tartu, Estonia in 2007 and an MJur degree from the University of Oxford in 2008. In 2010 she received a diploma in private international law from the Hague Academy of international law and in 2012 an LLM in Private International Law from the University of Aberdeen. While Maarja Torgastudying in Aberdeen she wrote a dissertation where she focused on the characterization problems relating to maintenance obligations and matrimonial property in the context of the new European proposal for the regulation on matrimonial property. Currently she is working on her PhD thesis in the University of Tartu.

Maarja is employed as a lecturer of civil law in the University of Tartu, Estonia where her main research interests include international civil procedure and private international law. In addition she holds a position as a councillor in the Civil Chamber of the Estonian Supreme Court. In the past she has conducted many training courses for the Estonian judges and other legal practitioners on the Estonian private international law. In addition, she is currently involved in several research projects of private international law dealing with the influences of the harmonized European rules on the private international law of the Baltic states.

Contact Maarja Torga at: 

Sarah VigersSarah Vigers (Scotland)

Sarah Vigers has been working as a Family Mediator in Aberdeen since 2008. She completed an LLM by research at the University of Aberdeen Law School in 2009 on the subject of mediating international child abduction cases. Between 2002 and 2006 Sarah worked as a Legal Officer at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and in 2007 as a Consultant to the Hague Conference. Prior to working at The Hague she was a Research Associate at Cardiff Law School. Sarah has published on the subject of international family law, most recently 'Mediating International Child Abduction Cases - The Hague Convention', 2011.

Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab (Egypt)

Dr Abdel Wahab (MCIArb), Licence en Droit (CAI), LL.M (CAI), MPhil (MAN), Ph.D (MAN), CIArb Dip. International Commercial Arbitration (Baliol College, Oxford University – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators), European Law Course (King's College, London University) has an extensive experience in teaching and practicing in the fields of private international law, international commercial and investment arbitration, mediation, online dispute resolution, and project finance. Dr Abdel Wahab also holds a number of academic visiting posts in Egypt, the UK, and the USA. He is an Adjunct Professor of International Commercial Arbitration (Indiana University, USA); a Faculty Co-Mohamed S. Abdel Wahabordinator for the Indiana University LL.M Program in Business and Comparative Law in Egypt; and a Fellow of the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.

Dr Abdel Wahab is a member of the ICCA, LCIA's Arab Users' Council, Vice-Chairman of the Cairo branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Chair of the CIArb's Technology Committee, Member of the CIArb's Practice and Standards Committee, and member of the CRCICA Advisory Committee. Dr Abdel Wahab is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator, and has been selected to serve as a Dispute Resolution Consultant to the World Bank Group (WBG). Since 1998, Dr Abdel Wahab has served and acted as counsel in many complex, high value institutional and ad hoc arbitral proceedings involving parties from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States. He has also served as 'Counsel' in more than 30 cases, 'Legal Expert' in 10 cases (to advise on aspects of English, Egyptian, Emirati, Bahraini, and Saudi laws in relation to conflict of laws, jurisdiction, construction law, telecommunications, hotel management, Islamic Shari'a Law, project finance, and insurance). Dr Abdel Wahab has regularly published in learned academic journals and is a regular speaker at international conferences on international arbitration, private international law, project finance, comparative law, and online dispute resolution.

Contact: Dr Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Assistant Professor of Private International Law, Faculty of Law, Cairo University, Egypt; Senior Partner and Head of the International Arbitration and Project Finance Groups, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm (Egypt); Vice-Chairman, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Egypt Branch),

Lara Walker (England)

Lara Walker is a lecturer in law at the University of Sussex. Prior to taking up appointment at Sussex in August 2013, Lara worked as a research assistant on the project ‘Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide’ which was funded by the European Commission. She carried out this work at the University of Aberdeen whilst completing her PhD. Lara also completed her LLM (by research) and LLB at the University of Aberdeen. Lara’s research interests are in the area of private international law of the family.


Csongor István Nagy                         

Csongor István Nagy is professor of law at and the head of the Department of Private International Law at the University of Szeged. He is recurrent visiting professor at the Central European University (Budapest/New York), the Sapientia University of Transylvania (Romania) and the Riga Graduate School of Law (Latvia). He is admitted to the Budapest Bar and arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration attached to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Budapest.

Csongor graduated at the Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences (ELTE, dr. jur.) in Budapest, in 2003, where he also earned a Ph.D. in 2009. During his studies he was a member of the István Bibó College of Law and Political Sciences and of the Invisible College. He received master (LL.M., 2004) and S.J.D. degrees (2010) from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest/New York. As exchange student, he pursued graduate studies in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Heidelberg (Germany) and Ithaca, New York (Cornell University).

He had visiting appointments in the Hague (Asser Institute), Munich (twice, Max Planck Institute), Brno (Masarykova University), CEU Business School (Budapest), Hamburg (Max Planck Institute), Edinburgh (University of Edinburgh), London (British Institute of International and Comparative Law), Bloomington, Indiana (Indiana University) and Brisbane, Australia (TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland); and was senior fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation in Canada and Eurojus legal counsel in the European Commission’s Representation in Hungary.

He has more than 150 publications in English, French, German, Hungarian, Romanian and (in translation) in Croatian and Spanish. His pieces appeared, among others, in the following periodicals: Acta Juridica Hungarica, Arbitration International, American Review of International Arbitration, Cahiers de l’arbitrage, Columbia Journal of European Law, Európai Jog, European Competition Law Review, European Journal of Law Review, European Law Review, German Law Journal, Indiana International and Comparative Law Review, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, IPRAX, Jogtudományi Közlöny, Journal of Private International Law, London Law Review, Loyola Consumer Law Review, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, Magyar Jog, Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht, Osteuropa-Recht, Revista Română de Drept al Afacerilor, Revista Română de Drept European, Revue de Droit International et de Droit Comparé, Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé, Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb, World Competition Law and Economics Review, Zeitschrift für das Privatrecht der Europäischen Union.