Virag Balogh graduated from ELTE FAculty of Law in Budapest. She started her professional career at the Consumer Section of the Hungarian Competition Authority. She worked throughout the hungarian implementation of UCPD as a point person of the HCA. She was international fellow at the Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC, where she worked at the Bureau of Economics studying the economic approach to consumer law enforcement. She became Head of the Consumer Section of the HCA in 2008 - as section head, she was responsible for consumer law enforcement of the HCA, as well as formulating HCA's consumer policy and acting as a spokeperson for the agency on numerous occasions. After leaving HCA, she became Practice Leader of the competition/advertising law practice of CLV Law Firm. Currently she's general secretary of the Hungarian Advertising Association. As the operative leader of the Associaton, she has acted as spokesperson on policy issues, organized educational events and also acts as a liasion to the regulatory bodies. She regularly speaks at conferences, is the author of numerous articles on books on consumer law and policy, and gives seminars at different universities.
Giovanni Calabrò is Director General of Consumer Protection Directorate of the Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCM) since November 2012. From 2008 to 2012 he was Director General of Antitrust Directorate. He joined the AGCM in 1991 from its enstablishment working as Head of different Units.Prior to this he worked in Consob (Italian authority for listed companies and stock exchange) and started his carreer as a consultant in Arthur Andersen (Financial Services Division).
Dr. Michel Cannarsa is Senior Lecturer at the Catholic University of Lyon Faculty of Law. He received his PhD from Université Jean Moulin - Lyon 3 and from Turin University in 2003. His areas of research are International and European Law, Comparative Law, Consumer Law, Law of Obligations and Legal Translation.
He has been involved in the European research program on Uniform Terminology for European Private Law and in the Consumer Law Compendium project.
Currently, he is in charge of the Master of International Business Law at the Catholic University of Lyon Faculty of Law and is also a member of the Faculty of Law's Academic Board.
Areas of research are International and European Law, Comparative Law, Consumer Law, Law of Obligations and Legal Translation.
Dr. Katalin Cseres is associate professor of law at the European Law Department of the University of Amsterdam and a research fellow, both at the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE) and at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG).
She obtained her university degree in law (1999, cum laude) at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary. She obtained her Ph.D. title from the University of Utrecht in 2004. Her Ph.D. thesis dealt with the topic 'Competition Law and Consumer Protection', which was published by Kluwer International in 2005.
Her main fields of interest include competition law and economic regulation, consumer protection, comparative law and institutional economics. In her research she investigates the role of the consumers in economic regulation and analyzes the intersections between consumer law, competition law and sector regulation. Her research focuses on law enforcement and the broader institutional and governance framework of economic regulation. She studies these research topics in the dynamic framework of European law and national law, with a special interest in the legal and institutional developments of the Central and Eastern European countries.
Márk Erdélyi is heading the legal department of Telenor Hungary, and besides being responsible for the legal team he is managing non-financial control areas (information security, internal control, data protection, law enforcement relations) and he is the compliance officer of the company. He graduated from law and holds an economist degree. He has 10 years practice in telecommunications law area, had run his private law firm and founded and led a consumer protection NGO for several years.
Krisztina Grimm graduated ELTE Faculty of Law, after which she started to work at the Hungarian Competition Agency as a case handler mainly working on cases concerning the services sector. She finished her LLM in Munich in the field of regulation of General Terms and Conditions. Upon returning to the HCA she joined the Consumer Section as the senior case handler responsible for the financial sector. She lead numerous cases and also took part in HCA’s work in shaping the new financial regulation in Hungary in the light of the financial crisis. She became Head of the Consumer Section in 2012. She regularly gives speeches on consumer protection at conferences, workshops and seminars and is the author of more than one scolarly articles.
Assistant Professor (adiunkt) in Chair of European Economic Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lodz, Poland. Visiting professor at the University in Regensburg, Germany, at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany and at the Humboldt-University in Berlin, Germany (June 2013). Grant holder for the project “Black List of Unfair Commercial Practices and the Limits of Harmonisation of Unfair Competition Law - a Comparative Analysis” financed by the National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki) in Poland. Her research and publications focus on European, Polish and German Economic Law (law on unfair commercial practices; consumer law; advertising law; IT law; competition law; free movement of goods).
Zuzana leads the EU and Competition practice in Bratislava. She specialises in competition law and the regulatory environment, including in the telecom and pharmaceutical sector. She advises on Slovak and European competition law, including a wide range of competition law issues arising out of commercial agreements, compliance, as well as on cases concerning abuse of a dominant position, cartels and leniency, inspections by competition authorities, and concentrations. In the pharmaceutical sector, Zuzana advises on a variety of regulatory issues, including compliance, distribution and sales models, clinical trial agreements, reference pricing and represents clients before regulators. In telecom sector, Zuzana advises on various behavioural and merger control issues.
Zuzana spent two years in Allen & Overy LLP's competition team in London dealing with various EU competition issues and is currently based for a short term in Allen & Overy Paris, focusing on advice in regulated sectors. Zuzana was recently awarded PhD degree (Competition and pharmaceutical law) at Charles University, Prague. She was awarded the LL.M. degree (EU competition law) at College of Europe, Bruges, Zuzana is an active speaker and writer on competition and regulatory issues.
Pál SZILÁGYI (Ph.D., LL.M.) is the Director of the Competition Law Research Centre in Hungary. He is lecturer at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Faculty of Law and Political Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities) where he teaches competition law and European law. Pal obtained postgraduate diplomas from King's College London and University of Cambridge and an LLM in Competition Law at King's College London. Pal is the director of the postgraduate diploma in competition law program at PPKE and is the author of several articles and book chapters in Hungarian and English on competition law and European Law.
András Tóth PhD (1979) has been the vice-president of the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) and Chairman of the Competition Council since 2010. He previously worked at White & Case LLP, a leading international law firm’s offices in Brussels and Budapest, focusing on competition law, telecommunication/media law and white collar investigations. Mr. Tóth is an associate professor and head of the Department of Info-communication Law at Károli Gáspár University in Budapest where he teaches competition law, public procedural law and telecommunication law. He is a member of the editing committee of the paper ‘Info-communication and Law’ and editor in chief of the Hungarian Competition Authority’s journal, the ‘Competition Mirror’. Author of numerous articles, studies, and book chapters, his book on the competition law aspects of telecommunication and media was published in 2008.
Tihamér TÓTH (President of the Scientific Council of the research centre) is an associate professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, giving lectures in EU, international and Hungarian competition law, public consumer protection law and the law of administrative sanctions for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He obtained his PhD in 2001 at the University of Szeged. He is chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Competition research Center and member of the Scientific Council of the LIDC. He is chief editor of the quarterly Hungarian State Aid Law journal and member of the editorial board of the Competition Mirror, the official journal of the competition authority.
Tihamér’s knowledge of competition law stems from his previous leadership positions, he was President of the Competition Council of the Hungarian Competition Office from 2003-2009 and Vice President of the Hungarian Competition Authority. He also has over 15 years of experience working in government with the European Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.