Joasia Luzak studied at the Law Faculty at the Warsaw University and graduated her law studies in 2004 cum laude with a specialization in private and consumer law. In 2003 she graduated with best results and the distinction merit from the ‘English and European Law Centre’ – a two-year course co-organized by Cambridge and Warsaw Universities. In the academic year 2003/2004 she received a scholarship of the Polish National Education Ministry for academic achievements. She worked for four years in the labor law department of a Polish law firm: SK&S Legal. She obtained her Dr. iur. degree at the University of Amsterdam in 2011 within the research institute: Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL). The title of her PhD is: ‘The implied duty of a service provider to warn about a risk of construction defects resulting from a contract with a third party, with emphasis on defects resulting from design failures. A case study on the precontractual and contractual duty to warn in English, German and Dutch law and in the Draft Common Frame of Reference’. Since September 2008 she is an Assistant Professor (UD) at the Institute of Private Law A, Law Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. Since 2008 she taught the following subjects: European Consumer Law (coordinator and sole lecturer), Private Law and Internal Market, Dutch Contract Law, European Contract Law (coordinator as of 2011). Since 2012 she coordinates master thesis process for all private law masters (Dutch- and English-speaking) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2013 she was a visiting professor in the spring semester at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (London), where she taught European Consumer Law and Introduction to Transnational Law (core course, co-taught with Prof. R. Caranta). In January 2014 she was a visiting professor at the University of Houston Law Center where she taught Introduction to Transnational Law.
In February 2010 she started a blog Recent Developments in European Consumer Law (http://recent-ecl.blogspot.com/) which she co-ordinates and is the main contributor thereof. In March 2011 she participated in the project of the Asser Institute and Dutch government: “Strengthening the Vietnam Competition Authorities in the field of enforcement of Consumer Law”, within which she trained employees of the Vietnamese Office for Protection of Consumers and Competition in European consumer protection methods. In 2012 she participated in two European Commission’s projects, preparing a Polish national report about the digital content’s regulation and a Dutch national report about the European Consumer Law’s implementation in the Netherlands. She is native speaker in Polish, and is fluent in English, Dutch and German.
Alessandro Palmieri was born in Bari in 1967. After having graduated from the University of Bari (J.D., cum laude), he was admitted to the Italian Bar. He then continued his studies and obtained a Ph.D. in Comparative Private Law at the University of Trento (2001). He is currently Associate Professor of Comparative Private Law at the Law Department of the University of Siena (since 2005), where he also teaches "Liability and Torts in European Legal Systems: a Comparative and Multidisciplinary Perspective". Professor Palmieri is the author of 3 books and more than 200 publications. His main areas of scientific interest inculde Information and Technology Law, Consumer Law, Competition Law, and Intellectual Property Law. He obtained the National Scientific Qualification to function as Full Professor of Private Law (2013). He was Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2009 and 2012), and Guest Lecturer at the School of Law of the Tallinn University of Technology (2013). He is member of the Italian Association of Comparative Law, of the Italian Society of Law and Economics, of the Centre Européen de l’Informatique et de la Consommation, and of the Research Group for European and Comparative Public Law. He belongs to the Ph.D. Committee of the Doctoral School in "Legal Sciences” managed jointly by the Universities of Siena and Foggia.
Spencer Weber Waller is the Director of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he teaches antitrust, consumer, procedure, and international business courses. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute and the editorial boards of the Antitrust Law Journal and the World Competition Law and Economics Review. Professor Waller is the author of 5 books and over one hundred articles on United States and international antitrust, including the third edition of Antitrust and American Business Abroad, the leading treatise in the field, and the first full-length biography of Thurman Arnold, the founder of modern antitrust enforcement in the United States. Professor Waller previously taught and served as associate dean at Brooklyn Law School.
Péter Galambos graduated from Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law. He has 7 years practice in telecommunication law at Telenor Hungary where he works as a senior legal consultant. His has a key role at the company in the legal review of marketing propositions and advertisement materials. He has represented the company in unfair commercial practice related cases at the competition authority several times.
Sophie Ridoux joined the Consumer and Marketing Law Unit of DG Justice at the European Commission in 2010. She is in charge of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive and has also worked on the Unfair Contract Terms Directive. Before joining the European Commission, she worked on the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) network within the General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF), the French consumer enforcement authority. She started her career at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in 2003 after completing the Regional Institute of Administration of Lyon. She graduated from Lyon III Faculty of Law in 1999.
Attila Kőhalmi graduated in Law at Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law and Political Sciences in 2004, and as an economist at Szent István University Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences in 2008. He started to work at the Pest County Court, and he was appointed to a judge in 2009, mainly working on cases concerning tort law. After finishing work as a judge, he became the presiding member of the Financial Arbitration Board and senior supervisory consultant of the Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority (HFSA). During his work at the HFSA he specialized in cases involving bank law (primarily consumer foreign currency mortgage contracts).
Attila has been the member of the Competition Council of the Hungarian Competition Authority since October 2013.
The speakers of the conference include:
- Pál Szilágyi
- Alessandro Palmieri
- Joasia Luzak
- Attila Kőhalmi
- Sophie Ridoux
- Spencer W. Waller
- Virág Balogh
- Tihamér Tóth
- Monika Namysłowska
- Krisztina Grimm
- Ildikó Fazekas
- Nagy Csongor István
- Kata Cseres
- Péter Galambos