Marina Catallozzi, graduated both in Law (1998) and in Political Science (2009) at University of Rome "La Sapienza" and in 2002 became a lawyer, registred at the Roman Bar. From 2000 to 2005 she was consultant to the National Council of Notaries and, at the end of 2005, joined, after an open competition, the Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCM) as legal officer mainly handling cases concerning competition and consumer protection issues.

Since 2012 she also has been dealing with European affairs related to consumers protection policies taking part in some EU funded projects (such as Internet enforcement, European unfair terms strategy). During the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (July-December 2014) she was appointed as a legal national expert to the Competitiveness Unit at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU. On her return to AGCM she joined the Services Unit within the Consumer Protection Directorate General where she is still working. She is author of several articles concerning civil law.

Ildikó Fazekas graduated from University of Economics Budapest in 1977. She is an economist and an honorary associate professor at Szent István University (Gödöllő) as well as an honorary associate professor at Budapest Business School and an honorary professor at University of Applied Sciences. From 1987 to 1998 she was an associate professor of marketing communications at the Hungarian College for Foreign Trade (now College for Management and Business Studies). From 1996 to 1998 she was the vice president of the Hungarian Advertising Association. She has been the secretary general of the Advertising Self Regulatory Board since 1998. She became the vice chairman of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) and in April 2009 she was elected its Chairman (2009-2013). She is also an author of numerous professional articles as well as a lecturer of professional conferences and training sessions.

Péter Darák graduated from University of Pécs, Faculty of Law in 1987. He started his professional career at the County Prosecutor’s office in Zala County (West Hungary), where he became a prosecutor in 1990. Right after the judicial revision of administrative acts had been restored by the Constitutional Court’s decision, he was appointed as a judge and started to hear civil and administrative cases at the local court of Zalaegerszeg. In 2000, he was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Hungary. In December 2011, the Hungarian Parliament elected him President of the Curia for nine years, with effect from 1st January 2012. Currently Dr. Darák is amongst others member of the Association of Hungarian Administrative Judges, the European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment and the International Association of Tax Judges. He is devoted to university teaching: since 2001, he has been a lecturer at the Financial Law Department of Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law, as well as he is the program director of a post-graduate training in real estate trade law at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. In 2007, he obtained a PhD in administrative law at the Doctoral School of the University of Pécs.

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 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 is head of the Service Support Legal Department at Magyar Telekom, overseeing - amongst others - the legal support of Magyar Telekom's B2C and B2B communication. Leaving the law practice, she was general secretary of the Hungarian Advertising Association. Currently she is head of the Service Support Legal Department at Magyar Telekom, overseeing - amongst others - the legal support of Magyar Telekom's B2C and B2B communication.She regularly speaks at conferences, is the author of numerous articles on books on consumer  law and policy, and pursuing her PhD-studies at ELTE Faculty of Law where she also teaches regularly. 

After her studies in International and EU law in Rome, Kiel, Bruges and Brussels, Veronica Manfredi worked initially for the Italian and European Chambers of Commerce and afterwards, in 1999, she joined the European Commission as a case-handler on State aids.

In 2002 she joined the Cabinet of the then Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, where she was mainly in charge with infringements and competition issues, and then she joined the Cabinet of Vice-President Siim Kallas working on the Portfolio for Administration, Audit and Anti- Fraud issues (2004-2009 – with main responsibilities for the EC relations with the host countries), followed by Transport (2010-2011 – with main responsibilities for sustainable transport and for passenger rights across all transport modes).

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Dr. Michel Cannarsa is Dean of the Law School at Lyon Catholic University. 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, Commercial Law, Comparative Law, Consumer Law, Law of Obligations and Legal Translation. He is regularly involved in European and International research programs in the area of European Private Law and more particularly EU Consumer Law (e.g. the Uniform Terminology for European Private Law and the Consumer Law Compendium project). He also supervises the English taught international programs of the Law School in the area of International Business, Trade and Investment Law. 

Mark R. Patterson is Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law in New York and is currently a Visiting Professor at Bocconi University in Milan.  He teaches courses on antitrust law, patent law, marketing law, and contracts. He has taught seminars on the relationship between competition and information, and he is currently working on that topic for Harvard University Press. Professor Patterson received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Ohio State University, both in electrical engineering, and his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School.  

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.

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.

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.

Susanne Augenhofer is an Associate Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School, where she was also a visiting researcher in 2013–2014. She is a Professor of Law at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, holding the chair for Civil Law, European Private Law, Comparative Law and Market-regulation through Consumer and Competition law since December 2013.        

Before her appointment as associate professor at Humboldt University in 2009, she conducted research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany), the London School of Economics (Great Britain) and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Professor Augenhofer studied law at the University of Graz (Austria, Mag. Iur.), the Universitá Statale di Milano (Italy), the University of Vienna (Austria, doctor iuris), and as a Fulbright scholar at Yale Law School (LL.M.) as well as at the Free University Berlin (Germany, LL.M.), where she was supported by a Yale Fox Fellowship.

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Péter Aranyi graduated from University of Debrecen, Faculty of Law. He kicked off his professional career with great enthusiasm and curiosity at the Consumer Protection Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour as a consumer protection expert back in 2008. Later he moved to the Ministry for National Economy where he worked for the Department for Commerce and Consumer Protection. Having spent three years at ministerial level he got acquainted himself with the system of Hungarian and EU consumer protection and developed skills in strategy building and institution development, drafting, and stakeholder management. In 2011 he moved to the Hungarian Authority for Consumer Protection to become Deputy Head of the Department for International and Civil Affairs. He is seriously committed to the development of the international relations of the HACP, his continuous work resulted in a widespread international partnership network, effective representation in EU and international consumer protection networks such as ICPEN and CPC Network, and numerous bilateral agreements. Currently, he is the Head of the Strategic Cabinet of HACP taking care of a wide palette of duties ranging from strategic planning through communication and coordination to international affairs.

István Szente is the Acting Director General of the Hungarian Authority for Consumer Protection since November, 2014. He graduated from Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law and has been working in the field of consumer protection since the very beginning of his professional career. After graduation he had started to work at a regional consumer protection inspectorate as legal officer. Having gained significant experience as law enforcer and vested with comprehensive knowledge about the practical side of consumer protection inspections, he moved to the Hungarian Authority for Consumer Protection in 2011 as legal expert. During the years he took care of widening his knowledge on market surveillance and product safety legislation on national and EU level as well. His commitment and interest in market surveillance matters paved the road to be appointed as the Deputy Head of the Department for Market Surveillance, where beside his heavy contribution to the implementation process of EU market surveillance legislation, he started to improve his leadership skills. Now acting as the head of the Hungarian Authority for Consumer Protection he makes profit of his widespread knowledge that had been gained throughout the years spent in the field of consumer protection as enforcer, legal expert and professional leader.

Ildikó Fazekas graduated from University of Economics Budapest in 1977. She is an economist and an honorary associate professor at Szent István University (Gödöllő) as well as an honorary associate professor at Budapest Business School and an honorary professor at University of Applied Sciences. From 1987 to 1998 she was an associate professor of marketing communications at the Hungarian College for Foreign Trade (now College for Management and Business Studies). From 1996 to 1998 she was the vice president of the Hungarian Advertising Association. She has been the secretary general of the Advertising Self Regulatory Board since 1998. She became the vice chairman of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) and in April 2009 she was elected its Chairman (2009-2013). She is also an author of numerous professional articles as well as a lecturer of professional conferences and training sessions.

Katalin Cseres obtained her university degree in law (1999, cum laude) at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary.

In 2004, she obtained her Ph.D. title from the University of Utrecht. Her Ph.D. thesis deals with the topic 'Competition Law and Consumer Protection'. She is an associate professor of law at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) and a research fellow of the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics. At the ACELG she is a co-program leader of the research program 'Compound Constitution(s) of Europe'. She is also  the academic coordinator for the Master programme 'European Competition Law and Regulation'.

Competition law, consumer protection (empowerment) and market regulation are her main fields of interest, where her research focuses on law enforcement and the institutional design of public and private enforcement. She analyses the Europeanization of competition law enforcement in the Central and Eastern European Member States and examines the governance mechanisms that frame the interplay between EU and national law,for example, in the case of the European Competition Network. She also investigates the legal rules concerning the role of consumers in activating competition and regulating markets with emphasis on consumers’ access to justice as a key element of their participation in markets.

Adam Jasser served as Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister from March 2010 to March 2014. He was Secretary of Economic Council to the Prime Minister and oversaw the analytical and policy impact assessment department. He coordinated the government’s legislative agenda, with special focus on economic policy, pension reform, business environment and energy. He co-designed and supervised an overhaul of the government’s impact assessment process.

Adam Jasser was Programme Director and Board Member of demosEuropa – Centre for European Strategy in 2009-2010, focusing on European economic and political issues. Before that, he spent almost 20 years at Reuters news agency, in roles stretching from translator and head of economic reporting in Warsaw, to bureau chief in Frankfurt and regional editor for central Europe, Balkans and Turkey.

Adam Jasser graduated from the University of Warsaw with a Master’s degree in English Philology.

He was appointed by Prime Minister Donald Tusk as President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection on March 20, 2014.

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. Dr. Tóth is an associate professor and head of the ICT Law Department at Károli Gáspár University in Budapest where he teaches competition law, public procedural law and telecommunication law. He is a member of the editorial board of the European Networks Law and Regulation Quarterly published by Lexxion in Berlin 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.

Roland Csécsei is recently a Regional General Counsel of AVON Cosmetics supporting the South-East European region (Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro). Along with providing day-to-day legal counselling to AVON affiliates in these countries he is also responsible to look after compliance and corporate matters, like information security, data protection, regulatory and government affairs. He represents AVON in different associations, e.g. Direct Selling Association (DSA), Cosmetic Association (KOZMOS) and Advertisement Self-Regulatory Body (ÖRT).  He obtained his university degree in law (1999, cum laude) at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary. He also obtained a Master of Comparative Law (MCL) degree in University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2001. He has more than 10 years of experience on competition, advertisement, FMCG sector, business and commercial legal area. He has been advising his clients on wide range of competition law issues arising out of commercial agreements, as well as on cases concerning abuse of a dominant position, cartels and leniency, inspections by competition authorities. In the direct selling and cosmetic sector, Roland advises on a variety of regulatory issues, including compliance, distribution and sales models, reference pricing and cosmetic claims. In 2011 he has been asked to provide expert support to EU ECOSEC on harmonization of cosmetics claim. Roland is a co-author of the book on commercial legal debates and mediation (Pereskedni Rossz! Minerva Kiadó, 2003.)

Dr. hab. Monika Namysłowska - Assistant professor in the Chair of European Economic Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz, Poland. Visiting professor in Germany at the University in Regensburg, Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Humboldt-University in Berlin and the University of Münster. Grant holder for the project “Unfair trading practices in the business-to-business relations. Searching for a paradigm of the protection against unfair competition in European Union law and national law” financed by the National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki) in Poland. Her research and publications focus on European, Polish and German Economic Law, and particularly on unfair commercial practices and consumer law, advertising law and IT law. Member of the Advisory Board of the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) in Poland.

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 2013, and he mainly deals with UCP and antitrust cases.

Dr. Gusztáv Bacher (Partner) is a Hungarian attorney admitted to the Budapest Bar Association. He joined Szecskay Attorneys at Law in 1999.

Dr. Bacher currently specializes in civil, competition, advertising and IP law and litigation.

He received his JD, summa cum laude, from Eötvös Loránd Faculty of State and Legal Science in 1998. He studied at the Faculty of Law in Vienna in 1997 and participated in the Post-Graduate Course on International Trade Law organized by the Asser Instituut at The Hague in 1999. He received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in International Business Law at the Central European University (CEU) in 2001. In 2010, Dr. Bacher participated in a multiregional professional exchange program (International Visitor Leadership Program - IVLP) organized and funded by the U.S. Department of State Office.

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Soon to be announced.

Our speakers include:

  • FAZEKAS Ildikó (ORT)
  • Monika NAMYSLOWSKA (University of LODZ)
  • Michel CANNARSA (Catholic University of Lyon)
  • BALOGH Virág (Magyar Telekom)
  • GRIMM Krisztina (GVH)
  • Adam JASSER (UOKiK; Office of Competition and Consumer Protection)
  • CSERES Kati (University of Amsterdam)
  • TÓTH Tihamér (Competition Law Research Centre)
  • BARABÁS Gergely (Budapest-Capital Administrative and Labour Court)
  • TÓTH András (GVH, Competition Council)
  • Mark PATTERSON (Fordham School of Law)
  • Veronica MANFREDI (European Commission)
  • CSÉCSEI Roland (Avon)
  • KŐHALMI Attila (GVH, Competition Council)