Speakers 2018

World class speakers on unfair commercial practices.

Endre Győző Szabó

Vice President

He has been active in the field of data protection for more than fifteen years. In addition to his time spent working with the European Data Protection Supervisor and the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, he has been a staff member of the data protection supervisory body for many years. He was the first Seconded National Expert in the offices of the European Data Protection Supervisor in Brussels from 2006-2007. During the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2011, he chaired the DAPIX Data Protection Working Party. He also organized the Budapest Presidency Data Protection Conference in June 2011.

Since January 2012, he has been the Vice President of the Hungarian Data Protection Authority, and a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, both national and international. He is also a guest lecturer at several universities in Hungary. He chairs the subgroup dealing with cooperation among Data Protection Authorities within the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party of the European Union.

Krisztina Grimm

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.

Márk Erdélyi

Márk Erdélyi is heading the legal department of Telenor Hungary, and besides being responsible for the legal team he is managing data protection, law enforcement relations and supply chain sustainability. He graduated from law and holds an economist degree. He has over 10 years practice in telecommunications law area, had run his private law firm and founded and led a consumer protection NGO for several years.

Monika Namysłowska

Dr. hab. Monika Namysłowska - 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.

Antonio Mancini

Antonio Mancini graduated in law in 1986 from University of Naples and became a fully qualified lawyer in 1988.

Antonio has developed an extensive experience within the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM -competent both for competition and for consumer protection-) since the first beginning institutional activity in 1991 and in the following positions:

Coordination function within the Directorate General for Consumer Protection and senjor official within B Directorate (Credit and TLC); Director of the Credit Directorate (2 years); Director of the Telecommunications Directorate (5 years); Co-Director and official for several years in Consumer Protection Unit; Official in several Competition Directorates.

As Director and case handler, Antonio has followed many investigations in the framework of a very wide national enforcement activity especially in consumer protection field. In this enforcement activity he has tried to develop synergies between consumer protection and competition aspects especially for cases of “aggressive commercial practices” based on obstacles to consumers’ rights.

He was Member of the National Commission for the evaluation of unfair terms in consumer contracts; member of the Commission for the transposition of the UCP (Unfair Commercial Practices) Directive; national expert in the framework of several EU and international projects.

Antonio has been speaker at lectures, seminars, conferences focused on competition and consumer protection and has published several comments and researches in the field of consumer protection.

Before joining the Italian Competition Authority, he was official (for  2 years) in another Authority (Consob: the Italian regulatory Authority competent in the field of capital markets and financial services); legal advisor for an Italian professional Organisation.

Péter Darák

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.

Katalin Cseres

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.