Speakers 2018

World class speakers on unfair commercial practices.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Winnie van Heesch

Winnie van Heesch has been a Senior Enforcement Official with the Consumer Protection Department of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) since 2013. Before that, she worked in the field of competition law with the Netherlands Competition Authority, one of the predecessors of the ACM.

Winnie has worked -among others- on projects aimed at lowering switching barriers in health care and energy markets, improving clarity of pricing and conditions in various sectors, and increasing transparency among companies that collect and publish online consumer reviews. In her work she’s gained experience with the various items in the Authority’s toolbox: traditional enforcement, sector dialogue, advocacy and consumer education.

Winnie earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Amsterdam in 1995 and a postgraduate diploma in Competition Law from King’s College London in 2008. In 1994/95 she studied at the Budapest University of Economic Science (now Corvinus University of Budapest) as an exchange student.

Before joining the ACM and its predecessor, Winnie worked as a sector analyst with the Economics Group of ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam.

Martins Prieditis

Martins Prieditis joined the European Commission in 2007 and has been working on consumer protection in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) since 2012. Between 2007 and 2012, he worked on telecom issues in the DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology and its predecessor. Before joining the European Commission, he worked in the Council of Europe and in the Ministry of Justice of Latvia.

Since 2016, he has been dealing with the evaluation and review of EU consumer protection legislation. He currently leads a team of colleagues in DG JUST who are working on the adoption of the “New Deal for Consumers” legislative initiatives, which the European Commission put forward on 11 April 2018.

He obtained a Master’s degree in law from the University of Latvia in 2001.

WANG Xianlin

Mr. WANG Xianlin is a distinguished professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, director of Center for Competition Law and Policy of SJTU. He is a member of the Advisory Group of Experts of the Anti-Monopoly Commission of the State Council of China,a member of the Expert Committee of State Administration for Industry and Commerce (now the State Administration for Market Regulation), and Vice president of Economic Law Association of China Law Society. He was the executive vice dean of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Law.

WANG Xianlin earned his bachelor’s degree of law from Anhui University (1987), master’s degree of law from China University of Political Science and Law (1990), PhD in law from Renmin University of China (2001). He conducted his postdoctoral research in Wuhan University (2002-2004). He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the George Washington University Law School (2007-2008). He is now a senior visiting fellow in Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich December, 2017 through May, 2018.

His research focuses on competition law and intellectual property law, especially the interface between the two areas. He has authored and co-authored 20 books, has published more than 100 articles. His recent work includes Competition Law (Renmin University of China Press, 2018,3rd edition);  Research on Economic Law (Law Press, 2013); Research on Hot Issues of Enforcement of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (Law Press, 2011); Intellectual Property and Anti-Monopoly Law: Abusing Intellectual Property Rights from the Perspective of Competition Law (Law Press, 2018, 3nd edition).

Ildikó Fazekas

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.

Bernadett Veress

Bernadett has been the Head of Vice-President’s Secretariat of the Hungarian Competition Authority (HCA) since March 2018. Before that, she was the acting head of that unit and worked as a case-handler in the field of competition law at the International unit of the HCA.
Before joining the HCA, she participated in the Blue Book Traineeship scheme, worked for the International relations unit of DG COMP (Brussels, Belgium) and was responsible for providing legal analysis for the purpose of developing antitrust and merger policy as well as assisting policy teams. Prior to that, she gained experience as a junior associate at a top-tier international law firm, based in Budapest, mainly focusing on competition, consumer protection and pharmaceutical law matters. She was a trainee at the public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) working for a unit, focusing on consumer protection and protection against counterfeit medicines in 2013.
She earned a master’s degree in law from the University of Debrecen in 2010 and a postgraduate diploma in European Law (LL.M. Eur.) from Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg (Germany) in 2013 as a scholarship holder of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She passed her bar exam in 2017. In the academic year 2008/2009 she studied at the Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (Austria) as an exchange student. She is fluent in English and German.

Max Huffman

Max Huffman is Professor of Law, Director of Online Programs, Director of the Corporate and Commercial Law Graduate Certificate, and Director of the Corporate and Commercial Law LLM Track at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.  He has previously taught at the University of Cincinnati and West Virginia University.  He teaches Antitrust, Comparative and International Antitrust, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, and Commercial Law.  As a member of the McKinney School of Law Faculty he has won the Faculty Leadership Award and three teaching awards.  Professor Huffman has published his scholarship on antitrust, consumer law, and related topics in a wide variety of student- and peer-edited journals.

Competition Law Research Centre I Desgined and updated by dentalpannonia.net (c) 2018