PALLAS Lecturers

Geert van Calster

Geert van Calster is a professor of regulatory law at KU Leuven and has also held visiting academic positions at Oxford University, Erasmus (Rotterdam), and Monash (Melbourne). He practises law at the Brussels and London Bars.

Tiago Cassiano Neves

Tiago Cassiano Neves is a tax lawyer at the Lisbon office of Garrigues. He specialises in international tax planning and advises clients on international structuring, restructuring and financial products. Before joining Garrigues, he worked as Senior Research Associate in the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD). Previous experience includes working for the Lisbon office of Arthur Andersen and later Deloitte & Touche. He obtained his law degree from the Portuguese Catholic University (Lisbon) and Leuven Catholic University, Belgium and an LLM in International Taxation from University Leiden (2003-2004). Tiago is a frequent speaker on international tax matters at conferences and is a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).

Georges Cavalier

Georges Cavalier is Associate Professor of Law at the University Jean Moulin - Lyon 3, France.  He holds two PhDs in law, and an LL.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center (Washington D.C.). He is frequently invited to lecture abroad, in particular in the U.S., the Middle East, and Asia. For more information, see:

Sami Chowdhury

Sami Chowdhury held a post as visiting lecturer for international trade and finance at King's College London for six years. He then moved into private practice in Frankfurt before joining a leading international shipping law firm in Hamburg.

Eric Dirix

Eric Dirix is a member of the Belgian Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) and professor at the University of Leuven where he teaches Insolvency and secured transactions. He received in 2008 an honorary doctorate of the University of Nijmegen.

Christoph van der Elst

Christoph van der Elst is since 2005 professor of law and management at Tilburg University (The Netherlands) and of commercial law at Ghent University (Belgium). This year he is visiting College de Bruges (Belgium) and Torino (Italy). He is registered at the bar and was senior advisor of the Supervisory Authority of the Belgian Economic Professions.

Martijn van Empel

Martijn van Empel has been senior partner for EU law and Competition law with one of the major Benelux law firms. After having held professorships in Holland, since 1998 he is EU Law professor at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome.

Jan de Goede

Jan de Goede is Senior Principal, Tax Knowledge Management at the IBFD Knowledge Centre. He previously held several management positions at the IBFD, lastly the position of Director of the IBFD Knowledge Centre. Before joining the IBFD he was Head of the Bilateral Affairs Division, Directorate for International Tax Policy and Legislation, and formerly Head of the Company Tax Legislation Division, Directorate for Legislation on Direct Taxes, both at the Dutch Ministry of Finance. Jan is also a Professor of International and European Tax Law at the University of ?ódz in Poland.

Cristina Gonzalez Beilfuss

Cristina Gonzalez Beilfuss, Professor of Private International and Comparative Law at the University of Barcelona. Presently Vicedean for International relations and Research.

Lars Gorton

Lars Gorton is professor emeritus, visiting professor at the center of Credit law and capital market law at the Copenhagen Business school. Also tied to the Stockholm Center of commercial law. He has been working as inhouse lawyer with a Swedish shipping company and practised law but also held chairs as professor of banking law at the university of Lund.

Sarah Grimmer

Sarah Grimmer is Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and former Assistant Legal Counsel at the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration in Paris. Prior to these positions, she spent a number of years working in private practice in Paris and Auckland, New Zealand. In her current position, she regularly lectures student groups visiting the Peace Palace, and she has lectured at Leiden University.

Luc Gyselen

Luc Gyselen is a partner at the US law firm Arnold & Porter. Prior to joining A&P in 2004, he was a senior EU official at the EC Commission's DG for Competition. In the early days of his career he was a member of the EC Commission's Legal Service and a law clerk at the European Court of Justice.

Hubert Hamaekers

Hubert Hamaekers has been active in international taxation since many years, having been chairman of the OECD Working Party on Transfer Pricing and Multinational Enterprises, CEO of the largest tax research organization in the world, the IBFD, and professor or visiting professor at the universities of Nijmegen, Cambridge, Leiden, Lodz, Stellenbosch (SA) and Vienna. Since recently he is professor of international tax law at Jonkoping International Business School in Sweden and supervisor of the transfer pricing programme of the European Tax College of Leuven and Tilburg universities.

Dr Jan M. Hebly

Dr Jan M. Hebly is a partner for Construction and Procurement law with Houthoff Buruma ( and holds a professorship in Construction and Procurement at Leiden University, the Netherlands (

David Holloway

David Holloway is a barrister practising international trade law and commercial dispute resolution from Number 5 Chambers London. He also is a lecturer at the School of Law, University of Essex where he teaches international trade law and international commercial dispute resolution. David is co-author of Schmitthoff’s Export Trade: The Law and Practice of International Trade (11th Edition Sweet & Maxwell) and General Editor of International Arbitration Law Review.

Tony Huydecoper

Tony Huydecoper specialised in intellectual property law in one of The Netherlands leading law firms during 25 years; subsequently - as of 2001 - served as advocate-general to the Supreme Court of The Netherlands. Visiting professor (temporary) at Nijmegen University, 2006 - 2007.

Peter Kindler

Peter Kindler obtained his Ph.D. in 1987 in Munich (Dr. iur.). He than became a Member of the German bar in Munich, practising International Business Law as a lawyer. In 1991 he took a position as academic assistant at the Konstanz Faculty of Law, where he was appointed Lecturer in 1995 (Dr. iur. habil.). In early 1996 he was appointed Professor of Civil and Commercial Law at the Heidelberg Law Faculty. In November 1996 he was appointed Professor of Civil and Commercial Law, Private International Law, Comparative Law, at the Bochum Law Faculty (Germany). Peter Kindler is a member of the German Institution of Arbitration ( and he serves both in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Besides German (his mother tongue), he speaks English and Italian. Since 2007 Kindler holds a Chair of Civil and Commercial Law, Private International Law, Comparative Law, at the Augsburg Law Faculty (

Professor Kindler is author of more than 120 books and articles. His publications (since 1986) focus on Private International Law and Commercial Law, particularly with respect to international and European aspects of company law including corporate insolvency.

Sheldon Leader

Sheldon Leader is a graduate of Yale and Oxford Universities. He teaches and carries out research in jurisprudence; labour and company law; and the links between human rights, international trade, and investment. He also lectures at various universities in Europe and the USA, and is Chairman of the Pallas Consortium of Universities for European Business Law.

Marc Maresceau

Marc Maresceau teaches European Law at Ghent University and is an expert in EU External Relations; Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence; is or was visiting professor at the College of Europe; Université Paris II; King's College, London; Université de Rennes I and Bordeaux IV; Università di Bologna and Pisa.

Natalie McNelis

Natalie McNelis has practiced international trade law in major international law firms for more than twelve years, notably being one of the few private lawyers to plead on behalf of governments before the WTO Appellate Body. She is currently Counsel in the law firm WilmerHale. Natalie is recognized as a leader in her field by peer reviews such as Chambers and Who's Who Among Trade and Customs lawyers.

Geertrui van Overwalle

Geertrui van Overwalle is heading the patent research department at the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR) from the University of Leuven, Belgium. She is professor of IP law at the the Universities of Leuven, Liège and Brussels and is Research Professor of Patent Law and New Technologies at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) in the Netherlands.

Alfonso Papa Malatesta

Alfonso Papa Malatesta is a researcher at the CERADI-LUISS University research center for business law in Rome; he also teaches banking law and competition law at the University of Calabria, Italy, and practice as attorney at law in Rome.

Elise Poillot

Elise Poillot is Professor at the University of Luxembourg where she teaches Private Law and Comparative Law . She is a member of the Acquis Communautaire Group and has done several reports for the EU Commission in the field of Consumer Law. Her book Droit européen de la consommation et uniformatisation du droit des contrats (Paris LGDJ 2006) has been awarded the 2005 Best Phd Thesis Award in Comparative Law by the Centre français de droit comparé. She was visiting Professor at the University of Georgia(USA) in 2006 where she taught European Consumer Law, Saint Joseph de Beyrouth (Lebanon) in 2006 and 2009 where she taught Comparative Legal Traditions and French Consumer Law and Lyon 3 in 2009 where she taught Comparative Legal Traditions in the LLM of International and European Law.

Jan Rosén

Jan Rosén, LLD, Professor of Private Law at the Faculty of Law, Stockholm University. His main fields of research cover Intellectual Property Law, Competition Law and Media Law. Jan Rosén holds various commissions, among which could be mentioned the following: Chairman of the Swedish Copyright Society, Vice President of l’Association Littéraire et Artistique International, ALAI, President of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property, ATRIP. He is also chairing the Swedish Government’s special commission on the revision of the Copyright Act. 

Eugenio Ruggiero

Eugenio Ruggiero is a partner at Visentini Marchetti e Associati of Rome/Milan, Italy. He has extensive experience with corporate law and financial markets. He teaches comparative corporate law at Luiss Guido Carli University, in Rome, and banking law, at Lumsa University, in Rome.

Hugo Sakkers

Hugo Sakkers is General Counsel at Philips Intellectual Property & Standards, since 2001. He has held various positions within Philips, in the areas of competition law and intellectual property/multimedia.

Kerrin Schillhorn

Kerrin Schillhorn has been a lawyer and partner for Environmental Law in two of the bigger German Law Firms in Cologne and Bonn. Her practice includes most aspects of German and European Environmental law both in litigation and counselling.

Paul Sebastianutti

Paul Sebastianutti has been Head of the Legal Department for Group Finance in one of Europe's major banks. He has been a lecturer at various universities in Europe in Law, Finance and History. He is a qualified practitioner in civil law and common law jurisdictions. He is based in Rome.

Prof. Dr. Heinz-Dietrich Steinmeyer

Prof. Dr. Heinz-Dietrich Steinmeyer is a Professor of Law at the University of Muenster; professsorship for Civil Law, Labour Law and Social Security Law; currently Dean of the University of Muenster School of Law. Consulting work in Germany, Eastern Europe, China and South America.

Maurice Sunkin

Maurice Sunkin has been a Professor of Law at Essex since 1997, where he has has also been Head of Department and Dean of the School of Law. He is a Barrister and an associated member of Landmark Chambers, the foremost public, environment and planning law Barristers' chambers in the UK.


Last modified on 27 August 2010.