Prof. Markus Gonzalez Beilfuss
Professor of Constitutional Law | University of Barcelona
Professor of Constitutional Law (2001). Director of The Department of Political Science, Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law at Barcelona University (since 2018). Adviser of the Spanish Constitutional Court (2005-2010). Immigration Director General of the Spanish Government (2010-2011). Main research and teaching subjects: Immigration, Human Trafficking, Constitutional Jurisdiction and Federalism. Author of many studies related to these subjects. Francisco Tomás y Valiente Prize (2000), granted by the Spanish Constitutional Court and the Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitucionales. Experience as internacional expert of the United Nations Development Program and the Council of Europe.
Dr. Adam Bodnar, PhD
Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland
Adam Bodnar was born on 6 January 1977 in Trzebiatów. He graduated from the faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and also from LL.M. programme in the field of comparative constitutional law at Central European University in Budapest. In 2006 he was awarded PhD degree at University of Warsaw in the field of constitutional law. His PhD thesis entitled: “Multi-level society in the European constitutional sphere“ was awarded with honourable mention in the competition organized by Przegląd Sejmowy (Parliamentary Review). In 2004-15 Adam Bodnar worked for Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights, firstly as a co-founder and coordinator of Precedent Cases Programme and then as a head of legal department and vice-president of the Management Board. He is also an expert in the Agency of Fundamental Rights of European Union. In 2013-2014 Bodnar was a member of the board of directors of the United Nations Fund for Victims of Torture. In 2001-2004 he worked as a lawyer in Weil, Gotshal & Mangers law firm. From 2006 he lectured at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw – he finished cooperation in 2020. Since March 2020 he is a professor at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. He also lectures at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology. Until the time of assuming the post of Ombudsman, Adam Bodnar, PhD cooperated with various non-governmental organizations, including Panaptykon Fund (chairman of the Foundation Council), Client Earth Polska (member of the Programme Council), Prof. Zbigniew Hołda Association (co-founder and the member of the Management Board). He was also a member of the Civic Legislation Forum operating at Batory Foundation and of the editorial team of kulturaliberalna.pl. In 2011 he was awarded with the Tolerance Prize by the Polish LGBT organizations. In 2013 he received a scholarship within the scope of German Marshall Memorial Fellowship programme. With an approval of 67 non-governmental organizations in 2015 he was notified for the post of Ombudsman by Democratic Left Alliance Parliamentary Club and by independent members of the parliament, and also by Civic Platform Parliamentary Club. The Sejm appointed him at this post on 24 of July 2015 and on 7 August 2015 the Senate of the Republic of Poland approved this choice. Then, on 9 September 2015 the Sejm took his oath. In 2018 Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar and his Office were laureates of the Norwegian Rafto Prize awarded to human rights defenders across the world. Adam Bodnar is an author of numerous scientific publications in the field of law.
Director | German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellencefor Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law, ThammasatUniversity
Director of the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University. Henning Glaser’s research areas include governance and compliance studies, as a consultant he is serving numerous governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Europe, America and Asia in various fields of law and governance including the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand by which he was appointed as an expert in 2016. Having studied law at Münster University he worked as a civil servant lawyer at the higher regional court in Hamm until he passed the second state exam qualifying for the judicial service. From 1999 to the end of 2004, he was assistant professor at the University of Münster where he also served as managing director of the “Society for the Promotion of the Faculty of Law on the University of Münster e.V.” Additionally, between 1997 and 2004, he worked as a consultant for clients operating in South East Asia and acted as a managing director of a registered trading and consulting company (since 1999). In 2005 he founded his law office in Münster. Since 2007 he has been teaching German and comparative constitutional law as well as Thai public law at the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University where he became the founding director of CPG in 2009.
Dr. Kriszta Kovács
Fellow | Center for Global Constitutionalism, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
KRISZTA KOVÁCS currently is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at WZB Berlin Center for Global Constitutionalism. She is an associate professor at ELTE University Faculty of Social Sciences (on research leave until September 2021). She is a former managing editor of the CUP journal GlobalConstitutionalism. She is also a former senior adviser of the HungarianConstitutional Court, and former co-president of the Joint Council onConstitutional Justice (Venice Commission, Council of Europe). She holds a PhDin law from ELTE University and has held fellowships at the Human RightsInstitute of the Columbia Law School, New York, at the University of Trento,Italy, at the University of Birmingham, UK and from the UK Foreign Office and the Zeit Stiftung. She is the author of Towards Equality. From the Ban on Non-discrimination to Affirmative Action (in Hungarian, L’Harmattan, 2012). Her recent book chapters include The Fragility of an Independent Judiciary: Lessons from Hungary and Poland — and the European Union (with Kim Lane Scheppele, in Legal Change in the Post-Communist States. Progress, Reversions, Explanations, eds. PH Solomon-K Gadowska, ibidem, 2019) and Constitutional Continuity Disrupted (in The Rise of Populist Nationalism, eds. M Feischmidt-B Majtényi, CEU Press, 2020). She has published on constitutional topics in European Constitutional Law Review, Global Constitutionalism, International Journal of Constitutional Law, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, German Law Journal and Perspectives on Federalism.
Prof. Ugo Pagallo
Professor | University of Turin
Ugo Pagallo a former lawyer and current professor of Jurisprudence at the Department of Law, University of Turin (Italy), he is author of ten monographs, numerous essays in scholarly journals and book chapters, chief editor of the Digitalica series published by Giappichelli in Turin and co-editor of the AICOL series by Springer. Member of the European RPAS Steering Group (2011-2012), of the Group of Experts for the Onlife Initiative set up by the European Commission (2012-2013), of the Ethical Committee of the CAPER project, supported through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (2013-2014), and Expert for the evaluation of proposals in the Horizon 2020 robotics program (2015), he is Faculty Fellow at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, U.K. (2013, 2008); Vice-President of the Italian Association of Legal Informatics, NEXA Fellow at the Center for Internet & Society at the Politecnico of Turin, and is now collaborating with the Joint International Doctoral (PhD) degree in Law, Science and Technology, part of the EU’s Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJDs). His main interests are Artificial Intelligence & law, network theory, robotics, and information technology law (specially data protection law and copyright).
Prof. Dr. iur. Beate Rudolf
Director | German Institute for Human Rights
Director of the German Institute for HumanRights (GIHR), Germany’s National Human Rights Institution. Since2016, she also chairs the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). Prior to joining the GIHR, she was a junior professor for public law and equality law at the faculty of law of Freie Universität Berlin and director of the research project “Public International Law Standards for Governance in Weak and Failing States” within the Research Center “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood”. Her research focuses on human rights and legal principles on state structures under public international law, European law and German constitutional law as well as from a comparative law perspective. She carried out her activities in research and teaching in these areas at the universities of Bonn, Dusseldorf, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, and Freie Universität Berlin. She gained practical experience in human rights work by representing applicants before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and as an active member of the German Women Lawyers Association and the European Women Lawyers Assocation, of which she was a Vice-President. Her numerous publications (in German, English and French) in the area of human rights range from conceptual questions of specific rights, gender equality and non-discrimination to problems of implementation and improving the UN human rights system. Inter alia, she is co-editor of the Commentary on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), with Marsha A. Freeman and Christine Chinkin, published in 2012 by Oxford University Press.
Prof. Dr. Bartosz Makowicz
Professor, Chair Owner | Chair for Polish Public Law, European and Commercial Law, European-University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) at European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
Bartosz Makowicz is a university professor at the Faculty of Law of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). He is the initiator and director of the Viadrina Compliance Center, the first intra- and interdisciplinary scientific research organization on governance, risk and compliance. Bartosz is also a member of various scientific advisory and advisory boards of compliance associations, such as the German Institute for Compliance. He is the author of many specialist publications in national and international journals. He is also the author of textbooks and monographs on compliance issues. In total he published over 100 titles on the interdisciplinary research field of Governance, Risk and Compliance. As a compliance expert, he has held over 100 specialist lectures at national and international conferences and congresses and works worldwide as a professional compliance trainer. He leads the German delegation for the preparation of the standards ISO 19600 Compliance Management Systems and ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems on a global level and chairs the national mirror committee „Governance and Compliance Management“ at DIN e.V. In these functions, he will be responsible for the newly established TC 309 for the development of a global ISO standard for governance and whistleblowing. He advises national and foreign governments in compliance issues. He is also an academic adviser at the Compliance Academy, which is based in Münster and specializes in compliance training.