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Katharina Boele-Woelki

Katharina is Professor Emerita of Comparative Law. She was President of Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany from 2015 to 2023. In 2017, she was appointed Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She founded the Commission on European Family Law (CEFL) and during her appointment as a professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, the Utrecht Centre for European Research in Family Law (UCERF). Between 2014-2022 she was President of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Since 2022 she has chaired the Academic Advisory Board of the University of Colone. She is a member of the Curatoriums of the Hague Academy for International Law and the Bucerius Law School, member of the University Council of the University of Marburg, and member of the Swiss Accreditation Council. She has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Uppsala, Lausanne, Antwerp, and Pretoria, as well as the Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is an elected member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg.

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Carmen Draghici

Carmen joined The City Law School in London in September 2009. She specializes in Human Rights Law, with a particular interest in the interpretation and application of the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as Family and Child Law in England and Wales. She is also a Senior Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy, an Honorary Member (and former Academic Fellow 2018-2021) of the Inner Temple, a member of the practice-focused Centre for Child and Family Law Reform (since 2010), a member of the Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communication (since 2011) and a Visiting Professor at the Open University of Catalonia (since 2009). She was formerly a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program (2015), a Visiting Research Scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2012), and a Leverhulme Visiting Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, University of East London (2008). Carmen holds a PhD degree in Inter-national Law and Human Rights from the University of Rome ‘Sapienza.’ In addition to her academic work and links with the legal profession, Carmen has collaborated since 2011 with the International Federation of Journalists in an advisory capacity, supporting their advocacy efforts at UN level for improved international guarantees for media workers, in particular by preparing and promoting a Draft UN Convention on the Safety and Independence of Journalists and Other Media Professionals.

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Frank Emmert

Frank founded the EJLR in 1997, together with Ingeborg Schwenzer, Helen Xanthaki, and Selma Hoedt, while he was teaching at the Europa-institut Basel. From 1998 to 2002, he served as dean of the law school at Concordia International University Estonia. Since 2003, Frank is tenured at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indiana, and the Director of its Center for International and Comparative Law. Frank has taught courses for credit also at Cardozo, Tulane, Temple, Rutgers, IU Bloomington, and Stanford in the USA, St. Gall and Basel in Switzerland, as well as Alexandria, American University Central Asia, Amsterdam, Cairo, Charles University Prague, College of Europe, Guadalajara, Sheffield, Strasbourg, Tallinn, Tec de Monterrey, URJC Madrid, USEK Lebanon, and several other universi-ties. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center, and frequently serves as a consultant or arbitrator in international business disputes. Since 2011, Frank serves as Chairman of the Council on International Law and Politics.

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Christiana Fountoulakis


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