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Jean Christophe Defraigne
Jean-Christophe Defraigne holds a MSc in Economic History at the London School of Economics and a PhD in Economics at the University of Brussels. He is currently professor in International and European Economics at the Institute for European Studies of Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles and at the Louvain School of Management UCLouvain. He is also a research fellow at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the KULeuven University. He has been visiting scholar and professor at UIBE Beijng (Jing Mao Da Xue) and Zhejiang Da Xue. As an academic expert, he has participated to numerous international research projects for various international institutions such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Japan External Trade Organization or the Jacques Delors Institute.
Among recent publications: « The Belt and Road Initiative and Global Governance », Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2020; « Introduction à l’Economie Européenne, 2ème édition », Ouvertures Economiques De Boeck, Brussels, 2017 ; “The Economic Security Dimension in EU-Japan Relations” in E.Kirchner and H.Dorussen (eds) “EU-Japan Security Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities”, Routledge, London, 2018, “Sustainable growth in China and the EU: Competition or Cooperation? An analysis stemming from the globalization of the value chain” in Telo, Mario, Chun Ding, & Zhan Xiaotong (Eds) Deepening the EU-China partnership”, Routledge, London, 2017. "Chinese Outward Direct Investment in Europe and the control of the global value chain”, in the Asia Europe Journal, Springer, April 2017, « China, the EU and the Developing World”, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2015.
Anne-Lise Sibony is professor of European Law at the UCLouvain (Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium). Her scholarship spans across several areas of European law: internal market, competition law and consumer law. Her research has always been interdisciplinary. She loves to go shopping for science and then try to fit relevant findings into her legal analysis.
Anne-Lise started her career after reading law and economics in Paris (where she is from). She graduated from the École Normale Supérieure (Paris) and earned a Master’s degree in Regulation from the London School of Economics. Together with Alberto Alemanno, she co-edited the first book bringing behavioural analysis to bear on European law (Nudge and the Law: A European Perspective, Hart, 2015).
She regularly publishes on EU internal market law, competition law and consumer law. Anne-Lise is also a guest professor at KULeuven (Belgium), where she teaches a course on Behavioural Sciences and the Law and at Université Paris Panthéon-Assas, where she teaches EU Competition Law.
Anne-Lise served as an academic advisor to the French competition authority. On consumer protection issues, she has contributed to policy-oriented research commissioned by the European Commission and to policy discussions organised by the Commission, the European Parliament as well as to OECD.
Christophe Lazaro is an Associate Professor of “Law & Society” at the Centre for Philosophy of Law (CPDR) of UCLouvain, where he is conducting an interdisciplinary research on the legal and social impacts of new technologies on human agency and subjectivity (prosthetics, robotics, artificial intelligence). He received his PhD in Law from the European University Institute (EUI). He also has a post-graduate degree in Anthropology and a graduate degree in Philosophy. As an academic expert, he carried out research in several European and national projects and drafted reports for Belgian federal institutions, the European Commission and the Council of Europe. Since December 2019, he is a member of the new Digital Ethics Pilot Committee, which is part of the French National Advisory Committee on Ethics for Life and Health Sciences (CCNE). He is also an affiliated researcher at the Laboratory for Prospective Anthropology of UCLouvain (LAAP). His last book, La prothèse et le droit (IRJS Editions), dedicated to prosthetic technologies and the legal fabrication of hybrid bodies, won in 2016 the French Law Book Award.
Alain Strowel is professor at the University Saint-Louis, Brussels and at the UCLouvain where he teaches courses in intellectual property and media law. He also gives courses in two advanced masters in intellectual property and IT law at the KULeuven and Munich IP Law Center.
Alain is avocat at the Brussels bar since 1988. He was for 13 years with a U.S. leading firm, Covington & Burling LLP (2001-2014) where he was following the European legal developments for several clients. His experience as an attorney focuses on intellectual property and Internet or tech law.
He has conducted several studies for the European institutions in the field of intellectual property and the digital economy. He is an arbiter for the domain names dispute resolution system of the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Together with Prof. P. Belleflamme who is specialized in the digital economy, he manages the (peda)blog www.ipdigit.eu.
He has been appointed as a trustee of the European Law Academy (ERA, Trier, 2012-2019) and was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2012. Since 2019, he chairs the Intellectual Property working group of All European Academies (ALLEA) to which he contributed since 2012.
Alain graduated in law, economics and philosophy at the UCLouvain and the University of Amsterdam. He holds a PhD in Law from UCLouvain.
He has authored more than 250 articles and a few books including Quand Google défie le droit (De Boeck-Larcier, 2011, 238 p.) et Droit des médias et de la communication (with F. Jongen & E. Cruysmans, Larcier, 2017, 896 p.).
He has directed several collections of essays including: Of Authors and Origins (with B. Sherman), Cambridge UP, 1991; Peer-to-Peer File Sharing and Secondary Liability in Copyright Law, Edward Elgar, 2009; Net Neutrality in Europe - La neutralité de l’Internet en Europe, Bruylant, 2013, 178 p.; Les droits intellectuels, entre autres droits. Intersections, interactions et interrogations (with J. Cabay), Larcier, 2019, 304 p. ; Des voitures autonomes à l’intelligence artificielle. Entre droit, politique et éthique (with C. Lazaro), 2020, 258 p.
Today his research focuses on data governance, Artificial Intelligence issues and the regulation of online platforms.
Gonzague Vannoorenberghe holds an MSc in international economics from the University of Strathclyde (UK) and a PhD in economics from the University of Mannheim (Germany). He is currently professor of economics at the UCLouvain, specialized in international trade. Before moving to Belgium, he was professor of economics at Tilburg University (NL). He has been a scientific collaborator on various international research projects financed by the Department for International Development (UK) and is involved in different research projects financed by the Belgian Science Foundation (FNRS).
His research has looked at the impact of globalization on labor market outcomes, on the volatility of economic activity or on innovation, both in developed and developing countries. His work has been published in top academic journals such as the Journal of International Economics, the European Economic Review or the Canadian Journal of Economics. He has also published work on the economic consequences of Brexit, on deep trade agreements and on the measurement of inequality in developing countries.
Evelyne Léonard teaches human resource management and industrial relations, for students from the fisrt year of undergraduate level to master level.
Her research focuses on changes in the regulation of employment relations in a growingly internationalized context and in a changing world. How employment relations are regulated, and how regulation changes, must be examined from the different angles of human resource management, organizational change and industrial relations.
She has conducted several projects for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions and she has published several reports and papers on social dialogue at national and European level.
Philippe Monfort has a PhD in Economics from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium. After a post-doctorate stay at Harvard University, he became Professor at the Department of Economics of UCL. His teaching and research concentrated in the fields of macroeconomics, international economics, European integration and economic geography. Philippe has produced a number of scientific contributions in these domains which led to publications in international journals.
In 2008, Philippe Monfort joined the European Commission as policy analyst within the Directorate General for Regional Policy. He is now in charge of several files among which the development of economic models for the simulation of policy scenario related to the EU Cohesion Policy. In this context, Philippe Monfort currently participates to the development of a regional dynamic general equilibrium model which incorporates many features of the New Economic Geography as well as some environmental aspects. This particular project is a joint undertaking of the JRC-IPTS and DR REGIO.
Born in 1959, Philippe Lambrecht is a lawyer by training with a large experience in public and private sectors as well as in the academic world.
He was member of the Brussels Bar from 1984 until 1989. He then joined the Banking Commission (now FSMA) where he worked for the legal department before becoming Deputy Director in charge of Financial Information of listed companies. In 2003 he became Secretary General and member of the board of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium. He is also professor at the Law Faculty of UCLouvain and at the Louvain School of Management where he teaches Financial Markets Regulation, European Corporate Governance, Entrepreneurship and matters linked to Business Law.
He is board member of various non for-profit organisations, as well as of companies. He is a member of the Belgian Corporate Governance Committee, President of the Brussels School of Competition, Vice-President of Cepani, the Belgian Arbitration and Mediation Centre and member of various other academic and professional organisations.
He has a vast experience of European Business Law, especially Financial and Company Law. He is presently President of BusinessEurope’s Legal Committee and member of the board of EuropeanIssuers. He works on European matters where he is regularly in contact with members of the EU Commission, Council and Parliament. He is a strong believer in corporate social responsibility and in linking business experience and academic research.
Georges Dian Balan
As a Member of the Legal Service of the European Commission, George Dian Balan has been an Agent of the European Union in over 30 cases before the WTO adjudicating bodies, as well as Agent in Annex VII UNCLOS arbitration proceedings. He has also represented the European Commission in over 20 cases before the Court of Justice of the EU. Dian is the primary person responsible with legal advice on trade and environment and trade and security issues.
Dian is a fully qualified attorney and he previously advised clients from different EU Member States and represented them before courts of all levels, up to the Supreme Court of Justice of Romania. Dian has interned with the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the EU and a UK solicitors office.
Dian's teaching experience comprises courses and seminars on WTO Law and EU Law delivered at master programmes in European Studies (UC Louvain), Economic Governance and Development (OSCE Academy, Bishkek), International Business Law (Vietnam National University, Ho-Chi-Minh-City), International Trading System (Sankt Petersburg University) and European Interdisciplinary Studies (College of Europe, Natolin), among others.
Dian is a frequent speaker at conferences in Asia, Europe and North America on topics such as international trade law, EU law and biodiversity issues. He is a dedicated conservationist and an award-winning fine art wildlife photographer. His photos or texts have been published by National Geographic, BBC Earth, GEO, Wild Planet, Asian Geographic, Africa Geographic, Pachyderm and the European Commission, among others.