Dr. Vincent CASSIERS
Lawyer in BrusselsBelgium

Specialised in intellectual property law
Lecturer at University of Louvain
Languages: English, French, Dutch

Lawyer at Sybarius Avocats in Brussels as well as a lecturer at the University of Louvain. He is specialised in the intellectual property field and is the editing secretary of the intellectual property rights journal (Buylant) since 2012.
He graduated in law from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) and he also has a diploma of specialized studies (LLM) in the law and management of information and communication technologies from the University of Namur (CRID-FUNDP). He holds a PhD in law (thesis on the legal protection of business information).

Vincent Cassiers is lecturer at the Université catholique de Louvain and at the Université catholique de Lille. He is professor of intellectual property for the junior lawyers at the Brussels Bar.
In addition to his scientific activities, Vincent Cassiers is the author of various publications in the field of intellectual property and business law.
Notably, and in collaboration with Bernard Remiche, he has written a reference book on Patent law (Droit des brevets d’invention et du savoir-faire. Créer, protéger et partager les inventions au XXIème siècle, Bruxelles, Larcier, 2010, 740 p.).

Vincent Cassiers is secretary of the editorial board of the review « L’Ingénieur-Conseil / Intellectual Property » published by Larcier and member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Economic Law (AIDE).

 Dr. Alessandro CHECHI
Senior Lecturer at the University of Geneva and at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights – Switzerland
Specialised in international, art and cultural heritage law
Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish

Alessandro Chechi is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Geneva, at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and at the Université Catholique of Lille. His main research areas currently cover international law, art and cultural heritage law, dispute settlement, the law of international organizations, human rights law, transitional justice, and the law of international immunities. Alessandro is a reporter for ILDC (International Law in Domestic Courts – Oxford University Press project) and a member of the International Law Association (Swiss branch) and of the ‘Société international pour la recherche sur le droit du patrimoine culturel et le droit de l’art’ (ISCHAL). He is also a member of the editorial boards of the ‘Italian Yearbook of International Law’ and of the ‘Santander Art and Culture Law Review’. He acted as consultant for governments as well as non-governmental and intergovernmental institutions, including for the Council of Europe in relation to the revision of the Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property. Alessandro is the author of the book The Settlement of International Cultural Heritage Disputes (Oxford University Press, 2014) and several other publications in edited law books and law journals.



 Dr. Elena Lazar

Lawyer in Bucharest and in Paris

Specialised in EU & international law

Associate Professor at the University of Bucharest

Languages: Romanian, English, French

Elena has been called to the Bucharest Bar in 2011, specialising in assisting and representing the clients in courts as well as offering consulting. Before starting the collaboration with our firm, Elena worked for Deloitte, in the criminal law department, accumulating a wealth of experience in providing legal advice to companies in sophisticated criminal law business matters. Also, Elena has extensive experience in the executive law, having a close collaboration with the National Administration of Penitentiaries, being the co-author of several scientific papers. She is also an arbitrator at the PCA and EDPB expert.

Elena is a university associate professor, joining the elite University teaching staff of the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest, where she teaches International Law. Elena also teaches human rights at the collège juridique franco-roumain Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Elena is a Doctor of Law, holding in 2015 at the Faculty of Law, the University of Bucharest, her PhD thesis entitled “the detainees right to private life in the ECHR system”.

Throughout her teaching experience, Elena has been involved in the elaboration of several scientific papers.

In 2018, Elena passed the examination and was admitted to the Paris Bar.

 Dr. Leonardo MASSAI
Lawyer in FlorenceItaly
Specialised in international and EU environmental law and climate change
Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Lille
Languages: English, French, Italian

Climate change lawyer and policy specialist and is an Acclimatise Associate based in Italy.
Leonardo is experienced in offering training, assistance, advisory services, capacity building, research and teaching on international, regional and national climate change law and policy.
In his current role, he provides direct counsel – mainly to developing countries – on international environmental law, climate change, clean energy, forestry, climate compatible development plans and multilateral negotiations. He also has experience consulting to both private and public entities on these topics.
Leonardo holds a Ph.D. in Climate Change Law and is also associated with academic institutions where he regularly lectures in EU Law, International and EU Environmental Law, Climate Change Law and Human Rights and Environment. He has a strong record of publishing articles in peer reviewed journals and is currently editor of several journals and portals on the subject.

Lawyer in BelgradeSerbia
Specialised in competition law, state aid and EU law
Associate professor of private international law at the University Union-Nikola Tesla, Belgrade
Languages: Serbian, English, Italian, French


Lawyer in Belgrade & associate professor at the University Union-Nikola Tesla in Belgrade, where he teaches private international law and EU law. He is an Of Counsel at the law firm Guberina, Marinkov and Partners in Belgrade. Prior to that, he was a Member of the Council of the Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition (2014-2019). In 2012-2013, he was also a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence. In 2008-2010, he was an associate with the law firm Wolf Theiss in Belgrade and, in 2007-2008, a trainee at the European Commission, DG Competition in Brussels. He holds a Ph. D in law from the European University Institute, an LLM from the University of Bristol and an LLB from the University of Essex.

Although his interests are broad, Veljko’s area of special expertise is competition law (primarily EU competition law and Serbian competition law). He has also conducted high-level research on issues of EU constitutional law, human rights, international trade, telecoms regulation and comparative private law. He has experience in Serbian business, trade and energy law. Through his company, Solomon Consultants d.o.o. he has been developing, since 2021, a boutique firm for relocation of businesses and individuals to Serbia.


Lawyer in CaliforniaUSA
Specialised in information technology and intellectual property law
Researcher at UC Berkeley School of Law
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, French

Lawyer in San Francisco, previously Postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT), and a Fellow at the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL, The Netherlands). At Boalt Hall, Norberto is conducting comparative research on US and European IT Law and policy issues, namely privacy, intellectual property, content regulation and advertising. He is also developing foresight methods and studies (information gathering and scanning, trend extrapolation, scenario development, implications analysis) regarding the regulation of new technologies.
Before moving to the US, Norberto was a Legal Researcher and Scientific Officer at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. At the IPTS, Norberto led various research projects concerning the legal aspects of privacy, identity and data protection in Europe. Norberto holds a PhD in Law and Technology and a MRes from the European University Institute (Italy), an MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University (Hungary), and an LLB from the University of Lisbon. In 2007 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC) of Nanyang Technological University. Previously he worked as a legal expert in the field of telecommunications at the External Relations Department of the Portuguese Regulatory Authority for Communications (ANACOM, Portugal). Norberto has also been involved in several research projects dealing with the interaction between human rights and new technologies, namely in Brazil and Italy. His research interests are focused on Law and Technology, namely on issues of Privacy and Data Protection, Internet Law and Cyberspace Regulation, EU Law, Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property, Digital Identity, Social Networks, Telecommunications Law and Cloud Computing. Norberto is also interested in prospective legal studies regarding the future of the Internet. In 2009, he co-edited and published “Law and Technology: Looking into the Future Selected Essays”; and in 2013 he co-edited and published “New Technologies and Human Rights: Challenges to Regulation” (Ashgate).

 Prof. Dr. Reka SOMSSICH
Lawyer in BudapestHungary
Specialised in EU law and private international law
Professor at ELTE University
Languages: Hungarian, English, French, German

Lawyer in Budapest. She has been teaching at the Faculty of Law of ELTE University since 2001 both at graduate and at post-graduate level in Hungarian, in English and in French. Her field of interest is the uniform interpretation of EU law, the multilingual drafting and interpretation of European legislation and private international law in general.



Lawyer in Paris and Madrid
Specialised in international business law
Visiting Professor at Catholic University of Lille
Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English, French

French and Spanish lawyer specialised in International Business Law. Partner at GT Avocats based in Paris and Montpellier, she deals with cases in family law, civil law, business law and international private law.
The close relations with law firms in Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Uruguay and Venezuela) allow her to handle all kinds of commercial operations, contractual and litigation in these countries.


 Dr. Giuseppe-Matteo VACCARO-INCISA
Lawyer in Paris, Milan and FlorenceItaly
Specialised in public international law and investment law
Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, French

Ph.D. (Geneva & Bocconi), LL.M. (MIDS), dual-qualified attorney-at-law (Spain, Italy), academic; since 2021, head of the international law & dispute settlement area at Carnelutti Law Firm.

Included by the EU on the original list of arbitrators for disputes under EU trade agreements (June 2022), he is also indicated on the lists with the arbitration courts of, e.g., Kuala Lumpur (AIAC), Belgrade (BAC), Madrid (CIAM), and London (LCIA). He served as an arbitrator in commercial disputes and, as counsel and expert, in international arbitration proceedings under different sets of rules (e.g., UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, CAM), including investment cases in connection with complex questions of jurisdiction, comparative law, and States’ treaty practice.
In international contract negotiations, he advises clients in different areas of business such as steel and raw materials, international quality marks and accreditation processes, crypto-assets, and world-record engineering projects.

As an academic, he has been a Jean Monnet Senior Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence, 2019-2020), Professeur-Chercheur at the Institut d’Économie Scientifique et de Gestion (Paris, 2016-2019), Marie-Curie Researcher and Teaching Fellow at Bocconi University (Milan, 2012-2015), and Permanent Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Lille (Lille, 2010-2016). He has also been visiting scholar at Durham (2019), Sydney (2018), Hong Kong (2017), Melbourne (2016), Buenos Aires (2015), Belgrade (2014).

His publication record delves on issues of international economic law, public international law, and international dispute settlement, including a monograph on China’s treaty policy & practice in international investment law & arbitration (Brill, 2021). He also taught techniques & ethics of legal writing and oral advocacy for international courts and tribunals, including to the Italian, French, and Swiss representatives participating in international law moot courts (Jessup, Telders, FIAMC, Vis).
Currently chair of UNICUM, an association devoted to the promotion of international law advanced education and values.

Fluent in English, Spanish, and French, in addition to native Italian; he also speaks conversational Serbo-Croatian and has a basic knowledge of Greek.


 Dr. Maria WEIMER
Lawyer in Amsterdam – Netherlands
Specialised in international and European law
Associate Professor at Amsterdam University
Languages : Russian, German, English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish

Assistant professor in EU law at the Law Faculty of the University of Amsterdam and a senior research fellow at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG). Before joining ACELG Maria Weimer worked as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of International and European Law of Maastricht University (2011-2013).
She is an associate scholar of the Maastricht Centre for European Law (MCEL). She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, where she wrote a thesis on the constitutionalisation of EU administrative governance of GMOs.
Maria Weimer studied law in France (Université d’Aix-Marseille), Germany (Hamburg University), and Italy (European University Institute). In Germany she passed the First State Examination in Law with honors (Prädikat) among the top 5 % of her year (2003). After graduation, she worked as a research assistant and tutor at the Department for Public Law of Hamburg University (2003-2005). She also holds a Master of Research from the European University Institute (2006). In 2008/2009 she accomplished a traineeship at the Legal Service of the European Commission.
In 2012 Maria Weimer has been awarded a personal research grant by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to carry out a research project titled “Defending European values in the World Trade Organisation? Exploring the relationship between EU regulation, WTO law, and the social disintegration of markets.”

 Dr. Silvia D’ASCOLI
Lawyer in The Hague – Netherlands
International criminal prosecutor
Specialised in international criminal law at ICTY
Languages: Italian, English, French

Italian lawyer and an international criminal prosecutor who has worked for more than 10 years in the field of International Criminal Law and Human Rights. Since 2007, Silvia has served as legal officer and prosecuting attorney for the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), conducting trial advocacy both orally in court and in written legal submissions. In this capacity, Silvia has worked for both the Trial and the Appeals Section of the OTP, focusing on war crime cases concerning Kosovo and Bosnia. She is currently working on the case Prosecutor v. Ratko Mladić.
From 2004 to 2007, Silvia worked as a researcher at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), where she obtained her Ph.D in Law in 2008. She regularly publishes in international legal journals on international criminal law and human rights, and she is the author of a monograph on Sentencing in International Criminal Law, published in 2011 by Hart Publishing, Oxford.
Silvia conducts lectures and trainings in international criminal law, international human rights law and international and hybrid tribunals and courts. Since 2011, she is a visiting lecturer in human rights and international tribunals at the Université Catholique de Lille & Paris (Faculté Libre de Droit de Lille, France).
Silvia’s experience also includes work with NGOs (Amnesty International, Advocats Sans Frontières). Silvia collaborated with Amnesty International (AI) from 1997 to 2007 and was involved in human rights research and training at national and international level on behalf of AI. In this capacity, she served as a trainee within the Italian Training Network of Amnesty International; she was a member of the national committee on refugee and immigration issues; a member of the Board Committee on International Policy; a research assistant at the International Secretariat of AI, in London; and a member of the Italian Delegation to the 2007 International Council Meeting of Amnesty International, held in Morelos, Mexico.
Silvia is also a member of the Justice Rapid Response’s Roster of Experts for human rights investigations and legal analysis of human rights violations in conflict zone. 

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