About the speakers

Adriana Almășan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest

Adriana Almășan teaches at the Faculty of Law University of Bucharest Competition Law (BA) and Elements of Competition Law at the Master of procurement, concessions, public-private partnership, as well as other subjects: Civil Obligations, Property Law, Secured Transactions, Contract Negotiation, and Property Legal Defence. Until 2009, she has taught National and EU Competition Law. She is doctor in Civil Law, Magna cum laude and has completed post-doctoral studies with the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest. She is the author of several books and numerous studies, in Civil Law, Contract Negotiation, and Competition Law. She has been recently involved as expert in the drafting of the significant reform of the Law for Unfair Practices. Adriana is Managing Partner of TSAA Attorneys at Law.

George Anglițoiu, Associate Professor, International Relations and European Integration, National School of Political and Administrative studies

George Anglițoiu is associate professor, doctor in security studies at International Relations and European Integration Department, National School of Political and Administrative studies, Bucharest and leader of Institutional and Communication Relations Service from Competition Council. George is also director of European Studies Centre and Europolity revue. He is the author of “Security Dimensions of EU in the period post-Cold War” (2011) and coordinator of a volume named “Europeanisation. Governance and Security Studies” (December 2014).

Bogdan Chirițoiu, lecturer, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Bucharest

Mr. Chiritoiu is lecturer on Economics and European Studies at the University of Bucharest since 1999 and is member of the some of the most important Romanian think tanks (Romanian Society of Political Science, the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe - NISPA CEE, the Romanian Academic Society and the Aspen Institute of Romania). Bogdan Chiritoiu has M.A. degrees in Political Science (Central European University, Budapest, 1997) and Economic Studies (London School of Economics and Political Science, 1998). He holds since 2008 of a PhD in Economics (International Economic Relations) at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies with a thesis on Public Health Insurance Systems in CEE States. Bogdan Chiritoiu is President of the Romanian Competition Council since 2009. From 2005 to 2009 he has served as Presidential Advisor (rank of Deputy Minister) on Economic Affairs and Public Policy and Head of the Romanian Delegation to the EU Economic Policy Committee.

Anthony Collins, Judge, General Court of the European Union

Anthony Collins is a Legal Science graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. He is a Judge at the General Court of the European Union since 16 September 2013. He is also a Bencher of the Honourable Society of King's Inns and a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Centre for European Law.  Between 1990 and 1997 he was a Référendaire at the Court of Justice of the European Communities. He was Director of the Irish Centre for European Law from 1997 to 2000 and Co-editor of the Irish Journal of European Law from 1992 to 2001.For over two decades Anthony M. Collins practiced at the Bar of Ireland first as Barrister-at-Law and later as Senior Counsel, where he specialised in Administrative and EU law.   

Sorin David, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest

Sorin David is associate professor of law at the Law School of the Bucharest University, teaching commercial law and competition. Mr David has legal qualifications obtained in Romania (PhD, summa cum laude), USA (Master of Laws) and the Netherlands (post-graduate studies). He is co-author of ’Commentaries on Company Law’, one of the leading law books on Romanian company law, awarded with the Romanian Academy prize.  He is author of more than 20 law journal articles published in Romania or abroad. He has been managing partner of D&B David si Baias and a member of the Bucharest Bar since 1991, arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration of the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Anna Gerbrandy, Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Utrecht

Dr. Anna Gerbrandy (1971) is Associate Professor in Public Economic Law at the Europa Institute of Utrecht University School of Law and Teaching Fellow at that University. In 2009 she obtained her doctorate with a dissertation awarded cum laude on “Convergence in Competition Law”. Anna Gerbrandy regularly publishes in national and international context on topics relating the broad area of Public Economic Law, with a focus on European Competition Law. She includes in her research substantive and procedural law issues of the interplay between the national and European levels of regulation. She has extensive teaching experience, both for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate courses, including tailored courses for the Judiciaries in different countries. In this vein she was involved in an extensive project to train the Judiciary of Turkey in issues of European Competition Law. Anna is editor of the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Europees Recht and of Mediaforum, and holds a position as Deputy Judge at the Appeals Tribunal for Tariffs and Trade. After graduating, she practiced as lawyer and worked at the Competition Law Chamber of the District Court of Rotterdam.

Simona Gherghina, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest

Simona Gherghina is associate professor (reader) on Public Finance Law and Banking Law with the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest, also teaching Financing of Public Investments at the master programme of public procurement, concessions and public-private partnership of the same faculty. She published several books and articles on public guarantees, public debt, financing of public investments. In national research grant competitions she was awarded a post-doctoral research grant on „Financing public investments: between budgetary and legal limitations and the public interest imperative” and is also a senior researcher in the Romanian-French joint research project „From Fiscal Compact to Constitution: Shaping a Legal Form for the Balanced Budget Rule”. Simona Gherghina has extensive experience and practice as lawyer in matters related to public finance, financing of public investments, public-private partnership projects, concessions.

Csongor István Nagy, Associate Professor, University Seghedin

He is associate professor and department head of the University Seghedin and Senior Research Fellow of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He had visiting appointments in The Hague (Asser Institute), Munich (Max Planck Institute), Hamburg (Max Planck Institute), Edinburgh (University of Edinburgh) and London (British Institute of International and Comparative Law). In 2014, he won the support of the “Avânt II” program of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, which is awarded to “internationally recognized leading scholars, who have a steadily outstanding and increasing performance”. In the frame of this, he founded the “Federal Markets” Research Group in the Centre for Social Sciences of Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Nagy has published more than 120 pieces in English, French, German, Hungarian, Romanian and (in translation) in Spanish. He is the sole author of 7 monographs written in English and Hungarian. He is also an attorney-at-law admitted to the Budapest Bar.

Gheorghe Oprescu, Professor Polytechnic Institute, Bucharest

Gheorghe Oprescu is Professor of economics (director of the Department of Economics) and former director of the Department of Management in the Polytechnic University of Bucharest; He teaches economics, managerial economics and economics of antitrust in the Polytechnic University of Bucharest and Institute of Business and Public Administration (Asebuss). He has 23 years of experience as researcher and practitioner in fields related to the political economy of the economic reform and private business development.  He was vice-president (1996-2001), counsellor of the president (2002-2004) and president (2007-2009) of the Competition Council (an autonomous institution in charge with the implementation of the Competition Law and State Aid Law in Romania); he was in charge with Romania’s negotiations of chapter 6 ‘Competition’ with the European Commission.

Mónika Papp (PhD), Senior Lecturer, University of Eötvös Loránd, Budapest.

She lectures in EU internal market law and competition law for graduate and postgraduate students at the Department of Private International Law and European Economic Law. She is also a Research Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences, member of the research group on the "Policy opportunities for Hungary in the European Union". Her research includes studying the EU legal framework for the State's active economic engagement at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, School of Law, Budapest.

Dragoș Pîslaru, Associate Professor “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest

Dragoș Pîslaru graduated ASE-REI Bucharest (BA Program) and London School of Economics (MSc.). He is doctor in economy at  International Institute of Econonomics Researches, Romanian Academy based on his thesis regarding cluster’s development. He teached at ASE- REI World Economy and European Integration courses, but also as associate professor at Al. I. Cuza University, Iasi, European Studies Center, European Competition law. From 2007 he is manager of GEA Strategy&Consulting SA, a consulting company in field of strategy development, connected with business private sector but also with public policies in field of competition’s promotion.

Catalin S. Rusu, Associate Professor of European Law, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

He is Associate Professor of European Law at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands and his main research interests revolve around the fields of Competition Law and EU Internal Market Law, with a specific focus on the economic concentration phenomenon in the Internal Market. The dynamic role that EU Competition Policy plays in the Internal Market project, and more specifically the manner in which competition law regulation adapts to the requirements of modern law making, also form part of Catalin S. Rusu’s research interests. He also lectures on topics pertaining to European Competition Law, European Economic Law, EU Internal Market Law and Harmonisation in the EU, in the bachelor and master programmes offered by Radboud University.

Jules Stuyck, Emeritus Professor, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Radboud University Nijmegen

Until September 2013, Jules taught substantive European law at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and at the Raboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He is now Emeritus Professor from both Universities. In recent years, he has been teaching European substantive law at the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris 2, France. He still teaches European competition law at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and he is regularly invited as guest professor for EU consumer law at Paris 2. He is the author of more than 400 publications in various fields, including a leading handbook on commercial practices law. He is a member of the editorial board of several Belgian and European legal journals. Jules Stuyck has long experience in EU law, both as an academic and as an attorney. He represents clients before the European Commission in competition cases and before the Belgian Competition Council. He is also an experienced litigator in the Belgian courts. Jules Stuyck has been with Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick since 1991 and a Partner since 2002.

Jean Marc Thouvenin, Professor, Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Jean-Marc Thouvenin is Professor of International and European Law at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense, and gives an annual lecture on Competition Law in Bucharest for students of the College juriodique franco-roumain. He is the Director of the CEDIN (Centre de droit international de Nanterre, ranked 6xA+ by the last french national evaluation (2013)), as well as of the Master 2 International and European Law, and of the "College international de droit". His doctoral thesis was devoted to the EU merger control, and he wrote many articles on Euiropean competition Law. He is also a practitioner before the International Court of Justice, the European court of Justice, and national Courts. Before National Courts, his practice is mainly concentrated on Competition Law disputes.

Camelia Toader, Professor, Court of Justice of the European Union, Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest

Camelia Toader is professor in civil law and European contract law at the University of Bucharest and Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union since 12 January 2007. She was lecturer between 1992 and 2005, visiting professor at the Vienna University (2000 and 2011), taught Community law at the National Institute for Magistrates (2003 and 2005-06). She obtained degree in law (1986), doctorate in law (1997) at University of Bucharest, then Doctoral studies and research at the Max Planck Institute for Private International Law, Hamburg (between 1992 and 2004).Camelia Toader was trainee judge at the Court of First Instance, Buftea (1986-88), judge at the Court of First Instance, Sector 5, Bucharest (1988-92), called to the Bucharest Bar (1992). Then was Head of the European Integration Unit at the Ministry of Justice (1997-99), Judge at the High Court of Cassation and Justice (1999-2007) and member of the editorial board of several legal journals. From 2010 is associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and honorary researcher at the Centre for European Legal Studies of the Legal Research Institute of the Romanian Academy.

Dragoș Vasile, Associate Professor, Faculty of Commerce and Tourism, Academy of Economic Studies

Dragoș Vasile is associate professor of business administration at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies. He tackled competition policy issues in papers published in national and foreign reviews, such as European Competition Law Review, Romanian Journal of Economic Forecasting, Amfiteatru Economic. He was a member of the first Plenum of the Competition Council (1996-2001), as a competition counsellor.

Peter Whelan, Associate Professor in Law, School of Law, University of Leeds

Peter Whelan is an Associate Professor in Law at the School of Law, University of Leeds, where he is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies. He has degrees in law from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Law from St John's College, University of Cambridge. He sits on the Editorial Boards of World Competition, Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, and New Journal of European Criminal Law and has published widely in specialist competition law journals, as well as in generalist law journals (including Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Cambridge Law Journal and Modern Law Review). He has provided oral evidence on cartel criminalization to the New Zealand Parliament and was recently appointed as an International Expert by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority to advise it on the desirability of introducing criminal cartel sanctions in Finland. Peter recently published a monograph with Oxford University Press on the criminalization of European cartel enforcement. Peter is currently the Managing Editor of Oxford Competition Law. A qualified US Attorney-at-Law, Peter is an expert in competition law and criminal law.