Congress 2018

General Rapporteurs

Topic I: The internal market and the digital economy

Peggy Valcke is professor of law at KU Leuven and visiting professor at Tilburg University. She works at the Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP; formerly known as ICRI and CIR), an affiliated research group of imec (formerly iMinds).

In 2014, she was part-time professor at the European University Institute in Florence, and in 2006, she was visiting professor at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Peggy has a broad experience with international and interdisciplinary research projects dealing with legal aspects of IT and media innovation. She has served as an expert for organisations like the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the German Media Concentration Commission, as well as administrations and authorities in Belgium. In 2008-2009, she served as project leader for the EU funded study “Indicators for Media Pluralism in the Member States – Towards a Risk-Based Approach” that designed the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM).

Peggy is assessor of the Belgian Competition Authority and member of the General Chamber of the Flemish Media Regulator since 2008. She was a member of Google’s Advisory Council on the Right to be Forgotten and is currently a member of Digital Minds for Belgium, a working group convened by Belgium’s Minister for Telecommunications and Digital Agenda (A. De Croo).



Topic II: Taxation, State aid and distortions of competition

Dr Raymond Luja (1976) is Professor of Comparative Tax Law at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He obtained a Master’s degree in Fiscal Economics from the Rijksuniversiteit Limburg (1998) as well as a Master’s degree in Law from the Open University of the Netherlands (2001).

He earned his PhD with a thesis on EU and WTO regulation of tax subsidies and fiscal state aid at Maastricht University in 2003 where he was appointed full professor in 2006.

From 1998 to date he has worked at the Department of Tax Law where he is the current Head of Department. He has also been the vice-dean of the Faculty of Law and he currently is a member of the University Council. Professor Luja is a senior research fellow and programme leader at the Ius Commune Research School and the Maastricht Centre for Taxation.

Next to his near fulltime activities at Maastricht University Professor Luja has been expert counsel on fiscal state aid to Loyens & Loeff N.V. in Amsterdam since 2001. He is also a visiting professor at the Leiden International Tax Center and a member of the editorial boards of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law and the Dutch Maandblad Belasting Beschouwingen. Moreover, he lectured in fiscal state aid and harmful tax competition at several European universities and institutions. He has published primarily on issues of European tax law and fiscal state aid in particular.



Topic III: The external dimension of the EU policies: horizontal issues; trade and investment; immigration and asylum

Christine Kaddous is a professor in European law at Université de Geneve since 2002. She holds an ad personam Jean Monnet Chair and heads the Centre d’études juridiques européennes, Centre d’excellence Jean Monnet de l’Université de Genève.

She is also a visiting professor at the College of Europe and at Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas.

She is chairman of the Société suisse de droit international (SSDI) and vice-president of the Association suisse pour le droit européen (ASDE). She is a member of several national and international associations in her fields of expertise, namely, the Société française de droit international (SFDI), the International Law Association (ILA), the European Society of International Law (ESIL), the Commission de l’Etude des Communautés européennes (CEDECE) and the Association suisse pour l’arbitrage (ASA).

She studied law at Université de Neuchâtel, and continued her education in the United Kingdom (LL.M. at Cambridge University) and in Belgium (master en études européennes à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles). She obtained her PhD from the Université de Neuchâtel.

Her academic interests and scientific activities cover several areas of European Union law, including foreign affairs, the domestic market, legal aid, fundamental rights, the relation between Union law and the WTO, and the relations between Switzerland and the European Union.

She directs the Collection des Dossiers de droit européen (DDE), edited by Schulthess (Zurich/Genève) and LGDJ (Paris), as well as the Geneva Jean Monnet Working Papers (online publication). She sits on commissions for several scientific journals, including the Swiss Review of International and European Law (SRIEL). She is the author and editor of numerous books on European Union law.

Among her most recent publications: The Transformation of the EU Common Commercial Policy (2016) , Services financiers : Suisse et Union européenne (2016), The European Union in International Organisations and Global Governance (2015), Die Zusammenarbeit zwischen der EU und der Schweiz (2014), The European Union’s Common Values and National Identities: Convergence or Contradiction? (2014), European Union Participation in International Financial Organizations (2014), Loyauté du commerce et défense des intérêts des Etats membres et de l’Union européenne (2013), The Significance of “Precedent” in the Bilateral Agreements between Switzerland and the European Union (2012), Libre circulation des personnes et des services (2012), Le rôle de la Cour de justice dans l’interprétation de l’accord d’association CEE-Turquie (2012), Les compétences de l’Union européenne en matière d’énergie après Lisbonne (2011).

Nuno Piçarra (1957) is professor of European Law at the Faculty of Law of the Nova University of Lisbon and member of its Research Centre (CEDIS - Centre of I&D on Law and Society).Former professor of the Europa-Institut of Saarland University, Germany (1987-1996);

Portuguese member of the Network of Independent Legal Experts in the Fields of Free Movement of Workers and  Social Security Coordination in the European Union (FreSsco), coordinated by the University of Ghent, and of the Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe (Odysseus), coordinated by the Université Libre of Brussels; Member of the management board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights; Member of the Societas Juris Publici Europaei (SIPE).

Former legal secretary at the cabinet of the president of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities (1990-1995).

Former national coordinator in the field of free movement of persons in the European Union and Portuguese member of the K.4 Committee of the EU Council and of the Central Group of the Permanent Structure of the Schengen Agreements (1996-1999).



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