International Academy of Comparative Law

PRESIDENT Katharina Boele-Woelki

Katharina Boele-Woelki is President of Bucerius Law School in Germany where she serves as the Claussen Simon Foundation Professor of Comparative Law. Before joining Bucerius, she was Professor at the Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands, and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. She established the Commission on European Family Law (CEFL) and the Utrecht Centre for European Research into Family Law (UCERF). She is member and board member of various professional associations and institutions, such as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht and the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, and serves on editorial boards for Global, European and South African law journals. She was awarded honorary doctorates from Uppsala University and the University of Lausanne, as well as the Anneliese Maier-Forschungspreis from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Professor Boele-Woelki is the author of numerous publications in the fields of comparative law, private international law and more particularly family law.

VICE-PRESIDENT Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson

Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson is a professor at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). She has been the President of the Société de Législation Comparée and cofounded Trans Europe Experts and the European Law Institute. Professor Fauvarque-Cosson has been a member of several working groups in the field of contract law (UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, Study Group on a European Civil Code, Hague Conference working group in charge of establishing Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts). She is the author of numerous publications in the fields of comparative law, contract law, private international law and environmental law. Professor Fauvarque-Cosson is the scientific director of the Recueil Dalloz and on the editorial board of several law reviews abroad.

VICE-PRESIDENT Giuseppe Franco Ferrari

Giuseppe Franco Ferrari is a professor at the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy). Previously, he has been assistant professor at the Università di Pavia, associate professor at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and professor at the Università degli Studi “Gabriele d’Annunzio and and Università di Pavia. Professor Ferrari was, among others, a Visiting Professor and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Virginia School of Law and Visiting Professor at the Universitat de Barcelona and Universidade de Coimbra, and at the London School of Economics. Professor Ferrari is the author of a very large number of publications and the Director of Diritto Pubblico Comparato Europeo and coeditor of the Comparative Law Review. He is a member of the Misión Jurídica, Revista Galega de Administración Pública and Revista General de Derecho Público Comparado, a member of the scientific board of Giurisprudenza Costituzionale, MUNUS, Percorsi Costituzionali.


Marek Safjan is a judge at the European Court of Justice and a professor at the University of Warsaw, where he previously directed the Civil Law Institute and served as Vice-Rector. Prior to his appointment to the ECJ, he was the President of the Polish Constitutional Court and has represented Poland before the Bioethics Committee of the Council of Europe. Former Secretary-General of the Polish section of the French Association “Henri Capitant des Amis de la Culture Juridique Française”, Judge Safjan is, among others, member of the Helsinki Committee in Poland, member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and member of the International Association Law, Ethics and Science. He has been awarded the Pro Merito Medal by the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe and is Doctor honoris causa of the European University Institute. Judge Safjan is the author of a very large number of publications in the fields of civil law, medical law and European law.


Toshiyuki Kono is a professor at Kyushu University (九州大学, Japan), Science Advisor of the Ministry of Education, Cultures, Sport, Science and Technology of Japan and Director of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. He is also the Chairman of the Committee for Intellectual Property and Private International Law at the International Law Association. Professor Kono is, among others, a member of the Committee for Heritage Law at the International Law Association; Vice President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites and the Chairman of the Committee for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese national commission for UNESCO. Professor Kono is the author of numerous publications in the fields of private international law (especially on the economic analysis of private international law), intellectual property and international heritage law.


Ulrich Sieber is Co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) and honorary professor and faculty member at the law faculties of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Professor Sieber regularly serves as an expert consultant and advisor. He has, among others, advised EC commissioners, the German Federal Constitutional Court and the German Ministry of Justice. He is the President and a founding member of the German Association for European Criminal Law, Vice-president of the Association Internationale pour la Défense Sociale, a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Penal Law and an honorary member of the Japanese Association of Criminal Law Professors. Professor Sieber is the author of a very large number of publications in the fields of computer law, economic criminal law, and international criminal law. He is, among others, editor of the Reports on Research in Criminal Law of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, editor-in-chief of the online publication Eucrim, and a member of the international scientific committee of the Revue de science criminelle et de droit pénal comparé.

VICE-PRESIDENT Jorge Sánchez Cordero

Doctor Sánchez Cordero is a member of the Governing Council of UNIDROIT, a member of the Consultative Commission of the Legal Counsel of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a former founding justice of the Mexican Federal Electoral Tribunal. Director of the Mexican Center of Uniform Law and is a mediator and conciliator in the UNESCO, on the Intergovernmental Committee for the Promotion of the Restitution of Cultural Objects to their Countries of Origin in Cases of Illicit Appropriation. In addition, is an advisor to the American Uniform Law Conference and to the Uniform Law Conference of Canada and a member of the American Law Institute and the Cultural Heritage Committee of the International Law Association. Doctor Sánchez Cordero has been awarded the Silver Medal “Henri Capitant” by the French Association “Henri Capitant des Amis de la Culture Juridique Française” and is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation and the American Academy of Private International Law. Doctor Sánchez Cordero is the author of a very large number of publications and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cultural Property.


Joost Blom is a professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law of the University of British Columbia (Canada), where he formerly served as Dean. Professor Blom has been a Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, part-time Lecturer at the University of Victoria, research fellow and lecturer at the Canadian Studies Centre at the Universität Trier, and Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law. Professor Blom is a former President of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers and was elected as a bencher (member of the board of directors) of the Law Society of British Columbia for four terms by members of the Bar before becoming a Life Bencher. He is Chair of the Mackenzie King Scholarship Board of Trustees and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of British Columbia Faculty Pension Plan. Professor Blom was awarded the designation of Queen’s Counsel (British Columbia). He is the author of numerous publications in the fields of comparative law, contract law, torts law and private international law.

SECRETARY GENERAL Diego P. Fernández Arroyo

Diego P. Fernández Arroyo is a professor at Sciences Po Law School in Paris and Global Professor at New York University. He is the Co-director of Sciences Po’s Global Governance Studies Program, a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law, and a former President of the American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP). He is a member of Argentinean Delegations before UNCITRAL (Working Group on Arbitration), and he has also represented Argentina and ASADIP before the Hague Conference of Private International Law, the Organization of American States and UNIDROIT. He is actively involved in the practice of international arbitration as an independent arbitrator and an expert. A former Professor at the Universities Litoral, Salamanca and Complutense of Madrid, he has been invited in a number of universities in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. The Universities of Buenos Aires and National of Córdoba have awarded him as Honorary Professor. Professor Fernández Arroyo is the author of numerous publications (published in more than 20 countries) in the fields of private international law, comparative law, international dispute resolution, international arbitration and global governance.