The Executive Committee of the Academy has unanimously and enthusiastically approved the organization of a second ceremony in honour of five great comparatists. The event took place in Paris on Monday, May 16, 2022, at 9 a.m, at 28 Rue Saint-Guillaume (Paris 7th).  During the event, a laudatio was firstly be delivered for each laureate. The five laureates then debated together on the topic “teaching comparative law: current challenges.

Discover below the programme and the biographies of the honoured comparatists.

9.00-9.10am (CET) — OPENING REMARKS

Delivered by Katharina Boele-Woelki and Diego P. Fernández Arroyo.



The laudatio will be delivered by Barbara Pozzo.


Ewoud Hondius (1942) was born and raised in Princeton NJ and at the Eerste Vrijzinnig Christelijk Lyceum in The Hague. He read law in Leyden and New York (Columbia). He received a doctorate from Leyden and honorary degrees from Edinburgh and Leuven. He is Emeritus Professor of European Private Law at the University of Utrecht. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor in Baton Rouge (Louisiana State University), Cambridge (Trinity College), Gent, Hamburg (Bucerius University), Kyoto (Ritsumeikan University), Münster, Paris I, Pisa (Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna), Stellenbosch and Sydney. He was a member of the Commission on European Contract Law. He has written or edited several books on private and consumer law (Standaardvoorwaarden, Deventer, 1978, 1,000 p.; Towards a European Civil Code, Kluwer , Extinctive prescription, Kluwer, 1994; Precontractual liability. Kluwer, 1991; Precedent and the law, Bruylant, 2007, Unexpected circumstances in European contract law Cambridge University Press, 2011 (with Christoph Grigoleit), and Coronavirus and the law in Europe, Cambridge: Intersentia, 2021 (with Marta Santos Silva, Andrea Nicolussi, Pablo Salvador, Christiane Wendehorst and Fryderyk Zoll. He has been a part-time judge in the District Court of Rotterdam and the Court of appeal of Amsterdam. He is a membre titulaire of the International Academy of Comparative Law and member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.



The laudatio will be delivered by Sue Farran.


Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1940, an only child, Esin went to a Turkish primary school, the English High School for Girls and the American College for Girls (now Robert College) and then to the University of Istanbul Faculty of Law from where she graduated as the first of the class in 1965. Her aspirations to join the foreign service was dashed when she was a second year student; she fell in love with the academic aspects of law, wanting to teach, research, write and publish. She joined the Faculty of Law in 1965 where she taught until 1976 and then she left Turkey. By that time she had already completed her doctoral work at the London School of Economics as a research fee student and later became a docent (higher doctorate) in 1976 in her mother institution.Her life continued in Glasgow (where she still is ) and in Rotterdam (for 25 years), teaching, researching, publishing, attending conferences, giving papers and seminars in a number of universities (among which are  SOAS, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee, Florence, Louisiana, Leiden, Utrecht, Amsterdam Vrij University, Uppsala, and Okan and Yeditepe Universities in Istanbul). She was and is  a member of a number of UK, Turkish and international societies. Esin is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and Juris Diversitas. She received a dr.h.c. from Uppsala University in 2009. She was invited to give the annual Tucker Lecture in Louisiana in 2014.She has a few firsts to her name. Esin was the first female and the only Turkish Professor of Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam as well as the first Comparative Law Professor there. She was the first professor of Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law in the University of Glasgow. She is also the first professor who taught to the age of 75 and for fifty years which culminated in a two day seminar and a book (Comparative Law- Mixes, Movements and Metaphors edited by S Donlan and J Mair), the title reflecting her life-long interests. She is the first Professor Emerita in the University of Glasgow, as all other female professors who retire have the title Emeritus!!Esin’s major book, The Enigma of Comparative Law – Variations on a Theme for the Twenty First Century, has attracted significant attention and her numerous articles, book chapters and reports are received and used by colleagues in their publications. She is still productive, having had seven publications between 2019 to 2022 (the last one , Spot the Difference – Delving into Turkish Family Law, has just appeared in a volume prepared and presented to Professor Maarit Jantera-Jareborg, in Uppsala on 13th May 2022)Esin is a British/Turkish citizen and spends winters in Glasgow and summers by the sea in Ören, Turkey, swimming. Her name Esin means inspiration in Turkish and she hopes that she always inspired her students and colleagues.



The laudatio will be delivered by Joël Monéger.


Dr. Vernon Valentine Palmer is the Thomas Pickles Professor of Law at Tulane University and Co-Director of the Eason-Weinmann Center of Comparative Law. Professor Palmer received his JD degree from Tulane University with Law Review Honors and thereafter  pursued post-graduate studies at Yale University where, as a Sterling Fellow, he received a Master of Laws (LLM) degree. Following several years of historical research in England, he received a doctorate in Philosophy from Oxford University (Pembroke College). This year marks fifty two years of service at Tulane. Dr. Palmer’s teaching and research have focused upon the interaction between the civil law and common law traditions, particularly the influence of these traditions in Europe, in Louisiana and in the so-called “mixed” legal systems around the world. Professor Palmer’s scholarly output now runs to more than 50 books and articles, much of it emphasizing the value of comparative law as a means to understand  the interaction  between common law and civil law in world legal systems. His intellectual  interests, however, extend into many parts of the law school curriculum, having taught as many as eleven different subject areas in the course of his career.  As constitutional consultant, he advised the Kingdom of Lesotho (Southern Africa) during its return to democratic rule. He also served as consultant to the Republic of Madagascar and advised the constituent assembly during the drafting of a new  constitution. He has taught widely in Western Europe where he has held full appointments in Paris, Strasbourg, Laussane, Barcelona, Trento, Geneva, Fribourg and Hamburg.            


10.25-10.40am (CET) — BREAK


The laudatio will be delivered by Maria Chiara Malaguti.


Dr. Jorge Sánchez Cordero is a legal practitioner and public notary in Mexico City, He represented the Government of Mexico in several diplomatic conferences. He was nominated as an Emeritus Consultant of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was awarded by the French Government under the Ordre national du Mérite, au grade de Chevalier  for his contributions to Cultural Heritage.  He is a member of the American Law Institute, the European Law Institute, the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law – UNIDROIT – (where he is member of the Governing Council and Member of the Permanent Committee), the International Committee on Legal, Administrative and Financial Issues, the International Committee of Monuments and Sites, the Committee on Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance of the International Law Association.  

Jorge Sánchez Cordero is a titular member and a former Vice-President of the International Academy of Comparative Law and current Vice President of the International Association of Legal Science. (UNESCO).   Jorge Sánchez Cordero is honorary member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Legislation and Jurisprudence and Director of the Mexican Centre of Uniform Law. Author and Editor of Various books and of several articles and essays published in Mexican and International Reviews.  



The laudatio will be delivered by Wanda Mastor.


Elisabeth Zoller is Emeritus Professor of Public Law at the University of Paris-Panthéon-Assas where she directed the Center for Comparative Public Law and the Master of Comparative Public Law from 2009 to 2018. She was first an internationalist and taught international law law, European law and international human rights law, in France, at the Universities of Angers, Nantes and Strasbourg and, in the United States, at Cornell, Rutgers and Tulane Universities. Elisabeth Zoller was Counsel and Advocate for the Government of the United States of America before the International Court of Justice in 1998 in the Lockerbie case (Libya v. United States) and in 2004 in the Avena case (Mexico v. United States). In 1995, she joined the University of Paris-Panthéon-Assas where she taught constitutional law, comparative public law and United States constitutional law. She is affiliated with the Faculty of Law of Indiana University in Bloomington in the United States as a guest professor.

11.30-12.30pm (CET) — ROUNDTABLE

Teaching comparative law: current challenges

Moderated by Gary Bell.

12.30-1.30pm (CET) — COCKTAIL