Leonard Besselink, Professor of European Constitutional Law at the University of Utrecht
Leonard F.M. Besselink studied law at the University of Leiden (Netherlands), the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna Center), and holds a doctorate in social and political science of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. He has taught constitutional law in Amsterdam and Utrecht, and at present holds the chair in European Constitutional Law at the University of Utrecht. He participates in major European research networks and is editor of the European Constitutional Law Review. His research focuses on issues of European, national and comparative constitutional law, especially on the nexus between European and national constitutional law.
Prof. Peter Cameron, Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee
Peter Cameron is Professor and Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee in Scotland UK (www. http://www.dundee.ac.uk/cepmlp/staff/pcameron.php). He is a Professorial Fellow at Edinburgh University’s Europa Institute, and is also associated with Tanfield Chambers, London (www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk).
Formerly, he has been a professor at the European University Institute in Florence and Director of its annual workshop on energy law and policy. Prior to that, he was Director of the International Institute of Energy Law at Leiden in the Netherlands. He has held visiting or part-time posts at the University of Oxford, UK; Stanford University, USA; and the University of Madrid (Autónoma), Spain.
Peter is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and over a hundred articles over 30 years, including most recently, the sole authored monographs, ‘International Energy Investment Law: the Pursuit of Stability’ (Oxford University Press, 2010) and ‘Competition in Energy Markets: Law and Regulation in the European Union’ (OUP, 2007) (second edition).
Peter is a specialist in international energy and natural resources law, including oil, gas, electricity, nuclear power, renewable energy and mining matters. He has been recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities in this field as a result of his more than 30 years’ experience and prolific publications on a wide range of topics.
Peter is regularly asked to act as an Expert Witness in international arbitral proceedings. He has given testimony in proceedings before the London Court of International Arbitration, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chambers of Commerce, and soon before the International Chambers of Commerce in Paris and International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington DC.
He has often worked as an advisor or consultant to governments, particularly in the developing world, companies and to international organisations such as The World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, various organs of the United Nations, the European Commission and the African Petroleum Producers Association.
Peter was active in supporting the aims of the Energy Charter Treaty, chairing eight workshops in Russia, Ukraine and other emerging markets at the request of the European Commission; he was an Observer at the signing of the Treaty in Lisbon in 1994, and has regularly advised the Charter Secretariat. He is a member of its Legal Sub-Committee. Over the years he has also been involved in several legal projects aimed at the approximation of legislation in applicant countries to that of the EU acquis communautaire in energy.
LondonCourt of International Arbitration
International Bar Association
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
LLB (Joint Honours) in Law and Politics, University of Edinburgh
PhD, University of Edinburgh
Valsamis Mitsilegas, Professor of European Criminal Law at Queen Mary, University of London
Valsamis Mitsilegas is Professor of European Criminal Law at Queen Mary, University of London. From 2001 to 2005 he was legal adviser to the House of Lords European Union Committee. His interests and expertise lie primarily in the area of EU law, in particular EU Justice and Home Affairs (including immigration, asylum and border controls, criminal law, police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters and the external dimension of EU action in these fields).
Professor Mitsilegas is also an expert in the field of national and international legal responses to inter alia transnational organised crime, money laundering and terrorism. His work explores the impact of national, EU and international measures justified as necessary to protect internal security on civil liberties and fundamental legal principles.
Professor Mitsilegas is a regular consultant to parliaments, EU institutions and international organisations. He is acting as expert adviser to the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). Professor Mitsilegas was Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee for their inquiry on European Union Justice and Home Affairs issues [pdf] and to the House of Lords European Union Committee for their inquiry on the European Borders Agency (FRONTEX report [pdf]).
More recently, Professor Mitsilegas was invited to submit evidence on the Lisbon Treaty to the House of Lords Committees on the Constitution European Union (Amendment) Bill and the Lisbon Treaty: Implications for the UK Constitution [pdf] (6th Report, session 2007-08, HL Paper 84) and the European Union (The Treaty of Lisbon: An Impact Assessment [pdf], 10th Report, session 2007-08, HL Papers 62-I and 62-II). In April 2009, he gave oral evidence to the House of Lords EU Committee for their inquiry on Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism [pdf] (19th Report, session 2008-09, HL Papers 132-I and 132-II).
Professor Mitsilegas is also active with NGOs, think tanks and academic networks aiming to shape European and domestic law and policy on immigration and crime. He is an active member of the European Union Sub-Committee of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA). He was member of a Working Party convened by the Federal Trust which in 2007 produced a Report on EU Justice and Home Affairs and a member of the International Advisory Group to the Refugee Council which, in December 2008 produced a Report entitled Remote Controls: how UK border controls are endangering the lives of refugees which informed the Council’s policy in the field. Professor Mitsilegas is also a member of the Management Committee of the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN), a Europe-wide network which has undertaken a number of EU-funded projects in the field of EU criminal justice. In this capacity, he represented ECLAN at the launch of the EU Justice Forum in May 2009. The Forum was set up by the European Commission as a permanent mechanism for consulting stakeholders, receiving feedback and reviewing EU justice policies.
- EU Criminal Law , (2009) Hart Publishing, Oxford
- The EU and Internal Security (co-authored with J Monar and W Rees) (Palgrave/Macmillan 2003)
- Money Laundering Counter-Measures in the EU: A New Paradigm of Security Governance versus Fundamental Legal Principles (Kluwer Law International/Aspen, The Hague-London-Boston, 2003)
- Extraterritorial Immigration Control: Legal Challenges (co-edited with Bernard Ryan, Nijhoff, 2010). Proceedings of a Modern Law Review seminar held at Queen Mary in June 2008
Articles and chapters
- The European Union and the
Globalisation of Criminal Law', in
Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 2009-2010, vol.12, pp.337-407
- ‘The Third Wave of Third Pillar Law: Which Direction for EU Criminal Justice?’, (2009) 34 European Law Review 523-560 - The article is also Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No 33/2009
- ‘The Borders Paradox. The Surveillance of Movement in a Union without Internal Frontiers’, in H. Lindahl (ed.), A Right to Inclusion and Exclusion? Normative Faultlines of the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (Hart 2009) 33-64
- ‘La Mise en Oeuvre de l’Espace de Liberté, Securité et de Justice au Royaume-Uni’, (2009) 129 Revue Française d’Administration Publique (the journal of the ENA) 45-60
- 'The Transformation of Criminal Law in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice’, (2008) 26 Yearbook of European Law 2007, 1-32
- 'The External Dimension of EU Action in Criminal Matters' (2007) 12 European Foreign Affairs Review 457-497
- 'Border Security in the European Union', Baldaccini, Guild and Toner (eds), Whose Freedom, Security and Justice?, (Hart 2007) 359-394
- The EU legislative framework against money laundering and terrorist finance: A critical analysis in the light of evolving global standards' (with Bill Gilmore), (2007) 56 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 119-141
- 'The Constitutional Implications of Mutual Recognition in Criminal Matters in the EU' (2006) 43 Common Market Law Review 1277-1311
- 'Controle des etrangers, des passagers, des citoyens: Surveillance et antiterrorisme' (2005) 58 Cultures et Conflits 155-182
- 'EU-US Co-operation in Criminal Matters post-9/11: Extradition, Mutual Legal Assistance and the Exchange of Police Data' (2003) 8 European Foreign Affairs Review 515-536
- From National to Global, from Empirical to Legal: The Ambivalent Concept of Transnational Organised Crime' in M Beare (ed), Critical Reflections on Transnational Organized Crime, Money Laundering and Corruption (University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2003) 55-87
- 'Defining Organised Crime in the EU' (2001) 26 European Law Review 565-581