Topic 1: National Courts and the Enforcement of EU Law

Michael Dougan

Liverpool University


Michael Dougan is Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at the University of Liverpool. He is an established academic authority on EU constitutional law and Joint Editor of Common Market Law Review. Michael’s work has also contributed to wider public and political debates about European law. For example, he has appeared as an expert witness before various UK parliamentary committees and provided external advice to a range of UK Government departments as well as Union institutions.

Topic 2: The new EU Data Protection Regime

Orla Lynskey

London School of Economics


Orla Lynskey is an Associate Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of data protection and digital rights, technology regulation, and EU law. Orla read law at Trinity College Dublin (LLB, Law and French); the College of Europe, Bruges (LLM) and the University of Cambridge (PhD). Her doctoral research and monograph (The Foundations of EU Data Protection Law, OUP) focused on the dual dignitary and economic nature of personal data and the normative limits of individual control over such data. She is currently working on inter-related projects on the fundamental rights implications of ‘data power’ in digital markets and the EU’s right to data portability. Orla is a general editor of International Data Privacy Law and a case-note editor of the Modern Law Review. She is also a member of the EU Commission multi-stakeholder expert group on the GDPR and a member of several advisory boards on matters relevant to data protection.

Topic 3: EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy

Nicolas Petit

Liege University


Professor Nicolas Petit is Professor of Law at Liege University, Belgium and Visiting Fellow at Stanford University Hoover Institution.

Professor Nicolas Petit’s research focuses on antitrust law, intellectual property, and law in a context of technological change. His recent written works deal with the legal challenges created by the introduction of artificial intelligence and robotics in society. He is also working on a book on technology platforms’ competition.

Professor Petit holds a PhD from the University of Liege (Belgium), an LL.M from the College of Europe (Bruges), a Master’s degree from the University of Paris II and an LLB from the University of Paris V. He practiced law with a leading US law firm in Brussels and he also served as a Clerk at the Commercial Chamber of the French Supreme Court. In 2005 he attended Harvard Law School’s Visiting Researchers Programme.

Professor Petit is the co-author of EU Competition Law and Economics (Oxford University Press, 2012) and the author of Droit européen de la concurrence (Domat Montchrestien, 2013), a monograph which was awarded the prize for the best law book of the year at the Constitutionnal Court in France. In 2017, he received the GCR award for academic excellence.

Topic 3: EU Competition Law and the DIgital Economy

Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel

Liege University


Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel studied law at the KU Leuven (LL.B. (2007) and LL.M. (2009), summa cum laude) and at Harvard Law School (LL.M. (2010)). As an ’Aspirant’ fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen), he obtained a Ph.D. degree in law at KU Leuven in 2013. He taught general EU and EU competition law at Leiden University as a university lecturer, prior to taking up a professorship of European Union substantive law at the Université de Liège in January 2016. His research focuses on EU internal market and competition law as well as on the administrative and judicial enforcement of EU law in Member States’ legal orders. He is affiliated with the Liège Competition and Innovation Institute (LCII).