Josep Maria de Dios elected president of the European Law Faculties Association

Josep Maria de Dios

The European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) includes over two hundred law faculties from the European Union and other countries, of which the UAB Faculty of Law is member. Josep Maria de Dios, professor of private international law, has been elected president of the association.


Josep Maria De Dios, professor of private international law at the UAB, has been elected president of the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA). Founded in 1995, the ELFA is made up of over 200 members, including the Faculty of Law of the UAB. One of the objectives of the association is to promote collaboration between European universities in the field of law. The association meets yearly at its annual conference, and it also publishes the European Journal of Legal Education (EJLE) and every year it confers its ELFA Award to the best PhD thesis on European law.

Dr de Dios earned his degree in Law from the UAB and a PhD in Law, also at the UAB, with the thesis "Els efectes extraterritorials de les decisions concursals" (The Extraterritorial Effects of Receivership Decisions). He is professor of the UAB Department of Private Law and lectures on private international law, both at the UAB and at the University of Girona. He has been visiting professor at the Université de Montréal, Canada; the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Switzerland; and the Hague Academy of International Law, the Netherlands. He was Dean of the UAB Faculty of Law from 2008 to 2013

and has participated in several research projects focused on issues related to international law in Europe. He has published monographs and papers on private international law and EU law in both national and international journals, on subjects such as immigration law, free legal assistance, competence law, free circulation of people and goods, and multiculturalism. In 2015, he was appointed international arbitrator by the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (also known as the Shanghai International Arbitration Center, SHIAC).


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