Board of Directors
(Professor at University of Coimbra)
Academic Curriculum: Sandra Passinhas holds a Graduation in Law (1995) and a Master degree (1999) by the University of Coimbra. She also holds a PhD from the European University Institute, in Florence, (2010) and a PhD from the University of Coimbra (2016).
Professional Activity: Sandra Passinhas is a Professor at the University of Coimbra and at the University Lusíada, in Porto. Her main areas of research are Consumer Law, Contracts, and Property Law. She is the author of numerous publications and she has participated in several conferences, seminars, and workshops on Consumer Law. She has participated in several research projects in the field of Consumer Law, namely in the project Consumo Colaborativo y Derecho de la Competencia, from 2017-2019, and in the project Fundamental Rights in Courts and Regulation (FRICoRe), funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union (in progress).
She is the executive director of the Consumer Law Centre of the Law Faculty of the University of Coimbra. She has also been an arbitrator in consumer disputes.
Maria José Azar-Baud
(Professor at University Paris XI)
Nationality: French and Argentinian
Academic Curriculum: Maria José Azar-Baud a law graduate from the Universidad Católica de Santiago del Estero – Magna Cum Laude. She has a double doctorate from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Buenos Aires. Her thesis deals with Collective actions in Consumer law in France and Argentina, under a Comparative Law perspective (Dalloz, in 2013).
Professional Activity: Maria José is an Associate Professor at the University of Paris-Saclay and lectures at University 1 Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, University 2 Panthéon-Assas, amongst other international universities and training schools for lawyers and judges. Her main areas of research are: Consumer Law, International Contracts and Comparative Procedural Law. She is also the author of numerous publications written in English, French and Spanish. She also founded the Observatory of group actions in France, has been a lawyer at the Bar of Buenos Aires and is now admitted to the Paris Bar.
(Professor at Deusto University)
Nationality: Spanish and German
Academic curriculum: Julia Suderow is a law graduate from the University of Hannover, has a Master’s degree by the University of Hannover and by the University of Louvain, and has a doctorate by the Carlos III University of Madrid, with a specialization in Competition and International Private Law.
Professional activity: Julia teaches as an Associate Professor at the University of Deusto, in the areas of Private International Law and International Trade Law and is the author of numerous publications, written in English, German and Spanish. She is a national coordinator of the Permanent Observatory for the Application of Competition Rules at the University of Trento. Julia is a lawyer specialized in Competition Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Arbitration and Private International Law and is the founding partner of 3C Compliance that aims to provide compliance advisory services to companies.
Head of Office
Ana Carolina Almeida
Academic curriculum: Ana Carolina Almeida is a law graduate from University of Coimbra (2020). She enrolled in the Legal and Forensic Master’s Program, from the Law School of the University of Coimbra, in 2020. Currently, she is developing her dissertation in consumer law.
Head of Communication
Filipa Gaioso Ribeiro
Academic curriculum: Filipa Gaioso Ribeiro holds a Graduation in Social Communication (2000) and also in Organizational Communication (2007) by the Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra.
Professional activity: Filipa is currently a Senior Communication Technician in the Protocol and Communication Division of the Municipality of Coimbra. Counting with over 14 years of experience in Communication and Press Advisory, she started working in this sector at the Municipality of Mealhada, where coordinated the Communication Office for nine years. Besides, Filipa had previously five years of experience in Journalism, at TSF radio and Público newspapers. She has also been over a year the Head of Marketing at Hotel das Termas da Curia.
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