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Dr Lisa Abela

Lisa commenced her legal practice in civil litigation and then proceeded to join the Corporate Department of Deloitte (Malta) where she assisted in the restructuring of companies. She then moved on to join the Office for Competition, within the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority where she headed the regulated sector Directorate and was involved in both antitrust and M&A investigations. In 2014, Lisa was recruited by Camilleri Preziosi advocates as Senior Associate, forming part of the Regulatory, EU and Litigation practice group where she regularly advises on competition law, state aid and public procurement law matters. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta for the Master of Laws programme in European and Comparative Law. She is currently reading a Masters in public procurement law at King’s College London.

Dr Jelena Agranovska

JelenareuploadJelena is a Lecturer in European and Comparative Law within the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta. Before joining the University of Malta in 2016 she had read the degrees of Ph.D. at King’s College London, LL.M in European and International Law at London Metropolitan University and LL.B at the Moscow State University. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on the EU Member States’ compliance with judgments of the CJEU on so-called ‘Golden Share’ cases. Jelena’s academic interests lie broadly in the areas of financial law and regulation, EU law, corporate law and the law of the Internal Market, with a particular focus on regulation of cross-border investment. Her research often takes a transnational, European or comparative perspective and applies an interdisciplinary approach to law. Prior to joining the University, Jelena worked with an environmental NGO as EU Policy Researcher and as an in-house counsel with a Latvian software development company.



Prof. Kevin Aquilina


Kevin Aquilina is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta. He holds a doctorate of philosophy in law (Ph.D.) from the London School of Economics and Political Science of the University of London and a doctorate in law from the University of Malta (LL.D.). He is Head of the Department of Media, Communications and Technology Law at the Faculty of Laws. He lectures on Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Media Law and the Maltese Legal System. He has held the office of Chief Executive of the Maltese audiovisual broadcasting regulator – the Broadcasting Authority – and was Chairman of the Planning Appeals Board and Chairman of the Press Ethics Commission. He is a Member of the Law Commission. Professor Aquilina has authored various books, written several reports for Maltese and foreign institutions and has published papers in edited books and articles in peer reviewed journals apart from various contributions to the print and broadcasting media. Professor Aquilina is a regular contributor to IRIS – Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory, of the Council of Europe. His latest book is entitled Maltese Media Law, published as part of the International Encyclopaedia of Laws Series, The Netherlands, Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, September 2014.

Prof. Simone Borg

simone_borg_to_uploadSimone Borg read law at the University of Malta where she graduated with a doctorate degree in laws (LL.D.) in 1991. She holds a Magister Juris (Melit) degree in International law and a Ph.D. (IMLI) in International Maritime law.   Prof. Borg started her career as a diplomat with Malta's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then headed the Legal and Multilateral Affairs Section within the Ministry of the Environment for 13 years. During this time she coordinated the transposition of the environmental acquis communautaire during Malta’s negotiations to become an EU Member State. On an international level she was chief negotiator for Malta for various environmental treaties. Presently, she is the Deputy Dean and Head of Department of the Environmental law and Resources law at the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta, where she is a resident full-time academic and a member of the University’s Senate. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Catholic University of Leuven, the IMO’s International Maritime Law Institute and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. She has published a number of books as well as many articles in legal journals. She is currently the ambassador for Malta on climate action.

Dr Bernice Buttigieg

Dr Bernice Buttigieg is a lawyer by profession, has a Diploma in Canonical Marriage Cases, Jurisprudence and Procedure and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law from the University of Malta. She is currently the Head of Administration and Secretary to the Board of FinanceMalta, which organisation is responsible for promoting Malta as a financial centre. In her role with Finance Malta Dr Buttigieg inter alia organises educational events for the industry primarily on EU law related developments and is editor to its quarterly Insight Newsletter.

Before joining FinanceMalta, Dr Buttigieg was the Secretary General of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners for a period of over two years, during which term she had been involved in the setting up of Finance Malta as a foundation and was eventually seconded to FinanceMalta as the first Secretary to its Board of Governors. 

From 2009 until 2015, Dr Buttigieg was a director of Malta’s Accountancy Board, the authority which regulates the accountancy profession in Malta. She is also a visiting lecturer in the law department of the University of Malta.

Dr Christopher Buttigieg

Dr Christopher P. Buttigieg is the Director of the Securities and Markets Supervision Unit of the Malta Financial Services Authority, which Unit is responsible for work in the field of policy, regulation and supervision of securities and markets and is composed of 35 officials. He joined the Authority in 2000 as a manager in the Investment Services Unit and has gained professional experience in different areas of financial regulation and supervision, the investigation and enforcement of market misconduct. Dr Buttigieg was responsible for implementing various pieces of EU legislation in the field of securities and markets and has led various regulatory and supervisory teams within the Authority. He sits on the Authority’s Supervisory Council and represents the MFSA at various European Fora on financial regulation and supervision. He is the MFSA’s alternate on the ESMA Board of Supervisors. 

Dr Buttigieg has a commerce degree (B.Com 1998), an accountancy degree (B.Accty. Hons. 2000) and a financial services law degree (M.A. Fin. Ser. 2003) from the University of Malta, as well as a European Union Law degree (M.A. EU Law and Soc 2005) and a doctoral degree in law (Ph.D 2014) from the University of Sussex (UK). His Doctoral thesis deals with the governance of EU securities regulation and supervision. Dr Buttigieg is a lecturer in the Banking and Finance Department of the University of Malta and has published various papers on financial regulation and supervision in academic and professional journals, including the Columbia Journal of European Law, the ERA Forum, the Journal of Business Law, the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance and the Law and Financial Markets Review.

Dr Buttigieg was a director on the board of the Malta Resources Authority, Malta’s energy regulator. In 2015, the President of Malta appointed Dr Buttigieg on the board of the Fund for Voluntary Organisations, which promotes social justice by encouraging reflection and action within the voluntary sector in the area of social solidarity and care. 

Prof. Eugène Buttigieg

Eugene_Buttigieg_to_uploadEugène Buttigieg graduated Doctor of Laws, University of Malta, Master of Laws in European Legal Studies, University of Exeter and Ph.D. in Competition Law, University of London. He was admitted to the Maltese Bar (1987).  Subsequently he served as Legal Officer at the Ministry of Justice (1987-1990); Senior Legal Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990-1994); Member of the Copyright Board (1994-2005); Board Member of the Malta Resources Authority (2001-2009); Legal Consultant in the field of EU law (1994-2012), Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment on consumer and competition law (2000-2010), Legal Advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister on consumer affairs and competition (2010-2011), Legal Consultant with the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (2012); Lecturer (1994-2001), Senior Lecturer (2001-2006), subsequently Associate Professor (since 2007) and Jean Monnet Professor (since 2009) at the University of Malta. He has authored numerous publications in the fields of competition law, consumer law, intellectual property and EU law.  Prof.Buttigieg is a co-founder and vice-president of the Maltese Association for European Law.  Since 8 October 2012 he is serving as judge at the General Court of the EU.

Dr. Natasha Buontempo

natashabuontempo_to_uploadBefore joining the University of Malta as a Resident Academic, Dr.Buontempo assisted Judge G. Valenzia (retired), Judge J.D. Camilleri (retired) and Judge J. Zammit McKeon respectively at the Law Courts in both the Civil Court First Hall and the Court of Appeal. Her main tasks were researching for judgement drafting. Her research has always focused on comparative law in the areas of Constitutional and Administrative Law, and EU Law. She has researched judicial protection and judicial review in EU Law, French and Maltese Administrative Law, and English Law, as well as Governmental Liability under Maltese law. She is currently reading for her Ph.D at the University of Strathclyde, UK. She is a Member of the Chamber of Advocates and an Associate Member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA).



Dr. Carla Camilleri

Camilleri_Carla_to_uploadCarla Camilleri graduated LL.D, from the University of Malta in 2003 after which she was called to the Maltese bar. Further to that in 2004, she read for an LL.M. in European Law at the University of Malta, graduating with distinction. After graduating in 2004, she worked for two years with the State Aid Monitoring Board at the Ministry for Finance where she assisted with State aid cases and assessed compliance of draft laws and proposed aid with EU legislation, legal drafting and data compilation in areas concerning EC State aid Law. Subsequently she worked in London for law firm Baker & McKenzie as a PSL/Paralegal in the Corporate Department and in EU Competition & Trade Department, after which she returned to Malta and worked for a number of years at Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal working in the corporate, aviation and commercial department.  In 2013, Carla joined Aditus foundation, a voluntary & non-profit organisation, as a legal officer where her work consists of advising, monitoring and reporting on human rights issues in Malta with a focus on migration, asylum, integration and LGBT rights. Furthermore, she advises pro bono clients on their asylum, immigration and anti-discrimination claims. Carla has been a casual lecturer in the European and Comparative Law Department since 2013, her main subjects being the development of European Union law and immigration in the context of the area of freedom, security and justice.

Dr. Mireille Caruana Caruana is a Lecturer in European and Comparative Law within the Faculty of Laws, University of Malta. Previously she was employed within the same University as Research Assistant for various research projects coordinated by the Department of Information Policy and Governance, Faculty of Media and Knowledge Science, University of Malta. She has dedicated much of her academic career to date to information policy and governance with particular focus on European Technology Law. Her Ph.D research at the University of Bristol (2008-2014) is about privacy and data protection, with a focus on the use of personal data in the criminal justice sector in Europe. In closely-related research, she was also involved as a co-investigator in the PUPIE (Police Uses of Personal Information across Europe) 2010-2012 project, commissioned by the Council of Europe. Previously Mireille read for an LL.M. in Computer and Communications Law at Queen Mary, University of London in 2007-2008. Before moving to the UK in 2006 she had read the degrees of LL.D. (Doctor of Laws) and Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law at the University of Malta. Mireille has taught at under-graduate and post-graduate level in Malta and the UK. Most recently, she lectured Computer Science students at the University of Bristol on Law and Information Technology.


 Dr.Justine Calleja 

In November 2014, Justine graduated as Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta. She has always had a keen interest in EU law, especially with regards to migration and citizenship law, labour and social security law and human rights. In fact, consequent to carrying out a traineeship at the Court of Justice of the European Union, she successfully defended her LLD thesis entitled 'The safeguarding of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the drafting of EU legislation'. This interest in EU law pushed her to read a Master degree in EU law at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, from where she graduated Cum Laude after having successfully defended her thesis entitled 'Free Movement of the Poor: the legal implications of a political problem'.

Dr. Antoine G. Cremona 

Antoine-G-Cremona_to_uploadAntoine Cremona graduated BA in Legal & Humanistic Studies in 1999, LL.D from the University of Malta in 2002 and LL.M from the London School of Economics in 2003, is a Partner at Ganado and Associates. He was admitted to the Bar in 2003 and regularly represents clients in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings particularly in corporate disputes including shareholder disputes, admiralty claims and construction and energy related proceedings. Antoine specializes in public procurement and construction law and regularly assists employers, engineers and contractors in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts modelled on FIDIC and other main industry forms of contract. Antoine lectures commercial arbitration on the LL.D. programme and European private international law on the LL.M. programme as a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and of the International Bar Association.


Dr. Michael Frendo

Michael_Frendo_to_uploadMichael Frendo graduated LL.D, from the University of Malta in 1977 and was called to the Maltese Bar in 1978.  After a year of practising law at the Maltese law courts, he read for his LL.M. in European Law at the Centre for European Legal Studies of the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.  He worked at European Law Centre in London in the years 1979-1982 (Eurolex, online legal database). Subsequently he returned to Malta and practised civil, insurance and commercial law until he was appointed to serve as Parliamentary Secretary (Minister of State) and later Minister in various portfolios between 1990-1996. In 1997 he helped set up, together with two other partners, the law firm Gatt Frendo Tufigno Advocates where he was active especially in European Union law, ICT law and Gaming law till the year 2004 when he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta. He later joined, as Partner, the international law firm Scordis, Papapetrou & Co where he continues to run the Malta Office working in law and consultancy. In 2010-2013 he served as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Parliament of Malta. Dr Frendo is a (visiting) Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law and also coordinates the Gaming Law study unit. Throughout the years has delivered several public lectures in Malta, France, Italy, Tunisia, Greece and other countries, and served as adviser to various international companies and authorities.  Michael Frendo is a member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission). He has also authored many articles and books. He joined the Faculty of laws as a visiting lecturer in 1987."

Antoine Grima read International Relations (European Studies) and law at the University of Malta, and graduated Masters degree in European Studies from the University of Sussex.  He has been involved, during the EU accession phase, in the transposition of extensive parts of the environment and consumer acquis and in the co-ordination of Malta’s stand during the screening and negotiating stages. He has been actively involved in the Consumer Affairs Task Force which was entrusted to transpose the consumer acquis into Maltese law. During his stint with the regulatory entity responsible for consumer and competition matters he advised on general regulatory matters concerning consumer and competition law and in specific areas notably in agriculture, communications and energy sectors.  In July 2013 Antoine was appointed by the Commission as member of the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG) as representative of Consumer Organisations in Malta. The ECCG is the Commission's main forum to consult national and European consumer organisations on matters relating to consumer interests. Prior to this appointment Antoine represented on various instances the Maltese Consumers’ Association abroad most notably in meetings organised by BEUC – The European Consumers’ Organistion.

Ms. Lucienne Meilak

Lucienne Meilak graduated in Public Administration from the University of Malta in 1988 following which she specialised in Advanced European Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, obtaining her post graduate diploma in 1989. Upon her return, she joined the EU Affairs Directorate which was being set up within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was involved in the preparation for Malta application to the European Union, and later in the screening process prior to accession. Since 2004 when she was appointed Director EU Affairs, she has worked in many fields such as Data Protection, Communications, EU Funded Projects and Transport. She was involved in the setting up of the Blue Med FAB, leading the legal and institutional package of the project. She has been visiting lecturer since 1990 and has lectured for the Faculty of Laws both at undergraduate level and masters programme in areas such as EU Institutions and Decision Making; Freedom of Movement of Persons and more recently EU Transport Law.

Dr. Jeanine Rizzo

Jeanine Rizzo is a lawyer graduated from the University of Malta who has furthered her studies in the fields of intellectual property law and art & antiquity law at Masters level at University College London. While in London she was a research assistant to Professor Norman Palmer, carrying out research on the law of bailment and on art law. Upon her return to Malta, she built a practice in intellectual property law and art law at Fenech & Fenech Advocates in Valletta. Jeanine is a Senior Associate at Fenech & Fenech Advocates and specialises in Copyright (both new and old media), trade marks, patents, design rights, entertainment law, music law and film law. Her experience has taken her into the depth of the creative industries with tailored legal expertise to all matters concerning the industry. She is also a lecturer and examiner at the University of Malta, is frequently published writing about the subject and a member of the Chamber of Commerce RTDI Committee.

Dr. Ivan Sammut

IvanSammutuploadIvan Sammut is a resident academic within the Department of European and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta, where he taught and researched since 2005. Prior to joining the University as an academic, he practiced law in Malta and acted as a consultant in EU law. He was also employed with the European Commission for two years. He also acts a freelance EU law consultant and has authored a number of reports for the European Commission among others.  He has been a senior lecturer and a coordinator of a Jean Monnet module dealing with EU legal drafting and translation since 2013.  He graduated BA in Law and European Studies in 1999 and Doctor of Laws in 2002 from the University of Malta. He was called to the Maltese bar in 2003. Subsequently, he read for LL.M. in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), and a Magister Juris in European & Comparative law from the University of Malta. In 2010 he successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, which is in the area of European private law, at the University of London. His teaching and research interests focus in particular on the EU Internal Market legislation, Justice and Home Affairs law, Competition law, European private law from a comparative perspective and European private international law. He has published various articles in Malta and in international peer reviewed journals such as the European Private Law Review. 

Dr.Louise Spiteri

louisespiteri_to_uploadLouise Spiteri graduated with the degree in Doctor of Laws LL.D. from the University of Malta in 1999 and Magister Juris Degree in Public International Law in 2001.  She was called to the Maltese bar in 2000.  She joined the public sector as an environmental legal officer at the Environment Protection Department. Later she joined the Diplomatic corps where she followed International and EU legal matters. Subsequently she joined the Maltese Unit at the CJEU as a lawyer-linguist for two years. After her stint at the Court she also occupied the position of a legal officer at the EU legal Affairs Unit at the Attorney General’s Office in Malta, where she dealt with mainly with infringement cases. During these last 14 years in the profession she also was appointed as a board secretary of the National Commission for Sustainable Development; President for the Council for Professions Complementary to Medicine (CPCM) and Chairperson for the Government Formulary List Appeals Committee. During such time she also used to teach environmental law as a part time lecturer, until in 2010 she became a full-time assistant lecturer within the Environmental and Resource Law Department. At the same time she is pursuing her Ph.D. research on a part-time basis dedicated to climate change liability and insurance, at Imperial College London. She also does environmental consultancy work with various commercial firms and also has several publications on this topic. She has been teaching on the LL.M. programme since 2010 and her main area of studies is environmental and resource law.

Dr Ruth Vella Falzon

Dr. Ruth Vella Falzon graduated from the University of Malta in the year 2009 obtaining a Doctor of Laws, followed by a Magister Juris in European Comparative Law with a specialisation in Intellectual Property and Data Protection Issues. She forms part of the University of Malta’s in house legal office assigned to the University’s Knowledge Transfer Office which is responsible for the protection of all intellectual property and data generated within the University. She also acts as a legal advisor to a number of Faculties, Departments and Institutes  at the University and is the legal advisor to the Library and to a number of University of Malta journals. Dr. Vella Falzon delivers a number of annual lectures on Intellectual Property and Data Protection issues to Health and Bio-Sciences, Engineering and ICT students at the University and delivers a Masters Course in European Business Enterprise Law to Faculty of Laws students within the LL.M. in EU & Comparative Law. She is the main advisor on Data Protection Law at the University and acts as point of reference for legal issues at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Biobanking and has been actively involved in  in the BBMRI-ERIC Common Services ELSI GDRP Task Force which included drafting several position papers. She provides legal assistance to start-ups at the University's Business Incubator

Peter_G_Xuereb_to_uplaodSince 1993, Professor Xuereb LL.D (Malta), LL.M. (London), Ph.D (Cambridge) has been Professor of European and Comparative Law, and Head of the Department of European and Comparative Law in the Faculty of Laws, as well as Chairman of the Institute for European Studies (Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, formerly the European Documentation and Research Centre) at the University of Malta. Since 2001 he has also held the title of Jean Monnet Professor in European law and European Integration.  Between 1982 and 1993, Professor Xuereb held the posts of Lecturer at the Universities of West London and at the University of Exeter, and later that of Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary College University of London. Professor Xuereb served on governing bodies of each of the above universities, besides holding high-level academic administrative posts.  He has published widely in European Union Law and Comparative Law.  He was the co-ordinator of a transnational regional research network under the Jean Monnet Programme, which published five volumes on Euro-Med Integration. He also co-ordinated a five-year Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Civil Society Project. He has participated in several international research projects, several ongoing. He has been a regular speaker at Jean Monnet Conferences. Professor Xuereb has been a Visiting Professor at Universities in the United States and in Europe. He teaches European Law, Company Law, Financial Services Law, and European Constitutional law among others. He is an Advocate, and consultant among others in European Internal Market Law, Maltese and European Company Law and Financial Services Law, Immigration Law, and Discrimination Law with a focus on Gender Equality and non-Discrimination, and he has held a number of corporate directorships and chairmanships. 




Last Updated: 19 June 2018

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