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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the ELI's administrative body, appointed by the Council from among the Council members, consisting of the President, the Vice-President, the Treasurer, and four ordinary members.



Christiane Wendehorst

Christiane Wendehorst is Professor of Law at the University of Vienna (Austria). She is a member of the ALI, the Academia Europea, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the International Academy of Comparative Law, and several international research groups.

Before coming to Vienna, she held Full Professorships in Germany and served as Managing Director of the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies. She is on the board of a range of academic bodies and associations and provides expert advice to governments and legislative bodies. Wendehorst is Vice-President of the ELI and one of its founding members.

Areas of interest: contract law, tort law (delict), property law, law of succession, conflict of laws, consumer law, medical law, comparative law


Sjef van Erp

Sjef van Erp is a professor of civil law and European private law at Maastricht University (The Netherlands), where he teaches foundations of Ius Commune, comparative, European and Dutch property law. He is also deputy justice at the Court of Appeals in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Professor Van Erp is president of the Netherlands Comparative Law Association, editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance (formerly: Electronic Journal of Comparative Law) and editor-in-chief of the recently established European Property Law Journal.

He is a member of the American Law Institute. He initiated and is now co-editor of the Ius Commune Casebooks for the Common Law of Europe: Cases, materials and text on property law. Professor Van Erp is a Founding Member of the European Law Institute.

Areas of interest: property law, conflict of laws, comparative law, legal theory, history of law.


Denis Philippe

Denis Philippe is Professor at the University of Louvain and visiting Professor at the University of Paris Ouest. He is a lawyer at the Brussels and Luxemburg bar and managing partner of the firm.

Areas of interest: arbitration and international contracts.

Ordinary Members

Anne Birgitte Gammeljord is a private practising Danish Supreme Court lawyer since 1989. She has since 1997 been appointed as assistance lawyer to the Maritime and Commercial Court in Copenhagen in insolvency matters. She has served on the Disciplinary Committee of the Danish Bar and Law Society from 1995 – 2003 and as a member of the Council of the Danish Bar and Law Society from 2003 – 2009. In 2006 she was chair of the Services Working Group at the Council of Bar and Law Societies in Europe (CCBE). In 2006 she was elected 2nd vice president of the CCBE and in 2009 she was president of the CCBE. From 2010 – 2015 she was chair of the Anti-money laundering Committee of the CCBE. She has been member of the Council of ELI and its Membership Committee since 2012.

Areas of interest: Insolvency laws, regulation of the legal profession, anti-money laundering legislation, civil procedure, contract law and company law including trusts and foundations.



Raffaele Sabato is a Justice at the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation. Before his current post he published and lectured widely on issues in civil, international and EU law, procedural law, mediation and judicial ethics in post-graduate programmes. He is an expert of the Council of Europe and has taken part in initiatives aimed at promoting reforms in the legal systems. Mr Sabato also serves as member of the Consultative Council of European Judges since its start in 2000, having been its Chair for two years. In 2012-2016 he was member of the Board of Directors of the School for the Judiciary of Italy.

Hans Schulte-Nölke is Professor of Law and Legal History at the European Legal Studies Institute at the University of Osnabrück (Germany), and Professor of Law at the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). He is the author of several books and of a large number of articles in several European journals. From 2005–2009, he coordinated the ‘Common Principles of European Contract Law (CoPECL)’ Network. From 2010–2015, he was a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Contract Law. He regularly advises committees of the European and the German Parliaments as well as national ministries and international organisations. He was also elected to the Academia Europaea in 2016.


Lord John Thomas has been Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales since 2013. He was appointed a judge of the High Court of England and Wales in 1996, became Judge in Charge of the Court in 2002 and in 2003 he was appointed Lord Justice of Appeal. Lord Thomas was the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales (2003–2006) and Vice-President and then President of the Queen’s Bench Division (2008–2013). He was President of the ENCJ (2008–2010). He is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and serves as a member of the ELI Council.