Composition - comite255
The current members of the panel
The panel is composed of seven persons chosen from among former Members of the Court of Justice and the General Court of the European Union, members of national Supreme Courts and jurists of recognised competence, one of whom is proposed by the European Parliament.
The members of the panel are appointed for a period of four years by the Council, on the initiative of the President of the Court of Justice.
Mr Christiaan Timmermans has been president of the panel since 1 March 2018. It is currently composed of Mr Christiaan Timmermans, Mr Simon Busuttil, Mr Frank Clarke, Mr Carlos Lesmes Serrano, Ms Maria Eugénia Martins de Nazaré Ribeiro, Mr Andreas Voßkuhle and Mr Mirosław Wyrzykowski (see Council Decision No 2017/2262 of 4 December 2017).
[see also Previous composition of the panel]
Born in 1941 ; Legal Secretary at the Court of Justice of the European Communities (1966-69); Official of the European Commission (1969-77); Doctor of Laws (University of Leiden, 1973); Professor of European Law at the University of Groningen (1977-89); Deputy Justice at Arnhem Court of Appeal; Deputy Director-General at the Legal Service of the European Commission (1989-2000); Chair in European Judicial Protection law at the University of Amsterdam (1997-2004) and visiting professor at the University of Cambridge and Fordham Law School (New York) ; Judge at the Court of Justice (2000-2010); Pieter Sanders Chair at the Law Faculty of the University of Rotterdam (2010-2012); Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence (2011) ; Vice-President of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body since 2012 ; member of the Ethical Committee of the European Commission since 2016; member of the panel provided for by Article 255 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union since March 2014 and president of the panel since March 2018.
Born in 1969 ; Doctor of Laws (University of Malta, 1993) ; Masters in European Studies (University of Sussex, 1994) ; Magister Iuris in International Law (University of Malta, 1995) ; member of the Bar of Malta (since 1994); visiting Lecturer at the University of Malta; member of Malta’s Core Negotiating Team for EU accession (1999-2003) ; head of the Malta-EU Information Centre, responsible for the public communications campaign ahead of the EU referendum (1999-2003) ; member of the European Parliament (2004-2013) ; spokesperson of the EPP in the European Parliament commission on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (2009-2013) ; deputy Leader of the Nationalist Party, Malta (2012-2013) ; leader of the Opposition, leader of the Nationalist Party (2013-2017) ; member of the House of Representatives, Malta (since 2013); member of the panel provided for by Article 255 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union since March 2018.
Born in 1951 ; degree in mathematics and economics from University College, Dublin (1972); Barrister-at-Law, King's Inns, Dublin (1973); Junior Counsel (1973 -1985); Senior Counsel (1985-2004); Professor at King's Inns (1978-1995); Chair of the Bar Council (1993-1995); Bencher of King's Inns (1995); member of the Council of the International Bar Association (1997-2004), co-Chair of the Forum for Barristers and Advocates (1998-2002); Chair of the Council of King's Inns (1999-2004); Judge of the High Court (2004-2012); Chair of the Referendum Commission on the second Referendum on the Lisbon Treaty (2009); Judge in Residence at Griffith College, Dublin (since 2010); Adjunct Professor, Trinity College, Dublin (since 2012); Adjunct Professor, University College, Cork (since 2013); Griffith College Distinguished Fellowship Award (2017); Judge of the Supreme Court (2012-2017); Chief Justice (since 2017); member of the panel provided for by Article 255 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union since March 2018.
Carlos Lesmes Serrano
Born in 1958 ; graduated in Law from the Autonomous University of Madrid (1980); Judge of the Court in San Mateo, Castellón de la Plana (1984); Lawyer for the State Prosecutor’s Office in the Provincial Court of Alicante (1984); Prosecutor at the High Court of Justice of the Autonomous Region of Madrid (1985-1992); Prosecutor before the Constitutional Court (1992-1993) Specialist Magistrate-Judge in the Chamber of Contentious-Administrative Matters of the High Court of Justice of the Autonomous Region of Valencia (1993- 1996); Director General of Conscientious Objection (Ministry of Justice) (1996-2000); Director General of Relations with the Judicial Administration (Ministry of Justice) (2000-2004); President of the Chamber of Contentious-Administrative Matters of the National High Court (1997-2005); acting President of the National High Court (2008-2009); Magistrate-Judge of the Third Chamber (for Contentious-Administrative Matters) of the Supreme Court (since 2010); President of the Supreme Court and the General Council of the Judiciary (since 2013); member of the panel provided for by Article 255 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union since March 2018.
Maria Eugenia Martins De Nazare Ribeiro
Born 1956; studied in Lisbon, Brussels and Strasbourg; member of the Bar in Portugal and Brussels; independent researcher at the Institut d'études européennes de l'Université libre de Bruxelles (Institute for European Studies, Free University of Brussels); Legal Secretary to the Portuguese Judge at the Court of Justice, Mr Moitinho de Almeida (1986-2000), then to the President of the Court of First Instance, Mr Vesterdorf (2000-03); Judge at the General Court (2003-2016), President of Chamber (2007-2010 and 2013-2016); President of the ‘Rules of Procedure’ committee of the General Court (2013-2016); Member of the panel provided for by Article 255 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union since March 2018.
Born 1963 ; studied at the Universities of Bayreuth and Munich (1983-1989); Doctor of Laws of the University of Munich (1992); obtained university accreditation at the University of Augsburg (1998); appointed University Professor at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Director of the Institute for Political Science and the Philosophy of Law (1999); Fellow of the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study (2006-2007); member of the Social Sciences section of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (since 2007) and of the National Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina (since 2018); Vice-President of the Federal Constitutional Court and President of the Second Chamber of the Court (since 2008); President of the Federal Constitutional Court (since 2010); Member of the panel provided for by Article 255 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union since March 2014.
Born in 1950; Doctor of Laws (University of Warsaw, 1975); Habilitated Doctor (1986); Professor of Law at the University of Warsaw (1991); Head of the Department of Constitutional Freedoms and Rights at the Office of the Commissioner for Citizens’ Rights (1988-1990); member of the Prime Minister's Legislative Council (1990-1993 and 1996-2001); Professor at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (1990-1995); Deputy Dean (1996-1999) and Dean (1996-1999) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Warsaw; Director of the Centre for Constitutionalism and Legal Culture at the Public Affairs Institute (1996-2001); Visiting Professor of the Central European University in Budapest (1997-2014); Member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999-2001 and 2012-2016); Justice at the Constitutional Tribunal (2001-2010); President of the Legal Science Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2011-2015); Lecturer at, among others, the universities of Paris (Sorbonne), Bonn, Sydney, Konstanz, Bayreuth; member of the panel appointed under Article 255 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union since February 2016.