The European Commercial Law Observatory (ECLO)

about us


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Professor Avvocato Guido Alpa

Professor Avvocato Guido Alpa, former President of the Italian Bar Council, Professor of Civil law, University of Rome “La Sapienza” and Director of its Masters in European Private Law and Cooperation, member of the European Private Law Committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), President of the Association of Italian Civil Law, Executive Board member of the Italian Association of Arbitration, the Italian Association of Comparative Law and the International Association of Insurance Law and was member of various working groups of Ministerial Departments on Civil Law matters.

Professor Bénédicte Fauvarque-Cosson, former special adviser to the former European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Justice on strategic issues for developing European Civil Law, Professor of Law, University Panthéon-Assas, Paris, President of the Société de Législation Comparée, Vice-President of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Co-founder and Co-President of Trans Europe Experts, member of the Hague Conference working group on establishing Principles on Choice of Law in International Contracts and was member of Unidroit Principles of International Commercial Contracts working group and the Study Group on a European Civil Code.

Professor Gerhard Dannemann, M.A. (Oxon), Chair, Redaction Committee and Chair, Terminology Group, European Research Group on Existing EU Private Law (Acquis Group), Professor of English Law, Humboldt University Berlin, Door Tenant, 3 Pump Court Chambers London, Fellow, Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford, Member, Advisory Council Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and former Erich Brost University Lecturer in German Civil and Commercial Law and Deputy Director, Centre for the Advanced Study of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford and Honorary Judge (Schöffe), Landgericht Freiburg.


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Avvocato Riccardo Sciaudone, Competition, Privacy and European Union Law expert, representing companies, NGOs, international organisations and individuals in proceedings before the European and Italian authorities, the Italian courts, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights; appointed expert in International Competition Network advocacy working group; previously worked for the European Commission Competition Directorate and Directorate EuropeAid on tenders financed by the European Union under its external relations policy.

purpose and activities

The purpose of the European Commercial Law Observatory (ECLO), formerly the European Civil Law Observatory, is to enhance the capacity of all actors to understand and apply European Union Commercial Law effectively in practice.

To this end, the Observatory provides independent, balanced, practice oriented online videos by experts in the field on European Union Commercial Law for legal practitioners and others interested. The Observatory is of particular interest to lawyers, judges, officials and decision makers.


The Observatory was launched in February 2012 and is based in Rome. It was founded by Susan Clements, former EU Justice and Home Affairs Policy Advisor (UK Law Societies, Brussels), Assistant Lawyer (European Court of Human Rights) and Associate Solicitor (Allen and Overy LLP and Hogan Lovells LLP). If you are interested in Competition Law, European Family Law or European Criminal Law you may wish to visit the Competition Law Observatory the European Family Justice Observatory or the European Criminal Justice Observatory

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