Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Ignacio Czeguhn

Prof. Ignacio Czeguhn studied law at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg and won his academic spurs at the Institute for Civil Law and Commercial Law of the University of Würzburg and in the scientific project “Die Entstehung des Öffentlichen Strafrechts” (“The emergence of public criminal law”), funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation).

His doctoral thesis “Die kastilische Höchstgerichtsbarkeit 1250 bis 1520” (“The Castilian High Jurisdiction from 1250 to 1520” - s.c.l.) has been awarded the Scholarship and Prize Foundation of the Julius Maximilian University in 2001. Since 2004 he has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Granada.

In December 2006 he qualified as a professor for the subjects Civil Law, German and European Legal and Constitutional History and Comparative Legal History. He worked as a locum professor at the University of Konstanz and the Free University of Berlin. Since October 2009 he has been the Head of Chair for Civil Law, German and European as well as Comparative Legal History at the Free University of Berlin. He is a member of the scientific advisory council of the Association for Research on the Imperial Chamber Court (Gesellschaft für Reichskammergerichtsforschung) and a corresponding member of the Andalusian Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Dr. Paul de Hert

Paul De Hert is an international fundamental rights expert, with work on human rights and criminal and surveillance law, constitutionalism and the impact of technology on law. He is interested both in legal practice and more fundamental reflections about law.
He is professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and  associated-professor at Tilburg University where he teaches “Privacy and Data Protection” at the Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology, and Society (TILT).

At the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Paul De Hert holds the chair of ‘International,  European and Belgian Criminal Law’ and ‘The History of Constitutionalism’. In the past he has taught ‘Human Rights’, ‘Legal theory’ and ‘Constitutional criminal law’. He is Director of the Research Group on Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism (FRC), Director of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Law (Metajuridics) and a core member of the Research Group Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS).  He is an associated-professor at Tilburg University where he teaches “Privacy and Data Protection” at Master level at the Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology, and Society (TILT).

He is member of the editorial boards of several national and international scientific journals, including the Inter-American and European Human Rights Journal (Intersentia), Criminal Law & Philosophy (Springer), The Computer Law & Security Review (Elsevier) and the International Journal On Advances in Security (Iaria). He is co-editor in chief of the Supranational Criminal Law Series (Intersentia) and the New Journal of European Criminal Law (Intersentia). He is editor in chief of the Flemish human rights journal Tijdschrift voor Mensenrechten.

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Dziadzio

Prof. Andrzej Dziadzio is a research worker at the Department of History of State and Law at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. His main subject area is the legal history of Habsburg Empire and the political history of Galicia. He has published two books on this matter: „The Constitutional Monarchy in Austria 1867-1914. Authority-Citizen-Law” and „Press Censorship in Austria 1862-1914. A Legal-Historical Study”. He is also an author of a university textbook „History of Law” and other publications on the history of judicial law. His academic interests  include Polish and European constitutionalism of 18th and 19th century. He has published numerous articles on the Polish 1791 constitution, the German 19th century constitutionalism, and the Rechtsstaat doctrine.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Engel

If I can make a contribution to the ReConFort project, it must be the contribution of an interested outsider. I am not a historian, but a lawyer specializing on the behavioral foundations of legal rules. Why does society need legal intervention in the first place? Does the rule in question reach its stated goals? And is there reason to believe that rules will actually be designed and applied such that they serve a meaningful purpose? Answering all of these questions requires a thorough understanding of the behavior of the law’s subjects, and of legal officers. In my own work, I mainly use experimental methods to answer these questions. Now the ReConFort project is not experimental, and the guiding paradigm is not (predominantly) individualistic. I do not mean to convince the project to adopt my method and paradigm. But I may hopefully be able to contribute from many years of experience with interdisciplinary work on legal issues.

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Gosalbo Bono

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Gosalbo Bono  is the director of the External Relations Team at the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union covering legal questions relating to the exercise of the EC external competences, trade, WTO Law, internal market, environment, transport, agriculture and development cooperation. He is a Professor of Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and has received a Doctor of Laws at the University of Valencia (Spain) in 1976 and a Doctor of Philosophy at Cambridge University (United Kingdom). He had visiting professorships in Cambridge, Paris, Florence, Pittsburgh and Hamburg. Further academic stages include the University of Valencia, the Université de Genève, the University "Menéndez v Pelavo" in Valencia,  the University of Barcelona and the Europa-Kolleg at the University of Hamburg.

He is a Member of the Spanish Bar, Member of the Middle Temple Inn of Court in London, Honorary Member of the Mount Vermont Bar Association in New York and a Member of the Asociación Española de Profesores de Derecho Internacional y Relaciones Internacionales and the Société de législation comparée.

His main interests and expertise include Comparative Law (Public and Private), Legal History, International Law and European Union Law.

Prof. Dr. Luigi Lacchè

Luigi Lacché is professor of Legal History at the Department of Law of the University of Macerata, Italy. Since the first November 2010 he is the Rector of the University of Macerata. His major research interests are on comparative constitutional history, legal European history, criminal law and justice, administrative law, law and literature.

He has founded the Journal of Constitutional History/Giornale di Storia Costituzionale, published twice a year since 2001 ( The Journal is included in SCOPUS and in many other international databases. He is member of the Scientific Committee of the periodicals: The Western Australian Jurist (Perth),  Historia constitucional (Spain, Oviedo), Crime, Histoire & Sociétés – Crime, History & Societies, (Geneva, Droz), Déviance et société (Paris, Editions Médecine & Hygiène), Quaderni fiorentini per la storia del pensiero giuridico moderno (Milan, Giuffrè), Rivista di storia del diritto italiano (Turin). He is member of the Conseil scientifique of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme of Grenoble and of the editorial series “Rechtsgeschichte und Rechtsgeschehen. Italien”, edited by Lit Verlag.


Supporting members

Prof. Dr. Harald Kosch

Prof. Dr. Harald Kosch is a full professor and the head of the Chair of Distributed Information Systems, which comprises currently about 10 researchers. His research topics are multimedia metadata, multimedia and databases, middleware, and Internet applications. He started his research career at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 1993 as a postgraduate student and entered the PhD program in 1994, completing it in June 1997. In 2002, he attained the habilitation degree at the University of Klagenfurt. In March 2006, he took over the Chair of Distributed Information Systems at the University of Passau. Prof. Kosch successfully participated in MPEG and W3C standardization processes, is one of the co-founders of the multimedia metadata community, and owns several patents. Currently, he is involved in five international research projects, focusing on distributed multimedia systems and databases, and especially on scientific applications. At the same time, he is engaged in French-German research management and is the Vice-Chair of the Scientific Council of the French-German University in Saarbrücken.

Dr. Wolfgang Thiel

Dr. Wolfgang Thiel, is the head of the Unit "Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities | Security Research" at the Bavarian Research Alliance GmbH (BayFOR) in Munich.

In this position, he acts as a central regional contact point for all researchers in Bavaria in the wider scientific fields of socio-political, economic, cultural and humanities studies at 11 state universities and 20 universities of applied sciences in Bavaria who are interested in participating at or already involved in EU-funded SSH-driven research projects. In addition to providing targeted information and to giving advice to the scientific community in Bavaria, his major tasks are to establish links and to enlarge relevant thematic-scientific  networks between SSH scholars based in Bavaria and other researchers in Europe. He is committed to enable and facilitate cross-border research collaboration by initiating RTD collaborative projects or by providing opportunities to participate at respective EU programmes and projects. Moreover, he assists EU consortia in conceptualizing the set-up and framework of their project ideas, in identifying additional partners and in compiling their proposals with a particular focus now on ‘Horizon 2020’.

In the context of ReConFort, Mr. Thiel will act as a supporting member for the entire research team. He will turn his attention particularly to scientific quality assurance, public outreach and dissemination. He is looking forward to stay in touch and constant exchange with the Principal Investigator at the University of Passau and her Research Team, and will provide relevant input and information on any opportunities arising during the lifetime of the project to enhance the impact of results to be produced and, finally, the sustainability of the research work to be conducted.