Program Councils

Prof. Catherine Barnard

Professor of European Union Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge


Professor Catherine Barnard is Professor of European Union Law and the Jean Monnet Chair of EU Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include European Union law, labour and discrimination law, and competition law.

She has an MA from the University of Cambridge, an LL.M. from the European University Institute, and a PhD from Cambridge. Professor Barnard is a Fellow of Trinity College.


Magdalena Bernaciak, PhD

Senior researcher at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)


Magdalena Bernaciak is a Senior Researcher at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels. Her academic interests lie in the socioeconomic aspects of EU eastern enlargement and industrial relations in Central-Eastern Europe.

Magdalena completed her PhD studies in Political Science at Central European University in Budapest. She was also a visiting fellow at the Institute for Economic and Social Research (WSI) in Düsseldorf and the University of Warwick’s Industrial Relations Research Unit (IRRU).


Prof. Arkadiusz Sobczyk, PhD

Professor of Law


Managing Partner at A. Sobczyk & Współpracownicy Law Office. Founder of the oldest and largest boutique law firm in Poland which provides services only in labour law and which is dedicated exclusively to business.

He is a specialist in labour law with broad court and negotiation experience.


Prof. Leszek Mitrus, PhD

Professor of Law at the Jagiellonian University.

Lawyer. Professor at the Jagiellonian University. Author of approx. 90 publications in the field of labour law and social security law, including two books on the freedom of movement of workers. Specializes in labour law of the European Union. Member of the European Labour Law Network – a platform for dialogue between European labour law experts and European Commission’s official advisory board on issues relating to the labour law. Lecturer at many postgraduate trainings and trainings for judges. Member of the editorial board of the magazine ” Labour Law Monitor “.

Prof. Wanda Sułkowska, PhD

An expert in commercial, social, and health insurance. Head of the Department of Insurance of the Cracow University of Economics.


An expert in commercial, social, and health insurance. Head of the Department of Insurance of the Cracow University of Economics. Co-organiser of a cycle of international conferences on the development of the insurance market in Central and Eastern Europe that brought together participants from eight countries of that region. Author of numerous publications in terms of social and commercial insurance.


Frederic de Wispelaere

Senior research associate at Institute for Work and Society KU Leuven HIVA


Senior research associate at HIVA-KU Leuven . He holds a Master in Business Administration (EHSAL – Brussels) and a Master in corporate law (Ghent University – Law Faculty).

He is currently involved in the Network Statistics on free movement of workers, social security coordination and fraud and error. This network is set up by the European Commission DG EMPL to collect and analyse statistics and administrative data on those three fields. Within this network he is among others responsible for the annual report on the posting of workers. Furthermore he has published several papers and reports on the use and impact of posting from a perspective of sending and receiving Member States.


Marek Benio, PhD

Lawyer, graduate of Jagiellonian University, Ph.D. in economics

Vice President of Labour Mobility Initative Association


PhD in economics


Chairman of the Organizing Commitee of the IV European Labour Mobility Congress


Honorary member of Polish Association of Social Insurance (PSUS)


Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Economics and Administration at the Cracow University of Economics


Social insurance and labour law expert. Participated in international research programmes dedicated to pension systems. Author of publications on social security, labour law, public economics and administration. Supervised to a successful conclusion over two hundred masters theses and other papers.


One of top ten lecturers at  Cracow University of Economics