Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the ELI's administrative body, consisting of the President, two Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer, and three innominate members.



Christiane Wendehorst is professor of Law at the University of Vienna. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the Academia Europea, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the International Academy of Comparative Law and several international research groups. Wendehorst is one of the Founding Members of the ELI and has previously served as Treasurer and Vice-President.

First Vice-President

Lord John Thomas was a practicing barrister in England and Wales until 1996, a Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales (1996–2013) and then Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales (2013–2017). He was President of the European Network of Councils of the Judiciary (ENCJ) (2008–2010). He is President of the Qatar International Court, an active member of the Upper House of the UK Parliament, a practicing commercial arbitrator, chairman of a number of legal committees in London, Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Universities of Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea. He is one of ELI’s Founding Members. 

Second Vice-President

Pascal Pichonnaz is currently professor (since 2000) for Swiss contract law, Roman law, as well as European consumer law and comparative contract law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Fribourg. Pichonnaz was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 2014–2017 and published several books on various aspects of contract law (Swiss and comparative law), Roman law, as well as unfair competition and family law. Pichonnaz is also a member of several boards of legal periodicals. He is a standing member of the Jury of the Premio internazionale di diritto romano Gérard Boulvert and is active as an international commercial arbitrator (ICC, Swiss Rules-SCAI, ad hoc). He has been member of the board and then president in 2008–2009 of the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA). He is also currently Chair of the Swiss Federal Commission for Consumers.




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 Philippe & Partners. He is one of the ELI’s Founding Members.

Innominate Members of the Executive Committee

Anne Birgitte Gammeljord is a practising Danish Supreme Court lawyer. She is assistant lawyer in insolvency matters at the Maritime and Commercial Court in Denmark. She previously served on the Disciplinary Committee of the Danish Bar and Law Society and as a member of the Council of the Danish Bar and Law Society. She was President of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) in 2009 and has been a Member of the ELI Council and its Membership Committee since 2012.

Pietro Sirena is a Full Professor at Bocconi University. He has been Dean of Bocconi University’s School of Law since 2018. He is a director of the Società Italiana per la Ricerca nel Diritto Comparato-SIRD (since 2014), member of the Executive Board of the Society of European Contract Law (SECOLA) (since 2011), co-editor of the European Contract Law and Theory series (Intersentia) and Cultura giuridica e rapporti giuridici (Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane). Sirena is a member of several associations and boards of journals.

Fryderyk Zoll is currently professor at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow and the University of Osnabrück. He has been Visiting Professor in numerous universities. Furthermore, he is Doctor honoris causa of the Ternopil National University and a member of the Redaction Committee of Acquis Group, the Common Frame of Reference Team, the Polish Committee of Jurisprudence (‘Komitet Nauk Prawnych PAN’) and ELI. Zoll has been involved in various projects focusing on EU private law. Additionally, he is an arbitrator at the Arbitration Tribunal at the Polish Chamber of Commerce.