ENCLE Board

Cristina Amato (L.L.M., PhD. In Comparative Law, Esquire) is an associate professor of Comparative Law and Legal Clinics at the Brescia Law Department. Clinical legal education is mainly devoted to consumer law and civil law cases. She also runs classes of civil law training practitioners to the legal professions, at Brescia School of Legal Professions. She has been visiting professor in several European universities, and she is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. She has published numerous essays, comments and books in different areas of law: consumer protection, civil liability, European contract law, breach of contract and damages. She has been Chairman of the Centre of Comparative Studies (CeDESC)  between March 2005 and October 2013; at present the CeSDEC has been transformed in OSDEC (???Osservatorio di diritto Europeo e Comparato’), under her direction. She has therefore acquired a significant experience in managing third party research groups.

 

Katsiaryna Beliakova is an associate professor at the Law Faculty of Vitebsk State University, Belarus and also a supervisor at the legal clinic (founded in 2007). Her PhD thesis was devoted to the problems of the system of Belarusian legislation and her research and practical interests also lay on the field of clinical legal education. Beliakova was the member of working group for the Standards of CLE in Belarus, member of GAJE. Now she and her Belarusian colleagues pay much attention to the preparing of new supervisors for the  legal clinics in Belarus.

 

Katarzyna Furman is an assistant professor in the Legal Clinic department at the University of Warsaw. She coordinates the work of the university’s harm reduction section, the only section in Poland that provides pro bono legal help for drug users and people living with HIV.  She completed a Ph.D. in forensic science and is a member of the Board of Warsaw section at the Polish Forensic Association. Furman is also a legal practitioner and author of several publications devoted mainly to clinical legal education in Poland and Eastern Europe and forensic science.

 

Angelo Maestroni is ENCLE Board member since 2017. He is a qualified lawyer (@ the Milan Bar) and is teaching public law institutions in economics and business master’s programmes at the Department of Business, Economics and Quantitative Methods of the University of Bergamo. In 2012, in collaboration with the WWF Italia ONG Onlus, he became the professor in charge of the first legal clinic active in teaching environmental law as part of the national and international corporate law degree programme (previously company legal expert) for bachelor degrees in Legal Services Sciences and in the Case Law Master programme at the University of Bergamo. In addition, he is member of the scientific committee of Rivista Giuridica dell’Ambiente, earned Level II national Scientific Qualification in Constitutional Law and has been a member of the promotion/monitoring committee for meeting places for people with cognitive decline within the framework of the EU JPND MEETINGDEM project (MIUR, decree 3970, 19 November 2014). Finally, he has conceived and conducted various research projects on legal clinical matters including Clinica legale in ambito sociosanitario tra terza missione universitaria, sussidiarietà orizzontale, giustizia sociale e beni comuni (art. 22, no. 240/ 2010, Italian Talent Young Researchers) and has been founding member of the Coordinamento nazionale delle cliniche legali italiane.

 

Paul McKeown is a senior lecturer and a solicitor at Northumbria University, U.K.  He works primarily in the Student Law Office, a legal clinic allowing students to participate in legal practice. He supervises students in employment, housing and general civil disputes and aims to develop their legal skills.  Additionally, he is a founding trustee of the North East Legal Support Trust and worked with LawWorks to establish the North East Pro Bono Hub. McKeown's research interests include clinical legal education, housing and employment law.   As well as being an editor for the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, Paul has contributed to the book “A Student Guide to Clinical Legal Education and Pro Bono”.

 

Ruth M. Mestre is a professor of jurisprudence and legal theory at the University of Valencia and member of the Human Rights Institute. Master in legal theory (Brussels 1995) and master in sociology of law (Oñati 1997), she has been Marie Curie Fellow at CRER-Warwick University (2003-2004). Her lines of research are feminist legal theory, equality and non-discrimination, citizenship, multiculturallism and women’s rights and clinical legal education. She is a promoter of the clinical legal education in Valencia from 2006, she is now the Director of the Clínica Jurídica per la justicia social de la Universitat de València, which includes 5 different strands. 

 

Ulrich Stege  is an International University College of Turin (IUC) (www.iuctorino.it) Faculty Member, Director of the IUC Clinic Legal Education Program. In addition, until recently, he has been Lecturer at the Law Clinic of the University of Pretoria (South Africa). He studied law in Germany, France and Belgium. Beside his role at the IUC, he is practicing as a qualified lawyer in Italy and Germany (admitted to the Bar in Germany and Italy). He acted as speaker, expert and trainer in numerous conferences, international expert groups and Training of Trainers (mainly related to European Law, Asylum and Immigration Law, Clinical Legal Education, etc.). He is founding member and Executive Secretary of the ENCLE (European Network for Clinical Legal Education), Steering Committee member of the GAJE (Global Alliance for Justice Education) and member of ASGI (Associazione per gli Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione) and the Migration Law Network (Germany).

 

Maxim Tomoszek works as a senior lecturer in the Department of Constitutional Law and Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of Palacký University and director of the Centre for Clinical Legal Education. The clinical program developed by the Centre for Clinical Legal Education, in cooperation with local lawyers and NGOs, is the largest in the Czech Republic. He has been a member of Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAFE) and since 2013, member of its steering committee. In 2013, he became the president of the European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE). He co-edited Kurz právnických dovedností (Legal Skills Course textbook) and has published several papers on clinical legal education.

 

Jason Tucker is a Reader in Law and Deputy Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies (CPLS) at the School of Law and Politics (Cardiff University). Jason worked as a solicitor in private practice, and joined CPLS to teach on the vocational courses for aspiring solicitors and barristers. Jason has taught knowledge and skills subjects on both the Legal Practice Course and the Bar Professional Training Course. Since 2014 Jason has supervised a student advice project delivered in partnership with a leading learning disability charity, as part of the School's clinical legal education programme. In 2015, Jason was appointed as Associate Dean (Graduate Employability), College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and is responsible for developing the College's employability strategy. Away from the University, Jason sits as a magistrate in the adult criminal court and the Family Court, and as fee-paid Tribunal Judge hearing appeals in the Social Entitlement Chamber, which support his pedagogy by maintaining the currency of his practice experience.