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International Academic Council

Strategically important cross-border analysis

About the IAC

Fide's International Academic Council has been constituted with the overall aim to continue strengthening Fide's presence internationally and contribute to cross-border analyzes of current topics. The high standard body of professionals from countries in three continents, will collaborate strategically to identify and consider subjects which are topical and strategically important in a cross-border context.

The members of Fide's International Academic Council meet regularly to discuss relevant topics, proposals, and exchange opportunities to collaborate and develop a calendar of activities which allows for activities aligned with the aim and vision of the Fide's International Academic Council.

Main work areas

Artificial Intelligence

Digital Economy

Digital Revolution

Nationalism and Populism

Given Fide's aim of growing its international activities, creating an International Academic Council is a logical next step, and will provide a wide spectrum of perspectives from professional based in different countries and different parts of the world. I think Fide has an exciting agenda for future International Congresses and workshops, and my goal is to contribute to it with advice and practical input, including news blogs on key legal issues for Fide's website.

Professor Derrick Wyatt QC

Mission statement

FIDE's International Academic Council (IAC) is multi-disciplinary in approach; it learns from international collaboration, challenging pre-conceptions and drawing on the best international comparators; it facilitates the development of cross-border solutions to the most significant challenges in order to assist the decision-makers, national and international. 


Fide's International Academic Council places a great deal of if importance on ensuring its activities remain open and transparent to Fide's members. To guarantee that at any given time, an interested party can know what's being done, how it's being done and when these actions are taking place, we publish the IAC's «Meeting notes».

Meet the IAC


Christopher Muttukumaru, CB DL

Barrister and chair of FIDE's International Academic Council

Barrister and chair of FIDE's International Academic Council. He is a consultant to Eversheds-Sutherland (International) LLP. He is a Bencher of Gray's Inn. In his earlier career, Christopher was General Counsel to the UK Department for Transport, where he was chief legal adviser to eight successive Secretaries of State, as well as a member of its Executive Board. His other UK Government roles included being Secretary to the independent Inquiry by Lord Scott into arms exports to Iraq and principal legal adviser to the UK Attorney-General on EC Law issues. After leaving government service, he became a member of Monckton Chambers in London.

Reiko aoki

Commissioner of Japan Fair Trade Commission. Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Auckland

Commissioner of Japan Fair Trade Commission. She is the current President of Japan Law and Economics Association. She has conducted research and published on economics of patents, patent pools, standards, innovation and intergenerational political economy. She had academic positions at the Ohio State University, SUNY Stony Brook, University of Auckland and Hitotsubashi University. She served as Executive Member of Council for Science and Technology Policy, Japanese Cabinet Office 2009-2014 and Member of Science Council of Japan 2014-2016. Prior to joining the JFTC, she was Executive Vice-President (International, Gender Equality, and Intellectual Property) at Kyushu University. She received her BS from University of Tokyo and PhD in economics and MS in statistics from Stanford University.

Rosario Cospedal

General Director of Genomics

General Director of Genomics, since March 2006. Since June 2001, she has been part of Genomics, Zeltia group, as Director of R&D. Later, in 2003, she held the position of Quality Manager and Technical Director of this company. Management Development Program at IESE Business School (2005-2006). National Biotechnology Award, 2010. Head of European Market Studies and Analysis at IMS HEALTH. She also has several scientific publications and communications at national and international level. Degree in Pharmacy from the Complutense University of Madrid. PhD in Biochemistry from the University of London. Post-doctoral stay at the Collége de France in Paris. Golden Master's degree from the Royal Forum for Senior Management.

Manuel Desantes

Professor of Private International Law at the University of Alicante since 1992 and Member [of the council] of the firm Elzaburu

Professor of Private International Law at the University of Alicante since 1992 and Member Of Counsel of the firm Elzaburu. Former Vice President of the European Patent Office (Munich), Former Vice-Rector and Acting Rector of the University of Alicante, Former Director and founder of Magister Lvcentinvs (Master in Industrial and Intellectual Property) of the University of Alicante and Former Member of the Legal Service of the European Commission. Member of the Eisenhower Foundation, Member of the UNICEF Valencian Community Council. Co-Director of the Global Digital Encounters. Member of Fide's Academic Council.

Javier Fernandez-Lasquetty

Lawyer and partner of Elzaburu

Partner at Elzaburu SLP, specialized in Intellectual Property and ICT, Elzaburu. Appears in the leading international legal directories. Since 1988, he has been a Professor of Intellectual Property at IE Law School, Instituto de Empresa, in various LLM Programs. Invited Professor at the Universidad Autonoma, Universidad Carlos III and Universidad de Navarra, LLM programmes. Panelist at WIPO's Arbitration and Mediation Center, Professor of the WIPO Academy. Academic Coordinator of the Global Digital Encounters. Member of Fide's Academic Council.

Frederic Jenny

Professor Emeritus of Economics at ESSEC Business School in Paris

Professor Emeritus of Economics at ESSEC Business School in Paris. He is Chairman of the OECD Competition Committee (since 1994), and Co-Director of the European Center for Law and Economics of ESSEC (since 2008). He was previously Non Executive Director of the Office of Fair Trading in the United Kingdom (2007-2014), Judge on the French Supreme Court (Cour de cassation, Economic Commercial and Financial Chamber) from 2004 to August 2012, Vice Chair of the French Competition Authority (1993-2004) and President of the WTO Working Group on Trade and Competition (1997-2004). He was Global Professor of Antitrust in the New York University School of Law's Hauser Global Law School (2014 and 2017), visiting professor at University College London Law School (2005-2012), Haifa University School of Law in Israel (2012), University of Capetown Business School in South Africa (1991), Keio University Department of economics in Japan (1984), Northwestern University Department of Economics in the United States (1978). He holds a Ph.D in Economics from Harvard University, a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Paris and an MBA degree from ESSEC Business School.

Cristina Jimenez Savurido

President and founder of Fide

President and founder of Fide, a foundation for research on law and business. Ella lawyer of the Bar Association of Madrid since 2000, she having developed most of her career as a lawyer in the fields of bankruptcy, procedural and corporate law. Mediator accredited by CEDR, Center for Effective Dispute Resolution of London. Magistrate, a position she held from 1990 to 1999 when she requested a leave of absence. Throughout her professional life, she has occupied different positions in private training institutions, has founded research and study centers in the legal area and has participated in different publications, training courses and other activities related to the world of law and economics.

Jorge Padilla

Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe

Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe. He is a Research Fellow at the Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI, Madrid) and teaches competition economics at the Executive Education program of the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE). He has given expert testimony before the competition authorities and courts of several EU member states, as well as in cases before the European Commission. Dr. Padilla has submitted written testimony to the European General Court, and the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal in cartel, merger control and abuse of dominance cases. He has also given expert testimony in various civil litigation (damages), international arbitration cases, and competition cases in non-EU jurisdictions (Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Israel, Jamaica, South Africa and Turkey). Dr. Padilla has written numerous papers on competition policy and industrial organization. He is also co-author of The Law and Economics of Article 102 TFEU, 3rd edition, Hart Publishing, 2020.

Marie-Pierre King

Professor of Russian and Soviet History at the University Pantheon-Sorbonne

Marie-Pierre Rey is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris). She holds a PhD (1989) and an accreditation to supervise research (1997) in Modern History. From 1988, she has been Professor of Russian and Soviet History at the University Pantheon-Sorbonne and since 2017, also director of the Sorbonne research program 'Identities, international relations, and civilizations of Europe'.

As a specialist of Russian-European relations and Russian history she has written numerous books and articles. Among her publications of her: Alexandre Ier, the Tsar who defeated Napoleon: Flammarion 2009, 2013 and 2020, translated in English and in Russian; an Atlas historique de la Russie: Autrement, 2017 and 2019, co-written with FX Nérard; The Euromissile Crisis and the End of the Cold War, coedited with L. Nuti, F. Bozo and B. Rother: Stanford, 2015); Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe, 1945-1990 coedited with L. Nuti, F. Bozo and B. Rother: Berghann, 2012;  Europe and the end of the Cold War, a reappraisal, coedited with F. Bozo, NP Ludlow and L. Nuti: Routledge, 2008.

MP Rey is also a member of the scientific Board of several academic journals; she is president of the scientific council of the French university colleges in Russia, a member of the scientific board of the Paulsen scholarship program at the LSE and a member of the coordinating Council of the Trianon Dialogue.

Derrick Wyatt QC

Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Oxford

Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Oxford. At Oxford I have taught EU Law, Constitutional law, and International Law. I have written extensively on EU law. Before retiring from legal practice in 2018, he appeared in numerous cases before the EU Courts in Luxembourg, and represented and / or advised businesses and governments. He has recently written for UK think-tanks on judicial reform in the UK, and on procedures for ratifying EU trade agreements.

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