Gonzalo Villalta Puig

Professor of Law and The University of Hull Chair in the Law of Economic Integration/ Head of School

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

School of Law and Politics

g.villalta.puig@hull.ac.uk

01482 466225

Professor Gonzalo Villalta Puig heads the School of Law and Politics and holds the established Chair in the Law of Economic Integration for his research into the constitutionalisation of free trade in non-unitary market jurisdictions. He serves on the University Council and is an executive member of The Committee of Heads of UK Law Schools.

Professor Villalta Puig was formerly Professor of Law and Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, which he served as Associate Dean (Research). He is a Fellow of the European Law Institute, an Overseas Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Professor Villalta Puig chairs the International Association of Constitutional Law’s Research Group for Constitutional Studies of Free Trade and Political Economy and is Associate Editor of the Global Journal of Comparative Law (Brill Nijhoff).

 

Research

Research Interests

  • Law of International and Regional Economic Integration - Economic Constitutional Law - Constitutionalisation of Free Trade in Non-Unitary Market Jurisdictions

  • Public International Law + International Economic Law - International Trade Law + International Investment Law

  • Public Law + Comparative Law + Political Economy + Federal Studies - Comparative Constitutional Law + Constitutional Political Economy - Economic Constitutional Law

  • Commercial Law - Sale of Goods

Research groups

  • Fellow of the European Law Institute

  • Overseas Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law

  • Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law

  • Chair, Research Group for Constitutional Studies of Free Trade and Political Economy, International Association of Constitutional Law

  • Deputy Convenor, Public Law Subject Section, The Society of Legal Scholars in the United Kingdom and Ireland (2009 – 2012)

  • Member, Committee on the Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals, International Law Association

  • Member, Committee on International Trade Law, International Law Association (2012 – 2014)

  • Member, Study Group on Preferential Trade Agreements, International Law Association (2013 – 2016)

  • Member, European Union Law Special Interest Group, European Law Institute

  • Member, Collaborative Research Committee, International Association of Law Schools

  • Member, Federal Markets ‘Momentum’ Research Group, Institute for Legal Studies, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Publications

Gonzalo Villalta Puig, Economic Relations between Australia and the European Union: Law and Policy (Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International, 2014) i-xxxviii, 1-341 (ISBN 9789041134059). 

Gonzalo Villalta Puig, The High Court of Australia and Section 92 of the Australian Constitution (Sydney: Thomson Lawbook Co, 2008) i-xxv, 1-278 (ISBN 9780455225982). 

The Hon Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC of the High Court of Australia and Gonzalo Villalta Puig, ‘The Constitutionalisation of Free Trade by the High Court of Australia and the Court of Justice of the European Union’, (2014) 3(1) Global Journal of Comparative Law 34-49. 

Gonzalo Villalta Puig and Eric D Dalke, ‘Nature and Enforceability of WTO-plus SPS and TBT Provisions in Canada’s PTAs: From NAFTA to CETA’ (2016) 15(1) World Trade Review 51-83.

Gonzalo Villalta Puig, ‘European Union Excise Duties and Section 90 of the Australian Constitution’ (2010) 16(5) European Law Journal 658-684 (with Roshan Chaile).

Gonzalo Villalta Puig and Amer Al-Khodiry, ‘Economic and Monetary Union of the Gulf Cooperation Council’ (2012) 46(1) Journal of World Trade 121-154.

Full list

Teaching

Programmes taught on (2018)

Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Law and Politics of Free Trade: from Trump and Brexit to the Belt and Road (LLB)

  • International Political Economy (MSc in International Business)

  • International Trade Law: World Trade Organization v Preferential Trade Agreement (Master of Laws in International Law (Global Economy and Asia-Europe Trade and Investment)

  • Asia –Europe Economic Relations under the Belt and Road Initiative (Master of Laws in International Law (Global Economy and Asia-Europe Trade and Investment)

Research PhDs

Professor Villalta Puig teaches and supervises in the areas of International Economic Law, Law of the European Union, Comparative Constitutional Law as well as Commercial Law at large. These subject areas correspond with his specialisation in Economic Constitutional Law and, through it, the Law of International and Regional Economic Integration.

Within that specialisation, Professor Villalta Puig researches the constitutionalisation of free trade in international and supranational, regional and cross-regional, non-unitary market jurisdictions. He has a particular research interest in the economic constitutions of his two home jurisdictions, the European Union and Australia and the regulation of economic relations between them. His other research interests include the constitutionalisation both of The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (Gulf Cooperation Council) as an economic and monetary union and the free trade area under the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement between the customs territories of the People’s Republic of China and its Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (La Trobe University)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science (Australian National University)

  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours (Australian National University)

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Merit (Australian National University)

  • Master of Laws (University of Canberra)

  • Master of Laws in Global Business Law (La Trobe University)

  • Doctor of Juridical Science (La Trobe University)

  • Lawyer of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

  • Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

External roles

  • Chair of the Research Group for Constitutional Studies of Free Trade and Political Economy of the International Association of Constitutional Law

  • Member of the Executive Committee of The Committee of Heads of UK Law Schools

  • Member of the Committee on the Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals of the International Law Association

  • Served on the now dissolved Committee on International Trade Law of the International Law Association

  • Served on the now dissolved Study Group on Preferential Trade Agreements of the International Law Association

  • Served on the Full Council of the International Law Association

  • Former Secretary of the Hong Kong Branch of the International Law Association

  • Former Deputy Convenor of the Public Law Subject Section of The Society of Legal Scholars in the United Kingdom and Ireland

  • Member of the Collaborative Research Committee of the International Association of Law Schools

  • Co-founding Editor and Associate Editor of the Global Journal of Comparative Law (Brill Nijhoff)

  • Serves on the editorial board of several periodicals and, earlier, the Bracton Law Journal

  • Former Director of the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development, Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Master of Laws Programme in Law and Economics, Utrecht University

  • Member of the Faculty Council, Hanoi Law University

  • Visiting Professor at Utrecht University, Bocconi University, University of Navarra, Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE), The University of Auckland, Waseda University, Foreign Trade University, Hanoi Law University and Universiti Teknologi MARA

  • Former Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Studies (Australian National University)

  • Former Honorary Associate of La Trobe University

  • Peer reviewer for the Higher Education Academy, the Austrian Science Fund, Research Foundation – Flanders, Luxembourg National Research Fund, the Government of Portugal’s Foundation for Science and Technology, and the Government of South Africa’s National Research Foundation and numerous universities around the world as external examiner and assessor.

  • Judge of the European Law Students’ Association Moot Court Competition on the Law of the World Trade Organization, The Willem C Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot and The Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, among other student competitions

  • Consultant to the European Commission

Awards and accolades

  • Overseas Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law for ‘exceptional distinction in the discipline of law’

  • Fellow of the European Law Institute

  • Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law

  • Research Excellence Award for ‘remarkable accomplishment in research’, Young Researcher Award and High-Impact Scholarship Award from The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Scholar of the International Bar Association

Professional highlights

Head of the School of Law and Politics and Professor of Law at The University of Hull.

Inaugural holder of The University of Hull established Chair in the Law of Economic Integration.

Serves on the Council of The University of Hull.

Formerly Professor of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Outstanding Fellow of its Faculty of Law.

Served as Associate Dean (Research) and Associate Dean (Development and External Affairs) of the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Doctor of Juridical Science, Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Elected to the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Law in recognition of his ‘exceptional distinction in the discipline of law’.

Elected to the Fellowship of the European Law Institute for his active engagement in European legal development.

Elected Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Has authored close to 100 publications, mainly on matters of constitutional economics and legal issues of economic integration, including six monographs and textbooks and more than sixty articles in journals with a high impact in his area of specialisation, such as the World Trade ReviewJournal of World TradeThe Journal of World Investment & TradeLegal Issues of Economic IntegrationEuropean Law JournalEuropean Law ReviewEuropean Foreign Affairs ReviewAustralian Journal of International Affairs, Australian Law Journal or Public Law Review, and in periodicals as diverse as The International LawyerJournal of Corporate Law StudiesCompany and Securities Law JournalLloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law QuarterlyChinese Journal of International LawHong Kong Law JournalArab Law QuarterlyAustralian QuarterlyLaw Society Journal, the Parliament of Australia’s Papers on Parliament and the Parliament of Spain’s Revista de las Cortes GeneralesAnuario Español de Derecho Internacional, the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law JournalLaw in ContextThe Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education or the Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education.

Has written with The Hon Chief Justice Justice Susan Kiefel AC of the High Court of Australia and other prominent jurists.

Cited by the World Trade Organization, European Commission (Directorate-General for Trade) and Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Cited by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and counsel before the High Court of Australia, including the Attorney-General for the State of South Australia.

Presented papers at national and international conferences, including the World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law, the Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law, the Annual Conference of The International Society of Public Law, the Conference of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies, the Conference of The Society of Legal Scholars and the Conference of The Australasian Law Teachers Association.

Given keynote speeches and presented at multiple seminars and colloquia, such as at the Europa Institute (Leiden University), the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies (King’s College London), and the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies (Government of Spain.)

Regularly lectures for the Department of Justice (Treaties and Law Unit: International Law Division) and the Trade and Industry Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

Participated at the 7th Global Economic Symposium together with the Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences, Prof Joseph Stiglitz, the former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Pascal Lamy, and BBC World News journalist, Nik Gowing, among other policy, business, academic and media leaders.

Nominated by the Delegation of the European Union to Australia to participate in the inaugural European Union – Australia Senior Leaders’ Forum, with the support of HE Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission as well as The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Invited by the Australian Government through the Office of Trade Negotiations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to inform consultations on Australia’s Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Hong Kong, the Pacific Alliance, European Union, Indonesia and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

Written for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, the European Commission and research institutes like the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Institute of European Studies.)

Appeared in Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio Television Hong Kong productions and contributed to the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), China Daily (Hong Kong), The Age (Melbourne) and Okaz (Riyadh.)

Awarded significant external and internal research grants, including a HKD 1 million (approx) General Research Fund from the Research Grants Council – University Grants Committee (Hong Kong) and a fund from the Education Bureau, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

Practised commercial law with Clayton Utz, Australia’s leading independent law firm and one of the largest law firms in the world.

Served on the Legal Profession Act and Ethics Committee of the Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory and various committees of the International Bar Association.

Served as a Justice of the Peace of the Australian Capital Territory.

Was a Scholar of the International Bar Association.

Former member of the Court of Governors of The University of Liverpool.

Former External Examiner for the Solicitors Regulation Authority, The Law Society.

Graduated from the Australian National University.