Diana Wallis

Senior Fellow in Law

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


01482 462026

Diana Wallis was an MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber for 13 years, and also served as Vice President of the European Parliament for five years and as President of the European Law Institute from 2013 to 2017.

After qualifying as a solicitor, she worked as a partner in London law firms where she developed a cross-border litigation practice which she later brought to Hull firm Rollits.

Diana originally joined the Law School in the 1990s, lecturing part-time in comparative law and European business law, and helping to develop the Comparative Law module which is still taught today.


Research Interests

  • ADR and civil procedure

  • Private international law

  • Mediation and arbitration

  • EU law

Research groups

  • Undertaking PhD research at the University of Maastricht under the working title 'Looking for Justice? The Role of the European Parliament in European Private Law 1999 - 2014'


Wallis D, Arnold S and Idris Jones B, Forgotten Enlargement – Future EU Relations with Iceland, Norway and Switzerland (2nd edn, Centre for Reform 2004)

Wallis D and Arnold S (eds), The Spitsbergen Treaty: Multilateral Governance in the Arctic (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Applied International Law Network 2011)()

Wallis D and Allanson S (eds), European Property Rights and Wrongs (Diana Wallis 2010)

Wallis D, ‘Common European Sales Law and the Media: Reduction of Complexity or Scaremongering?’ in Lehmann M (ed), Common European Sales Law meets Reality (Sellier 2014)

Wallis D, 'Designing Holistic and Justice based Approach to mediation and Consumer ADR in the EU', in Bujosa Vadell L and Gallardo Rodriguez A (eds), Electronic Mediation: A Comparative Perspective (Comares 2016 )


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • European Union Law

  • International Commercial Arbitration

  • Private International Law

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (London)

  • MA Local Government (Kent)

  • LPC (College of Law)

  • Accredited CEDR Mediator

  • Civil Mediation Council Registered Mediator

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators MICArb

External roles

  • Past President of the European Law Institute

  • Honorary Associate of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of The British institute of International and Comparative Law

  • Member of the EU Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the European Law Academy, Trier, Germany

  • Independent Chair of Joint Arbitration Commitee on Non-Print Legal Deposit

  • Member of Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution CEDR Commercial Mediation Panel

  • Past Board Member, International Mediation Institute

  • Editorial Member, The Arctic Yearbook

  • Advisory Board Member, The Global Journal of Comparative Law

Awards and accolades

  • Honorary Fellow, Chartered Institute of Linguists

Professional highlights

  • Served in local politics, as Deputy Leader of the East Riding Council

  • Elected to the European Parliament in 1999 and twice re-elected in 2004 and 2009

  • Played a key role in negotiating with the European Commission the joint Transparency Register for lobbyists and others, and central to the team which drafted the new Code of Conduct for MEPs

  • Continues to provide expertise to a wide range of organisations in the areas of European Law, alternative dispute resolution, linguistics and legal justice