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Professor Gonzalo Villalta Puig

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

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • The Law School

Summary

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). 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 Review, Journal of World Trade, The Journal of World Investment & Trade, Legal Issues of Economic Integration, European Law Journal, European Law Review, European Foreign Affairs Review, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Australian Law Journal or Public Law Review, and in periodicals as diverse as The International Lawyer, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Company and Securities Law Journal, Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Chinese Journal of International Law, Hong Kong Law Journal, Arab Law Quarterly, Australian Quarterly, Law Society Journal, the Parliament of Australia's Papers on Parliament and the Parliament of Spain's Revista de las Cortes Generales, Anuario Español de Derecho Internacional, the American Bar Association's Public Contract Law Journal, Law in Context, The 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.

Book Chapter

Free trade as an Australian constitutional value: A functionalist approach to the interpretation of the economic constitution of Australia

Villalta Puig, G. (2018). Free trade as an Australian constitutional value: A functionalist approach to the interpretation of the economic constitution of Australia. In Australian Constitutional ValuesHart Publishing

Journal Article

Article 158(3) of the Hong Kong Basic Law and the Preliminary Reference Procedure of the European Union

Jiang, P., & Villalta Puig, G. (2018). Article 158(3) of the Hong Kong Basic Law and the Preliminary Reference Procedure of the European Union. Chicago journal of international law, 19(1), 1-29

China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone investor-state dispute settlement : an uncertain experiment

Villalta Puig, G., & Tsam Tai, S. L. (2017). China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone investor-state dispute settlement : an uncertain experiment. Journal of World Investment and Trade, 18(4), 673-711. https://doi.org/10.1163/22119000-12340055

Challenges and opportunities of the China – Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement

Villalta Puig, G., & Yee, A. T. H. (2017). Challenges and opportunities of the China – Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement. Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 40(1), 123-158

Drivers and difficulties in the economic relationship between Australia and the European Union: from conflict to cooperation

Villalta Puig, G. (2018). Drivers and difficulties in the economic relationship between Australia and the European Union: from conflict to cooperation. Australian journal of international affairs : the journal of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, 72(3), 240-254. https://doi.org/10.1080/10357718.2018.1453479

Postgraduate supervision

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.