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 federations and other non-unitary market jurisdictions. He serves on the University Council.

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

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

Research

Research Interests

  • Law of International and Regional Economic Integration - Economic Constitutional Law: constitutionalisation of free trade in non-unitary jurisdictions

  • Federal jurisdictions - Australia - Australian Constitution: freedom of interstate trade (internal market); trade and commerce power (external market)
  • Supranational jurisdictions - European Union: - Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union: economic freedoms (internal market) and common commercial policy (external market)

  • Supranational jurisdictions - The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf - Charter and Economic Agreement: economic and monetary union
  • International jurisdiction - World Trade Organization - General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade: most-favoured-nation treatment and national treatment; free trade areas and customs unions

  • Preferential trade agreements and economic integration agreements: Mainland China and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement

Research groups

  • Overseas Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law

  • Fellow of the European Law Institute

  • 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 (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 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

  • The Law of Economic Integration: World Trade Organization and Preferential Trade Agreements (LLB)

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

  • International Political Economy (MSc in International Business)

Research PhDs

Professor Villalta Puig supervises in the areas of International Economic Law (preferential trade agreements and economic integration agreements: free trade areas and customs unions), Economic Law of the European Union (the economic freedoms of the internal market and the common commercial policy of the external market), and Australian and Comparative Constitutional Law as well as Commercial Law at large. These 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 role of constitutional courts in the constitutionalisation of free trade in federations and other non-unitary market jurisdictions, mostly by a comparative approach. He has a particular research interest in the economic constitutions of his two home jurisdictions, the European Union and the Commonwealth of Australia and the law and policy of economic relations between them. His other research interests include the constitutionalisation both of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf 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 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 several universities around the world

  • 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 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 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 Federal Circuit Court of Australia and counsel before the High Court of Australia, including the Attorney-General for the State of South Australia, and by the World Trade Organization

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 Meeting 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 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 anchorman, Nik Gowing, among other select 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

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 such major newspapers as 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 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