Prof. Takis Tridimas, Founding Director of the Luxembourg Centre for European Law; Credit: University of Luxembourg

On Tuesday 11 June 2024, the University of Luxembourg announced the appointment of Professor Takis Tridimas as the Founding Director of the Luxembourg Centre for European Law, the university's fourth interdisciplinary research centre.

This appointment, effective on 1 October 2024, was made by the university's Board of Governors on the recommendation of the rector during its plenary session on Friday 7 June 2024.

As reported by the University of Luxembourg, the creation of the Luxembourg Centre for European Law aims to strengthen research and studies in European law in a context marked by increasing legal and political challenges within the European Union. The mission of this centre is to combine academic excellence with strategic research, including knowledge transfer to society and participation in public debate. It will seek to unify the expertise of the university and European institutions, while relying on international collaborations.

Prof. Tridimas is a world-renowned academic known for his work in European law and one of the most frequently cited authors by the Advocates General of the European Court of Justice. Before joining King's College London in 2013, he held the Sir John Lubbock Chair in Banking Law at Queen Mary College, University of London. He also served as a référendaire (law clerk) to Advocate General Sir Francis Jacobs at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and was the Chief Legal Advisor to the EU Presidency in 2003.

"I am very proud that Prof. Tridimas has chosen to join the University of Luxembourg. We created the Luxembourg Centre for European Law at the same time we integrated the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg (MPI). As Founding Director, Prof. Tridimas will bring a strategic vision and dynamism that will enable the centre to become a benchmark in the field," stated Rector Jens Kreisel.

Prof. Tridimas expressed his enthusiasm about leading this new centre: "I am honoured by this appointment and look forward to contributing to the development of a centre of excellence in European law. I am convinced that our interdisciplinary approach and international partnerships will address the current and future challenges of Europe."

The University of Luxembourg also expressed its "deep gratitude" to Prof. Pierre-Henri Conac, who has been serving as the Interim Director of the Luxembourg Centre for European Law since January 2024. "His leadership and commitment have been essential in laying the strong foundations upon which the centre will develop and thrive under Prof. Tridimas' direction," concluded the university statement.