As of 1 January 2016, Giuseppe BARBAGALLO retired from the Italian Council of State. For many years, Mr Barbagallo has been a welcome guest at several ACA-Europe activities being the contact person for the Italian Council of State. His dedication and commitment has been very much appreciated. The Secretariat General wants to express its sincere gratitude for his loyal support and congratulates Mr Barbagallo on his retirement.
By Grand-Ducal Decree of March 30, 2016, Mr Georges WIVENES was appointed President of Council of State where he has been a member since August 1, 2006. He assumed the position of Vice President since November 15, 2015 and now succeeds Madam Viviane Ecker at the top level.
Justice Toril Marie ØIE was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway in March 2016. She is the 20th Chief Justice in the 200 year history of the Supreme Court and the first women to hold this office. She succeeds the former Chief Justice, Tore Schei.
Chief Justice Øie was born in Oslo in 1960. She graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo in 1986.
From 1986 to 2004, she was employed at the Legislation Department of the Ministry of Justice and the Police – from 1990 as a Legal Adviser and from 2000 as a Deputy Director General and Head of the Unit for Criminal Law and Procedure.
From 1988 until 1990, Toril Marie Øie took leave of absence from the Legislation Department to serve as a Deputy Judge and later an Acting District Court Judge and Acting Chief Judge at Strømmen District Court.
In the years between 1994 and 2002, in addition to her post at the Legislative Department, she was also a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Public Law, University of Oslo giving lectures on criminal law, criminal procedure and civil procedure.
She has been appointed Supreme Court Justice in August 2004.
Chief Justice Øie has been a member of the local Norwegian board of the Nordic Conferences of Lawyers since 2008. She has previously been Subject Editor of Norsk lovkommentar (Norwegian Law Comments) from 2011 to 2015 and has held various public offices. She has written two textbooks on criminal law, is co-author of commentaries on the Dispute Act, is co-editor of the Supreme Court’s bicentenary publication and commemorative volume to Tore Schei, and has also written a number of articles, mainly on criminal law and procedure.
On February 17th 2016, the President of the Republic of Poland appointed prof. dr hab. Marek ZIRK – SADOWSKI for the six-year term of office of the President of the Supreme Administrative Court of Poland. The nomination was preceded by the resolution of the General Assembly of Judges of the Supreme Administrative Court of 30th November 2015 proposing Professor Marek Zirk-Sadowski for the office of the President of the Supreme Administrative Court.
Professor Zirk-Sadowski LL.D. LL.D (habilitated) graduated law and philosophy at the University of Łódź. His academic career was closely associated with the University where he first started to work as an intern-assistant in the Department of Administrative Law (1973). In 1990 he became an Associate Professor and a Full Professor in 2000. He was the Deputy Rector of the University of Łódź in the years 1993–1999. For two terms (6 years) he was the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Łódź.
At present, he heads the Chair of Theory and Philosophy of Law.
He has authored many studies in legal science including eight books (four of them as
a co-author), including among them: “Understanding Evaluations in Legal Language, Law and the Participating in Culture, Introduction to the Philosophy of Law”. He has lectured in most of the countries of Europe as well as in the USA and Japan.
He is the Vice-President of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) and in the years 2006–2007 held the title of the President of the Association.
His interest is focused on the analytical theory of law, hermeneutic philosophy of law, philosophy of Community law and the theory of integration.
He was a member of an inter-disciplinary team which prepared the annual report evaluating the level of adjustments of Poland to the membership of the European Union. He is Editor-in-Chief of „Archiwum Teorii i Filozofii Prawa”.
Since 1994 he has been a judge of the Supreme Administrative Court. In June 2004, the President of the Republic of Poland appointed Professor Marek Zirk-Sadowski to the post of the Vice-President of the Supreme Administrative Court.
In 1998 he was decorated with the Gold Cross of Merit, and in 2002 – he became
a Knight of the Polonia Restituta Order.