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Westminster EU Law Research Group at the Westminster Law School is proud to announce the launch of its activities with a lecture on 'The Charter of Fundamental Rights: Social Rights vs. Economic Freedom' by Advocate General Maciej Szpunar from the European Union's Court of Justice.

Professor Szpunar was born in 1971. He holds degrees in law from the University of Silesia and the College of Europe, Bruges; Doctor of Law (2000); habilitated Doctor in Legal Science (2009); Professor of Law (2013); Visiting Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge (1998), the University of Liège (1999) and the European University Institute, Florence (2003).

He worked as a lawyer (2001-08); member of the Committee for Private International Law of the Civil Law Codification Commission under the Ministry of Justice (2001-08); member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law, Trier (from 2008); member of the Research Group on Existing EC Private Law (‘Acquis Group’) (from 2006); Undersecretary of State in the Office of the Committee for European Integration (2008-09), then in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-13); Vice-Chairman of the Scientific Board of the Institute of Justice; Agent of the Polish Government in a large number of cases before the European Union judicature; Head of the Polish delegation at the negotiations on the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union.

He is a member of the editorial board of a number of legal journals and is the author of numerous publications in the fields of European law and private international law. He has been Advocate General of the European Union's Court of Justice since 23 October 2013.

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