Maciej Szpunar is the First Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union and Professor at the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland). He obtained his LL.M. from the College of Europe, Bruges. Szpunar is a member of the Research Group on Existing EC Private Law (‘Acquis Group’) and the European Group for Private International Law. He is an associated member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and serves on the Board of Trustees at the ERA in Trier. He is the president of the Polish Association of European Law. Maciej Szpunar was the Undersecretary of State at the Office of the Committee for European Integration (2008 – 09) and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010 – 13).