Who we are?
The team here at UEF is a volunteer one, composed of people who feel strongly about Europe, the European Union and Eastern Europe's place within the broader EU family. The common theme in the team background at UEF is legal academia, however there is also considerable experience in education and business, as well as working in the non-profit sector. It was maybe logical for UEF to come into being considering, since in many ways the aim here is one of education, campaigning and information/opinion sharing. The aim of our team is to contribute our time and abilities towards advancing a unifying message for Europe, as well as to address the imbalance in treatment of Eastern European states within the EU.
Maria Todorof - Co-Founder
LLB (Surrey), LLM (LSE), PhD Candidate at the University of Barcelona (Islamic Finance)
Maria holds an LLB (2:1 Hons) degree from the University of Surrey, UK and LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (Merit). Over the course of the 20 years prior to Spectrum, Maria has acted as a founding and managing director of two successful SMEs, both in different fields. She can therefore draw on business and strategic skills when consulting. Maria has worked as an associate tutor in Contract Law at the University of Surrey. Currently, Maria is Course Director for Business Law at the Academy of European Law, Trier. Maria has a strong interest in the areas of Corporate Finance Law, Intellectual Property Law and Islamic Finance. With respect to Corporate Finance Law, Maria focuses mainly on research related to Capital Markets, as well as Financial Regulation. Maria has conducted research on the effect of the Dodd-Frank Act 2010 on the market and regulation of derivatives in the context of conventional as well as Islamic banking. She has assisted with research on US bank governance conducted by the LSE's Financial Markets Group. Furthermore, Maria contributed to the LSE's ‘Study on Directors’Duties and Liability’ prepared for the European Commission DG Markt.
Émile McHarsky - Co-Founder
LLB (Surrey) LLM International Business Law (LSE)
Émile holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Surrey (First Class Hons) and an LL.M in International Business law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition, Émile has succesfully completed the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP Law School, as an Inner Temple Exhibitioner and was called to Bar of England and Wales in March 2017. Émile has taught EU law at the University of Surrey as an associate tutor and is currently a full-time legal consultant. Émile’s experience and expertise are focused on a range of EU law areas, including but not exclusive to: EU Competition Law, EU Intellectual Property Law, EU Administrative and Constitutional Law and EU Free movement Law. Émile’s largest piece of research to date is in the field of the EU’s regulation of Member State finances and the banking industry, entitled State of the Union: A Critical Analysis of the EU Framework for Future Fiscal Crisis Management. In addition, Émile has knowledge and interests in the areas of Human Rights and Poverty (European and International), Arbitration (International Commercial Arbitration and Investor-State Dispute Settlement) and Art Law, among others. In addition to his legal interests and background, Émile has professional experience in EU policy work, acquired through involvement with Brussels based NGOs. In particular, Émile has experience in the biotechnology/healthcare/pharmaceutical and civil society fields.