Labour Relations (RL) Civil and Commercial Law (DCM)
María Blanca Ballester Casanella has a Bachelor Degree in Law from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1995), and a PhD in Civil Law from the Universidad de Almería (awarded the Summa Cum laude distinction by unanimous decision) in 2010. She qualified as a Real Estate Agent through public examinations, with a diploma awarded by the Department of Development, as well as qualifying as an Interim Judge in January 2010. In addition, she is the Director of the Law Department of the University College of Labour Relations of Lleida (affiliated to the Universitat de Lleida). Dr. Ballester has published several articles, given many seminars in Italian at the Università di Perugia (Italy) and made presentations at a number of national congresses.
She has combined her academic and lecturing experience with her professional career, working as a lawyer since 1996. In addition, since 1998, she has taught at ESADE, since 2007 at (EAE, and since 2011 University College of Labour Relations (EURL). She has also been an Associate Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya since 2008, and a consultant at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, since 2014 (UOC).
Aura Esther Vilalta
Civil and Commercial Law (DCM)
Associate Professor of Civil Law and accredited professor and lecturer at a number of Spanish universities (UOC, UPC-EAE, UdG-CETA, UdL-EURL). Vice-director of the Law Department College of the EURL.
She has a PhD in Law from the Universitat de Barcelona (with the Summa Cum laude distinction by unanimous decision), receiving the Extraordinary European Award. She complete Postgraduate studies in Catalan Civil Law (UB). Advanced Diploma in Civil Law (UB). Master in Civil and Comparative Law from UNICAM, Italy. Area of specialisation: Civil and Property Law, electronic and international commerce, consumption and alternative conflict resolution methods.
Lawyer, mediator and arbitrator at the Madrid Arbitration Court (CAM), the Barcelona Arbitration Tribunal (TAB) and the Gran Canaria Arbitration Tribunal (TAMC). She is a member of the National Center of Technology and Dispute Resolution (NCTDR), Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), ADRhub, Werner Institute, Creighton University, USA. She is also a member the advisory board of the Instituto Latinoamericano de Comercio Electrónico (ILCE) and the International Bar Association (IBA), a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution. Eleven Int. Publishing, a mediator at the Asociación Española de Peritos Judiciales y Mediadores Arbitrales (AEPJMA) and a member of the DIGIT group of experts.
She has been a Spanish Delegate to the United Nations working group WG III de UNCITRAL (Online Dispute Resolution), collaborating as an expert.
She was an interim judge at the Barcelona Provincial Court and has worked as a lawyer for more than 14 years. Her experience in the areas of civil, commercial and procedural law was applied to create Actionis, a software program designed for the practice of law, accredited by the General Council of Legal Power.
She has published more than a hundred articles and essays in her specialist fields of Civil, Commercial and Comparative Law, as well as on the topics of mediation, arbitration, ADR, ODR and the impact of electronic commerce in relation to contracting. Her latest special focus book entitled “Mediación y Arbitraje Electrónicos” (Electronic Mediation and Arbitration) is published by Thomson Reuters Aranzadi, 2013.
Civil and Commercial Law (DCM) Labour Relations (RL)
Xavier Hosta i Rovira has a Bachelor Degree in Law from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (2005), a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education from the Universitat de Barcelona (1995) and an Executive Master in Public Administration por ESADE (2002). He is currently studying for his PhD at the Universitat de Lleida. Since 2015, he has taught classes on Labour Relations and Civil and Commercial Law at EAE Business School and, since 2012, he has worked with the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
He currently combines his lecturing and research work with his professional career working at the Federació Catalana de Tennis, the Badia del Vallès Town Council, the Palafolls Town Council and the Bilbao City Council, where he conducts consulting and training projects in Bilbao Kirolak (sports department).
He is passionate about teaching and has taught at all levels of education from primary up to university. His other passions are outdoor activities and his family.
Tax Law II (DFII) Tax Law I (DFI)
Alejandro Esteller-Moré has a Bachelor Degree and PhD in Economics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) (receiving the Extraordinary Award and José Manuel Blecua Award from the Social Council of the UB), and a Master in Economics (Leatherland Book Award) from the University of Essex (Great Britain). He is Associate Professor on the Public Tax Authority at the UB (accredited as Professor by the AQU in March 2013). He is also a researcher, a member of the Board of Governors at the IEB and director of a research group on the analysis of taxation systems. Together with José María Durán-Cabré, he is the co-editor of the book “Por una verdadera reforma fiscal” (“For Real Tax Reform” - 2013) and “De nuestros impuestos y su administración” (“Our Taxes and their Administration” - 2015). Among other journals, his work has been published in the Annals of Regional Science, Economics of Governance, Hacienda Pública Española/Revista de Economía Pública, International Tax and Public Finance, Investigaciones Económicas, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Tax Administration, Kyklos, National Tax Journal, Public Management Review, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Revista de Economía Aplicada, and The Review of Income and Wealth. He has been the associate editor of the journal Hacienda Pública Española/Revista de Economics Pública, since April 2012.
Since May 2015, he has been a member of the scientific committee of the project “TAXUD/2014/A0-01 - Provision of economic analysis in the area of taxation”, in which various institutions of the European Union are involved. He is also the head researcher in the project “Tax Systems Analysis: Evaluation and Design, Decentralisation and Administration” (ECO2015-63591-R), Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness (2016-18) and a member of the Consolidate Group of Teaching Innovation in Tax Economics (UB). In terms of lecturing, as a member and director of a research line at the IEB, he has co-organised events such as the IEB Fiscal Forum 1.0 (2012) and the IEB Fiscal Forum 2.0 (2014).
Tax Law I (DFI)
Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Management (UB), Bachelor Degree in Law (UNED) and Master in Taxation (CEF and UOC). Daniel Vaccaro previously worked as a tax auditor and tax inspector. He now works as a tax consultant for private companies and individuals. He works with a number of universities (Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), business schools and chambers of commerce, teaching courses related to accounting and taxation. He is a member of the ICAB (Illustrious Association of Lawyers of Barcelona) and the AEDAF (Spanish association of Tax Consultants). In terms of research, he specialises in fiscal tax planning in balance with Corporate Social Responsibility.
Risk and security Introduction to international relations
Brenna holds a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a double Bachelor Degree in International Relations and Modern European languages from the University of Melbourne. She undertook a year-long research scholarship at the University of Barcelona where she studied in the Law and Philology Faculties. She was born in Melbourne in Australia and, over the past ten years, has resided and worked in Barcelona. Brenna has held directorial roles in private businesses, as well as in local government institutions in Catalonia. She has also worked as a language professor, translator and consultant, being fluent in English, Catalan and Spanish.