IACL Younger Scholars Forum (Fukuoka, 25 July 2018) – A Brief Overview

7 August 2018

‘Technology and Innovation: Challenges for Traditional Legal Boundaries’ Workshop

The 20th Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL) took place this year in Fukuoka, Japan, between 22-28 July. Apart from bringing together established comparative law scholars from different fields and jurisdictions, the Congress also hosted the first edition of the IACL Younger Scholars Forum, convened by Richard Albert(Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin), the former president of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law.

Catalina Goanta

Dr. Catalina Goanta received her LL.B. degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest, where she studied Romanian and international law. She proceeded to complete an LL.M. at the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University, specializing in European comparative law and international law, and further obtained an M.Sc. in public policy and human development from the United Nations University-MERIT Maastricht Graduate School of Governance. Her doctoral research on ‘Convergence in European Consumer Sales Law - A Comparative and Numerical Approach’ was funded by the UM-HiiL Chair on the Internationalisation of Law at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law, under the supervision and mentorship of Jan Smits and Caroline Cauffman. This research was presented, among others, at the European University Institute, as well as the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School. Catalina has given workshops on various topics of consumer contract law (unfair contract terms, withdrawal rights, defects of consent), European law and law and technology at conferences in Edinburgh, Shanghai, Sibiu, Pavia and Sarajevo among others. Moreover, she has participated in two previous tenders for DG Internal Market (‘An inventory of legal form and shareholding requirements in the EU services sector and their economic assessment’) and DG Justice and Consumers and Chafea (‘Exploratory study of consumer issues in the sharing economy’), where she drafted the Romanian national reports. Catalina also blogs on mepli.eu.


Catalina is passionate about education development and has founded the Faculty of Law's Corporate Social Responsibility Clinic and co-founded, together with Mark Kawakami, the Maastricht Mediation Clinic. She also coaches student teams for ADR competitions, mentors student research in various research projects such as PREMIUM, and supports independent events on law and technology by co-founding the Technolawgeeks group together with Caroline Calomme and Arturo Sánchez Barbado.


Catalina is an advocate of 21st century skills in legal education and has participated in different pedagogical developments together with Gwen Noteborn and Bram Akkermans that include the use of Google Glass in legal simulations, and the use of vlogging in legal skills education. These activities have been acknowledged at the Re-Imagine Education Awards (University of Pennsylvania) 2015 and 2016, where they were shortlisted for various categories. Moreover, Catalina has been awarded the Maastricht University Wijnand Wijnen education prize in 2014.


Catalina loves Skyrim, astronomy, indie music and baking.