Board of Directors

Since April 2023, the Board is composed of 7 members, as follows: 

Steven Lierman (elected 2021-2025 for a second term) - President

Joaquín Cayón-De Las Cuevas (elected 2021-2025 for a second term) - Vice-President

Annagrazia Altavilla (elected 2021-2025 for a second term) - Secretary

Magdalena Flatscher-Thöni (elected 2023–2027 for a for a first term) - Treasurer

Athanasios Panagiotou (elected 2021-2025 for a second term)

Iryna Senyuta (elected 2023-2027 for a second term)

Santa Slokenberga (elected 2023–2027 for a first term)

President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer represent Executive Committee.


Prof. dr.Steven Lierman (President)


Prof. Steven Lierman is professor in health law and administrative law at the KU Leuven and parttime professor at the University of Antwerp. He is head of Health Law in the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy and member of the Leuven Centre for Public Law. He is the promotor of several research projects in both fields of law and the (co)author of national and international contributions on topics of private and public law. He is vice-president of the Management Committee of the Belgian Medical Accidents Fund, member of the Committee on medical ethics of the medical school and the university hospital at the KU Leuven and of the Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics. From 2003 to 2012 he was a law clerk (référendaire) at the Belgian Supreme Court. 

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Prof. Dr. Joaquin Cayon-De Las Cuevas (Vice-President)

JCJoaquin Cayon-De las Cuevas is director of the Research Group on Health Law & Bioethics at IDIVAL, and associate professor of health law at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain. He holds a PhD in Law with a doctoral thesis on the intersection between health law and consumer law. He is combining his academic activities with the legal advice as head of the Legal Advisory Service at the Health Ministry of the Government of Cantabria. He is also serving as coordinator of the Executive Board of the Ibero-American Health Law Network. Has an international expertise in lecturing, networking, and researching on health law issues, taking into account a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach. Has published a large number of books, chapters and peer-reviewed articles and delivered oral presentations as a guest lecturer/speaker at 40+ European, North American and Latin American universities. Also has an extensive practical experience in preparing drafts for the implementation of international legal rules regarding healthcare issues for different countries. He is taking part of the editorial board of several health law journals located in Spain, Italy,  Poland, Argentina and Brazil. His research activities are focused on different health law topics such as the patient-consumer approach, patients´rights (including neuro-rights and reproductive rights), healthcare systems, health data protection, AI in healthcare (including big data and robotics) and medical/pharmaceutical liability. He has been international expert of the Council of Europe and principal investigator in various research projects funded by the European Commission.

Dr. Annagrazia Altavilla LL.M (Secretary)


Lawyer specialised in european health law and bioethics and former Professor at Aix-Marseille University Annagrazia ALTAVILLA is the Chair of TEDDY Network (European Network of excellence for paediatric research). She is responsible of International Relations of Espace Éthique PACA-Corse (APHM/Aix-Marseille University – France). She is consultant/expert of the Council of Europe within its Strategic Action Plan on human rights and technologies in biomedicine (2020-2025) in charge of the Guide on children participation in decision making process in health. 
She is member of the Ethics Committee of Santé Publique France (French Agency of Public Health) and member of the WALM (World Association for Medical Law)
As legal advisor and researcher, she has developed a long-standing experience in the field of Health Law and Bioethics. Annagrazia ALTAVILLA is expert/legal advisor of several EU/IMI founded projects. As expert in ethics and patient rights, she was member of the European Medicine Agency (EMA) Paediatric Committee (PDCO).
Annagrazia ALTAVILLA is author of a book and several national and international publications and reports for the European institutions. Speaker invited in more than 100 conferences in 19 countries and in European Institutions, she also lectured in Italian, French, Spanish, Belgium, and Polish universities.
After having obtained, among others, LL.Ms in Health Law in Italy and in France she was awarded a PhD in Sciences of Life and Health /Ethics (Robert Schuman Foundation fellowship) and an HDR (“Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches”) in France. She completed her education by an Executive Programme on Negotiations at Harvard Law School.


Dr. Magdalena Flatscher-Thöni (Treasurer)

MFTDr. Magdalena Flatscher-Thöni is Associate Professor of Health Law at the UMIT TIROL - Private University for Health Sciences and Health Technology in Austria. She is head of the Program for Health Policy, Administration, Economics and Law at the Institute for Public Health, Medical Decision Making and HTA. Magdalena researches the intersection of law and public health, focusing on reproductive medicine, the (legal) evaluation of human life, as well as interdisciplinary aspects of health care research and ethics. From a methodological perspective, her research combines doctrinal legal research with approaches of empirical legal studies.


Iryna Senyuta, LL D


Attorney; Chairman of the Committee on Medical and Pharmaceutical Law, and Bioethics of the Ukrainian National Bar Association; Head of the Department of Medical Law of the Faculty of Postgraduate Education of Danylo Halytskyi Lviv National Medical University; EAHL National Contact Person in Ukraine (2016-2019); managing partner of MedLex law firm; head of the Center for Medical Law of the UNBA High School of Advocacy; President of NGO “Foundation of Medical Law and Bioethics of Ukraine”; Chairman of the Permanent Arbitration Court at NGO “Foundation of Medical Law and Bioethics of Ukraine”; Member of the Scientific Advisory Board under the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (since 2022); Chairman of the Professional Ethics Commission of the Honorable Council of the Order of Saint Panteleimon Honor of the medical profession (since 2022), Honorary Ambassador of Lviv.

Ms. Senyuta has been involved in numerous international projects, including the Open Society Fund and the International Foundation “Renaissance” (project leader on “Human Rights in Patient Care” in Ukraine), the Council of Europe (scientific editor and author of the national part of the HELP program “Basic Principles of Human Rights in Biomedicine”) dedicated to human rights issues in the field of health. She is also an OSCE expert on biological safety and UNDP on HIV and law. She is a member of the Working Group on Public Health at the Association of Public Health Schools in the European Region (ASPHER). Since 2010, Iryna Senyuta is a member of the World Medical Law Association (WAML) and since 2016 a member of the European Health Law Association (EAHL).

Iryna Senyuta combines scientific, teaching, social activities with law practice (specializes in medical law). She is the author of more than 300 scientific papers (monographs, textbooks, manuals, dictionaries, articles) in the fields of medical law, pharmaceutical law, public health law, alternative conflict resolution, and bioethics. Ms Senyuta teaches medical law to medical students, students at postgraduate level (interns, health care lawyers, medical law teachers, health care managers and doctors) at National Danylo Halytskyi Lviv National Medical University, as well as law students - at Ukrainian Catholic University, for attorneys - at the UNBA Higher School of Advocacy and for judges - the National School of Judges of Ukraine.

She is chief editor of the scientific and practical journal “Medical Law” and the member of the editorial boards of the scientific and practical journals, such as: “Law of Ukraine” and “Theory and Practice of Intellectual Property”.
Iryna Senyuta's field of interest contain the following issues: medical law, pharmaceutical law, law public health, bioethics, human rights, alternative conflict resolution (in particular, mediation, medical arbitration). The doctoral dissertation was performed on the topic “Civil Legal Relations in the Sphere of Medical Care Provision in Ukraine: Theoretical and Practical Issues”.
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Athanasios Panagiotou

APAthanasios Panagiotou is attorney-at-law in Athens, Greece and a member of the Athens Bar Association. Mr. Panagiotou has been instructor at the School of Business of the American College of Greece-Deree since May 2016. He teaches “Business Legal Issues”. He received his Law degree from the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2011. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Medical Law from Queen Mary University of London (2013). He is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His PhD research focuses on the possibility of introducing a no-fault medical liability system in Greece. He has received an Excellence Scholarship by the Research Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2016). (such as clinical guidelines and medical liability, no-fault medical liability systems, medical liability and cross-border healthcare etc.) have been published in national and international peer-review medical and legal journals (including the European Journal of Health Law). Mr. Panagiotou has presented papers at various medical law conferences. He participates in the EAHL Conferences since 2013. He has tutored in educational seminars/ lifelong learning courses organized by the Laboratory for the Research of Medical law and Bioethics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has delivered seminars for Greek medical societies (for example, the Greek Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons). Furthermore, he has lectured on contemporary health law issues in the context of Medical Law and Bioethics Summer Schools. He is a member of the Laboratory for the Research of Medical Law and Bioethics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He participates as an expert at the European Scientific Network on Law and Tobacco (ESNLT) of the University of Groningen. His research interests include medical liability, the EU Directive 2011/24/EU, the regulation of patient safety, patient’s rights, and the legal issues of evidence-based medicine.



Santa Slokenberga, LL.D.

photoSanta Slokenberga is LL.D. in Medical Law and is a senior lecturer in administrative law at Uppsala University, Sweden. She holds a law degree from Riga Stradins University (Latvia) and an LL.M. in Medical Law and Ethics from the University of Kent (England). Her research, teaching, and supervision interests cluster around questions pertaining to the human genome and biobanking, new technologies in health care, privacy and personal data protection, and the quality of pediatric health care. They also cover more general questions pertaining to human rights in healthcare, pharmaceutical law, and the Europeanisation and constitutionalization of medical law. Santa has authored numerous publications and edited several volumes in the field in English, Swedish, and Latvian. Santa serves as an expert in the Ethico-Legal Board at Biobank Sweden. She is also a Nordic Permed Law association board member and is engaged in health policy questions nationally and internationally.