Ivan Sammut is a resident academic within the Department of European and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta. Prior to joining the University as an academic, he practiced law in Malta and acted as a consultant in EU law, and was also employed by the European Commission for two years. He acts a freelance EU law consultant with various local law-firms, and has authored a number of reports for the European Commission. As a practicing lawyer in Malta, his practice specialises in EU law. He received his BA in Law and European Studies in 1999 and his Doctor of Laws in 2002 from the University of Malta. He was called to the Maltese bar in 2003, and subsequently received his LLM in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative law from the University of Malta. In 2010, he successfully defended his PhD thesis, on European private law, at the University of London. His teaching and research interests focus in particular on the EU internal market legislation, justice and home affairs law, competition law, European private law from a comparative perspective, and European private international law. He has published various articles in both Maltese and international peer-reviewed journals, such as the European Private Law Review.