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Francisco de Elizalde


Francisco de Elizalde


Associate Professor and Chair of Legal Studies at IE Law School


Comparative Private and Business Law

Francisco de Elizalde focuses on Comparative Private Law, especially Contracts and the Law of Property. He is a Visiting Professor at Koç University (Turkey) and has held Visiting Professorship positions at FGV Sao Paulo (Brazil) and the Law Schools Global League. Prof. de Elizalde was a Visiting Scholar to the University of Cambridge and has conducted research at Harvard Law School and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Germany). Francisco takes part of Spanish and European research projects. He practiced law at Garrigues’ Litigation and Arbitration Department during several years. He is a member of the Madrid Bar Association and of the European Law Institute.

Academic background

  • PhD, Universidad de Navarra. International Doctorate, summa cum laude
  • LLM, IE Law School. Scholarship granted by Fundación Carolina
  • LLB, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (re-qualification)
  • LLB, Universidad Católica Argentina, with honours

Professional experience

  • Associate Professor, IE University
  • Founder and Director, Legal Clinic, IE University
  • Visiting Professor, Koç University, Turquía (2014- to date)
  • Visiting Professor, FGV Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • Visiting Scholar, Universidad de Cambridge
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School
  • Of counsel, Elizalde & Barrie
  • Senior Associate, Garrigues

Latest publications

  • de Elizalde, F. (2021). “Standardisation of agreement in EU Law. An adieu to the contracting parties?”. In Tridimas, T., Durovic, M. (Eds.). New Directions in European Private Law. Hart Publishing
  • de Elizalde, F.,  Pastor-Merchante, F. (2021). “The legal framework of Uber in Spain”. In Ayata, Z., Önay, I. (Eds.). Global Perspectives on Legal Challenges Posed by Ridesharing Companies. Springer
  • de Elizalde, F. (2021). “Legal Tech in Consumer Relations and Small Value Claims: A Survey”. In Cannarsa, M., de Elizalde, F., DiMatteo, L. et al (Eds.). Forthcoming in The Cambridge Handbook of Lawyering in the Digital Age. Cambridge University Press
  • de Elizalde, F. (Eds.). “Uniform rules for European Contract Law? A critical assessment”. Hart Publishing.
  • de Elizalde, F. (2018). “The first stage of modern European contract law2. In de Elizalde, F. (Eds.). Uniform rules for European Contract Law? A critical assessment. Hart Publishing
  • de Elizalde, F. (2018). “The sources and effects of contractual terms. Bridging the gap between the Common Law and the Civil Law”. In de Elizalde, F. (Eds.). Uniform rules for European Contract Law? A critical assessment. Hart Publishing
  • Leskinen, C., de Elizalde, F. (2018). “The control of terms that define the essential obligations of the parties under the Unfair Contract Terms Directive: Gutiérrez Naranjo”. Common Market Law Review, Vol. 55 (5): 1595–1618
  • Alonso Pérez, M.T., de Elizalde, F., Garcimartín, R. (2018). “An interdisciplinary view of enforcement and effectiveness of Spanish Consumer Law”. In Micklitz, H., Saumier, G. (Eds.). Enforcement and Effectiveness of Consumer Law. Springer