Diana Wallis was the MEP for Yorkshire for 13 years, and also
served as Vice President of the European Parliament for five years.
In September 2013, she was elected President of the European Law Institute,
and re-elected for a further two years in September 2015.
After taking degrees in History and Local Government, Diana
qualified as a solicitor and worked for firms in London and Hull.
She specialised in European cross border litigation and private
international law. She previously worked for the Law School in the
1990s, lecturing part-time in Comparative Law and European Business
Law and helping to develop the Comparative Law module which is
still taught to Law and Language students.
Diana moved into local politics before being elected for the
first time to the European Parliament in 1999. She was twice
re-elected in 2004 and 2009. As a Vice President, she was
responsible for Transparency and played a key role in negotiating
with the European Commission the joint Transparency Register for
lobbyists and others, she was also central to the team which
drafted the new Code of Conduct for MEPs.
As a parliamentarian the main focus of her legislative work and
policy interests were Legal Affairs, particularly private
international law, contract law and alternative dispute resolution,
giving particular attention to mediation. She resigned from the
European Parliament in 2012, but continues to provide her expertise
to a wide range of organisations in the areas of European Law,
alternative dispute resolution, linguistics and legal justice.