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Diana Wallis



Diana Wallis

Senior Fellow in Law

Tel: +44 (0) 1482 46 2026
Office: 436 Wilberforce
Qualifications BA (London), MA Local Government (Kent), LPC (College of Law)


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.

Professional activities

Selected Publications


  • Wallis D, Arnold S and Idris Jones B, Forgotten Enlargement – Future EU Relations with Iceland, Norway and Switzerland (2nd edn, Centre for Reform 2004)

Edited books/reports

Book chapters

  • Wallis D, ‘Common European Sales Law and the Media: Reduction of Complexity or Scaremongering?’ in Lehmann M (ed), Common European Sales Law meets Reality (Sellier 2014)
  • Wallis D, ‘Foreward’ in Schonewille M and Scholnewille F (eds), The Variegated Landscape of Mediation: A Comparative Study of Mediation Regulation and Practices in Europe and the World (Eleven International Publishing 2014)

Journal articles

  • Wallis D, ‘Introductory remarks’ (2014) 19 Uniform Law Review 173. From the European Law Institute (ELI) and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law’s (UNIDROIT) workshop ‘From Transnational Principles to European Rules of Civil Procedure’ (17–18 October 2013).

Online articles

Conference papers etc

  • Wallis D, ‘Speaker’ (Post Brexit: The Fate of Commercial Dispute Resolution in London and on the Continent, BIICL London, 26 May 2916)
  • Wallis D, ‘Effective dispute resolution methods’ (IP Case Law Conference, Alicante, 5-6 May 2016)
  • Wallis D, ‘21st Century European Civil Justice; Looking for the view from the Hedgehogs’ (2016 Lasok Lecture, University of Exeter, 28 April 2016)
  • Wallis D, ‘Chair’ (ADR and Justice Conference, Oxford, 18-20 April 2016)
  • Wallis D, ‘Effective Speedy Civil Procedure as a Human Right’ (European Rules of Civil Procedure ELI/UNIDROIT Project Meeting, Rome, April 21-22 2016)
  • Wallis D, ‘Are European Parliament Legislators Privatising Civil Justice?’ (Cambridge Journal of International & Comparative Law 5th Annual Conference, Cambridge, 8-9 April 2016)
  • Wallis D, ‘Speaker’ (The EU Referendum and its Impact on Legal Relationships, Bank of England, London, 3 March 2016)
  • Wallis D, ‘Keynote: The Impact of EU law on resolving disputes with consumers’ (Out-of-Court Consumer Dispute Resolution Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 10 February 2016)
  • Wallis D, ‘Mediation, ADR, ODR and Justice: How does the EU see the Future?’ (ADR Group Annual Conference, Oxford, December 2 2015)
  • Wallis D, ‘Panel chair’ (Building European Rules of Civil Procedure, Trier, Germany, November 26-27 2015)
  • Wallis D, ‘Panel member’ (CEDR Panel: Women in Negotiation - Emerging Leaders, DLA Piper London, October 21, 2015)
  • Wallis, D, ‘Panel member: Dialogue in the World, means peace in the World’ (Eurasian Women's Forum, St Petersburg, September 24-25 2015)
  • Wallis D, ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution’ (Academy of European Law Mediation Summer School, Trier, June 30 2015)
  • Wallis D, ‘Panel Chair: The Commission's new framework to strengthen the Rule of Law’ (Monitoring and Enforcement of the Rule of Law in the EU Conference, British Institute of International & Comparative Law, London, June 18 2015)
  • Wallis D, ‘Keynote speech’ (The European Union and the Arctic, University of Dundee, Scotland, 29-30 May 2015)


Diana is undertaking PhD research at the University of Maastricht under the working title Looking for Justice? The Role of the European Parliament in European Private Law 1999 - 2014.



  • European Union Law


  • Private International Law
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