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ICON•S Announces New Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General, and New Additions to the Secretariat

By September 17, 2021February 13th, 2023No Comments

The Co-Presidents of the International Society of Public Law (ICON•S)—Professors Richard Albert and Marta Cartabia—today announce that Professors Sergio Verdugo and Michaela Hailbronner have taken office as leaders in the Society’s Secretariat. Verdugo will serve as Secretary General and Hailbronner as Deputy Secretary General.

“We cannot think of a better pair than Sergio and Michaela to work with in the three years ahead to advance the work and mission of the Society,” said Marta Cartabia.

Richard Albert agreed: “Sergio and Michaela are scholar-leaders of the first rate, and more importantly persons of high integrity who have earned the respect of the ICON-S membership the world around.”

Albert and Cartabia look forward to working closely with Verdugo and Hailbronner to advance their presidential theme for their tenure: Transforming Thought into Action to Defend the Values of Public Law.

Sergio Verdugo is an Associate Professor of Law at Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile, where he directs the Center of Constitutional Justice and the Center of Economic Regulation. He teaches political theory, constitutional law and comparative law. His research interests also include constitutional theory, the politics of constitutional courts, constitution-making and human rights. He is a co-editor-in-chief of the Spanish issue of the International Journal of Constitutional Law and a member of the editorial board of Actualidad Jurídica. He holds degrees from Universidad del Desarrollo, P. Universidad Católica de Chile, University of California at Berkeley (LL.M.), and New York University (J.S.D.).

Michaela Hailbronner is a Professor of Public Law and Human Rights at the University of Giessen, Germany. She works on comparative constitutional law, constitutional theory, European law and human rights, with publications e.g. in the American Journal of Comparative Law and the University of Toronto Law Journal, OUP and ICON where her analysis of German constitutionalism won the I.CON Inaugural Best Paper Award 2014. She is a member of the ICON Advisory Board, of the Editorial Board of World Comparative Law and Co-President of the German ICON-S Chapter. Michaela holds law degrees from Germany and from Yale Law School (LL.M. & J.S.D.).

Verdugo and Hailbronner began their three-year term on July 9, 2021.


Verdugo and Hailbronner will be joined on the Secretariat by a diverse and devoted group of scholars:

  • Felicia Caponigri and Johanna Frohlich, Co-Directors of ICON•S Chapter Development.
  • Anna Pirri, Director of Communications, with Associates Alicia Mangana Ríos, Irene Parra Prieto, Marianne Poehls Risco, and Evan Rosevear
  • Jacob Eisler, Director of Technology

In addition, two new ICON•S committees have been formed:

  • Committee on Community and Engagement, chaired by Sofía Ranchordas, with members Mark Graber, Letícia Kreuz, Erik Longo, Luísa Netto, and Stefano Osella
  • Committee on New Directions in Scholarship, co-chaired by Rehan Abeyratne and Maja Sahadzic, with members Antonia Baraggia, Berihun Gebeye, and Aday Jiménez

These new additions join ICON•S at an exciting time, alongside the current officers and advisors in the ICON•S leadership:

  • Executive Committee, composed of Richard Albert, Gráinne de Búrca, Marta Cartabia, Lorenzo Casini, Sabino Cassese, Rosalind Dixon, Claudia Golden, Michaela Hailbronner, Ran Hirschl, Ruth Rubio Marín, Phoebe Okowa, Sergio Verdugo, and Joseph Weiler
  • Book Prize Committee, chaired by Giulio Napolitano, with members Mark Graber, Phoebe Okowa, Yaniv Roznai, and Anne van Aaken
  • Chapters’ Vetting Committee, chaired by Oran Doyle and Diletta Tega, with members Estefania Barboza, David Kosar, Jaclyn Neo, and Roberto Niembro
  • The Anti-Sexual Harassment Officer, Ruth Rubio Marín
  • The Treasurer, Claudia Golden

ICON•S looks forward to serving our membership with great enthusiasm!