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Meet the teachers for the 3rd CEPANI Arbitration Classes: International level

Class 7: Investment Arbitration

Eric De Brabandere is Associate Professor of International Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies since September 2007. He is also Attorney-at-Law at the Brussels Bar practicing in international law and arbitration, Editor-in-Chief of the Leiden Journal of International Law, Visiting Professor of international investment law at the University of Trento in Italy, a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of World Investment & Trade, the Revue belge de droit international (Belgian Review of International Law), and the Martinus Nijhoff Investment Law Book Series.

Before joining Leiden University in 2007 Eric De Brabandere has held positions as assistant lecturer and researcher at the Department of International Law of Ghent University and as lecturer in international trade law and the international institutions at the Karel de Grote University College in Antwerp.

Eric De Brabandere is a general international lawyer, with special expertise in international investment law,  arbitration and international dispute settlement. He is the author of several books, book chapters and articles in international law journals.

Erica Stein focuses her practice on international arbitration, including both commercial and investment arbitration matters. Ms. Stein’s work touches upon numerous industry sectors, including life sciences, energy and telecommunications. She also has particular expertise in issues relating to the enforcement of arbitral awards and agreements under the New York Convention, as well as expertise in the interplay between arbitration and EU law, particularly in the investment treaty context.

Prior to joining Dechert, Erica Stein worked for six years at the ICC International Court of Arbitration where, as Counsel, she supervised hundreds of arbitral proceedings before arbitration panels worldwide, spanning nearly all regions and industry sectors. She has also sat as arbitrator in numerous proceedings, having acted as Chair, Sole Arbitrator or co-arbitrator in proceedings conducted under the arbitration rules of the ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, CEPANI, the Danish Institute of Arbitration, and the German Institution of Arbitration

Erica Stein has published extensively in the field of arbitration and is also a frequent speaker at arbitration events worldwide.

 

Nicolas Angelet heads the Public International Law Practice at Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick. He is also a member of the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration Practice. He counsels international institutions, governments and corporations alike.

He has represented international organisations, the Belgian Government and foreign states from the Americas, Africa and Europe, as well as corporate clients before domestic courts in Belgium and abroad, ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitral tribunals and in ICSID annulment proceedings, PCA inter-State arbitration, the ICJ, the ECHR, the UN Human Rights Committee and subsidiary organs of the UN Security Council.

He is a member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators and Arbitrators.

Nicolas is a professor of public international law at the University of Brussels (Université libre de Bruxelles). He has been a visiting professor in international investment law at the universities of Aix-Marseille and Venice. He is the author of various publications on international investment law and arbitration, including the entry on “Fair and Equitable Treatment” in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

 

Classes 8 & 9

Prof. Jean-François Tossens,  is from the beginning of his career as a member of the Brussels bar, Jean-François Tossens has centered his practice on commercial dispute resolution, both as counsel and as arbitrator. He regularly intervenes in cases involving the transfer of companies and in the negotiation of commercial partnerships.

Jean-François Tossens regularly acts as counsel, President of the arbitral tribunal or arbitrator in ICC, CEPANI or ad hoc proceedings. He is a member of the arbitration committee of the ICC in Paris and board member of ICC Belgium.

Apart from his activities as a lawyer at the law firm Strelia, Jean-François Tossens is a lecturer ("maître de conférences invité") at the faculty of law of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in national and international arbitration law and the author of various publications on corporate law and financial law and on arbitration. He is editor-in-chief of b-Arbitra, the Belgian Arbitration Review.
 

Prof. Benoît Allemeersch,  is a tenured professor of Belgian and European civil procedure and evidence law at the Catholic University of Leuven, where he also heads the Public Law department. In addition, he is a guest professor at Hasselt University. He has published widely on various subjects related to procedural law, arbitration and mediation, conflicts of law, class actions and evidence. In his academic practice over the past 15 years, he has frequently advised the Belgian legislator on a large number of legislative issues in respect of civil and commercial justice.

Benoît Allemeersch is founding partner of the litigation and corporate boutique firm Quinz. A respected litigator recognised by Chambers and Legal 500, Benoît Allemeersch represents clients in national and international arbitration as well as civil and criminal courts in Belgium. He has wide experience as an arbitrator and is an authority on mediation.

He is a member of the CEPANI board of directors.

 

Prof. Olivier Caprasse is specialized in international and domestic arbitration. He has seated as chair or co-arbitrator in more than thirty national and international arbitrations (ICC, Cepani, AFA, Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CACI, ad hoc) and has represented clients in numerous arbitrations.He has been involved in cases related to joint ventures, post-mergers and acquisitions, SPA, insurance, construction, agency, commercial contracts, etc.  Described as “very professional” and noted for “his high quality of work” (Who’Who Legal 2014) or as “outstanding” and an arbitrator “clearly on the rise” (Chambers 2015),

Olivier is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and is one of the experts for Belgium in UNCITRAL working group II on arbitration and conciliation. He was a member of the task force, which drafted the 2013 new Belgian statute on arbitration and an expert with the Minister of Justice before the Belgian Parliament for this reform.

Professor of law at the universities of Liège and Brussels (corporate law, arbitration), he has been the dean of the Liège law school from 2008 to 2012. He is the author of more than 100 publications in the fields of arbitration law and of corporate law, among which the book “Les sociétés et l’arbitrage”, (Bruylant, 2002).

 

Special guests:

Julien Fouret is a member of the Paris Bar and a partner at betto seraglini in Paris

 He specializes in international arbitration, focusing primarily on investment arbitration and public international law. He possesses a vast experience in international arbitration having been counsel, chair or co-arbitrator in numerous arbitrations under the rules of the most prominent arbitral institutions. He is also a former Counsel of the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

 He is also the author of numerous publications including two books entitled Recueil des Commentaires des Décisions du CIRDI 2002-2007 (Comments on ICSID decisions 2002-2007) and Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards (Globe Law-2015).

 He is an officer of the IBA Arbitration committee, co-chair of ASA below 40 and is a former co-chair of the CFA 40 and of the IBA Arb40 subcommittee.

 He teaches international investment law in Master programs at the Université Panthéon-Assas and the Université de Paris-Est Créteil, he is also a guest lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada.

 

 

Pascal Hollander  is member of the Brussels bar and a founding partner of the law firm Hanotiau & van den Berg. He represents clients in complex arbitration and litigation in areas such as commercial distribution, trade practices, corporate disputes, intellectual property, aeronautics, oil & gas, construction and engineering. To date, he has acted acts as arbitrator (chairman of tribunal, co-arbitrator or sole arbitrator) in around 100 arbitration proceedings, the vast majority of which being international.

Pascal is a member of the CEPANI Board of Directors. He currently serves as Chair of the International bar Association (IBA) Subcommittee on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards. He regularly writes articles, gives lectures and he teaches arbitration law at the Professional School of the Brussels Bar.

He is consistently ranked as a top practitioner in the area of arbitration, dispute resolution and commercial distribution by all major legal publications and directories, such as Chambers Global, European Legal Experts, Who’s Who Legal, PLC Which Lawyer?, Cross Border Dispute Resolution.

 

 

Fall 2015 session

Class 4: Complex Arbitration

Prof. Didier Matray

CEPANI Vice-President Professor Didier Matray is a member of the Liège Bar since 1973 and is admitted in Köln (Germany) and in Paris (France) as a foreign lawyer. He is the managing partner and the leader of the Business law department of Matray, Matray & Hallet, a law firm having offices in Liège, Brussels, Antwerp, Köln and Paris.

Didier Matray is acting as counsel and arbitrator in domestic and international arbitration (a.o. ICC International Court of Arbitration Paris, CEPANI Brussels, DIS Cologne, Centre d'arbitrage de médiation et de conciliation de la chambre de commerce d'industrice et d'agriculture de Dakar, ad hoc). He is also an arbitrator listed on the panel of arbitrators for selection to ICSID Tribunals.

Didier Matray is a Professor at the law faculty of the University in Liège (Department of Commercial Law), in charge of the course "Commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions".

Since March 2005, he has been appointed as a member of the board (Regent) of the Banque Nationale de Belgique (Belgian Central Bank) and since March 2004 as a member of the supervisory board of the FSMA (Financial Services and Market Authority).

He is the author of numerous publications on arbitration.

 
 

Prof. Jean-François Tossens

From the beginning of his career as a member of the Brussels bar, Jean-François Tossens has centered his practice on commercial dispute resolution, both as counsel and as arbitrator. He regularly intervenes in cases involving the transfer of companies and in the negotiation of commercial partnerships.

Jean-François Tossens regularly acts as counsel, President of the arbitral tribunal or arbitrator in ICC, CEPANI or ad hoc proceedings. He is a member of the arbitration committee of the ICC in Paris and board member of ICC Belgium.

Apart from his activities as a lawyer at the law firm Strelia, Jean-François Tossens is a lecturer ("maître de conférences invité") at the faculty of law of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in national and international arbitration law and the author of various publications on corporate law and financial law and on arbitration. He is editor-in-chief of b-Arbitra, the Belgian Arbitration Review.
 

Dr. Herman Verbist

Herman Verbist is a lawyer at the Ghent and Brussels Bar (Everest Lawyers) and frequently acts as arbitrator and as party counsel in domestic and international commercial arbitrations (ICC, CEPANI, European Court of Arbitration, Polish Court of Arbitration, Danish Institute of Arbitration, ad hoc).

Since 2001, he is a member of the Board of CEPANI. He was a member of the CEPANI Task Force on the revision of the CEPANI Arbitration and Mediation Rules of 2000, 2005 and 2013, and is chairman of the Working Group on the revision of the CEPANI Rules on Mini-trial, expertise and adaptation of contracts since 2013. He was also a member of the CEPANI Working Group that prepared the draft of the new Belgian Arbitration Law of 2013 and was a member of a panel of experts-advisors of the Minister of Justice during the preparation of the new Belgian arbitration law of 2013 for the Parliamentary debates.

He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR since 1996 and has been a member of different Task Forces of the Commission.

From 1996 until 2013 he was Guest Professor at the University of Ghent teaching the course on international commercial arbitration. He authored and co-authored numerous articles and books in the field of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution and is a regular speaker at arbitration conferences in Belgium and abroad.

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Class 5: Witness in Arbitration

Pascal Hollander

Pascal Hollander is member of the Brussels bar and a founding partner of the law firm Hanotiau & van den Berg. He represents clients in complex arbitration and litigation in areas such as commercial distribution, trade practices, corporate disputes, intellectual property, aeronautics, oil & gas, construction and engineering. To date, he has acted acts as arbitrator (chairman of tribunal, co-arbitrator or sole arbitrator) in around 100 arbitration proceedings, the vast majority of which being international.

Pascal is a member of the CEPANI Board of Directors. He currently serves as Chair of the International bar Association (IBA) Subcommittee on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards. He regularly writes articles, gives lectures and he teaches arbitration law at the Professional School of the Brussels Bar.

He is consistently ranked as a top practitioner in the area of arbitration, dispute resolution and commercial distribution by all major legal publications and directories, such as Chambers Global, European Legal Experts, Who’s Who Legal, PLC Which Lawyer?, Cross Border Dispute Resolution.

Prof. Benoît Allemeersch

Benoît Allemeersch is a tenured professor of Belgian and European civil procedure and evidence law at the Catholic University of Leuven, where he also heads the Public Law department. In addition, he is a guest professor at Hasselt University. He has published widely on various subjects related to procedural law, arbitration and mediation, conflicts of law, class actions and evidence. In his academic practice over the past 15 years, he has frequently advised the Belgian legislator on a large number of legislative issues in respect of civil and commercial justice.

Benoît Allemeersch is founding partner of the litigation and corporate boutique firm Quinz. A respected litigator recognised by Chambers and Legal 500, Benoît Allemeersch represents clients in national and international arbitration as well as civil and criminal courts in Belgium. He has wide experience as an arbitrator and is an authority on mediation.

He is a member of the CEPANI board of directors.
 

Françoise Lefèvre

Global arbitration head Françoise Lefèvre is an esteemed practitioner who maintains an outstanding reputation in the market.

A member of the Brussels Bar, Françoise Lefèvre specialises in domestic and cross-border litigation, commercial litigation and national and international arbitration, both ad hoc and institutional (ICC, LCIA, CEPANI, etc.). She has extensive experience in banking law, regulatory investigations, corporate litigation, white collar crime and construction law, and she regularly speaks at arbitration conferences.

Françoise Lefèvre is a partner at the law firm Linklaters since 1993. She is a member of the CEPANI board of directors, a member of the Institut de l'Arbitrage International Paris and of the London Court of International Arbitration London.
 

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Class 6: Enforcement and Setting Aside

Prof. Hakim Boularbah

Hakim Boularbah specializes in the field of complex and international dispute resolution. He is recognized as an expert in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration at national, European and international levels. Hakim has broad experience both as arbitrator and as counsel in national and international arbitrations (CEPANI, ICC, OHADA, ad hoc, ...), especially in shareholders disputes or in post-acquisition claims.

He is frequently appointed as arbitrator by the ICC, the CEPANI or the Court of First instance of Brussels. He is also one of the most renowned expert in Belgium when it comes to enforcement of arbitral awards, especially against sovereigns. He has been regularly invited to speak in conferences on arbitration organized by the CEPANI or by Francarbi.

Hakim is Professor of Dispute Resolution Law at the University of Liège (ULg). He is the author of numerous books and publications on judicial law, private international law and arbitration. He holds a law degree (1996) and a Ph.D. (2007) from the University of Brussels (ULB). Hakim has been with Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick since 2003 and made a Partner in 2009. He heads up the Litigation and Arbitration Practice.
 

Prof. Olivier Caprasse

Olivier Caprasse is specialized in international and domestic arbitration. He has seated as chair or co-arbitrator in more than thirty national and international arbitrations (ICC, Cepani, AFA, Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CACI, ad hoc) and has represented clients in numerous arbitrations.

He has been involved in cases related to joint ventures, post-mergers and acquisitions, SPA, insurance, construction, agency, commercial contracts, etc.

Described as “very professional” and noted for “his high quality of work” (Who’Who Legal 2014) or as “outstanding” and an arbitrator “clearly on the rise” (Chambers 2015),

Olivier is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and is one of the experts for Belgium in UNCITRAL working group II on arbitration and conciliation. He was a member of the task force, which drafted the 2013 new Belgian statute on arbitration and an expert with the Minister of Justice before the Belgian Parliament for this reform.

Professor of law at the universities of Liège and Brussels (corporate law, arbitration), he has been the dean of the Liège law school from 2008 to 2012. He is the author of more than 100 publications in the fields of arbitration law and of corporate law, among which the book “Les sociétés et l’arbitrage”, (Bruylant, 2002).

Prof. Maud Piers

Maud Piers is a professor of law at the University of Ghent (Belgium) where she teaches and conducts research in the areas of arbitration law, ADR and European private law. She is also the Director of the Transnational Law Center at the University of Ghent.

Maud Piers is editor-in-chief of b-Arbitra, the Belgian Arbitration Review, as well as a member of the editorial board of the University of Ghent’s online journal on Private International Law.

She regularly acts as an arbitrator, is a member of the Board of Directors and the Bureau of CEPANI, and is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.