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One of the greatest news brought by the reform of the Belgian law of obligations, voted by the Parliament on 21 April 2022, is the recognition of the doctrine of the change of circumstances (a.k.a. hardship or “imprévision”/”imprevisie”). While the preparatory works of Article 5.74 are rather brief, they nevertheless clearly reveal that the text is directly inspired by French law as well as international instruments of contract law such as the PECL, DCFR and Unidroit Principles. It is therefore to these texts that one must turn to properly understand the new Belgian rules.

Rafaël Jafferali  specialises in dispute resolution (including arbitration and proceedings before the Belgian Supreme Court), contract law, tort law and private international law.

He mainly acts in major judicial proceedings and arbitration cases and advises clients on complex questions in his various areas of practice.

He is a member of the two group of experts appointed by the Minister of Justice to recodify the law of obligations and specific contracts.

Rafaël Jafferali is a Professor for the Chair of Law of Obligations at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Affiliated Senior Researcher at the KU Leuven.

He is the author of numerous publications in the areas of contract law, tort law and private international law, including a PhD thesis on the theme of retrospectivity in contract law. His publications can be downloaded on the website DI-Fusion of the ULB.

Rafaël Jafferali is a member of the editorial committee of Journal des Tribunaux, of Revue de droit commercial, of Revue générale de droit civil, and of Répertoire pratique de droit belge. He is a member of CEPANI40 and of the Belgian group of Association Henri Capitant.

Rafaël has been appointed as a third party decider accredited by the French Bar Association of Brussels in the context of the binding third party decision procedure (more information available here).

He received the Paul Foriers Prize (2001), the René Marcq Prize (2003), the Medal of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2003), the Jean-Jacques Boels Prize (2008), Joseph Helsen Prize (2014), the Lucien Campion Prize (2014) and the prize awarded by Revue critique de jurisprudence belge (2015).

Rafaël Jafferali is ranked in Band 4 in Dispute Resolution by Chambers & Partners where he is described as “a really excellent litigator” and “a very good, thorough and deep lawyer“. He is also ranked as a Future Leader in Litigation and Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal, and as a Next Generation Partner by The Legal 500 in Dispute Resolution. He is recognised as a specialist in private international law and in contract law by the French-speaking Brussels bar.

  • Professional training of the Bar of Cassation (2015)
  • Ph.D. in Law  (ULB) in 2014
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (Law, 2003)
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2003


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    Wanneer/Quand/ When: 15.06.2022 12.00-14.00


    Waar/Où/Where: VBO, Rue Ravensteinstraat 4, 1000 Brussel/Bruxelles


    Prijs/Prix/Price: CEPANI leden= € 150,00 excl. BTW; Geen lid = 175,00 € excl. BTW; Membres CEPANI =150,00 € HTVA; Non-membres = 175,00 € HTVA; CEPANI member; Non-member


    Les membres du CEPANI bénéficient d’une réduction de € 25,00 sur le prix d’inscription. De leden van CEPANI genieten van een korting van € 25,00 op de inschrijvingsprijs. CEPANI members benefit from a € 25,00 discount on the registration fee.


    Annulatie: Iedere annulatie dient ons ten minste drie werkdagen voor het evenement per e-mail te worden toegezonden. Annulation: Toute annulation doit être communiquée au CEPANI au minimum 3 jours ouvrables avant le jour de l’événement pour être prise en consideration. Cancellation: All cancellations must be communicated to CEPANI at least 3 working days before the day of the event in order to be taken into consideration.