Former professional experience

Research assistant at the Eberhard Karls University at Tübingen ( Germany) with Professor Josef Esser, from September 1972 till April 1973.

Member of the Bar, Gent, Belgium (1973-1975); and Member of the Bar in Brussels (1997-1999); Member of the Bar, Ghent (1999 till present); Lawyer specialized in representing clients in matters of international art law and international intellectual property rights (contracts and royalties for inventions).

Assistant Professor at the State University of Gent, from September 1973 till September 1981, with Professor Egied Spanoghe, working in conflict of laws and civil law.

Corporate legal counsel to C&A Belgium, Brussels, from March 1988 till March 1995 (full-time) with the following fields of activity:
- General legal counsel, advisor to the management;
- Corporate law, Economic law and Commercial transactions;
- European relations and Government relations;
- International Trade Working group;
- Public Relations and Company communication policy;
- Shareholders' investment, estate and tax planning.

Advisor to Law Publisher Mr. Maarten Kluwer – Maklu Uitgeversonderneming, Antwerpen, 1978 - 1996.

Sole arbitrator and president or member of arbitral tribunals in past proceedings before the interna­tional Court of Arbitration of ICC-Paris and before CEPANI-Brussels (about 30 cases). Also past expert-counsel in arbitration litigation and arbitrator ad hoc. Mediator in a three-party mediation under CEPINA.

Former Chairman of the Working-Group on Multinational Corporations of the Federation of Belgian Industry (FEB/VBO): 1992-1994.

Past Panel-member (Organizing Board) in the "Asser College Europe" (Budapest) a teaching and research institution for the Training of Post-graduate students from Eas­tern Europe in International Law, under the auspices of The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1989-1997).

Former Member of the working group on international adoption-law of the Belgian Ministry of Justice from 1995 - 1998.

Former Representative of Belgium (Flanders) in the Committee of Experts of UNESCO for the revision of the Treaty of The Hague (1954) on the protection of Cultural Goods in time of war, Paris, 23 - 27 March 1997.

Counsel to the International Trade Centre (WTO/UNCTAD) Geneva with the task of training lawyers from Developing Countries in transactions regarding Intellectual Property Law (1998-2001).

Former Co-ordinator (with Prof. H. Bocken) of a bilateral scientific exchange programme between the Ghent Law Faculty and the East China University of Politics and Law at Shanghai, from 1986 until 2005.

Advisor to UNCITRAL - Vienna, Working Group on International Contracts, for the preparation of the Convention on the Assignment of Receivables (1998 - 2000).

Former Advisor to CREG (the Belgian Regulatory body for Electricity and Gas), 2002, on the arbitration rules.

Former Advisor to the BENELUX Economic Union, 2003-2004, on the functioning of the BENELUX Court.

Former Appointee in a Gent University commission on licensing of intellectual property (Baekelant-fonds).

Former Member of a working group for Foreign Commercial Relations within the Economic Council for East Flanders (1999-2001).

Former Executive-President of the Association of Alumni of the Law School of Gent (Gandaius), from 1996-2004.

Former Advisor to the Belgian Minister of Justice for Codification of Belgian Private International Law (1995 – 2004).

Former Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Ghent (1 October 2004 – 30 September 2008).

Former Member of the Board of Directors of the University of Ghent (1 October 2004 – 30 September 2008).

Former Member of the Legal Commission of the Scientific Research Fund of Flanders (“FWO-Vlaanderen” - the inter-university council to allocate government funds for research; from 2000-2009); President of that Commission, from 1 October 2007 till 31 December 2008.

Member of the executive board of "Internationaal Juridisch Instituut", an Institute for practical consultation by Dutch authorities and law-firms in the area of conflicts of law and foreign substantive law, at The Hague ( Netherlands), from 1995 til 2010.

Board Member and from 2005: Vice-President of the Executive Board of the Belgian Centre for National and International Arbitration (CEPANI/CEPINA).
+ Vice-President of the Executive Board of the Belgian Centre for Arbitration (CEPANI) from june 2005 - june 2011.

Member of the “Industrieel Onderzoeksfonds” (IOF) of the University of Gent (2006- sept. 2009).

Former Board Member and from 2005 - 2014 and until June 2011: Vice-President of the Executive Board of the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPINA/CEPANI).

Former Advisor to the City of Ghent on the legal aspects of a request to return a painting exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent ("Kokoschka-commissie"), allegedly sold under duress in the nazi-era in Germany, February 2010 - June 2011.

Former Member of a Committee for quality control of the Erasmus Law School international LLM-programme (April 2012 - March 2013).

Former member of a CEPANI-Committee for the preparation of a draft Belgian law on arbitration (2011-2012) and co-advisor to Federal Ministry of Justice for the government draft - introduced on 16 April 2013 before the Judiciary Committee of Parliament as draft bill Doc. No. 53 (2743/001) of 11 April 2013 and voted into law as the law of 24 June 2013 introducing a new Part Six of the Code of Civil Procedure.

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