Lic. iuris, Dr. iuris, Dr. h.c.
Professor of International Law
Lawyer, Member of the Bar, Ghent, Belgium
Member of "Institut de Droit International" / Member of the American Law Institute
Present professional functions
Professor of law (Gewoon Hoogleraar) at University of Ghent
Lawyer, Member of the Bar, Ghent, Belgium - in a single practise
Director of the Department of Procedural Law, Arbitration and Private International Law (with as Department members Professors. K. Broeckx, S. Lust, P. Taelman, D. Van Poucke and H. Verbist plus lawyers-assistants and legal researchers and administrative personnel) at the University of Ghent,
Teaching at the Ghent Law School, since October 1981, with tenure; presently the following courses :
- Private international law for 4th year law students (in Dutch): 45 hours per year plus exercises;
- Advanced study of international contractual relationships – elective course in Masters programme (4th & 5th year students), in Dutch: 45 hours per year;
- Advanced study of private international procedural law – elective course in Masters programme (4th & 5th year students), in Dutch: 45 hours per year;
- Resolution of private disputes in international trade – arbitration (elective course for law-students, in Dutch): 30 hours per year;
- International Commercial Transactions - English-language Postgraduate Course in LLM - 30 hours.
Teaching at the Washington College of Law (American University): since 1985 (different courses); presently the annual summer-Course: "International Licensing Agreements"
Arbitrator in International Commercial Arbitration: practitioner in commercial arbitration before several institutions and on ad-hoc-basis: I.C.C.-Paris; CEPANI Brussels, The Arbitration Court of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC); Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI). Also a listed arbitrator for: Belgisch Arbitragehof voor de Sport / Cour Belge d'Arbitrage pour le Sport (BAS/CBAS); CIETAC (Beijing), Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC); Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SHIAC); Arbitration Center of the Shanghai Chamber of Commerce, of the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shenzen Court); Arbitration Centre and of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (Zagreb); Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Commission (see the summing-up of former professional experience, below)
Conciliator - Appointed on the list of Members of the panel of conciliators and arbitrators at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes with the World Bank, Washington DC, established by the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States of March 18, 1965 to resolve disputes under the rules of the Centre (designated by Belgium, April 2007 until 2013)
Advisor to the University of Ghent and to several University Professors on the commercialization of inventions and intellectual property-rights and on related tax-planning, since 1982 (over 30 years of experience in negotiating and drafting licensing agreements)
Providing expert counsel to lawyers and notaries as well as public authorities on the subjects of Private International and Commercial Law;
Member of Public examination boards (Ministry of Foreign Affairs - diplomatic career; and Council of State for knowledge of legal terminology in Dutch)
Founding Member of the “Private International Law Group” of Belgian professors of law.
Vice-President of the Association Belge de Droit International / Belgisch Genootschap voor Internationaal Recht (ABDI/BGIR), from 1995
Member of the Strategic Advisory Council for International Affairs of the Flemish Community (“Strategische Adviesraad internationaal Vlaanderen” - SARiV); appointed by the Flemish Government on 2nd December 2011
Proposed Representative of Belgium as member of the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation
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