University of Brussels (ULB): Members of the Board


Erik Vandenhaute

Erik VAN DEN HAUTE (Co-Director of the Executive Master of International Business Law at RULE)
Erik VAN DEN HAUTE is a Professor in contract law and in European private and comparative law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he graduated in 1995 (licence), 1996 (licence en droit économique) and 2008 (Dr.iur.). He also teaches comparative company law in France (LLM, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3). Professor VAN DEN HAUTE is Co-Director of the LLM International Business Law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Co-Director of the Executive Master in International Business Law in Phnom Penh (Royal University of Law & Economics). He has been practising over more than 20 years at the Bruxelles Bar and served several times as an arbitrator. He has also worked as an expert for the Belgian government in the areas of mortgage-backed loans and class-action lawsuits. Professor VAN DEN HAUTE is also a founding member of the Academy for Private European Law (Salzburg, Austria), as well as a member of the Groupe de Travail Contrats Internationaux (Chaired by Filip De Ly), of the Association Capitant and of the European Society of Contract Law. Professor VAN DEN HAUTE has published over 50 articles (in French and in English) in national and international law reviews and has published two books. He is member of the editorial board of several law reviews.

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Vanessa MARQUETTE
Vanessa Marquette is a Lecturer at ULB in international financial law. She specializes in banking law and financial law and regularly assists Belgian and international listed and unlisted companies in public transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions and in relation to financial regulations. In addition, she frequently acts in real estate transactions to advise on company law and financial law aspects. She is the author of many publications in French and English, in the areas of international private law and financial law. More specifically, her publications relate to cross-border bankruptcy and security interests. She is also a member of the editorial committee of the Revue de Droit Commercial Belge. She is also a member of the European Association of Banking and Financial Law. She is regularly invited as a speaker at training seminars in the areas of company law and financial law.

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Michèle GREGOIRE
Michèle Grégoire focuses her practice on business restructuring and banking and financial law services. She acts on behalf of major listed companies, particularly financial institutions and investment funds in all sectors. She is highly recognized for her experience in litigation, including before the Supreme Court, as she is one of only 20 lawyers admitted to the Belgian Supreme Court Bar. She also regularly serves as an arbitrator in national and international cases. She is also a Professor at the University of Brussels and the University of Paris II-Panthéon Assas and has served as dean of the law school at the University of Brussels. She is often invited by foreign universities to deliver lectures on issues with international themes. Professor Grégoire is the author of numerous scientific books and is a frequent contributor to various publications, particularly in the areas of financial services law, guaranties and insolvency law. In addition, she frequently speaks on these topics at seminars and conferences. Professor Grégoire is described by peers as a “wonderful academic and one of the brightest minds in the market” and clients value her “knowledge of law, practical way of analyzing complex problems and her openness” (Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2013). She also has been named lawyer of the year in banking finance and restructuring in Belgium by CorporateINTL (2012), M&A Global 100 (2013, 2014), Best Lawyers (2014), and M&A Today (2016).

Andree-PUTTEMANS

Andrée PUTTEMANS
Professor Andrée Puttemans is head of the Unity of Economic Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and has been Dean of the Faculty of Law and Criminology at ULB (2011-2014), where she teaches intellectual property law and consumer law (her main courses are : “Economic law and Intellectual property law”, “Trademark and unfair competition law”, “Patents and designs law” at ULB and “The interplay between intellectual property law and competition law” at HUB, where she is guest professor – she has also taught IP law in Vietnam and Lebanon). She had a long experience in these matters as a lawyer and is the author of many scientific publications.

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David LUFF
David Luff is the founding partner of Appleton Luff – International Lawyers, with offices in Brussels, Geneva, Kampala, Singapore, Warsaw and Washington DC. He has been practicing international trade and investment law at both EC and international levels for twenty-four years. He advises private multinational companies and governments in trade-related matters in the sectors of financial services, postal and telecommunications services, renewable energy, diamonds, textiles and clothing, steel, aluminium, drilling material, chemicals, sugar, bananas, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. He also regularly advises governments and economic operators on WTO implementation, trade negotiations, supply chain strategies, and investment issues. His work brought him to more than eighty countries. Professor Luff has extensive experience of developing countries, in particular the ACP and South East Asia. He is also an experienced litigator before international Courts and arbitration chambers. He is in charge of several sanctions and trade remedy case cases before the General Court of the EU and the European Court of Justice. He is also well versed in arbitration related to development assistance, in particular under the special arbitration rules of the European Development Fund. He also advocates cases for his clients before WTO Panels and the United Nations Security Council. He is a Professor of International Trade Law at the University of Liege in Belgium, at the College of Europe, at the University of Lille in France, and at the International Economic Law Programmes of the University of Barcelona. He is qualified at the Brussels Bar. He holds a PhD from Brussels University and has studied in Brussels and New York.

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Arnaud VAN WAEYENBERGE
Arnaud VAN WAEYENBERGE BA, LLM, PhD is an Assistant Professor and currently teaches EU Law, Legal Reasoning and Global Law at HEC Paris and at ULB. During the last years, Professor Van Waeyenberge’s research has been centred around: (i) European Business Law (ii) New Forms of Normativity and (iii) Global Law. He has published several books and articles on these topics. He is also Secrétaire of the Collection Penser le Droit (Bruylant) and a member of the editorial board of the Cahier de Droit Européen. He is Vice-President of the International Association for Legal Methodology (IALM) and a member of the Belgian Society of Philosophy. Prior to joining the faculty, he was an attorney-at-law at the Brussels Bar (Clifford Chance LLP) and a legal clerk at the Court of Justice of the European Union (General Court)..

Daniel-GARABEDIAN

Daniel GARABEDIAN
Daniel Garabedian teaches the general Tax Law course and two advanced courses on Corporate Taxation at ULB. He is also the Director of the Master in Tax Law program at ULB. He is a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA). He also practises tax law as “avocat” in the Brussels law firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick. He holds a law degree (1982) and a special degree intax law (1983) from the University of Brussels (ULB), and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA, 1985).

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Pascal PICHONNAZ
Pascal PICHONNAZ is a Professor of Private Law, European Private and Consumer Law, Roman Law at the University Fribourg (CH), a visiting professor in numerous Universities (including Paris II, Rome II, Liège, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile [Santiago], Trento, London [Georgetown – King’s College – Center for Transnational Legal studies, http://ctls.georgetown.edu], Istanbul [Bilgi], Stellenbosch [South Africa], Montpellier [France]). He is Co-Director of the LLM Master of Laws in Cross-Cultural Business Practice at the University of Fribourg. Professor PICHONNAZ studied law (bilingual French-German) at Fribourg University and then did an LLM at UC Berkeley (California, 1997), PhD at Fribourg University (1997). He is also former President (2008-2009) of the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA). He has been co-dean for international relations of the Faculty of Law Fribourg University (2004-2014) and is currently dean of this faculty. Professor PICHONNAZ is also an international arbitrator (ICC – Swiss Chamber – LCIA) and has numerous publications in international and national books and periodicals. He is Member of Board of editors or of Scientific committees of numerous journals in Roman Law or in Swiss Private Law.

Arnaud-NUYTS

Arnaud NUYTS
Arnaud NUYTS is a Professor at the University of Brussels (ULB), where he lectures on private international law and international contracts and the international law of electronic commerce and intellectual property. He is the author of several publications and he has published more than 50 articles in Belgian and international journals. He has been commissioned by the European Commission to coordinate a study on the domestic rules of international jurisdiction in the 27 Member States of the European Union. He has recently appeared as an expert before the European Parliament on the reform of the Judgment Regulation (Brussels I). Professor NUYTS holds a law degree and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Brussels (ULB) as well as a master of law (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge. He has also studied at Columbia University in New York and at Harvard University. As an attorney-at-law, he has been involved in major arbitration proceedings involving clients from civil law and common law jurisdictions.

Marie-Claude-RIGAUD

Marie-Claude RIGAUD
Marie-Claude Rigaud is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, where she also acts as Associate Dean for External Affairs and Communications and as Director of the Master’s Degree program for foreign students: Business Law in a Global Context. Her research focuses mainly on arbitration and other modes of dispute resolution, as well as professional regulation and ethics. She is a co-editor of Revue d’Arbitrage et de Mediation, a member of RéForMA and a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. She has lectured at the Faculty of Law of Université de Sherbrooke, where she is an Associate Professor, the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, the Faculty of Law at the University of Nevada (UNLV) and the Faculty of Law of Sassari (Italy). Professor Rigaud is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, where in 1992 she earned her B.C.L. and LL.B., and of the Faculty of Law of Université Paris XII, where she obtained her Doctoral Degree (with the highest honours). Before turning to the academic world, she practiced law during numerous years in Toronto, Zurich and Montreal. She has been a member of the Bar of Upper Canada (Ontario) since 1995 and of the Barreau du Québec since 2003

Thomas-PEARSON

Thomas PEARSON
Tom Pearson is Co-Director of the Executive Master in International Business Law at the Royal University of Law & Economics in Phnom Penh, where he also serves as Co-Director of the Master of Public and International Law Program. He has lectured at RULE since 2012 and his past courses include: international arbitration, Cambodian business law and international labor law. Prior to entering academia full-time, Tom served as a Partner and Head of the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group for over three and a half years at a local law firm in Phnom Penh, where he dealt with commercial contracts, market entry and general business law matters. Before moving to Cambodia, he maintained a general legal practice in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama and handled small commercial cases as well as family law and criminal defense matters. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Hillsdale College and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University, where he focused on law and economics. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tom was a technology and telecommunications policy researcher at public policy organizations in Washington, DC, where his focus stretched from internet governance and freedom of speech to telecommunications deregulation, media ownership and intellectual property issues.

University of Paris: Members of the Board


Dubin

Laurence DUBIN (Co-Director of the Master of Public and International Law Program at RULE)
Laurence Dubin is an Associate Professor of Public Law at the University of Paris 8. Specializing in public international law, Professor Dubin’s research interests are concerned with the legal aspect of globalization as it relates to economics and society in general. Her research investigates the different types of multinational companies, migration (including supervision of an edited volume: “The Legality of the European Union’s Fight Against Illegal Immigration” (Brussels, Larcier) in 2012), international institutional mechanisms (including co-editing (with Marie-Clotilde Runavot) the book: “The International Institutional Phenomenon in All Its Forms, (Paris, Pedone) in 2013). Since completing her doctoral thesis on the social dimension of trade liberalization (“The Protection of Social Standards in International Trade” (Presses Universitaires d’Aix Marseille) in 2001), her research continues to examine how the traditional paradigms from which international public law is built will be altered by the economic and societal phenomenon of globalization. Since 2008, Professor Dubin has served as the Director of the “Forces of Law” Research Laboratory at the University of Paris 8 and she regularly organizes symposia and research seminars that aid in further exploration of and research into the legal study of globalization.

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Vincent TOMKIEWICZ (Co-Director of the Master of Public and International Law Program at RULE)
Vincent Tomkiewicz is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Paris 8. He obtained his Habilitation to direct research in 2014. A specialist in international economic law, his research focuses mainly on the law of the World Trade Organization. His thesis, defended at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2004, focused on the WTO Appellate Body. As Senior Partner in the firm N’Strat (Phnom Penh), he has provided legal expertise to nations and multinational corporations. He is also in charge of international cooperation at the Faculty of Law of the University of Paris 8.

Jean-Louis-Iten

Jean Louis ITEN
Jean Louis Iten is a Professor of Public Law and Deputy Director of the “Forces of Law” Research Laboratory at the University of Paris 8. A specialist in international law, he is interested in economic issues as well as issues related to human rights. His current research focuses on the role of business in international organizations and on how states are trying to stop the emancipation of multinational companies, and, more generally, on the balance of power between states and multinationals corporations.

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Makane Moïse MBENGUE
Makane Moses Mbengue is Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. He was previously Associate Professor at the Catholic University of Lille and a Fellow at New York University School of Law within the Global Fellows Program. Mr. Mbengue is currently a Visiting Professor at Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar, India) and a Professor and Expert at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Expert at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IDD). Mr. Mbengue was a Teaching Assistant and Researcher of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva from 2001 to 2007. His doctoral thesis is entitled “Anticipation in International Law: A Legal Theory on the Regulation of Environmental and Sanitary Risk”. He is also the author of numerous articles and books on trade and the environment, the settlement of international disputes, the law of treaties, the law of international watercourses and WTO law. Mr. Mbengue was a legal expert and consultant for many international organizations, including the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Nile Basin Initiative and the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. He is regularly counsel before the International Court of Justice and in arbitrations. He is secretary-editor at the Institute of International law and former Clerk of the International Court of Justice.

Bodeau-Livinec

Pierre BODEAU-LIVINEC
Having qualified as a Professor of Public Law during the 2010 French national professorship competition (“agrégation“), Pierre Bodeau-Livinec teaches public international law, the law of international responsibility and international organizations, and the theory of constitutional law at the University of Paris 8. At Paris 8, he acts as Co-Director of the Masters in Public Law program. He is also a member of the Law Faculty Council and is the Chairman of the Teaching Committee of the Law Faculty. He holds a PhD (summa cum laude) in public international law from the University Paris Ouest – Nanterre-La Défense. Before entering his academic career, Professor Bodeau-Livinec held numerous positions in the practice of international law. Between 2003 and 2006, he worked as a Legal Officer in the Legal Affairs Directorate of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2006, he joined the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, where he served until 2010 as a Legal Officer in the Codification Division. Prior to that, he was a Research Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), where he provided substantive assistance to Professor James Crawford in his role of Special Rapporteur of the UN International Law Commission on State responsibility. Professor Bodeau-Livinec’s research focuses on legal personality in international law, the law of international responsibility, the law of international organizations and, most recently, international administrative law. Professor Bodeau-Livinec also serves as the Managing Editor of The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals. In addition, he has extensive experience in the practice of international law. He has been involved in numerous international proceedings before international courts and tribunals, in particular the ICJ, the PCA and the ICC.

Thomas-PEARSON

Thomas PEARSON
Tom Pearson is Co-Director of the Executive Master in International Business Law at the Royal University of Law & Economics in Phnom Penh, where he also serves as Co-Director of the Master of Public and International Law Program. He has lectured at RULE since 2012 and his past courses include: international arbitration, Cambodian business law and international labor law. Prior to entering academia full-time, Tom served as a Partner and Head of the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group for over three and a half years at a local law firm in Phnom Penh, where he dealt with commercial contracts, market entry and general business law matters. Before moving to Cambodia, he maintained a general legal practice in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama and handled small commercial cases as well as family law and criminal defense matters. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Hillsdale College and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University, where he focused on law and economics. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tom was a technology and telecommunications policy researcher at public policy organizations in Washington, DC, where his focus stretched from internet governance and freedom of speech to telecommunications deregulation, media ownership and intellectual property issues.