Teaching Staff

The LL.M. teaching staff is composed of experienced academics with strong legal research backgrounds who have also extensive experience in the practice of law.

Co-Directors

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Arnaud Nuyts
Prof & Attorney at Law

Arnaud Nuyts is Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles (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). Arnaud holds a law degree and a Juris Doctor degree from the ULB as well as a master of law (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge. He has also studied at the Universities of Columbia, New York and at Harvard. As an attorney at law he has been involved in major arbitration proceedings involving clients from civil law and common law jurisdictions.

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Erik Van Den Haute
Prof. & Attorney at Law

Erik Van den Haute is Professor in contract law and in european private and comparative law at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) 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). He is the author of more than 50 articles in Belgian and international journals & books. Erik VAN DEN HAUTE is co-director of the Executive Master in International Business Law in Phnom Penh (Royal University of Law & Economics). As an attorney in law, he has been practising over more than 20 years at the Bruxelles Bar and several times as an arbitrator. He has pleaded in several countries. Erik 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. He has been working several times as expert for the Belgian government and assisted the government in the elaboration of new legislation (class-actions, mortgage backed loans).

Academic Coordinator

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Pamela Meisel
Lawyer

Pamela Meisel is the Academic Coordinator of the LL.M. in International Business Law at the ULB. Pamela is a Member of the New York Bar, and has a decade of experience practicing international business law with the US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, in the New York, Brussels and Washington D.C. offices.

Pamela holds a Bachelor degree in Government from Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School (New York) where she was elected a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. As part of her role as Academic Coordinator, Pamela will act as a Lecturer and Academic Thesis Supervisor for the LL.M. students.

Faculty

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Jean-François Bellis
Prof. & Attorney at Law

Jean-François Bellis is the co-founder and managing partner of Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels. He is also a professor of EU competition law at the Institute of European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).Jean-François Bellis has represented clients before the European Commission and Courts in landmark competition cases, such as United Brands, BP, Akzo, Michelin I and II, Woodpulp, Microsoft, CISAC, Intel, Microsoft/Skype, BHP Billiton-Rio Tinto, Airfreight and LCD Panels.

In February 2011, the Global Competition Review (GCR) granted Jean-François Bellis a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of his longstanding experience in competition law.

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William Bird
Prof., Patent Attorney and Commissioner of Oaths

William Bird is a Lecturer at the ULB in IP Law. He has three decades’ experience in the IP field, such as patent searching, patent drafting and prosecution, litigation, freedom-to-operate, landscaping and patent valuation, and has been leading high profile oppositions for the last 15 years. He worked as a corporate patent counsel in industry and is currently in private practice with IPLodge.

William is a qualified British, German and European patent attorney and hence has a unique expertise in both common law and civil law systems. He is also a British trademark agent and a registered professional representative before OHIM, the European trademark and design office. He is a registered as an IP litigator with IPREG and is also entitled to represent clients before the future Unified Patent Court.

He is President of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Benelux Chapter, where he is an accredited tutor. William has been a tutor at CEIPI, the University of Strasbourg for the last 25 years and has taught opposition courses at the European Patent Office. He is also a lecturer in the Post-Graduate Programme in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Medicine at the School of Medicine of ULB.  William Bird was educated at Queen’s College, University of Cambridge, UK. He has an MA in Natural Sciences.  He is also a UK Chartered Electrical and Electronic engineer.

 

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Benoit Van Asbroeck
Prof. & Attorney at Law

Benoit Van Asbroeck is a Lecturer at the ULB on data protection and IP. He is also a practicing attorney and a partner in the Brussels office of Bird & Bird where he leads the Data Protection, Tech & Comms and Media practices in Brussels.  He has successfully conducted matters before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and lobbied public authorities in the context of CJEU procedures and legislative processes, including a landmark privacy case (Scarlet – CJEU).  He is a guest lecturer at the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel and at the University of Valenciennes (France) and acts as a substitute commercial judge and mediator/arbitrator at the World Intellectual Property Office.

He is co-author of the book “Vers un droit européen de la protection des données?” focused on companies’ compliance obligations with respect to the GDPR. Benoit is one of the twelve expert members of the Belgian Council of Intellectual Property which is a body that advises the government on new IP legislation.

Benoit studied law at the University of Brussels. He also holds a DAAD diploma from the University of Tübingen and a LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. He has been a member of the Brussels bar since 1984.

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Rafaël Jafferali
Prof. & Attorney at Law

Rafaël Jafferali is Associate Professor at the ULB where he holds the Chair of Law of Obligations after having published a Ph.D. on on the theme of retrospectivity in contract law. His publications are mainly focused on contract law, tort law and private international law. He is also admitted to the Brussels bar where he acts mainly as a litigator in important dispute resolution and arbitration cases. He is a member of the editorial committee of the Journal des Tribunaux, the Revue de droit commercial and of the Revue générale de droit civil, as well as of CEPANI40.

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Vanessa Marquette
Prof. & Attorney at Law

 Vanessa Marquette is a lecturer at the ULB in international financial law. 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 a co-author of a work entitled “Les offres publiques d’acquisition. Le nouveau regime”, published by Larcier in 2008. She is admitted to the Brussels Bar where she acts mainly in banking law, financial law and M&A. Vanessa Marquette is actively involved in Digital Finance matters, and accompanies clients in a constantly evolving environment regarding ‘FinTech’ related developments, such as alternative lending, innovative payments and sharing economy, in relation to her/his areas of expertise. Vanessa Marquette is member of the editorial committee of the “Revue de Droit Commercial Belge”. She is also a member of the “Association Européenne de Droit Bancaire et Financier” (A.E.D.B.F.).

 

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Prof. & & President of the Belgian Financial Services
and Markets Authority (FSMA).

Internationally, he holds mandates as vice chair of the IOSCO Board, as well as chairman of the IOSCO European Regional Committee, the Audit Committee of IOSCO-OICV and IFRS Foundation Monitoring Board.

He is also a board member of several international supervisory bodies for the financial sector: ESMA, ESRB, the College of Euronext Regulators,… Within ESMA, he chairs the Financial Innovation Standing Committee (FISC).

He is author or co-author of numerous contributions, in particular in areas of relevance to the FSMA’s activities and the academic and scientific activities undertaken at the ULB. He obtained a Master of Law (Master en droit) from the ULB and a Master of Economics in Business Management (Master in de economie, bedrijfskunde) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

10032016-capture0048-modifier-4-copieValérie Simonart
Prof. & Attorney at law

Valérie Simonart teaches different classes on company law at the ULB. In addition to her thesis on legal personality in private law, she has authored a number of books on various forms of groupings and, in collaboration, a treatise on Companies (three volumes) and leading textbooks on Belgian REIT’s. She has also published many articles in corporate law and corporate governance. She is a partner at Liedekerke, where she focuses on corporate advices, governance structures, corporate reorganizations and capital market operations.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the RPS – TRV, and has been designated as the Belgian Expert of the company law committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies in Europe.

Capture d’écran 2016-05-27 à 11.35.40.pngDr. Dirk Pulkowski
Prof. & Attorney at law


Dirk Pulkowski is a Senior Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, the Netherlands, an independent intergovernmental organization established in 1899 with currently 119 Member States.
Dr. Pulkowski has acted as institutional secretary in many of the around 120 treaty-based investor-State arbitrations administered by the PCA in recent years. He also has broad experience as registrar in arbitrations between States under public international law. From March 2014 to April 2015, Dr. Pulkowski served as representative of the PCA in Mauritius, where he led the PCA’s Africa work. Prior to joining the PCA in 2009, Dr. Pulkowski worked as a practicing lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) in the international trade and arbitration group of an international law firm. Dr. Pulkowski holds a doctorate in law, summa cum laude, from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany, and an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School, New Haven, United States. He has published in the fields of investment law, trade law, public international law and legal theory.

advocatenkantoor nauta dutilhArnaud Lecocq
Prof. & Attorney at law

Arnaud Lecocq teaches different classes on Criminal Business Law and cross-border Regulatory and Compliance issues at the ULB (Faculty of Law, Executive Master in Taxation of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management) and in Switzerland (Centro di Studi Bancari / Swiss Finance Institute). Arnaud Lecocq has also published many articles in those fields.

Admitted to the Brussels Bar, Arnaud Lecocq specializes in Banking and Financial Regulatory and Compliance matters and in Criminal Business cases.

He is a member of the editorial committee of Droit pénal de l’Entreprise (“Corporate Criminal Law Review”) and of the compliance corner of Droit bancaire et financier (“Banking and Finance Law Review”).

luffDavid Luff
Prof & Attorney at law

David Luff is the founding partner of Appleton Luff – International Lawyers, with offices in Brussels, Geneva, Kampala, Singapore, Warsaw and Washington DC. David Luff has been practicing international trade and investment law at both EC and international levels for twenty four years. He advised 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. David Luff has extensive experience of developing countries, in particular the ACP and South East Asia. David Luff 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.
David Luff is a professor of International Trade Law at the Université de 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 ULB and has studied in Brussels and New York.

c-doccloCaroline Docclo
Prof & Attorney at law

Caroline Docclo holds a Law degree, a Tax Law degree and an Economic Law degree from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). She obtained an LL.M. in Taxation from NYU (New York, USA). She is a professor of international tax law at the Law School of the Université libre de Bruxelles, and at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, of the same university, as well as at the Université de Liège. She sits on the board of editors of the ‘Journal de droit fiscal’ and is a former president of the Belgian branch of the International Fiscal Association.
She has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1987.

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Lecturer & Attorney at law

Paul Hermant is a corporate & commercial partner at Bird & Bird LLP, an international law firm with more than 1.100 lawyers based in 18 countries. He assists clients in their corporate and commercial transactions and provides the full range of advice in these fields. He has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, securities offerings, take-over bids, as well as manufacturing, distribution, collaboration and services agreements. He also represents clients in complex financial transactions. He graduated from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Master in Law 1988; Master in Business Law 1989) and from the Solvay Business School (Master in Business Administration 1992). He joined Bird & Bird LLP in 2000, coming from Loeff Claeys Verbeke (now Allen & Overy). He has written and spoken widely on corporate, commercial and financial law topics and teaches at the ULB and at the Cooremans Institute. He also serves on the Board of the Solvay Business School Alumni.

rsz_1angelet_nicolasNicolas Angelet
Prof & Attorney at law

Nicolas Angelet is a professor of public international law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a practitioner of public international law. He heads the public international law practice of the Belgian law firm Liedekerke and is an Associate Tenant of Doughty Street Chambers, London.

Nicolas Angelet notably practices international investment law and dispute settlement. He is a member of the Panels of Conciliators and Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID, World Bank Group). He regularly acts as counsel in investment cases and has been appointed as a member of an ICSID ad hoc annulment committee.

Professor Angelet also acts as counsel or arbitrator in other fields of public international law, notably before the International Court of Justice and in sovereign debt litigation before domestic courts, in Belgium and other EU Member States.

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