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Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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Admitted to the Bar in 1985, Paul Lefebvre is the President of the Bar of the Belgian Supreme Court (Cour de cassation / Hof van Cassatie) for a two year term starting in September 2020 and one of the four founding partners of the law firm Hanotiau & van den Berg which was set up in 2001 and is widely recognized as leader in the field of commercial arbitration and litigation. Furthermore, Hanotiau & van den Berg is the only law firm from the Benelux to have been included in the GAR 30, the Global Arbitration Review list of the 30 best arbitration practices worldwide, which was released in December 2008.

Paul Lefebvre acts as Chairman and arbitrator in several CEPINA, ICC and ad hoc arbitrations.

Paul Lefebvre was assisting professor of Professor Eddy Wymeersch and is actually Professor at the ICHEC in Brussels in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution.

In relation with arbitration his main publications are about the public policy factor in arbitration in B-Arbitra, 2014, as well as the motivation of arbitral awards in Proces & Bewijs, 2015 and the control of the arbitral award by the state judges in the light of public policy in JT Luxembourgeois, 2016. Together with Me C. Lahaye, he published in 2017 an article “EU Data Protection and the Conflict of Laws : The Usual “Bag of Tricks” or a Fight Against the Evasion of the Law?",  in IADC Defense Counsel Journal 2017, Volume 84, N ° 3. In 2018 he wrote with Me D. De Meulemeester an article entitled “The New York Convention : An Autopsy of Its structure and Modus Operandi” which was published in Maxi Scherer (ed.), Journal Of International Arbitration, 2018, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp. 413-438. The most recent article, "Les différents régimes organisant la reconnaissance et l’exécution de sentences arbitrales établis par la Convention de New York du 10 juin 1958 et leur coexistence avec d’autres conventions ainsi qu’avec les dispositions de droit national" he wrote together with Me M. Servais, was published in B-Arbitra, 2018/2, pp. 251-300.

He is a member of the CEPANI (Belgian arbitration Centre) and the CEA (Club Espanol del Arbitraje). 

In addition, he is the Vice-President of international affairs in the Board of the IADC and CEA. He is a regular speaker at IADC- conferences at the regional and annual meetings as well as at the AIA and ABAS.

Paul Lefebvre is a native Dutch and French speaker, with fluency in English.

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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