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Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Paul Lefebvre is a superstar arbitration practitioner, experienced as chairman and co-arbitrator in both institutional and ad hoc proceedings.


Admitted to the Bar in 1985, Paul Lefebvre is one of the 20 lawyers of the Belgian Supreme Court, and one of the four founding partners of the law firm Hanotiau & van den Berg, which was set up in 2001 and is widely recognised as leader in the field of commercial arbitration and litigation. Hanotiau & van den Berg won the 2006 and 2007 Belgian Legal Awards for firm of the year in the field of ADR and arbitration. It is the only law firm from the Benelux region to have been included in the 2008 edition of GAR 30Global Arbitration Review’s list of the 30 best arbitration practices worldwide.

Paul Lefebvre has acted as chairman and arbitrator in several CEPINA and ICC arbitrations and ad hoc arbitrations.

Paul Lefebvre was an assistant professor to Professor Eddy Wymeersch, and is currently professor of international commercial law and dispute resolution at the ICHEC Brussels Management School.

His main publications concern public policy in arbitration (b-Arbitra, 2014); the motivation of arbitral awards (Proces & Bewijs, 2015); and control of arbitral awards by state judges in the light of public policy (JT Luxembourgeois, 2016). In 2017 he co-authored (with Cecilia Lahaye) an article titled “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 (volume 84, no. 3, 2017). In 2018, he co-authored (with Dirk De Meulemeester) an article titled "The New York Convention: An Autopsy of Its structure and Modus Operandi" (Journal of International Arbitration, volume 35, no. 4, 2018). Most recently, he co-authored (with Magali Servais) the 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” (b-Arbitra, volume 2018, issue 2, pp 251–300).

In addition, he is a member of the IADC and CEA. He was nominated president of the International Committee from July 2016 until July 2018. He is a regular speaker at IADC conferences (regional and annual meetings) and those organised by the AIA and ABAS.

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

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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