Intensive arbitration training

Intensive arbitration training

The AIA Brussels Arbitration School is a 5 days intensive arbitration training that will take place from 7 – 11 December 2015.

Additional benefits of this training are the following:Arbitrator certification (in case of full participation)
Bringing participants in contact with arbitration providers
Bringing participants in contact with Belgium’s leading arbitrators
Tailor content to the participants profiles
Possibility to submit questions upfront (allowing the trainers to include these in their presentations)
Ideal way to update your knowledge on arbitration or to make your entrance in the arbitration ‘sector’
A-Z focus on arbitration
The third ABAS training is open for only a limited number of participants and places will be allocated on first come first served basis.

Do not miss this opportunity if you want to become one of the AIA certified arbitrators in Belgium.

Professional/Private practice/Company Standard
Full package – 800 EUR
1 seminar – 200 EUR

AIA Members
Full package – 400 EUR
1 seminar – 100 EUR

*Excl. VAT

Registration form

Please send an email for details to:
Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The experts of the training:

Johan is a corporate attorney with substantial in-house legal experience. In 1989 he founded and since then he is the managing partner of Billiet & Co. Johan is also the founder and president of the Association for International Arbitration, a think tank aimed to promote and educate about the use of ADR in Belgium and internationally. Johan is frequently appointed to act as an arbitrator in all types of national and international arbitration procedures, while as a mediator he obtained the EMTPJ mediator accreditation to mediate civil and commercial cross border disputes. In addition to that, Johan also lectures alternative dispute resolution at the VUB University in Brussels and  at various ADR training providers. Johan is the author of various books and numerous articles on distribution law, commercial law, contract law and alternative dispute resolution.


TOPIC: Comparing  arbitration with other ADR tools  

He is a senior associate of Billiet & Co Lawyers, specializing in diplomacy, distribution, retail, contracts, commercial, arbitration and mediation. He lectures on arbitration and mediation at various training centers and at the Brussels VUB University. . He is member of the advisory Board of the Brussels Diplomatic Academy (BDA) established within the VUB University and member of the FMB Committee established to evaluate and help setting out a mediation policy for Belgium. He collaborates with the Association for International Arbitration IVZW and is legal counsel to the European Freight and Logistics Leaders Forum, grouping the world’s leaders in freight and logistics. He works as a lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, negotiator and was one of the first international mediators to obtain EMTPJ accreditation.


TOPIC: Annulment proceedings  

Ignace Clayes has been a partner at Eubelius since 2007 and a member of the Brussels Bar since 2001.  He focuses  on civil and commercial litigation, including arbitration, and contract drafting. He is  also a law professor at the University of Ghent where he teaches Law of Obligations, Belgian Contract Law and European Contract Law. He frequently contributes to leading Belgian law journals and often speaks at seminars on topics related to his practice areas.


TOPIC: Overview of arbitration costs 

Since 2013 he is an attorney at Schoups, where he focuses on litigation and arbitration( contractual and tortious liability among others), commercial law and contract law. Before working at Schoups, he worked at Eubelius and he has been teaching assistant in both University of Antwerp (2013-2014) and KU Leuven (2009-2012).


TOPIC: Liability risks of the arbitrator and existing insurance tools

Member of the Brussels Bar since 1991 and also a member of the Antwerp Bar since 2007. He became a partner at Praxislaw in 2002, where he was in charge of the international program. Before Praxislaw he was an associate and later on a partner in a small Brussels Law firm focused on medical liability.
On July 1st 2011 he has started the firm Litiguard with other partners from different other firms.
He counsels and represents clients in a wide range of, often complex and cross border, litigation and ADR matters, civil as well as criminal . He often assists on risk insurance management matters in due diligence procedures.He works for multinational corporations, national corporations and a number of high net worth individuals.


TOPIC: Types of awards & dissenting opinions  

He is a senior  associate at Lydian..Marijn has a broad experience in commercial dispute resolution via litigation and arbitration in different areas such as liability law, commercial contracts and distribution law. Marijn has a special experience in complex questions relating to prescription law.Marijn is a regular speaker on external seminars regarding prescription law. Before joining Lydian in 2011, he was a lawyer for 3 years at Eubelius.


TOPIC: Exequatur proceedings/enforcement 

As a member of the Brussels Bar, he advises clients and conducts litigation regarding any aspects and especially the termination of (exclusive) distribution, agency, franchising and brokerage agreements in the international context. On a daily basis, Alexander engages in the resolution of disputes involving multinational and/or domestic companies, regarding a broad range of issues including commercial and contractual matters, tort liability, recovery of distressed debt, etc. This includes negotiations, mediation and litigation before  national courts and the European Court of Justice, but also arbitration under Rules of ICC and Cepani-Cepina, as well as general ad hoc arbitration. He also acts as an arbitrator.


TOPIC: Overview of arbitration procedure

Associate at Hanotiau & van den Berg, she joined the firm in March 2014. She regularly acts as assistant to the tribunal in international commercial and investment arbitrations, both ad hoc and under a wide variety of institutional rules, spanning various industry sectors.
Before joining Hanotiau & van den Berg she advised on issues of public international law, data protection and privacy at an international law firm in Brussels. Ms Hay also spent two years in Egypt providing legal aid to refugees and asylum seekers.
She is registered to practice in both New South Wales and Brussels (B-list).


TOPIC: Interrelation with public tribunals and Drafting & registration of awards 

He is an experienced arbitrator and a counsel, involved in numerous high profile commercial and investment arbitration cases. Kaj has also worked as legal advisor to the equivalent of the Privatization Ministry of the Russian Federation, drafting legislations and regulations for the privatization of state-owned enterprises, including the oil and gas sector. He has been also deeply involved in the legal aspects of West- East trade for more than thirty years, advising clients in a variety of transactions.


TOPIC: Arbitration and EU law  

He advises on questions of EU and Greek competition law, EU law, international arbitration and litigation and private international law. His practice focuses on complex cases of abuse of dominance, restrictive agreements and merger notifications, arising before the European Commission, national competition authorities and national administrative and civil courts and arbitration tribunals. He combines quietly resolving the most sensitive and complex investigations with aggressively litigating to achieve the necessary results.


TOPIC: Challenging the arbitrator   

He specialises in commercial, financial and company law, especially in national and international disputes. He has acted for various Belgian and foreign concerns, credit institutions and public corporations in court and arbitration cases. His caseload has included complex matters of finance law and corporate/ shareholder disputes and he advises in restructuring businesses in financial difficulties, whether for creditors or debtors.
He has published on electronic money institutions, market manipulation, insider dealing and stock market offences.


TOPIC: The arbitration clause / agreement to arbitrate, with elaboration on hybrids

Willem Meuwissen is an expert negotiator, mediator and litigator in Commercial, Corporate and Real Estate Law He founded Meuwissen & Co, a specialised commercial law firm in 1996. Meuwissen & Co has worked for many clients in Belgium, Europe and world wide.Willem defends the interests of his clients in negotiation, mediation and litigation. He is an expert in international commodity arbitration (RUCIP) and is fluent in Dutch, French, English and German.


TOPIC: Constitution of the arbitration panel and terms of reference 

He is a partner of Crowell & Moring. He is part of the firm’s Intellectual Property and International Disputes Resolution Practices. He is the co-chair of the TLD and Domain Name Practice and heads the Trademarks Practice. He is a leading domestic and international negotiator, litigator and arbitrator.
He has acted as counsel and also served as chairman, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator in arbitration proceedings under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC, Paris, France), the International Dispute Resolution Center (ICDR, New York, NY, USA), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO, Geneva, Switzerland) among others.


TOPIC: Arbitration and third parties 

She specializes in EU and Greek competition law, international arbitration and litigation, and private international law. Her practice also covers state aid and international trade proceedings.
Prior to joining White & Case, Zena was an associate at a Brussels law firm involved in high-profile State aid cases before the General Court of the EU. She has worked as a research assistant at Cambridge and Harvard in the fields of international trade and comparative constitutional law, and gained significant litigation experience with sets of chambers in London. Zena has been active since 2010 in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition sponsored by White & Case, first as a competitor and then as a judge.


TOPIC: The arbitrability of disputes ( with BENOIT SIMPELAERE)

He is a Brussels based lawyer treating legal files in multiple languages (Dutch, French, English and German). His specialties include intellectual property with a focus on the very lively practice of trade mark law. At his law firm DBB they do advise SME enterprises, merely orientated in the distribution sector. His firm is known for it’s vast knowledge of franchise law and contracts.
Specialties:Commercial law; Intellectual Property.


TOPIC: The arbitrability of disputes (with MICHEL SEGERS) 

Corporate lawyer with substantial legal experience in consulting and litigation. Providing legal guidance to local and international corporations and institutional bodies in Dutch, French and English. Among others he is : Arbitrator and Replacement Judge 1ste Kanton Anderlecht (Brussels),  European Mediator (EMPTJ – European Mediation Training for Practiftioners of Justice organized by AIA),Member of the Belgian Franchise Federation (BFF), Member of International Distribution Institute (IDI),  Member of International Arbitration Association (AIA).


TOPIC: Overview of arbitration forms & styles 

Director Contracts and Legal at BESIX Group NV.
He specialized in (Inter)national Private Public Partnerships and M&A Transactions; Commercial, Construction and Company law; Change Management, Strategy. Before joining BESIX Group NV, he was a legal counsel at DEME/Dredging International NV (2007-2009) and a Business Development Consultant at DaimlerChrysler Financial Services.


TOPIC: Interim measures

Since October 2015, Olivier is an associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group of  Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick. . He has experience in advising and representing Belgian and international companies in national and international arbitration proceedings, in corporate and construction litigations before Belgian courts, and in regulatory proceedings in the energy and financial sectors. Before joining Liederkerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick he was an associate at the Litigation and Arbitration practice group of Linklaters( 2010-2015).


TOPIC: The request for arbitration and notifications within an arbitral procedure

Frank Wijckmans is a partner of contrast. He is active in the fields of EU and competition law and Belgian business law. Frank is an experienced negotiator, litigator and arbitrator (ICC, CEPINA, AKABA, ad hoc arbitration). Frank Wijckmans has an extensive publication record in the fields of EU competition law and EU and Belgian distribution law. He is the co-author of a monograph published by Oxford University Press on the current EU competition law regime applicable to vertical agreements, including motor vehicle distribution, ‘Vertical Agreements in EU Competition Law’. He is also a professor at the Brussels School of Competition.