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Founder & Editor

Quentin Declève

Quentin Declève graduated from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) in 2011 and Columbia University (LL.M) in 2016.

Quentin is an associate at Van Bael & Bellis, a leading independent law firm based in Brussels with a special emphasis on international law. The firm has extensive expertise in the fields of international litigation, EU and competition law, international trade law and WTO law as well as Belgian business law.

Working at Van Bael & Bellis has allowed Quentin to gain extensive experience as a litigator both at domestic and international levels as he assists clients in EU litigation and in international litigation and arbitration cases.

Alongside his job at Van Bael & Bellis, Quentin also worked (2013–2015) as a part-time teaching assistant (adjunct) in EU law at Université Saint-Louis in Brussels.

If you have any comment or suggestion concerning the blog, do not hesitate to contact him at quentin@international-litigation-blog.com.

Articles by Quentin Declève


(in alphabetical order)

Ricardo Ampuero Llerena

Ricardo Ampuero Llerena is the President of the Special Commission that represents the Republic of Peru in International Investment Disputes. This Commission is in charge of representing Peru in all stages of investor-State disputes arising under international investment agreements and investment contracts under the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration rules.

Ricardo has previously served as Legal Adviser and Technical Secretary of the Special Commission, worked in a law firm specialized in arbitration in Lima and did an internship program at the International Chamber of Commerce.

Ricardo received his J.D., with honors, from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) and LL.M. from Columbia Law School (attended as a Fulbright Scholar). He was a professor at UPC, where he also coached the University’s team in international arbitration competitions. Ricardo is regularly invited to speak at international conferences and seminars on arbitration matters, and has published various academic articles.

Articles by Ricardo Ampuero Llerena

Julian Arato

Julian Arato is an associate professor of law at Brooklyn Law School.

Julian’s research and teaching interests include international economic law, public international law, international organizations, contracts, and private law theory. He has written extensively on the law of treaties and treaty interpretation, the law of international organizations, and the law of foreign direct investment. He is currently working on a long-term project on the private law dimensions of international investment law.

At Brooklyn Law School, Julian serves as Co-Director for the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law. He also serves as a Co-Chair of the Junior International Law Scholars Association (JILSA); as Vice Chair for the American Society of International Law (ASIL) International Economic Law Interest Group; and as a member of the International Law Association Study Group on the Content and Evolution of the Rules of Interpretation.

Before joining the Brooklyn Law School faculty in 2015, Julian served as an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School. He previously worked as an associate in the international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where his practice focused on international investment disputes and international commercial arbitration.

Articles by Julian Arato

Holger Hestermeyer

Dr. Holger Hestermeyer is the Shell Reader of International Dispute Resolution at King’s College London, where he also leads the King’s Forum on International Dispute Resolution and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Transnational Law Institute.

Holger is a senior affiliate researcher of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law in Heidelberg. Before joining King’s College London he was a référendaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union and head of a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law in Heidelberg. He was a Co-Executive Vice President of the Society of International Economic Law.

Holger is admitted to the New York Bar, has passed the Second German State Exam and advises in the areas of his interest, most recently serving as a Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords External Affairs Sub-Committee of the EU Committee on trade post Brexit.

Articles by Holger Hestermeyer

Pietro Ortolani

Pietro Ortolani is an Assistant Professor at Radboud University, in the Netherlands. He specializes in international arbitration and transnational dispute resolution. Pietro holds a law degree from the University of Pisa and a Ph.D. in arbitration from LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome. Before joining Radboud University, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law, a Research Associate at the University of Pisa and a Law Research Associate at Queen Mary, University of London.

Pietro is admitted to the Bar in Italy and he also works as a practitioner, mainly in the field of arbitration. He has experience in both ad hoc and institutional arbitration. He has acted as an expert for the European Parliament and the European Commission. Pietro has published in many peer-reviewed international journals, including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of International Dispute Settlement and the Leiden Journal of International Law. He regularly acts as reviewer for a wide range of international journals and publishers.

In 2016, Pietro won the James Crawford Prize, awarded by the Journal of International Dispute Settlement and Oxford University Press.

In 2014, Pietro has contributed to a European Parliament Study concerning the legal instruments and practice of arbitration in the EU.

Articles by Pietro Ortolani

Isabelle Van Damme

Dr Isabelle Van Damme is Partner at Van Bael & Bellis and a Member of the Brussels Bar. Her practice focuses on WTO law, EU law and public international law. She is also a visiting lecturer at the KU Leuven and at the World Trade Institute, where she taught this year a course on ‘Treaty Interpretation’.

Before joining Van Bael & Bellis, Isabelle worked as a référendaire in the chambers of Advocate General Sharpston at the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg). Isabelle has also worked at Sidley Austin LLP (Geneva), where she practiced WTO law, and was a lecturer and the Turpin Lipstein Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Clare College. She holds degrees from the University of Ghent (Bachelor of Law, Master of Laws), Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.) and the University of Cambridge (Ph.D. in Law).

Isabelle has published widely on WTO law, EU law and public international law. Her main publications include a monograph on Treaty Interpretation by the WTO Appellate Body (Oxford University Press) and an edited collection entitled The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law (Oxford University Press).

Articles by Isabelle Van Damme