A Conference under the Patronage of Their Excellencies,

the Ambassadors of France and Germany in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

“Peace Through Law:
The Versailles Peace Treaty and dispute settlement after WWI”

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 – Friday, 8 December 2017

Biographies of Conference Speakers

Dr Jennifer Balint, University of Melbourne

Jennifer Balint is Associate Professor in Socio-Legal Studies in the Discipline of Criminology, School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Melbourne, Australia. Her work considers the constitutive role of law, with a focus on genocide and state crime. She is the author of Genocide, State Crime and the Law: In the Name of the State (Routledge/Cavendish, 2012) and co-researcher on the Minutes of Evidence Project (www.minutesofevidence.com.au), focused on new modes of publicly engaging with historical and structural injustice. She has participated in the United Nations Preparatory Commission meetings for the formation of the International Criminal Court in New York, and was the representative for Oceania for the establishment of the International Criminal Bar.



Prof. Nathaniel Berman, Brown University

Nathaniel Berman is the Rahel Varnhagen Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Modern Culture at Brown University's Cogut Institute for the Humanities. His work focuses on the modern construction of the “nation” and “religion” in dialectical relationship with that of the “international”. He is the author of, among many other studies, Passion and Ambivalence: Nationalism, Colonialism, and International Law (Brill, 2011), “‘The Sacred Conspiracy’: Religion, Nationalism, and the Crisis of Internationalism” (Leiden Journal of International Law, 2012), and “‘In a Place Parallel to God’: The Draft, the Demonic, and the Conscientious Cubist” (Journal of Law and Religion, 2017). Prof. Berman holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a PhD in Jewish Studies from University College London.

Prof. Didier Boden, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Didier Boden, is Doctor in Law, Associate Professor (maître de conférences) at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, in charge of the courses (i.a.) of Philosophy of Law and General Theories of Law, Private International Law and Comparative Private International Law. Visiting professor or invited lecturer in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Congo-Kinshasa, Egypt, Italy, Romania, and Peru. Dupin aîné Prize awarded by the Chancellery of the Universities, for his doctoral thesis. Laureate of the European contest organized by the Max Planck Institute for comparative and international private law (Hamburg) for the First Post-Doctoral Seminar in European Private Law organized by the Institute, on 27th and 28thJune 2006. Professor honoris causa of the Law Faculty of the University San Martín de Porres (Lima, Peru). He is finishing the writing of a 1000-pages book on the decision of the foreign countries to accept or refuse to apply on their territory the third law of Nuremberg and the Italian royal decree-law of 17th November 1938.

Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, University of Geneva

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes has been Professor in International Law and International Organizations at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva since 1999. She has been invited as a guest lecturer in numerous universities all over the world. She has gained a wide-ranging reputation for her contribution to international law, in such fields as the law of international organizations, international economic law and international environmental law. In the area of dispute settlement, she has served as chairperson of WTO arbitration panels on pre-shipment inspections, has pleaded before the International Court of Justice and has been an arbitrator in investment arbitration (ICSID). She is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Prof. Michael Callahan, Kettering University

Michael D. Callahan is Professor of History and Frances Willson Thompson Professor of Leadership Studies at Kettering University. He is author of Mandates and Empire: The League of Nations and Africa, 1914-1931 (Sussex Academic Press, 1999/2008) and A Sacred Trust: The League of Nations and Africa, 1929-1945 (Sussex Academic Press, 2004); and a co-editor of Imperialism on Trial: International Oversight of Colonial Rule in Historical Perspective (Lexington Books, 2006). An essay, “The League of Nations and the Problems of Health and the Environment: Leadership for the Common Good in Historical Perspective” appears in Benjamin W. Redekop, ed., Leadership for Environmental Sustainability (Routledge, 2010). His book, This Shattered World: The League of Nations, International Terrorism, and British Foreign Policy, 1934-1938, is forthcoming.

Dr León Castellanos-Jankiewicz

Dr León Castellanos-Jankiewicz is Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow in Law at the European University Institute and Visiting Lecturer in the Law of International Organizations at Bocconi University. His current research examines the notion of subjective rights across public and private international law in historical perspective. León obtained his PhD in International Law at Geneva’s Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2017, and is a grantee of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Previously, he was Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, (2017) and Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School’s Graduate Program (2015-16). His publications address issues intersecting international human rights law, international criminal law and the law of state responsibility, and he is co-editor of International Law and Time: Narratives and Techniques (forthcoming).

Prof. Patricia Clavin, University of Oxford

Patricia Clavin studied at King's College London, obtaining a BA Hons in Modern History and her PhD. She was a Reader in Modern History at Keele University before joining Jesus College in October 2003. She is an editor of the Oxford History Monographs series, and serves on the editorial board of Past and Present. In 2008-09, she held the British Academy “Thank-Offering-to-Britain” Senior Research Fellowship, and in 2015 was awarded a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society, and a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

In 2015, she was awarded the British Academic Medal, which recognises a “landmark achievement that has transformed understanding” for her book Securing the World Economy: The Reinvention of the League of Nations, 1920-1946 (OUP, 2013).

Prof. Pierre d’Argent, Catholic University of Louvain - UCL

Pierre d’Argent teaches and practices international law. He is full professor at the University of Louvain and guest professor at the University of Leiden. He has been Director of Studies and taught a summer course at The Hague Academy of International Law. Associate Member of the Institute of International Law, he is the author of about 100 published articles, an award-winning book, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on www.edx.org and courses on the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Revue belge de droit international and the Annuaire français de droit international, and also a member of the boards of the European, French and Belgian Societies of International Law.

He appeared as counsel before the International Court of Justice and later served the ICJ as First Secretary. He is a member of the Brussels Bar, special counsel to Foley Hoag LLP, and argues international law cases before international tribunals and domestic courts.

Dr Michel Erpelding, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law

Michel Erpelding holds a PhD from Sorbonne Law School (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). His doctoral thesis, entitled International Anti-Slavery Law of ‘Civilized Nations’ (1815-1945), won the 2017 Varenne University Institute Prize in the field of human rights, addresses the. His current research project focusses on historical international courts and tribunals, especially during the Interwar Period. His research interests include general public international law, international legal history, colonial law, humanitarian law, and international human rights law. Michel also holds master’s degrees in international law from Sorbonne Law School and Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in modern standard Arabic from the Institut national des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris (France). Since 2013, he has worked as a sessional lecturer in French public law at the Institut du droit des affaires internationales (part of Sorbonne Law School) in Cairo (Egypt).

Dr Thomas D Grant, University of Cambridge

Thomas D. Grant is a Senior Research Fellow of Wolfson College and a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in the University of Cambridge. He is a public international law generalist, with specialist focus on international dispute settlement, law of the sea, law and technology, and the history of international law. Dr Grant's current projects include sections of the forthcoming 10th edition of Oppenheim's International Law; a study on international law, autonomous weapons, and artificial intelligence; and an Oxford Very Short Introduction to Arbitration. He holds a BA (European history, Harvard), JD (Yale), and PhD (International Law, Cambridge).

Prof. Jean-Louis Halpérin, Ecole Normale Supérieure

Jean-Louis Halpérin is Professor of Legal History at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and Director of the Centre of Legal Theory and Analysis (UMR 7074 CNRS - University Paris Nanterre - ENS).

He is a specialist of comparative legal history of the 19th and 20th century, notably in France, Germany, Japan, and India.

Prof. Mamadou Hébié, Leiden University

Mamadou Hébié is Assistant-Professor of International Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies – Leiden Law School. He holds a PhD, summa cum laude, avec les félicitations du jury (2012) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Prof. Hébié also graduated from Harvard Law School and is a recipient of The Hague Academy Diploma of International Law. His monograph Souveraineté territoriale par traité : Une étude des accords entre puissances coloniales et entités politiques locales (Graduate Institute Geneva/Presses Universitaires de France, 2015) was awarded in 2016 the Paul Guggenheim Prize in International Law.

He acted as adviser to the Argentine Republic in the ARA Libertad case before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

Prof. Burkhard Hess, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law

Burkhard Hess, born in Worms (Germany) in 1961, became Founding and Executive Director of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law in September 2012. He graduated in Munich in 1990. After being granted Venia Legendi in civil law, civil procedure, private international law, European law and public international law in 1996, he held chairs at the Universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg. He was a guest professor in Beijing, in Paris (Sorbonne) and in Georgetown, and a scholar-in-residence at the Center for Transnational Law at the New York University. He served as a part-time judge at the Court of Appeal of Karlsruhe. He is Chairman of the ILA Committee on the Protection of Privacy in Private International and Procedural Law. In March 2015, the University of Ghent awarded Professor Hess a doctor honoris causa; in May 2016, the University of Thessaloniki.

Dr Heinrich Kreft, Ambassador of Germany in Luxembourg

Dr Heinrich Kreft is a career diplomat and since July 22nd 2016 Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Luxembourg. Prior to this he was Deputy Chief of Mission of the German Embassy in Madrid and prior to that Ambassador and Director General for International Academic and Educational Relations and Dialogue among Civilizations in the German Foreign Ministry. Prior to this assignment he served as Senior Foreign and Security Policy Advisor in the German Parliament (2006-2010). As diplomat he was stationed in La Paz (1988-91), in Tokyo (1991-94) and Washington D.C. (2002-04). In the Foreign Ministry he was a member of the Policy Planning Staff (in charge of the Americas, Asia and Economic Issues 1996-2001); Visiting Fellow at The Henry L Stimson Center (July-December 2001), at the Heritage Foundation (January–March 2002) and the Woodrow Wilson Center (April–June 2002) in Washington, D.C.; Senior Strategic Analyst and Deputy Head of the Policy Planning Staff of the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin (2004-06); Lecturer on International Politics. Numerous publications on major power political and economic relations; International Security; the Arab World; European, American and Asian political and economic affairs. Most recent publications on the Arab Awakening, the Rise of China and on German and European Foreign Policy.

Judge and Prof. Herbert Kronke, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal/Heidelberg University

Herbert Kronke is a Judge at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague and Professor Emeritus at Heidelberg University. From 1998 to 2008 he served as Secretary-General of UNIDROIT. He received his legal education in Germany and the United Kingdom. He holds Dr iur (PhD) and Dr iur habil (post doc) degrees from the Universities of Munich and Trier as well as honorary doctorates conferred by Eötvös-Loránd University, Budapest, and the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki. He has taught as visiting professor in Brazil, Canada, China, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States and at the Hague Academy of International Law. He authored about some 200 books and articles on contract law, commercial law, company law, capital market and financial services law, conflict of laws, civil procedure and arbitration. He is Chairman of the Board of the German Institution of Arbitration, and serves as arbitrator in institutional and ad-hoc arbitrations in both commercial and investment disputes. He is a member of the Académie internationale de droit comparé, the Academia Europea and other international and national learned societies. He is a member of the Deutscher Rat für Internationales Privatrecht, the German Government’s advisory panel on private international law. The President of the Federal Republic of Germany conferred the honour of the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic upon him, and he was awarded the Ordem do Rio Branco by the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil.

Prof. Photini Pazartzis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Photini Pazartzis is Director of the Athens Public International Law Centre, Law Faculty, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Athens (1981) and her graduate studies at the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (DEA 1984, Doctorat d’Etat 1992, Paul Guggenheim Prize). On sabbatical leave during the academic year 2017-2018, she is Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge. She is currently member of the UN Human Rights Committee (ICCPR). She is member of the Board of the European Society of International Law and currently Vice-President of the Society (since September 2017). She is Co-Chair of the ILA Study Group on “The Content and Evolution of the Rules of Interpretation”.

Mr Bruno Perdu, Ambassador of France in Luxembourg

Prof. Marta Requejo Isidro, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law

Marta Requejo Isidro is a Professor of Private International Law at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Since 2013 she works as a Senior Research Fellow at the MPI Luxembourg for Procedural Law. She has been visiting Professor at the universities of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, Complutense and Autónoma de Madrid, Salamanca and Sevilla. From 2009 until 2013 she worked as appointed expert for the ANECA (Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación); she has also been hired as expert within by the European Judicial Training Network. Since 2014 she is the senior manager editor of the Revista Española de Derecho Internacional (REDI). Her main interests are European and comparative procedural law, and European and Spanish private international law. She has published several books as sole author, articles in collective books, and contributions to scientific journals in Spanish, English and French. At present she is engaged in several scientific research projects of international scope funded by the EU Commission or co-funded by the Spanish central and local governments, focusing on mutual trust in a variety of constellations: cross-border civil and commercial litigation; cross-border insolvency; cross-border disputes in family and succession law.

Prof. Hélène Ruiz Fabri, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law

Hélène Ruiz Fabri is Executive Director of the MPI Luxembourg for Procedural Law, where she heads the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution. Previously she was Professor at the Sorbonne Law School (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) where she still teaches. She has also been Director of the Joint Institute of Comparative Law of Paris and Director of the Master 2 Degree Programme in International Economic Law. Her research spans WTO Law and International Dispute Resolution as well as Comparative and Constitutional Law. Privileging a comparative approach, she has focused on international courts and tribunals for years, following their multiplication during the 90’s. She has published extensively in these fields and has been awarded the CNRS Silver Medal for her achievements in research.

Judge and Prof. Bruno Simma, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal/University of Michigan

Bruno Simma is a Judge/Arbitrator at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague since December 2012. Before that he was a Judge at the International Court of Justice from 6 February 2003 until 5 February 2012. He has also served and is still serving as an arbitrator in inter-state and investment disputes. From 1972 to 2003 he taught international and EC law at the University of Munich. He is now a part-time Professor of Law at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (on leave while at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal). From 1987 to 1996 he was a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, from 1997 to 2003 of the UN International Law Commission. He was a co-founder both of the European Journal of International Law and of the European Society of International Law and is an associate Member of the Institut de droit international.

Dr Guy Fiti Sinclair, Victoria University of Wellington

Guy Fiti Sinclair is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington Law School. His principal area of scholarship and teaching is public international law, with a focus on international organizations law, international economic law, the history and theory of international law, and law and global governance. His work has appeared in the European Journal of International Law, the Melbourne Journal of International Law, and the Journal of the History of International Law, among other venues. He is the author of To Reform the World: The Legal Powers of International Organizations and the Making of Modern States (OUP, 2017). He is currently working on a project on “Making International Economic Law: The Interaction of Institutions”, supported by a Marsden Fund Fast-Start Grant, awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Dr Sinclair holds first degrees in law and history from the University of Auckland, and a Doctorate from New York University School of Law, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He worked for over ten years as a corporate and commercial lawyer in leading US, English, and Australasian firms, and in a variety of in-house roles. He is an Associate Director of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law and the Associate Editor of the European Journal of International Law.

Prof. Christian J. Tams, University of Glasgow

Christian J. Tams is Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow and an academic member of Matrix Chambers, London. A qualified German lawyer, he holds an LL.M. and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Questions of dispute resolution and international organization are at the heart of his research. His publications in this area include Legacies of the Permanent Court of International Justice (Brill, 2013, with Fitzmaurice) and the Oxford Commentary on the Statute of the International Court of Justice (2nd ed., OUP, 2012, with Zimmermann, Tomuschat and Oellers-Frahm). During 2014-15, he prepared, with FutureLearn and the BBC, a massive open online course (MOOC) on the Paris Peace Conference that attracted circa 16,000 participants.

Prof. Johan Van der Walt, University of Luxembourg

Johan van der Walt joined the University of Luxembourg in August 2011. Before moving to Luxembourg he held chairs at the Universities of Glasgow (2007-2011) and Johannesburg (1996-2006). He also holds an extraordinary professorship at the University of Pretoria (2009-). His fields of specialization are philosophy of law, legal theory and jurisprudence. His research is informed by continental European and Anglo-American traditions of philosophy, legal theory, jurisprudence, political theory, and anthropology. He is the author of the monographs Law and Sacrifice (Birkbeck Law Press, 2005) and The Horizontal Effect Revolution and the Question of Sovereignty (De Gruyter, 2014) as well as numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and chapter contributions to books.

Judge and Prof. Hans Van Houtte, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal/University of Leuven – KUL

Hans van Houtte is the President of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague. He held successively the chair of International Public Law and Private International Law at the University of Louvain (KULeuven) where he still teaches arbitration.

He was International Commissioner for Real Property Claims in Bosnia, Arbitrator at the Dormant Bank Account Tribunal in Switzerland, Member of the United Nations Compensation Commission and President of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission. He sat as arbitrator in some 300 arbitrations, including investment arbitrations.

Prof. van Houtte has a PhD from Leuven Law School with a thesis on the law applicable in transnational arbitration. He also holds a degree in European Law, an LLM from Harvard and a diploma cum laude from The Hague Academy of International Law. In 2013, he was elected to the Institut de Droit International.

Dr Ralph Wilde, University College London

Ralph Wilde is a member of the Faculty of Laws at University College London. He is currently engaged in an interdisciplinary research project on the extraterritorial application of international human rights law, called “human rights beyond borders”, funded by the European Research Council. His book International Territorial Administration: How Trusteeship and the Civilizing Mission Never Went Away (OUP, 2008) was awarded the Certificate of Merit (book prize) of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) in 2009. He previously served on the Executive Board of the European Society of International Law, the Executive Council of the ASIL and, at the International Law Association, as Co-Rapporteur of the Human Rights Committee, one of the UK representatives on the international Executive Council, Rapporteur of the Study Group on UN Reform, and Joint Honorary Secretary of the British Branch.