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European Mediation Training for Practitioners of Justice - EMTPJ
15th-26th of August 2016 Course Information


  1. Johan Billiet
  2. Philippe Billiet
  3. Willem Meuwissen
  4. Wannes Vandenbussche
  5. Prof. dr. Frank Fleerackers
  6. Mr. David Owen QC

1. Johan Billiet

Johan Billiet is an international lawyer whose practice focuses on litigation and arbitration. He is active as a lawyer since 1977. He started his career as a lawyer in Ghent and became a member of the Brussels Bar in 1979. He was one of the first lawyers who was also mentioned on the EU list of the Paris Bar. He has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer and is frequently appointed by courts as bankruptcy administrator and administrator of debts. He has also been a deputy judge and a deputy public prosecutor for several years. Johan is also frequently appointed to act as an arbitrator in all types of national and international arbitration proceedings. He currently presides over the Association for International Arbitration (AIA) and lectures on alternative dispute resolution at the VUB University in Brussels and at various ADR training providers. As a mediator he obtained the EMTPJ mediator accreditation to mediate civil and commercial cross-border disputes.
Johan is the author of various books and numerous articles on distribution law, commercial law, contract law and alternative dispute resolution.
He works in Dutch, French and English.

2. Philippe Billiet

Philippe Billiet works as a lawyer for the Belgian firm Billiet & Co (www.billiet-co.be) based in Brussels where he focuses mainly on ADR, civil and commercial law. He is frequently appointed as Arbitrator by various national and international ADR centers and was one of the first mediators with EMTPJ accreditation. He is mediation trainer for the EMPTJ training program (www.emtpj.eu) and lectures ADR (including comparative arbitration laws and dispute settlement in China) at the Brussels VUB University. He has frequently taken part in think-tanks and has been invited as visiting lecturer/speaker at the University of Antwerp and the Brussels HUB University. He holds a master degree from the KUL University in Leuven and an LLM degree in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick. He frequently speaks at conferences and seminars and has widely published on ADR, commercial law and competition law.

3. Willem Meuwissen

Willem Meuwissen is an expert negotiator, mediator and litigator in Commercial, Corporate and Real Estate Law. He is the author of several publications in commercial law and mediation. He teaches negotiation and mediation at the bMediation Accredited Mediators Course, at the AIA European Mediation Training for Practitioners of Justice, at the Belgian National Magistrates Training Institute (IGO) and at the Brussels Diplomatic Academy. He is a Permanent Member of the Belgian Federal Mediation Commission and a member of the Flemish Bar Association ADR Commission. Willem Meuwissen (1956) studied at the Universities of Antwerp and Leuven, where he obtained an LLM cum laude. He was called to the Bar in 1980 and trained by the famous maritime attorney Robert Wijffels Esq.
He founded Meuwissen & Co, a specialized commercial law firm in 1996. Meuwissen & Co has worked for many clients in Belgium, Europe and worldwide. 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. He is regularly appointed as a mediator, both by the courts and by private parties in important commercial and labour disputes.
His specialties are: commercial law, corporate law, real estate law, labour law, commodity trade, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation.

4. Wannes Vandenbussche

Wannes Vandenbussche is a PhD Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at the KU Leuven's Institute for the Law of Obligations. He is preparing a doctoral thesis on the reversal of the burden of proof in tort law proceedings. After obtaining his Bachelor's degree at KU Leuven, he went on Erasmus exchange in 2011 at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. In 2012, he graduated in the Research Master in Laws, jointly organized by KU Leuven and Tilburg University. Within the framework of his PhD thesis, he went on a research stay at the Molengraaff Institute of the University of Utrecht.
Wannes is also highly interested in Mediation and ADR. He was a participant in the 7th and a coach in the 8th and 9th ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, where his team reached the quarter finals (2013) and eight finals (2014). In the summer of 2013, he attended the International Summer School on Dispute Resolution in Berlin. Furthermore, Wannes publishes regularly on this topic.

5. Prof. dr. Frank Fleerackers

Prof. dr. Fleerackers is Professor of Law and Jurisprudence at KU Leuven University. Courses taught: Principles of Law at KU Leuven, Brussels and Tilburg Universities; Arbitration and Negotiation at VU Brussels University; Alternative Dispute Resolution, visiting positions held at distinguished universities including Harvard and MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. dr. Fleerackers is Commissioner of the High Council of Justice and sits on the Judicial Appointments Commission; former Dean of the KU Brussels Law Faculty and two-term President of the Flanders Academics Association.
Prof. dr. Fleerackers publishes widely on law and jurisprudence, authored or edited sixteen books and directs the Advocare research institute for conflict analysis and resolution enhancement. Authored books include: Affective Legal Analysis, On the Resolution of Conflict; Het Vel van de Rechter, Van Oordeelsvorming tot Conflictregeling; Het Recht van de Filosoof, Juridisch Glossarium Geschillenregeling; forthcoming monograph on legal thinking.

6. Mr. David Owen QC

David Owen is a specialist arbitrator and mediator with over 30 years of experience of commercial arbitration, mediation and litigation.
He began in practice as a barrister in 1983. He was appointed as a Queens Counsel in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and an Accredited Mediator. David Owen has a wide-ranging practice as an international arbitrator, and is regularly appointed as a Chairman, panel member and sole arbitrator in many different types of arbitration.
He is a Panel Arbitrator for The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA); The Marine Offshore Oil and Gas Association (MOOGAS), and The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA). In addition to being a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he is a Member of The London Court of International Arbitration, and a Supporting Member of The London Maritime Arbitrators' Association.
He has a working knowledge of French. He also has experience of being appointed as an expert to deal with complex legal and technical issues for the purpose of expert determination.
He is in demand as a mediator over a wide spectrum of commercial disputes, many of them with an international dimension. His mediations often relate to Court proceedings and arbitrations in England, but he also mediates elsewhere in relation to disputes linked with other jurisdictions. He has mediated in England, Continental Europe and the Middle East.
He has been appointed to the mediator panels of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; The International Mediation Institute (IMI), The Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), and The Marine Offshore Oil and Gas Association (MOOGAS).
He trains and assesses mediators in England and elsewhere, on behalf of CEDR and the Association for International Arbitration (AIA). He has lectured on dispute resolution in England, Belgium, Germany and Singapore, and has taught at the Cologne Academies of Arbitration & Mediation.
He is a member of the Bar Council Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and the Civil Mediation Council.