European Mediation Training for Practitioners of Justice - EMTPJ
15th-26th of August 2016 Course Information
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Owen is a specialist arbitrator and mediator with over 30 years of experience of commercial
arbitration, mediation and litigation.