Attorney, Ghent / Brussels
Herman Verbist obtained his master’s degree in law at the University of Leuven (K.U.L., 1982), and has completed additional law studies in Germany (Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, 1982-1983) and in the United Kingdom (King's College, University of London, 1986). In 2008, he obtained a doctorate in law at the University of Ghent.
He is a lawyer at the Bars of Ghent and Brussels. Since 1998, his activity focuses primarily on arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. He is a member of IDR (International Dispute Resolution), an international platform of arbitrators and mediators, United Kingdom, since 2019. He is President of the arbitrators of the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport (since 2016).
He has worked as counsel at the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris (1988-1996). He has taught, as a visiting professor, the course on international commercial arbitration at the University of Ghent (1996-2013). He has lectured in the field of arbitration at various other Universities (K.U.Leuven, 1993, 1994 and 1997; Université Libre de Bruxelles - Ecole de Commerce Solvay, 1999-2003; University College Dublin, 1999 and 2000; City University Hong Kong, 2014; University Paris X – Nanterre, 2015; University of Saarland - Saarbrücken, 2020).
He has acted as counsel or as arbitrator (sole arbitrator, chairman of the arbitral tribunal, co-arbitrator), or expert (CEPANI, ICC, CAS, Permanent Court of Arbitration, European Court of Arbitration, Danish Court, Polish Court, ad hoc) and has also acted as mediator in national (appointments by Belgian Courts, ad hoc) and international mediations (WIPO, Energy Community, ad hoc) and as adjudicator.
He is a member of numerous international arbitration associations and registered as arbitrator on the list of arbitrators of several arbitration institutions worldwide, including CAS, VIAC, ICDR, HKIAC, SIAC, AIAC, KCAB. He is an accredited mediator (Belgian Federal Mediation Commission, since 2008) and is registered on the “Panel of Conciliators” of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) (since 2016), upon designation by the government of Belgium; registered on the “Panel of Transit Conciliators”, International Energy Charter Treaty, Conflict Resolution Centre, Brussels, Belgium (since 2018), designated by Belgium; registered on the Energy Community Dispute Resolution Panel of Mediators, Vienna, Austria (since 2018); registered on Mediation and Conciliation Network (MCN), New Delhi, India.
He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (since 1996) and member of the Board of CEPANI (since 2001).
He is a member of the Management Committee of FICA (Forum for International Conciliation and Arbitration) and attended as a member of the FICA delegation since 2016 the sessions of Working Group II (Dispute Resolution) of UNCITRAL, New York and Vienna.
He is a contributor for Belgium to the online “UNCITRAL Guide on the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York, 1958)”, newyorkconvention1958.org, since 2014 and a member of the Publications Advisory Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) (since 2015).
He is author or co-author of more than 150 articles in numerous Belgian and foreign legal periodicals and of more than 20 books in the field of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, i.a. Verbist/Schäfer/Imhoos, “ICC Arbitration in Practice”, Second Revised Edition (Kluwer Law International/Stämpfli, 2016). He is a member of the editorial committee of several periodicals in the field of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution: “Tijdschrift voor arbitrage”, “Nederlands-Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Mediation en Conflictmanagement”, “b-Arbitra”.
He is listed in “Who’sWhoLegal”, GAR, London, as “Global Leader” in arbitration and mediation.