Dr Michiel Poesen
Dr Michiel Poesen

Dr Michiel Poesen

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Biography

Michiel Poesen is a Lecturer at the Centre for Private International Law (CPIL). Michiel's research interest is in civil and commercial private international law, with a particular focus on EU and international harmonisation in the field. Michiel has held visiting teaching and research positions at the University of Edinburgh, Maastricht University, Heidelberg University, ELTE Budapest and Hasselt University.

Michiel obtained a PhD from KU Leuven in 2021. His dissertation focused on the concept of "matters relating to a contract" (Dutch: bevoegdheid inzake verbintenissen uit overeenkomst) in the EU law of civil jurisdiction. His work on jurisdiction in matters relating to a contract under Art 7(1) Brussels Ia was cited in AG Szpunar's Opinion in Case C-265/21 AB, AB-CD v Z EF.

Michiel has acted multiple times as a consultant in studies commissioned by the European Commission on the reform of European private international law, and as a national expert for studies conducted by the European Association for Private International Law (EAPIL). He also co-advised the Belgian government in prelimenary reference proceedings before the European Court of Justice.

Prior to joining the Law School, Michiel was a postdoctoral research fellow at the KU Leuven Research Council and a fixed-term lecturer of International Business Law in the Leuven LL.M. programme. He gained practical experience as a junior dispute resolution associate in a Brussels-based law firm, as a trainee at the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers), and as a law clerk in two Belgian commercial courts.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Law 
    2021 - KU Leuven 
  • Belgian Bar Exam 
    2017 - Flemish Bar Association (OVB) 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Coordinator of the Centre for Private International Law Working Paper Series
  • Deputy LLM admissions selector
  • Personal tutor
External Memberships
  • Member of SCOTLIN - Scottish Law and Innovation Network
  • National rapporteur for Belgium; European Commission Study on the Reform of the Brussels Ibis Regulation

Latest Publications

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Research

Research Overview

  • Harmonisation of private international law in the European Union (EU)
  • Adjudicatory jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters
  • Strategic international litigation
  • Private international law and artificial intelligence
  • Brexit and international commercial dispute resolution
  • International jurisdiction over contractual disputes

Funding and Grants

  • Fellow of the KU Leuven Research Fund (2021-2022)
  • Stanford Existential Risk Initiative (SERI) Summer Fellow (2021)
  • Consultant for European Commission studies on the Brussels Ia Regulation and Rome II Regulation (JUDGTRUST; BIICL; Milieu)
  • PhD Fellow at the Institute for Private International Law at KU Leuven (2017-2021)
Teaching
Publications

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  • Three’s A Crowd. Jurisdictional Protection of Employees in Multinational Company Groups (Case C‑604/20, FD v ROI Land Investments Ltd)

    Poesen, M.
    Non-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
  • Private international law’s contribution to the regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI): an EU perspective

    Poesen, M.
    Contributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations
  • Regulating Artificial Intelligence in the European Union: Exploring the Role of Private International Law

    Poesen, M.
    Contributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations
  • Fundamentele rechten in het internationaal privaatrecht: heden en toekomst in Zuid-Afrika, België en Nederland

    Poesen, M., Schmitz, B., Cupido, R.
    Non-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
  • Regulating Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the European Union (EU): Exploring the Role of Private International Law

    Poesen, M.
    Recht in beweging – 29ste VRG-Alumnidag 2022. Gompel&Svacina, pp. 297-314
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Civil Litigation against Third-country Defendants in the EU: Effective Access to Justice as a Rationale for European Harmonization of the Law of Jurisdiction

    Poesen, M.
    Common Market Law Review, vol. 59, no. 6, pp. 1597
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Extension of the Jurisdictional Rules of the Brussels Ibis Regulation to Non-EU Defendants. Country Report: Belgium.

    Poesen, M.
    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports
  • Private International Law and Artificial Intelligence: An EU Perspective

    Poesen, M.
    European Review of Private Law
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Reculer pour mieux sauter. Internationale bevoegdheid “ten aanzien van verbintenissen uit overeenkomst” in geschillen met niet-contractuele grondslag in het EU bevoegdheidsrecht

    Poesen, M.
    Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht / Revue de Droit Commercial Belge, pp. 80-86
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Crystalline Structure of EU Private International Law

    Poesen, M.
    Contributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations
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