Dr Michiel Poesen

Dr Michiel Poesen
Dr Michiel Poesen
Dr Michiel Poesen



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Michiel joined the law school as a lecturer in September 2022. Previously, he lectured at KU Leuven, Belgium and Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He also was a postdoctoral fellow of the KU Leuven Research Fund. In December 2023, he will be a visiting lecturer at the University of Hannover, Germany where he will teach the Private International Law of Information Technology. In August 2023, he was a visiting researcher at the Singapore Management University.

Michiel’s expertise lies in private international law. His research focuses on civil and commercial private international law in the European Union. He wrote a dissertation on the scope of jurisdiction in matters relating to a contract in the Brussels Ia Regulation. His work on this topic was cited by Advocate General Szpunar in Case C-265/21 AB, AB-CD v Z EF in preliminary reference proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Michiel is a contributor to the Thomson Reuters Practical Law Series on Dispute Resolution, regularly providing expert updates on recent developments in the private international law of England & Wales. He also analyses decisions of the CJEU on private international law for EU Law Live.

Michiel has published numerous articles on a variety of topics in leading journals, such as the Common Market Law Review, Journal for Private International Law, Yearbook for Private International Law, and Uniform Law Review. He coordinated a submission on behalf of the Aberdeen Centre for Private International Law for the UK Government’s consultation on accession to the Hague Judgments Convention. He has also contributed to multiple studies for the European Commission on the reform of instruments such as the Rome II Regulation and the Brussels Ia Regulation.

Michiel is the convenor of the Conflict of Laws Section of the UK Society of Legal Scholars together with Dr Patricia Zivkovic.

Michiel is fluent in Dutch. He is conversational in French and has notions of German and Hungarian.


  • Doctor of Laws (PhD) 
    2021 - KU Leuven 
  • Belgian Bar Exam 
    2017 - Flemish Bar Association (OVB) 
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) 
    2016 - KU Leuven 
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) 
    2014 - KU Leuven 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Law School ethics lead
  • Coordinator of the Centre for Private International Law Working Paper Series
  • Deputy PhD School Officer
  • Publications Officer for the Anti-SLAPP Hub
  • Member of the Anti-SLAPP Research Hub
  • Member of the Law School monitoring team
  • Personal tutor
External Memberships
  • Legal commentator for Thomson Reuters Practical Law
  • Analyst for EU Law Live
  • 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 Overview

  • Private International Law
  • International jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters
  • Comparative private international law
  • Business and human rights
  • Private international law and artificial intelligence (AI)
  • The impact of Brexit on private international law

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.

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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)

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