Univ.-Prof., Prof. zw., Dr. iur. et Mgr., Dipl. Ing. (oec.), prof. hon. Alexander Bělohlávek, dr.h.c.

Partner (Managing partner)

Academic profile and academic qualifications:

1987-1988: Faculty of Law, J.E.P. University (today Masaryk University), Brno
1988-1991: Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague, Institute of International Relations and International Law at the Faculty of Law of Charles University (where A. Belohlavek first attained a master’s degree – “Mgr.” – and, upon completing postgraduate studies in 1993, his Doctor of Law). Fully qualified as a lawyer since 1991.
1989-1992: Faculty of Economics, Foreign Trade Relations (“inženýr” / “inženýr ekonomie” [graduate economist – Dipl. Ing. (oec)])
1991-1993: postgraduate studies, Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague, subject: Civil Law I (defense of doctoral thesis: December 1993)
1996: “Associate Professor“.
University Professor” appointed by the state president of the Czech Republic effective as of 1 April 2001.
1992: Honorary doctorate (dr.h.c.), awarded based upon a joint proposal by the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics, Kiev, Ukraine
2012: Appointed Professor in Poland (“Prof. zw.” / “Profesor zwyczajny” for international law and international relations at the Faculty of Law and Public Administration of WSMW University (Warsaw / Poland), effective as of 1 October 2012. (See also the section “Academic work” below).
2015: Honorary Professor in Poland (“Profesor Honorificus”) for international law. (See also “Academic work” below)

Academic work:

1991-1996: Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague / Czech Republic, research assistant (Institute of Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights and Competition Law; Department of Commercial and Economic law – subjects: commercial law, private international law, international commercial law). Currently a member of this faculty’s examination board for doctoral state exams of postgraduate students.
1992 – present: Department of Law, Faculty of Economics at the VŠB Technická univerzita Ostrava / Czech Republic (since 1 April 2001: professor at the Department of Law, 1996 to March 2001: lecturer at the Department of Law, 1992-1996: research assistant at the Department of Law; scientific supervisor in the field of international commercial law, member of the specialist board for doctoral studies, scientific supervisor in the field of international trade and legal regulations of economy and business, scientific supervisor for accredited postgraduate and doctoral study programs in Czech and German, among others)
2009 – present: Department of International and European Law, Faculty of Law, Masaryk University (visiting professor, member of the examination board for doctoral state exams in the field of private international law and European law; in addition, the visiting professor at the Department of Civil Law at the same faculty)
2012 – 2018: Professor (“profesor zwyczajny“) and Chair of the Department of International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law and Public Administration, Warsaw Academy of Management, Poland
2018 – present: Professor („poesor zwyczajmy“) and Chair of the Institute of International Law Collegium Humanum University, Warsaw, Poland
2015 – present: Department of International Law, Faculty of Law, West Bohemia University (professor, private international law, also member of the examination board for doctoral state exams in the field of private international law and EU law; in addition; supervisor of Ph.D. students)

Other (non-academic) professional endeavours:

1989-today: court-appointed interpreter for German
1993-1994: commercial lawyer (attorney-at-law for commercial matters)
1994-today: attorney-at-law (Czech Bar Association; till IX. 2015 branch of the State of New Jersey, USA, holding a license granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court which was valid until September 2015; at present branch office in The Hague, The Netherlands)
2003-2008: Member of the Board of Advisors to the Chairman of the Czech Data Protection Office
2003-2008: Member of the Board of Advisors to the Chairman of the Czech Office of Telecommunications
Work in the area of arbitration – see the section “Other professional activities” below.

Other professional activities:

International Chamber of Commerce

  • Chairman of the ICC Commission on Arbitration (till 2017 and at present, member of the Commission), Czech National Committee
  • Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, Paris
  • Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris since 2009, now in his second term (for the Czech Republic)
  • Member of the ICC European Arbitration Group
  • Member of the ICC World Business Law Institute

Arbitrator – track record

  • Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration on behalf of the Czech Republic
  • Dispute resolution in ad hoc proceedings and UNCITRAL procedures
  • Dispute resolution before permanent arbitral institutions (see below for details)
  • A record of arbitration experience (as arbitrator) is also available as separate chart and may be provided upon request. As of 2019, participation in an approximate total of 500 arbitrations (disputes) in the capacity of co-arbitrator, president of arbitral tribunal, or sole arbitrator

Entered as an arbitrator in the lists of arbitrators kept by the following permanent arbitral institutions:

  • Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and to the Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic
  • International Arbitration Court of the Czech Commodity Exchange, Czech Republic – Vice-President of the International Arbitration Court
  • Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) and since 2015 also member of the VIAC International Advisory Board
  • International Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation – MKAS TPP (Moscow / Russian Federation)
  • Court of Arbitration attached to the Independent Arbitration Chamber – Nezavisimaja Arbitrazhnaja Palata (Moscow / Russian Federation)
  • International Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Moldova (Chişinău)
  • International Arbitration Court attached to the Ukrainian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Kiev)
  • Arbitration Court for Commercial Disputes at the Lithuanian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Vilnius)
  • Kazakh International Arbitration Court (Almaty / Kazakhstan)
  • Arbitration Court attached to the Slovenian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Ljubljana / Slovenia)
  • International Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the Belarus Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Minsk / Belarus)
  • International Commercial Arbitration Court attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (Bucharest)
  • International Arbitration Court at the Institute of Private International Law (Sofia / Bulgaria)
  • Arbitration Court attached to the Polish Chamber of Commerce (Warsaw / Poland)
  • Asian International Arbitration Centre (“AIAC”) (Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia) – arbitrator and mediator
  • Harbin Arbitration Commission (Harbin / China)
  • Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (Shenzhen / China)

and more.

Statistical data regarding the author’s track record as an arbitrator:

  • As of2019, participation in an approximate total of 500 arbitrations (disputes) in the capacity of co-arbitrator, chairman of the arbitral tribunal, or sole arbitrator. In some proceedings appointed also as witness expert for legaland economic issues. A record of arbitration experience (as arbitrator).

WJA –World Jurist Association (Washington D.C. / USA)

  • 1994 – today: Member
  • 1996 – 2009: National President, Czech Republic
  • 2007 – 2009: President of the World Association of Lawyers, part of the organizational structure of the WJA
  • 2009 – 2011: First Vice President of the WJA
  • 2011 – 2015: President of the WJA
  • 2015 – today: Immediate past president of the WJA and member of the „board of governors.“

and others.

Membership in Professional Organizations (selection):

  • ABA – American Bar Association, Member of the Section for International Law
  • ArbAut – Österreichische Assotiation für Schiedsverfahren
  • ASA – Swiss Arbitration Association
  • ASIL – American Association of International Law
  • ČAK – Czech Bar Association
  • ČES – Czech Economic Society
  • ČSMP – Czech Society of International Law
  • DIS – Deutsches Institut für Schiedsverfahren
  • DTSW – Deutsch-Tschechische und Deutsch-Slowakische Wirtschaftsvereinigung
  • IBA – International Bar Association
  • ICC – International Chamber of Commerce (details see above)
  • ICC WBLI – ICC World Business Law Institute, Paris, France
  • ILA – International Law Association, Headquarters Branch, London
  • Law Society of England and Wales, associate member
  • Deutsch-Tschechische Juristenvereinigung
  • Deutsch-Russische Handelskammer, Frankfurt a.M. / Germany
  • RAA – Russian Arbitration Association, Moscow, Russia
  • WJA –World Jurist Association, Washington D.C., USA – see above for details

Lecturing activities and contributions to professional conferences (outside regular academic work) (selection):

  • Participation in more than 300 international conferences since 1990.
  • Talks and lectures in the following countries (selection): Albania (2014), Aruba (2017), Australia (Sydney) (2003), Austria (on-going lecturing activities in a number of places since 1991), Bahamas (2016, 2018), China People´s Republic of (Shanghai, Jinan) (2014), Croatia (Zagreb) (2015), Czech Republic, France (Paris, Lyon), Germany (on-going lecturing activities in a number of places since 1991), India (New Delhi) (1998), Iceland (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Ireland (2001), Israel (Jerusalem) (2008), (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv) (2013), Italy (Rome) (2004), Japan (Fukuoka) (2018), Lithuania (Vilnius) (2012, 2014), Mexico (Mexico City) (2008, 2019), Moldova (Chissina) (2016, 2018), Netherlands (2010), Poland (2009, 2010, 2011, 2015), Portugal (Lisbon) (2008), Russia (Moscow, Petersburg, Vladivostok) (ongoing since 2005), Qatar (Doha) (1997), Slovak Republic (ongoing since 1992), South Africa (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch) (1998, 2016), Switzerland (ongoing since 1992), Turkey (Istanbul) (2012), Ukraine (ongoing since 1996), Great Britain, USA (Washington D.C., Los Angeles and New York, ongoing) and many others.
  • A detailed list of participations in conferences, congresses and lectures in universities is also available in a separate part of this profile.
  • Lecturer (scientific coordinator / supervisor for academic programs): Czech Judicial Academy, Slovak Judicial Academy, and others.

Publications:

  • More than 500 publications since 1989, among them approx. 150 monographs (as the sole author or co-author). About one third of the entire output of published works has been published abroad.
  • A detailed list of publications is also available in a separate part of this profile.
  • Publications (incl. monographs) have been published in the following languages: English, Czech, French, German, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
  • Citations (domestic and abroad): approx. 2,000 citations on record.
  • Domestic and foreign reviews of own published papers: more than 50 published book reviews.

Membership on editorial boards; editorial positions for professional and scholarly periodicals:

  • The Lawyer Quarterly (Editorial Board, Institute of State and Law at the Czech Academy of Sciences, a periodical published in English)
  • Bulletin advokacie [Legal Practitioners’ Monthly] (Editorial Board, Czech Bar Association)
  • Law / Technology (Editorial Board, Washington, D.C., USA)
  • CYIL – Czech Yearbook of International Law (Co-editor-in-chief; Huntington, NY, US: JurisPublishing Inc. publishing house)
  • CYArb® – Czech & (Central European) Yearbook of Arbitration (Co-editor-in-chief; Huntington, NY, US: JurisNet LLC publishing house)
  • RomeDatabase Bulletin and RomeDatabase on electronic media (Editor-in-chief; The Hague: Lex Lata publishing house)
  • Anthology of civil-law proceedings, yearbook, Member of the Editorial Board, Kiev: Taras Shevchenko University, Faculty of Law
  • Journal of International Trade and Arbitration Law, Member of the Academic Advisory Council and Editorial Board, Istanbul / Turkey
  • International Law and the Law of International Organizations, Member of the Editorial Board, Moscow / Russian Federation
  • SENTENTIA – European Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Member of the Editorial Board, Russia and Slovakia
  • SEI – Societas et Iurisprudentia, Member of the Editorial Board, Slovakia, Faculty of Law, University of Trnava
  • Monitor Prawniczy, member of the editorial board, Warsaw / Poland, C. H. Beck Publishing.
  • Právnické listy, (Lawyers´ papers), member of the editorial board, Faculty of law, West-Bohemian University, Plzeň [Pilsen] / Czech Republic.

etc.

Language skills:

  • German – native language (bilingual), court-appointed sworn interpreter for German [A]
  • English [A]
  • Czech – native language (bilingual) [A]
  • Slovak [A]
  • Russian [A]
  • Polish [B]
  • Ukrainian [C]
  • Icelandic [C]
  • partial working skills of other languages: French, Dutch, Danish

Areas of particular interest and expertise:

  • International Commercial Arbitration and ADR
  • Investment Protection and BIT Arbitration
  • Private and Procedural International law
  • International Law
  • International Trade and Foreign Trade
  • International Financial and Banking law
  • EU Law
  • Commercial Law and Corporate Law (incl. International Investment, M&A)
  • International transport (especially air transport)
  • International Insolvency (Bankruptcy) Law and EU Insolvency Law (Cross Border Insolvency)
  • International Legal Assistance (Rogatory)

Publishing

Conferences