Albert Jan van den Berg

  • Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg;
  • Professor Emeritus, Erasmus University, Rotterdam;
  • Visiting Professor, University of Tsinghua School of Law, Beijing;
  • President, International Council for Commercial Arbitration;
  • Acting General Editor, Yearbook Commercial Arbitration and ICCA Congress Series


Professor van den Berg is at the top of his field as an arbitrator and arbitration lawyer, and he is also a relentless scholar. He is a Emeritus Professor of Law and the Arbitration Chair at Erasmus University and a visiting Professor at the University of Tsinghua School of Law. He is the President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). He is also a former President and Secretary General of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI), and a former Vice-President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LIA). Professor van den Berg co-founded the firm Hanotiau & van den Berg in 2001, a firm listed among the best in the world, which has won twice the Belgian Legal Award for being the Arbitration Law Firm of the Year. Professor van den Berg has been either a presiding, sole or party-appointed arbitrator in all major international arbitration forums including: AAA/ICDR, CRCICA, DRCAFTA, ECT, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, NAFTA, NAI, OHADA, SCC, SIAC, and UNCITRAL, and his experience in national-level arbitral forums is also vast and varied. In 2006 and 2011 he was voted the Arbitration Lawyer of the Year by the International Who's Who of Buisness Lawyers. In 2013, he received the "Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator" award by Global Arbitration Review.

Professor van den Berg obtained the following degrees: Doctor of Laws from Erasmus University, a Docteur en Droit from the University of Aix-en-Provence, a Master of Comparative Jurisprudence from the Institute of Foreign Law of New York University's Institute of Foreign Law and a Master of Laws from the University of Amsterdam. 

Key works:

  • The New York Convention and its Application by Brazilian Courts, in: Revista de Arbitragem e Mediaçao, Vol. 37 (2013).
  • The New York Convention in Practice, in: Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements and International Arbitral Awards: The New York Convention in Practice (Emmanuel Gaillard & Domenico di Pietro, eds., 2008).
  • New York Convention of 1958: Refusals of Enforcement, in: The ICC International Court ff Arbitration Bulletin, Vol. 18 (No. 2, 2007)
  • Failure by Arbitrators to Apply Contract Terms from the Perspective of the New York Convention, in: Global Reflections on International Law, Commerce and Dispute Resolution (Gerald Aksen et al., eds., 2005).
  • New York Convention of 1958: Synthesis of 45 Years of Judicial Practice, in: ICC International Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (2003).
  • The German Arbitration Act 1998 and the New York Convention 1958, in: Law of International Business and Dispute Settlement in the 21st Century (Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft und Streiterledigung im 21. Jahrhundert, Liber Amicorum Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel) (Robert Briner et. al, eds., 2001).
  • The 1958 New York Convention revisited. Arbitral Tribunal or state courts: who must defer to whom? (15) 125-146, ASA; Basel (2001) (Karrer, Pierre A., eds.)
  • Refusals of Enforcement under the New York Convention of 1958: the Unfortunate Few, in: Arbitration in the Next Decade - Special Supplement (1999) ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin.
  • The New York Convention: Its Intended Effects, its Interpretation, Salient Problem Areas, in: The New York Convention of 1958 (9), 25-45, ASA: Zürich (1996) (Blessing, Marc, eds.).
  • Summary of Court Decisions on the New York Convention, in: The New York Convention of 1958 (9) 46-99, ASA: Zürich (1996) (Blessing, Marc, eds.).
  • The New York Convention of 1958: Where is an arbitral award "made"?, Case Comment House of Lords, 24 July 1991, Hiscox v. Outhwaite, in: The Place of Arbitration (Mys & Breesch, Gent, 1992) (Storme, M., Ly, F.J.M. Dde, eds.).
  • General Editor, ICCA Congress Series No. 5 (1991) to No. 17 (2013) (Kluwer Law International).
  • The New York Convention 1958 and the Panama Convention of 1975: Redundancy or Compatibility?, in: Arbitration International, Vol. 5, No. 3 (1989).
  • Recent Enforcement Problems under the New York and ICSID Conventions, in: Arbitration International, Vol. 5, No. 1 (1989).
  • Some Recent Problems in the Practice of Enforcement under the New York and ICSID Conventions, in: ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Journal, Vol. 3 (1988).
  • Consolidated Arbitrations and the 1958 New York Arbitration Convention, in Arbitration International, Vol. 2 (1986).
  • Non-domestic Arbitral Awards under the 1958 New York Convention, in: Arbitration International, Vol. 2 (1986).
  • Does the New York Convention of 1958 Apply Retroactively? Government of Kuwait v. Sir Frederic Snow c.s., Case comment, in: Arbitration International, Vol. 1 (1985).
  • When is an Arbitral Award Non-Domestic under the New York Convention of 1958?, in: Pace Law Review (1985).
  • Should an International Arbitrator Apply the New York Arbitration Convention of 1958?, in: The Art of Arbitration, Liber Amicorum Prof. Pieter Sanders (Kluwer Law International 1984).
  • The New York Arbitration Convention of 1958 - Towards a Uniform Judicial Interpretation, Thesis, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Kluwer, Deventer, 1981).
  • Commentaries on Court Decisions on the New York Convention of 1958, in: Yearbook Comm. Arb., Vol. VII (1982) to Vol. XXXVIII (2013) (Kluwer Law International).