Alain Laurent Verbeke

Visiting Professor of Law

Winter and Spring Terms 2018


Alain Laurent Verbeke is a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School since 2007. He is a double Chaired Full University Professor of Private Law & ADR, at KU Leuven, University of Leuven (since 1991), also a Professor of Law at Tilburg Law School (since 1999) and UCP Lisbon Global School of Law (since 2008). As an attorney, he is a Senior Partner at Greenille by Laga - MDP Deloitte NWE (since 2001), the leading private client firm in Belgium.

At the KU Leuven Faculty of Law, he is Director of the Rector Dillemans Family Property Law Institute; co-director of the Institute for Contract Law and the Center for Notary Law. He chairs the Faculty Appointment and Promotion Commission and the Professorial Evaluation Commission. At the KU Leuven Faculty of Psychology, he is co-chair of LCM, the Leuven Center for Collaborative Management. In both faculties, he is (co)supervising numerous Ph.D. and post-doctoral research. In Harvard, he is affiliated with PON, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. In Leuven, his current teaching includes family property law, estate planning, contracts, comparative law, negotiation and mediation. He is teaching negotiation in Harvard, Lisbon and Tilburg. He was awarded the Belgian Francqui Chair (2010-2011, VUB), the KBC Chair in Family Wealth (2014-2015, Antwerp Management School) and the Gommaar van Oosterwyck Chair in Notary Law (2003, VUB).

As an attorney, at the bars of Brussels and Kortrijk, his focus is double. On the preventive side, he coaches and facilitates processes of family dynamics, family governance and next gen trajectories, in large family businesses. On the conflict side, he is mostly negotiating inheritance, divorce and contract cases. He also acts as mediator and arbitrator in national and international contract and inheritance cases.

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