Alain Laurent Verbeke

Visiting Professor of Law

Winter and Spring Terms 2021

Biography

Dr. Alain Laurent Verbeke is a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School since 2007.

He is Full Professor of Law at KU Leuven in Belgium (since 1991), holding the Chairs in Family Property Law (Trusts & Estates) and Negotiation & Mediation. He also has tenure as Professor of Private Law & Comparative Law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands (since 1999) and Professor of Law at UCP Lisbon Global School of Law in Portugal (since 2008). He is a Senior Partner at Deloitte Legal in Belgium. 

At 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. At 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, 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 a Deloitte Legal attorney, at the Bars of Brussels and West Belgium, he heads the Greenille Private Client Team (since 2001), (Chambers tier 1 Belgium), supervising three service lines: advisory (estate and tax planning and international wealth structuring), conflict handling (including estate litigation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration) and family and business dynamics (facilitating processes of family dynamics, family governance and next gen trajectories, in family businesses). 

See Academic CV and publications at https://www.law.kuleuven.be/fvr/nl/pdf/cvALV and at http://ssrn.com/author=1126172

See also http://be.linkedin.com/in/alainlaurentverbeke

Areas of Interest

Robert H. Mnookin, Pieter-Augustijn Van Malleghem & Alain-Laurent Verbeke, Opinion, Belgium's Loveless Marriage, Wall St. J., Jan. 6, 2012.
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
Sub-Categories:
Foreign Law
Type: News
Abstract
There will be no divorce, for now. But the latest 'reforms' don't correct the basic political dysfunctions of a country so divided.
Robert H. Mnookin & Alain Laurent Verbeke, Persistent Nonviolent Conflict with No Reconciliation: The Flemish and Walloons in Belgium, 72 Law & Contemp. Probs. 151 (2009).
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
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Civil Practice & Procedure
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Government & Politics
Sub-Categories:
Dispute Resolution
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Foreign Relations
Type: Article
Abstract
Mnookin and Verbeke describe the nonviolent but very serious conflict in Belgium between the Flemish (Dutch) of the North and the Walloons (French) of the South. The Flemish economy is more prosperous than the Walloon economy, and the Flemish constitute a majority of the Belgian population. Nevertheless, the Walloons enjoy a financial subsidy from the Flemish and share equally in the political power of the nation due to antimajoritarian restrictions built into the government structure. Even though significant and persistent, this conflict remains nonviolent due to several factors, including largely separate geography, language and social structure; a low-stakes conflict; relatively small wealth disparities; a federal system largely enabling separate political systems; and a pragmatic tradition. Mnookin and Verbeke argue that the disputants can continue to coexist with a civilized separation short of divorce. They further point out that the very factors that help keep this conflict nonviolent also serve to provide little incentive to work toward a more cooperative relationship.
Robert H. Mnookin & Alain Verbeke, Onderhandelen Over België, Rechtskundig Weeklbad, Feb. 3, 2007, at 975.
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
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International, Foreign & Comparative Law
Sub-Categories:
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Dispute Resolution
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European Law
Type: Article
Abstract
In this article we apply some basic principles of negotiation theory, such as sources of value creation, the three tensions, the importance of process approach, to the Belgian institutional and political crisis.
Robert H. Mnookin & Alain Verbeke, De Belgische Echtscheiding: Perspectieven Vanuit De Negotiatietheorie, 2007 Publiekrechtelijke Kronieken (CDPK) 200.
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
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International, Foreign & Comparative Law
Sub-Categories:
Dispute Resolution
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Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
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European Law
Type: Article
Abstract
In dit artikel bekijken de auteurs hoe de Belgische politieke impasse anno 2007 kan opgelost worden vanuit de negotiatietheorie. In this article a solution for the Belgian political problem anno 2007 is suggested via the theory of negotiation.
Robert H. Mnookin & Alain Laurent Verbeke, Op-Ed, Bye Bye Belgium?, Int'l Herald Trib., Dec. 20, 2006.
Categories:
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
Sub-Categories:
European Law
Type: Article
Robert H. Mnookin & Alain Verbeke, Opinion, Ceci est une Fiction: Bye Bye Belgium, De Tijd, Dec. 15, 2006.
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
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International, Foreign & Comparative Law
Sub-Categories:
Dispute Resolution
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Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
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European Law
Type: News
Abstract
In this Op Ed we comment on how the debate following the TV show at RTBF on Bye Bye Belgium illustrates the deathness on both sides of the language divide. People argue from within their position without listening to the other side. Negotiation experts know that a true dialogue and solution may only be found if parties both listen with empathy to each other and assert their own interests clearly but with respect for the other side. This problem solving and collaborative attitude is lacking in the Belgian institutional context.
Alain Laurent Verbeke & Robert H. Mnookin, Pas De Vraie Dialogue? Bye Bye Belgium!, L'Echo, Dec. 15, 2006, at 19.
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
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International, Foreign & Comparative Law
Sub-Categories:
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Dispute Resolution
,
European Law
Type: News
Abstract
In this Op Ed, we comment on how the debate following the TV show at RTBF on Bye Bye Belgium illustrates the deafness on both sides of the language divide. People argue from within their position without listening to the other side. Negotiation experts know that a true dialogue and solution may only be found if parties both listen with empathy to each other and assert their own interests clearly but with respect for the other side. This problem solving and collaborative attitude is lacking in the Belgian institutional context.
Robert H. Mnookin & Alain Verbeke, Editorial, Dialogue Ouvert Concernant la Belgique, l'Echo, July 20, 2006, at 16.
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
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International, Foreign & Comparative Law
Sub-Categories:
Dispute Resolution
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Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
,
European Law
Type: News
Abstract
In this Op Ed published on Belgium national holiday 2006, we describe the historical proposed resolution in the Chamber of Representatives on the splitting of the Belgian State and the creation of independent states for Flanders and Wallonia. By majority vote this proposal has been accepted for discussion. The paradox is however that no one seems to takes this seriously. The proposal was introduced by the Flemish right extremist and separatist party Vlaams Belang. Francophone parties voted against. Flemish parties voted in favour but consider this a non event. Why continue to ignore such important signals? We argue that this proposal should be taken as an opportunity to open and start a truly constructive and positive dialogue. Keeping all options open, not only towards more devolution but also towards reconciliation and more unity.
Robert Mnookin & Alain Verbeke, Open Dialoog Over België Moet Kunnen, De Tijd, July 20, 2006, at 4.
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
,
International, Foreign & Comparative Law
Sub-Categories:
Dispute Resolution
,
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
,
European Law
Type: News
Abstract
In this Op Ed published on Belgium national holiday 2006, we describe the historical proposed resolution in the Chamber of Representatives on the splitting of the Belgian State and the creation of independent states for Flanders and Wallonia. By majority vote this proposal has been accepted for discussion. The paradox is however that no one seems to takes this seriously. The proposal was introduced by the Flemish right extremist and separatist party Vlaams Belang. Francophone parties voted against. Flemish parties voted in favour but consider this a non event. Why continue to ignore such important signals? We argue that this proposal should be taken as an opportunity to open and start a truly constructive and positive dialogue. Keeping all options open, not only towards more devolution but also towards reconciliation and more unity.

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