Prof. dr. Freya Baetens

International Arbitrator, International Mediators
  • Independent practitioner (Member of the Brussels Bar) and consultant with WilmerHale, representing and advising international and regional organisations, state and local governments, and private clients (corporations, NGOs and individuals) in negotiations and before domestic, EU and international courts and tribunals
  • Expert and legal officer in inter-state and investor-state disputes before arbitral tribunals under the auspices of International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID, Washington DC) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA, The Hague)
  • Member of ASA (Association Swisse de l’Arbitrage), YIAG (Young International Arbitration Group; London Court of International Arbitration), CEDIRES (Centre for Dispute Resolution) and CEPANI40 (Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation)
  • Listed on the Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration)
  • Extensive publication record in international investment law, including:
    – Baetens, F., ‘Judicial Review of International Adjudicatory Decisions: A Cross-Regime Comparison of Annulment and Appellate Mechanisms’, 8 Journal of International Dispute Settlement (2017) 3
    – Baetens, F., ‘The European Union’s Proposed Investment Court System: Addressing Criticisms of Investor-State Arbitration while Raising New Challenges’, 43 Legal Issues of Economic Integration 4 (2016) 367-384
    – Baetens, F., ‘Keeping the Status Quo or Embarking on a New Course? Setting Aside, Refusal of Enforcement, Annulment and Appeal’, in: Kulick, A. [Ed.], Reassertion of Control over the Investment Treaty Regime (CUP 2016) 103-127
    – Baetens, F., ‘Invoking, establishing and remedying state responsibility in mixed multi-party disputes: Lessons from Eurotunnel’, in: C. Chinkin, F. Baetens [Eds.],Sovereignty, Statehood and State Responsibility − Essays in Honour of James Crawford (CUP 2015) 421-441
    – Baetens, F., ‘Transatlantic Treaty Investment Protection – a Response to Poulsen, Bonnitcha and Yackee’, Paper No. 4 in the CEPS-CTR project “TTIP in the Balance” and CES Special Report No. 103 (March 2015) 1-14
    – Baetens, F., ‘Multi-party investment arbitration: determining breach and compensation under the new extra-EU investment agreements’, co-authored with G. Kreijen and A. Varga, 47 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 5 (2014) 1203-60
    – Baetens, F. [Ed.], Investment Law Within International Law: Integrationist Perspectives (CUP 2013)
    – Baetens, F., ‘Enforcement of Arbitral Awards: “to ICSID or not to ICSID” is Not the Question’, in: T. Weiler, I. Laird [Eds.], Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law, Juris Arbitration Series, Vol. 5 (Juris New York 2012) 211-228
    – Baetens, F., ‘The Kyoto Protocol assessed through the lens of investor-State arbitration: Reconciling climate change and investment protection objectives’, in: M.-C. Cordonier Segger, M.W. Gehring, A. Newcombe [Eds.], Sustainable
    Development in World Investment Law (Kluwer Law International 2011) 681-715
    • Other fields of expertise include: law of treaties, responsibility of states and international organisations, law of the sea, WTO law, natural resources (incl. energy) law and sustainable development
    • Frequently invited speaker at international conferences and workshops LANGUAGE SKILLS English (fluent), Dutch (fluent), French (advanced), German (advanced), Italian (intermediate), Spanish (basic)