Programme Director


Programme Director - Professor Filip de Ly

"What I like the most about teaching in this programme is the diversity in the  classroom. Students come from different parts of the world – Armenia, Spain, Latin America, India – and they all get along very well. It is amazing to see them developing, getting better and better in language skills, intellectual skills and many other aspects"

I also very much appreciate the exchange of knowledge with students especially when it comes to the questions where you still have to develop your opinion but when the students already say: "Well professor can't you see this and this?".

Professor Filip De Ly (born 1959) teaches private international law, comparative law and international business law. Professor De Ly has written 5 books (including International business law and Lex Mercatoria, Amsterdam, North Holland 1992) and co-authored/edited 5 books. He published some 90 articles, 14 case notes and 48 reports and book reviews. He is Chairman of the International Contracts Working Group (see Marcel Fontaine and Filip De Ly, Drafting International Contracts, An Analysis of Contract Clauses, Transnational, New York, 2006, 658 pp.). In 2002, he was appointed Chairman of the International Commercial Arbitration Committee of the International Law Association. He also is a member of the Arbitration Commission of the ICC, a board member of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute and a Council Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law.

Filip De Ly studied at Ghent Law School (Belgium) and obtained a LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School in 1983. He has worked for the US-law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Brussels (1983-1986) and as Associate Professor at Utrecht Law School (The Netherlands).