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Program in Intellectual Property Law

Constructing International Intellectual Property Law: The Role of National Courts

Chicago-Kent College of Law, October 18-19, 2001

Catherine Kessedjian

Catherine Kessedjian is Professor of European Business Law and Private International Law at the University of Panthéon-Assas, Paris II, France.

Before joining Paris II, she was Deputy Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (1996-2000), on secondment from the Université de Bourgogne in France.  At The Hague Conference, she was in charge of the preparation and monitoring of the negotiations for the proposed world-wide Convention on jurisdiction and judgements.  She was also in charge of commercial matters, including electronic commerce. 

She currently acts as mediator or arbitrator in a selected number of transnational disputes.

Prior to joining the Hague Conference, Catherine Kessedjian taught International Business Transactions, European Business Law, including competition law, international dispute resolution and participated in several specialized seminars in international litigation and international commercial arbitration.  She was the Director of the European Law Center of the Université de Bourgogne and of a post-graduate program for International Business Lawyers.  She was a practising attorney in Paris from 1982 to end of 1998, focusing on transnational litigation and international business transactions.

She received her legal education from the University of Paris (Doctorate) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (LLM).



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