Background and education
Herman Verbist obtained his master’s degree in law at the University of Leuven (K.U.L., 1982), and has completed additional law studies in Germany (Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, 1982-1983) and in the United Kingdom (King's College, University of London, 1986). In 2008, he obtained a doctorate in law at the University of Ghent.
Herman Verbist is a lawyer at the Bars of Ghent and Brussels. Since 1998, his activity focuses primarily on arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. He worked for eight years as counsel at the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris (1988-1996) where he supervised several hundred international arbitrations. He has since acted in more than 70 national and international arbitrations as counsel, sole arbitrator, chairman of the arbitral tribunal, co-arbitrator, panellist or expert, and has also acted as adjudicator (incl. ICC, PCA, WIPO, CAS, LCIA, SCAI, UNCITRAL, CEPANI, ad hoc) with substantial experience in applying both common and civil law, and also UNIDROIT principles, or acting as amiable compositeur. He also taught the course on international commercial arbitration as a visiting professor at the University of Ghent (1996-2013).
Herman Verbist is a member of several arbitration associations abroad and registered as arbitrator on the list of arbitrators of numerous international arbitration institutions (incl. AAA, SIAC, VIAC, HKIAC, KCAB, KLRCA). He is also included in international lists of arbitrators, such as “Who’s Who Legal - Arbitration” (GAR, London) and “Expert Guides - The World’s Finest Lawyers Chosen by Their Peers - Commercial Arbitration” (Legal Media Group, London).
He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (since 1996), member of the Board of CEPANI (since 2001), member of the ADR Commission of the Flemish Bar Association (OVB) (since 2004) and president of the arbitrators of the Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport (since 2016).
He is the contributor for Belgium to the online “1958 New York Convention Guide” of UNCITRAL (newyorkconvention1958.org) (since 2014) and is a member of the Publications Advisory Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) (since 2015).
Herman Verbist is author or co-author of more than 150 articles in numerous Belgian and foreign legal periodicals and of more than 20 books in the field of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, i.a. Verbist/Schäfer/Imhoos, “ICC Arbitration in Practice”, Second Revised Edition (Kluwer Law International/Stämpfli, 2016). He is a member of the editorial committee of several periodicals in the field of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution : “Tijdschrift voor arbitrage”, “Nederlands-Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Mediation en Conflictmanagement”, “b-Arbitra”.
He became an accredited mediator (Belgian Federal Mediation Commission) in 2008 and has since been appointed as mediator in more than 10 mediations. He is included in international lists of mediators, such as “Who’s Who Legal - Mediation” (GAR, London). He is registered on the “Panel of Conciliators” of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) (since 2016), upon designation by the government of Belgium.