Professor Johan Erauw is Belgian scholar and practitioner (lawyer at the bar and arbitrator; previously corporate legal counsel in international clothing business for seven years). He has taught the subject of conflict of laws for more than 25 years and has practised licensing through his work for the commercialization of inventions of the University of Ghent (Belgium) since 1984. He has also been arbitrator in diverse disputes over intellectual property law relationships.
He took the initiative for the drafting of the Belgian law on the subject of private international law and was one of the leading government-appointed commissioners for the law and its explanatory report (1996-2004); he has advised numerous clients, lawyers and authorities and international institutions on these and related subjects.
He is multilingual and has taught at several foreign universities and at the Hague Academy for International Law (2010); he holds an honorary doctorate of the East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai).
He has published more than 20 books and over 160 scientific articles in the field. He is member of the prestigious “Institut de Doit International” and of the International Bar Association and the American Law Institute; member of several editorial boards of law reviews and chief editor of an online review on private international law. Erauw was member of the Board and of the Executive Council of the University of Ghent, Belgium (2004-2008). He is presently member of the Flemish Advisory Council on Foreign Policy and proposed member of an UNESCO-panel.
He has also for many years been active in arbitration law and in art law.
He has been teaching summer courses on international contracts at American University – WCL since 1985. He has taught a specialized course on International Licensing Agreements for the last ten years.