d'Argent

Professor Pierre d'Argent

Special Counsel
Paris

With insight from my academic career and previous senior work at the International Court of Justice, I represent States in interstate disputes.

Pierre d’Argent is a full Professor at the University of Louvain, Belgium, a Member of the Institute of International Law and the current President of the European Society of International Law. He represents States in interstate disputes, essentially before the International Court of Justice which he served previously as First Secretary. 

Pierre's advisory and litigation experience cover land and maritime disputes, genocide, war reparation, human rights, aviation disputes, investment arbitration, State contracts, environmental claims, natural ressources, immunities of States and of international organizations.

Pierre is the author of over 100 published articles and book chapters, an award-winning book, a published course at The Hague Academy of International Law, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on www.edx.org and courses on the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Annuaire français de droit international, the Revue belge de droit international and the European Journal of International Law. He is currently the President of the European Society of International Law. 

A member of the Brussels Bar, Pierre argues international law cases before domestic courts and international tribunals. In particular, he has extensive experience before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which he served previously as First Secretary. He appeared in more than ten cases before the ICJ and has also experience in interstate arbitration, investment arbitration and in human rights litigation, both before the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. In addition to assisting and representing States, Pierre also represents international organizations before domestic courts and in arbitration proceedings. 

Pierre has been selected by the European Union as potential arbitrator under the Agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU (reserve list). He is also retained by the EU as a potential arbitrator or a potential trade and sustainable development expert for dispute settlement panels under trade agreements to which the EU is a party. 

Education

  • University of Louvain Belgium, Ph.D. in Law, 2001
  • University of Cambridge, LL.M., 1991
  • University of Louvain, Belgium, Master of Law, magna cum laude, 1990
  • University of Louvain, Belgium, Master of Philosophy, magna cum laude, 1990

Bar and Court Admissions

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Belgium

Languages

  • French
  • English
  • Dutch
  • German

Experience

International Court of Justice
  • Arrest warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium)
  • Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo [Reparation phase] (RDC v. Uganda)
  • Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article 84 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar)
  • Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article II, Section 2, of the 1944 International Air Services Transit Agreement (Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar)
  • Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Qatar v. United Arab Emirates)
  • Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela)
  • Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar)
  • Land and Maritime Delimitation and Sovereignty over Islands (Gabon/Equatorial Guinea)
  • Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Armenia v. Azerbaijan)
  • Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Azerbaijan v. Armenia)
European Court of Human Rights
  • Armenia v. Azerbaijan, Inter-State Application No. 42521/20
  • Azerbaijan v. Armenia, Inter-State Application No. 47319/20
African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
  • Mohammed Abdullah Saleh Al-Asad v. The Republic of Djibouti 
Permanent Court of Arbitration
  • Confidential ad hoc arbitration between a state-owned enterprise and a state in the oil sector
  • Arbitration pursuant to Article 32 of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union (The State of Qatar v. The Kingdom of Bahrain)
  • Arbitration pursuant to Article 32 of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union (The State of Qatar v. The Arab Republic of Egypt)
  • Arbitration pursuant to Article 32 of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union (The State of Qatar v. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
  • Arbitration pursuant to Article 32 of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union (The State of Qatar v. The United Arab Emirates)
Ad Hoc Arbitration (UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules)
  • 12 OCC claimants v. NATO & SHAPE
International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • Ping An v. Belgium (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/29)
Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  • Disagreement before the ICAO Council under Article 84 of the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation (Qatar v. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE)
  • Disagreement before the ICAO Council under Article II, Section 2, of the International Air Services Transit Agreement (Qatar v. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE) 
Belgian Courts
  • El Hamidi & Chlih v. NATO (Belgium intervening), (war reparation claim)
  • Jefara v. NATO (Belgium intervening), (war reparation claim)
  • Sipos v. NATO & Belgium (labour dispute)
French and Luxembourg Courts
  • Sinequanon v. Ukraine (vulture fund claim)

 

Publications

  • Les réparations de guerre en droit international public. La responsabilité internationale des États à l'épreuve de la guerre, Bruxelles/Paris, Bruylant/LGDJ, 2002, pp. 902 (Suzanne Bastid Prize)
  • Les obligations internationales, Recueil des cours de l’Académie de droit international, Brill, t. 417, 2021, pp. 210.
  • More than 100 periodical articles and book chapters.

Honors & Involvement

INVOLVEMENT
  • Member of the Institute of International Law
  • President of the European Society of International Law
  • Suzanne Bastid Prize 2002 of the French Society for International Law (prize for the best doctoral dissertation on international law written in French)
  • Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung (2002)
  • Member of the Privileges and Immunities Advisory Group of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Geneva)

Speaking Engagements

  • Over the last 30 years, many speaking engagements at academic conferences and universities around the world.