Research Associate Professor, French National Centre for Scientific Research
Catharine is a tenured Research Associate Professor at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)-CERSA, University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, France. Her work focuses on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), international dispute settlement, international arbitration, mediation and conciliation, and cultural heritage disputes, notably those concerning the return and restitution of looted or illegally exported artworks and antiquities.
Catharine serves on the Board of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), on the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) of the Center for American and International Law (CAIL), and on the Steering Committee of the Academic Forum on ISDS, whose work contributes to the discussions in Working Group III of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL WG III). She is a member of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on Rule of Law and International Investment Law and she sits on the Editorial Board of the Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy (Oxford University Press).
Catharine is the author of numerous publications and a frequent speaker on international arbitration, international dispute settlement, and the resolution of art and cultural heritage disputes. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious Smit-Lowenfeld Prize of the International Arbitration Club of New York for the best article published in the field of international arbitration. Her latest monograph, The Function of Equity in International Law, is published by Oxford University Press (2021).
Catharine is a member of several international law associations and acts as expert for international organisations and other entities on issues of international law and arbitration. She has previously been a consultant at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and she is appointed to the roster of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s (USMCA) Annex 31-B panellists. She was appointed to the original Arbitration pool of CAfA in January 2020.
Catharine’s educational background includes: Habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR), PhD in Law (Dr iur., Summa cum laude, Rolf H. Brunswig Prize); MSc. in European Policy and Management; LLB (Hons) – maîtrise en droît; DIP in International Arbitration; PgD in History of Art (Courtauld Institute of Art).
Catharine’s working languages are English, French, Greek, and Spanish.