Prof. Dr. Gilles Cuniberti

Gilles Cuniberti

Full professor

Fachgebiet(e) Economic & commercial law / European & international law / Judicial law / Metalaw, Roman law, history of law & comparative law / Multidisciplinary, general & others
Forschungsthemen Conflict of Laws, International Commercial Law, International Arbitration, Civil Procedure, Comparative Law
Fakultät oder Zentrum Fakultät für Recht, Wirtschaftswissenschaften und Finanzwirtschaft
Department Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaft
Postadresse Weicker Building, Université du Luxembourg
4, rue Alphonse Weicker
L-2721 Luxembourg
Büroadresse C108
Telefon (+352) 46 66 44 6441
Gesprochene Sprachen English, French

Gilles Cuniberti is Professor of Comparative Law and Private International Law at the University of Luxembourg. Previously, he taught in France and practiced on a part-time basis in the Paris office of a leading English firm. He was also a visiting faculty at various universities in the United States and Asia, including Columbia Law School and National University of Singapore.

Since 2019, he has been the president of the European Association of Private International Law and a regular contributor to its blog.

His primary teaching and research interests are international commercial law, international litigation and arbitration, comparative law and the conflict of laws. He is the author of ten books and numerous articles published primarily in French and English. His first book on extra-territorial freezing orders received the First Prize of the French Centre for Comparative Law.

He holds a Doctorate in Law from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University and an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School. He was also a Paris-Oxford Doctoral Program Scholar for a year at Trinity College, Oxford.

Curriculum Vitae

Last updated on: Dienstag, den 10. November 2020

Selected books


Le fondement de l'effet des jugements étrangers, Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law, vol. 394, 2019.

The European Account Preservation Order Regulation: a Commentary, Cambridge, 2018 (with S. Migliorini)

Rethinking International Commercial Arbitration - Towards Default ArbitrationEdward Elgar, 2017.

Conflict of Laws: A Comparative Approach. Text and CasesEdward Elgar, 2017.

Droit européen de l'insolvabilité, LGDJ, 2017 (with P. Nabet and M. Raimon)

Grands systèmes de droit contemporains - Introduction au droit comparé, LGDJ, 1st ed. 2007, 2nd ed 2011, 3rd ed 2015, 4th ed 2019.

Selected chapters in books

Articles 46 to 51, BRUSSELS Ibis REGULATION (U. Magnus & P. Mankowski eds., 2021)

Cape Town Convention, in COMMERCIAL LAW (P. Mankowski ed., 2019)

Arbitration (UNCITRAL Model Law), France, in EUROPEAN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW (J. Basedow, F. Ferrari, P. de Miguel Asensio & G. Rühl eds., 2017)

Articles 1.4, 1.5, 3.3.1 and 3.3.2, in COMMENTARY ON THE UNIDROIT PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS (S. Vogenauer ed., 2nd ed. 2015)

Selected articles

Signalling the Enforceability of the Forum's Judgments Abroad, RIVISTA DIR INT PRIV e PROC 33 (2020).

La Lex Mercatoria au XXIe siècle. Une étude empirique et économique, CLUNET 765 (2016)

The Laws of Asian International Business Transactions, 25 WASHINGTON INT’l L.J. 35 (2016)

L'expertise judiciaire en droit judiciaire européen, REVUE CRITIQUE DROIT INTERNATIONAL PRIVE 519 (2015)

The International Market for Contracts – The Most Attractive Contract Laws, 34 NORTHWESTERN J. INT.’L & BUSINESS 455 (2014).

Three Theories of Lex Mercatoria, 52 COLUMBIA J. TRANSN'L L. 369 (2014)

Enhancing Judicial Reputation through Legal Transplants - Estoppel Travels to France, 60 AMERICAN J. COMP L. 383 (2012)

Abolition of Exequatur: Addressing the Commission's Concerns, RABELSZEITSCHRIFT 286 (2011) (with I. Rueda)

Debarment from Defending, Default Judgments and Public policy, IPRax 148 (2010)

The Law Governing the Modality of Arbitral Awards, 25 ARBITRAL INT’L 347 (2009)

The Recognition of Judgments Lacking Reasons in Europe, INT’L & COMPARATIVE L. Q. 25 (2008).

 A full list of my publications is available here. Some of my papers may be downloaded from my SSRN page.

Last updated on: 10 Nov 2020

Media Appearance

New York Court's Cross-Atlantic Reach Doubted: Argentina Credit, Bloomberg.

L'université du Luxembourg: formation en droit transnational, Le Quotidien

Recent and Upcoming Talks

June 17th: Civil Judicial Experts in the EU: Analysis of EU Legislation and Recommendations, Committee on Legal Affairs, European Parliament, Brussels

Sept 4th: From transnational principles to European rules of civil procedure, Annual Conference of the European Law Institute, Vienna, Austria

Oct 8th: The substantive validity of jurisdiction and arbitration clauses, ERA, Trier, Germany

Nov 26th: Building European Rules of Civil Procedure, ERA, Trier, Germany

Dec 2nd: L'attractivité du droit français des contrats, Les Entretiens du droit international privé, Nanterre, France

Jan 25th: La compatibilité des sentences arbitrales à l'ordre public international en droit luxembourgeois, Luxembourg

Febr 26th: From common rules to best practices in European Civil Procedure, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

March 17th: Les clauses attributives de juridiction dans les contrats bancaires et financiers, Association luxembourgeoise des juristes de droit bancaire, Luxembourg 

Last updated on: 25 Jul 2016

Grands systèmes de droit contemporains


Private international law

Transnational commercial law

Internet litigation

Comparative law

Last updated on: 31 Jan 2019


  • Le fondement de l'effet des jugements étrangers (Cours spécial pour l'Academie de la Haye, été 2018)


  • The International Market for Contract Laws: Lessons from Latin America (with M. Segovia)


Last updated on: 27 Apr 2018

European Commission

Member, Expert Group on the Modernization of Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters (2018)

Member, Expert Group on Conflict of Laws regarding Securities and Claims (2017)

Member, Consortium of Experts led by the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, Evaluation study of the impact of national procedural laws and practices on the free circulation of judgments and on the equivalence and effectiveness of the procedural protection of consumers under EU law (2016).

Member, Expert Group on the Freezing of Bank Accounts  (2011).


European Parliament

The Hague Conference on Private International Law "Judgments Convention", Report for the Legal Committee of the European Parliament (2018), with P. de Miguel Asensio, P. Franzina, C. Heinze, M. Requejo

Civil Judicial Experts in the EU: Analysis of EU Legislation and Recommendations, Report for the Legal Committee of the European Parliament (2015)



ELI-UNIDROIT Joint Project on Civil Procedure, co-reporter on provisional and protective measures (2014-2016)


International Law Association

Member, Study Group on UN Sanctions and International Law



Member of the Drafting Committee of the avant projet de loi portant réforme de l'arbitrage

Projet de loi relative à la conversion de i'ordonnance européenne de saisie conservatoire des comptes bancaires (Règiement (UE) No 655/2014) en mesure nationaie d'exécution et portant modification du Nouveau Code de procédure civile

Last updated on: 16 Sep 2020