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Catherine Kessedjian, LLM’81

Professor Emeritus, University Panthéon-Assas Paris II

Catherine Kessedjian is Professor Emerita of the University Panthéon-Assas Paris II. Before  joining Paris II, she was Deputy Secretary-General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (1996-2000), on secondment from the Université de Bourgogne in France.  At the Hague Conference, Kessedjian was in charge of the preparation and monitoring of the negotiations for a proposed world-wide Convention on jurisdiction and judgements.  She was also charged with overseeing commercial matters,  including  electronic commerce. 

Until 2016, Kessedjian was the Deputy Director of the European College of Paris and the Director of Studies for the LLM in European Law. Kessedjian continues to act as an arbitrator for International Commercial and Investment Disputes, and as well as a mediator for business disputes.  In 2017, she was appointed a Wainwright Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at McGill Faculty of Law. She was Hauser Global Visiting Professor at New York University School of Law in 2004, 2008 and 2011, where she taught International Commercial Transactions and a seminar on Rule Making Processes in a Global World.    Kessedjian was also a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School in January 2010.

Kessedjian is the President of the French Branch of the International Law Association and Vice Chair of the global ILA. She is active in numerous professional organizations, including the American Law Institute (ALI), where she serves as a member of the International Advisers Committee for the Restatement on Foreign Relations Law.