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Professor Eva Lein


Eva is Professor at the University of Lausanne and Director of the Comparative Law Center at BIICL. Her fields of expertise are private international law, international dispute resolution and comparative law with a special focus on contract law and, more recently, digitalisation. She has also been a Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and at Queen Mary, Institute in Paris, a Visiting Professor at different institutions, including the University Paris I (Sorbonne), the University Aix-Marseille and the University of Vienna and a Scholar in Residence at the Center for Transnational Litigation and Commercial Law at NYU. At UNIL she also co-directs the LLM programme on international business law.

Eva is a qualified German lawyer who is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. She has been lecturing in various countries and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars.


Professor Eva Lein

Senior Research Fellow in Private International Law and Director, Centre for Comparative Law

+44 (0)20 7862 5434

Eva has published extensively on topical issues of comparative law and dispute resolution. Her PhD focused on comparative contract law, covering various EU jurisdictions as well as international contract law instruments such as UPICC and CISG. Recent publications include the subjects of contract law, dispute resolution and Covid19; International Commercial Courts; and dispute resolution and technology.

Since 2016, Eva has been specialising on the legal consequences of Brexit on cross-border dispute resolution and has been acting as an expert i.a. for the House of Commons. She was also an expert and coordinator of comprehensive research studies for the UK Ministry of Justice, the European Commission, the European Parliament and Swiss Authorities and is engaged in international research projects in collaboration with foreign scientific institutions. She is also an advisory board member of the Yearbook of Private International Law.

Recent Publications

  • 'Les pays tiers et la procédure civile européenne après le Brexit', in C. Perrier Depeursinge et al., Mélanges Laurent Moreillon, Stämpfli, forthcoming May 2022.
  • 'Jurisdiction and Choice of Court Clauses in Favour of International Commercial Courts', in Brekoulakis/ Dimitropoulos (eds.), International Commercial Courts: The Future of Transnational Adjudication, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming April 2022
  • 'Multi-tiered Dispute Resolution Clauses', in A. Reyes & W. Gu (eds.), Multi-Tier Approaches to the Resolution of International Disputes: A Global and Comparative Study (pp. 294-314). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2021
  • 'Drittstaaten im Kontext des Europäischen Zivilverfahrensrechts', ZVglRWiss 120 (2021), 1-22
  • 'Arts. 7 à 9', BONOMI, A./ WAUTELET, P. (ed.), Règlements Régimes Matrimoniaux et Partenariats Enregistrés, Commentaire, Bruylant 2021
  • 'Las medidas legislativas suizas relacionadas con la crisis del Covid-19 en el ámbito del derecho civil', Revista de Derecho Civil vol. VII, núm. 2, especial (mayo 2020), 129-133.
  • 'Las medidas inglesas relacionadas con la crisis del Covid-19 en el ámbito del derecho civil', Revista de Derecho Civil vol. VII, núm. 2, especial (mayo 2020), 103-108.
  • 'Justizielle Zusammenarbeit in Zivil- und Handelssachen nach Brexit', Enzyklopädie des Europarechts, vol. 3, Nomos 2020, p. 1383-1401
  • BLAIR, B., LEIN, E., GULLIFER, L., FU J., 'Breathing Space' - Concept Note 2 on the Effect of the 2020 Pandemic on Commercial Contracts',  Update September 2020 
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