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Gilles Cuniberti

Gilles Cuniberti

Professeur en Droit comparé

Academic Area(s) Economic & commercial law / European & international law / Judicial law / Metalaw, Roman law, history of law & comparative law / Multidisciplinary, general & others
Research Topics Conflict of Laws, International Commercial Law, International Arbitration, Civil Procedure, Comparative Law
Faculty or Centre Faculté de Droit, d'Economie et de Finance
Research Unit Droit
Postal Address Weicker Building, Université du Luxembourg
4, rue Alphonse Weicker
L-2721 Luxembourg
Campus Office C213
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 6441
Speaks 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.

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 four books and numerous articles published in French, English and Italian. His first book on extra-territorial freezing orders received the First Prize of the French Centre for Comparative Law. He was the general editor and a regular contributor to the blog conflictoflaws.net from 2007 until 2014. In the summer 2018, he will give a special course in private international law at the Hague Academy of International 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: Monday, 08 February 2016


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

Droit international de l'exécution, LGDJ, 2011 (with C. Normand and F. Cornette)

Les mesures conservatoires portant sur des biens situés à l’étranger, LGDJ, 2000

Selected chapters in books

Arbitration (UNCITRAL Model Law), France, in EUROPEAN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW (J. Basedow, F. Ferrari, P. de Miguel Asensio & G. Rühl eds., forthcoming 2016)

Articles 46 to 51, BRUSSELS Ibis REGULATION (U. Magnus & P. Mankowski eds., 2015, with I. Rueda)

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., 2 nd ed. 2015)

Selected articles

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)

La pratique de l’exequatur dans la Grande Région- Une étude empirique, CLUNET 83 (2013) (with M. Muller)

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)

Beyond Contract – The Case for Default Arbitration in International Commercial Disputes, 32 FORDHAM INT’L L.J. 417 (2009)

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

L’apprezzamento dell’efficacia della clausola arbitrale da parte del giudice statale : un conflitto tra Italia e Francia, 21 DIRITTO DEL COMMERCIO INTERNAZIONALE 789 (2007) (with M. Winkler).

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

Last updated on: 27 Dec 2015

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 Nov 2015


In academic year 2015-2016, I shall teach: 

- in the bachelor program: Grands systèmes de droit contemporains, Torts, Private international law

- in the master program: Internet litigation, coopération judiciaire en matière civile 

- in the doctoral school: comparative method


Administrative Functions

I have been the Director of the Bachelor Program in Law since 2010.

In July 2013, I supervised the organization of a Summer School of Comparative Law in Luxembourg. 

Last updated on: 14 Jul 2015


  • Conflict of Laws: A Comparative Approach - Text and Cases
  • Le fondement de l'accueil des jugements étrangers


  • The International Market for Contract Laws: Lessons from Latin America
  • The European Account Preservation Order Regulation

Law Reform

  • ELI UNIDROIT Principles of European Civil Procedure
  • Reform of the Law of Arbitration in Luxembourg

Last updated on: 08 Feb 2016


ELI-UNIDROIT Joint Project on Civil Procedure, co-reporter on provisional and protective measures (with Neil Andrews)


Expert Groups

Member, Expert Group, ELI Project on Prevention and Settlement of Conflicts of Exercise of Jurisdiction in Criminal Law (2014-present)

Member, Study Group on UN Sanctions and International Law, International Law Association 

Member, Data Study Group, European Guide for Legal Expertise Project (2014-2015)

Member, Think Tank on the Promotion of Arbitration in Luxembourg (2013-present)

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



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

External Assessment of Regulation No. 2201/2003/EC (Brussels IIa Regulation) for the European Commission, National Report for Luxembourg (with D. Hiez and C. Camara) (2014)

External Evaluation of Regulation No. 1346/2000/EC on Insolvency Proceedings for the European Commission, National Reports for France and Luxembourg (2012)

Study on the Interpretation of the Public Policy Exception as referred to in EU Instruments of Private International Law for the European Parliament, National Reports for France, Belgium and Luxembourg (2010)

Last updated on: 06 Jan 2016



Code de droit international privé luxembourgeois, Larcier, 2014.

Participation à des ouvrages collectifs

La clause attributive de juridiction, in Le banquier luxembourgeois et le droit international privé, à paraître, 2016. 

National Reports on France and Luxembourg, in B. Hess, P. Oberhammer and T. Pfeiffer (dir.), European Insolvency Law, Beck Hart Nomos, 2014.

Luxembourg, in J.L. Iglesias, C. Esplugues and G. Palao (dir.), Application of Foreign Law by Judicial and non-Judicial Authorities in Europe , Sellier, 2011, p. 255 (avec I. Rueda)


"Le contrôle des sentences arbitrales au regard de l'ordre public: le point de vue luxembourgeois", à paraître, J. Trib. Lux. 2016.

"L’appréciation de la compétence du juge étranger en droit commun de l’effet des jugements étrangers luxembourgeois", Pasicrisie 36, p. 719.

"La pratique de l’exequatur dans la Grande Région- Une étude empirique", Clunet 2013, p. 83 (avec Maryse Muller).

"Les mesures provisoires dans le contentieux commercial international en droit luxembourgeois", J. Trib. Lux. février 2011, p. 2.

"L’interdiction de se contredire en procédure civile luxembourgeoise", Pasicrisie 2010, p. 383.

Notes de jurisprudence

Cour d’appel de Luxembourg, 15 juillet 2015, J. Trib. Lux. 2015.179 (compétence internationale en matière de saisie-arrêt)

Cour d’appel de Luxembourg, 25 juin 2015, Pasicrisie 37, 387 (exécution au Luxembourg d’une sentence arbitrale soumise à un recours en annulation au pays du siège)

Cass. Fra. Civ. 1 ère 26 septembre 2012, J. Trib. Lux. 2013, p. 7 (avec P. Ancel) (validité d’une clause attributive de juridiction complexe).

Cass. Lux., 19 juin 2008, J. Trib. Lux. 2009, p. 55 ; Clunet 2009, p. 629 (connexité européenne).



Membre, Think Tank sur la promotion de l'arbitrage au Luxembourg (2013-)

Last updated on: 06 Apr 2016