An alumnus of the College of Europe, Bruges (promotion Stefan Zweig), Geert van Calster is professor in the University of Leuven and Head of Leuven Law's department of European and international law.
Geert is also senior fellow at Leuven's Centre for Global Governance Studies.
Geert is on the indicative list of WTO Panelists, and a board member of Academische Stichting Leuven, an academic charity.
Prof van Calster is a visiting professor and senior fellow at Monash University's Law faculty (Melbourne), visiting professor at the China-EU School of Law in Beijing, and a visiting lecturer at King's College, London. He was previously i.a. a visiting lecturer at Oxford University. He was called to the Bar in 1999 after having worked as of counsel to a City law firm since 1995, and continues to practice from the Brussels Bar, as an independent, 'sole' practitioner.
5 September2014'On the role of science in international law. From whales via Paintball to Plain Packaging', keynote at International Bar Association Conference, London;
26 August 2014'Trade, regulatory autonomy and the WTO: An update on the case-law', Asser Institute, The Hague;
11 July 2014'All that glitters is not gold? The EU as a regulatory frontrunner', Australia National University, Fenner School of Environment & Society, Canberra;
25 June 2014'Regulation and Enforcement through EU agencies', European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Barcelona (with and by Mira Scholten);
9 April 2014'The EU's External Trade Policy and the Gulf Cooperation Council', College of Europe, Bruges;
3 April 2014'Integrating environment, energy and new technologies. A discussion of the 'incrimental' approach for shale gas and nanotecnology regulation', University College Cork;
21 March 2014'Brussels I-bis or miss?', UCL - Louvain-la-Neuve;
21 March 2014'Fragmentation in Conflicts and Employment Law', Cross-Border Employment Law Seminar, KU Leuven;
17 February 2014'The European Succession Regulation: Harmonisation interruptus?', Postacademische vorming notariaat, KU Leuven;
10 December 2013'Climate finance: The Ghosts of Christmasses past, current, and yet to come', International Workshop on Climate Financing, KU Leuven;
26 November 2013'The Brussels I Regulation: Jurisdiction for civil and commercial matters in the EU', European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters, Brussels;
8 November 2013' "You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!" - A case-study of ISO 26000', Tilburg Law and Economics Centre, 10th Anniversary Conference;
9 September 2013'Jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters', @Cross Border Litigation in Pratice, Academy of European Law - ERA, Helsinki;
9 September 2013'Recognition and enforcement'', @Cross Border Litigation in Pratice, Academy of European Law - ERA, Helsinki;
6 September 2013'La pratique du droit international et européen en matière de transports de déchets dangereux', Cotonou, Benin;
G. VAN CALSTER, European Private International Law, Oxford, Hart, 2013, 340p.;
G. VAN CALSTER, D. PREVOST (eds.), Research Handbook on Environment, Health and the WTO, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2013, 896p.;
Peer-reviewed articles in international journals
G. VAN CALSTER, ‘Climate change and renewable energy as a super trump for EU trade law. All Essent clear’,Renewable energy law and policy review, 2014, 1, p.60-66;
G. VAN CALSTER, ‘China, Minerals Export, Raw Materials and Rare Earth Materials: A perfect storm for World Trade Organisation Dispute Settlement’, RECIEL 2013, 117-122;
G. VAN CALSTER, 'Kerpow! The United Kingdom Courts, West Tankers, and the arbitration ‘exception’ in the Brussels I Regulation', European Review of Private Law, 2013, 21 (1), 205-220;
Chapters in books
G. VAN CALSTER, ‘On the role of borders in European conflict of laws’, in Piers, M., Storme, H., en Verhellen, J. (eds.), Liber amicorum Johan Erauw, Antwerpen, Intersentia, 2014, p.219-228;
G. VAN CALSTER, ‘De Europese IPR regels inzake bevoegdheid en toepasselijk recht bij schadeloosstelling na mededingingbeperkende gedragingen’, in D. Arts, W. Devroe, R. Focqué, K. Marchand, and I. Verougstraete, Mundi et Europae Civis: Liber Amicorum Jacques Steenbergen, Brussel, Larcier, 2014, p.543-554; (The European conflict rules with respect to jurisdiction and applicable law in competition litigation);
G. VAN CALSTER, ‘La pratique du droit international et européen en matière de déchets dangereux’, in M. Faure et al; (eds.), Les mouvement transfrontières de déchets dangereux, Brussel, Bruylant, 2014, in production, p.251-259; (The reality of international and European regulation of hazardous wastes);;
G. VAN CALSTER, , ‘Regulatory instruments: Sustainable Materials Management, Recycling and the Law’, in Worrell, E., and Reuter, M., Handbook of Recycling, Elsevier, New York, 2014, 527-535;
G. VAN CALSTER, ‘Opportunities and pitfalls for sustainable materials management in EU waste law’, in Panoussis, I., and Post, H., Waste management in European Law, Eleven, The Hague, 2014, p.97-105;
G. VAN CALSTER, L. REINS, ‘The Environmental Liability Directive’s background’, in L. Bergkamp and B. Goldsmith (eds.), The EU Environmental Liability Directive – A Commentary, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013, 9-30;
G. VAN CALSTER, ‘To unity and beyond? The boundaries of European Private International Law and the European Ius Commune’, in A. Verbeke et al (eds.), Liber Amicorum Walter Pintens, Cambridge, Intersentia, 2012, 1459-1485;
MONICA, J., and VAN CALSTER, G., 'A nanotechnology legal framework', in Hull and Bowman (eds.), Nanotechnology risk management: Perspectives and progress, Burlington, William Andrew /Elsevier, 2010, 97-140 (update forthcoming 2014);
In the standard reference guide the EU Legal 500, Geert is named as being “well regarded for the interface between economic and regulatory law”, and as having an “excellent academic background aligned to pragmatic experience in both public and private sectors.” Geert’s advice is referred in it as being ‘practical, fast and relevant’. Prof van Calster's unique proposition lies indeed in the combination of a solid knowledge and know-how of core European institutional and economic law, with conflict of laws and regulatory law, in particular environmental law.
In conflict of laws /private international law, Geert is specifically interested in the impact of the dramatic increase in European harmonisation of all stages of private international law, on the law of the Member States, and in the tensions between common and civil law approaches to conflict of laws. His Handbook on European Private International Law was published with Hart (Oxford) in February 2013, with a second edition forthcoming in February 2015.Geert's recent instructions include advice on the recognition and enforement of English Schemes of Arrangement, and of US judgments in the EU; advice on the recognition and enforcement of foreign court orders in the EU (domain name management); central bank immunity; designing choice of court and governing law clauses for a multinational financial services company in over 21 jurisdictions; recognition and enforcement of trusts in civil law countries; jurisdiction advice in libel cases over the internet; custody application complicated by the diplomatic status of one of the parents; the application of the Insolvency Regulation in real estate transactions; the impact of conflict of laws on registered seat restructuring; and advice on forum non conveniens assessment by a US court viz proceedings in the EU (invasion of privacy and intellectual property rights).
Geert was one of the first analysts of the impact of international trade law (GATT and WTO Agreements) on regulatory autonomy, including environmental protection. He has built up specific expertise on the trade /regulation interface, looking especially at the GATT (including border tax adjustments, customs and excise), TBT and SPS Agreements. He is member of the Panel of Experts for the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement.In April 2014, Geert was added to the World Trade Organisation's Indicative List of Panelists, at the request of the EU. Geert's recent instructions include advice on a restrictive regime for wholesale pharmaceuticals distribution in a Member State; the (il)legality of windfall taxation in the energy sector; the application of EU rules of origin (particularly in the Middle East); the application of the EU's GSP regime; import of waste into the EU (for use in the renewable energy sector); the interace between religious rights and animal welfare; human rights and rule of law issues in the EU's external trade policy.
Building on earlier work on legal issues surrounding risk analysis harmonisation, Geert has extensively researched the legal framework for embedding the technology. Prof van Calster and his team (Dr Diana Bowman, Monash University and K.U. Leuven, and Drs Cheryl Micallef-Borg, K.U. Leuven) have reviewed in particular the 'SHE' (safety, health and environment) aspects of the technology, looking also however at international trade, intellectual property, governance and sustainable development concerns.
Prof van Calster has advised a variety of States and stakeholders on the impact of international trade law on climate change, including climate change levies. More generally he researches the optimal design of climate change responses, over and above and /or indeed outside of emission trading schemes. Regulatory innovation, including in the climate change area, was the cornerstone of the research that earned him a tenured research chair at KU Leuven.