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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) and the University of Vienna and a Scholar in Residence at the Center for Transnational Litigation and Commercial Law at NYU.

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 contract 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 subject of contract law and Covid19 (see e.g. Blair, B., Lein, E., Gullifer, L., Fu J., 'Breathing Space' - Concept Note 2 on the Effect of the 2020 Pandemic on Commercial Contracts, May 2020, (; and cross-border dispute resolution (e.g. 'International Commercial Courts in Switzerland: The Roadmaps for Geneva and Zurich', in Kramer, X./ Sorabji, J (ed.), International Business Courts, Eleven Int. 2019, p. 115-128 as well as the commentary 'The Brussels I Regulation Recast', Oxford University Press 2015 (with A. Dickinson) and 'Integration and International Dispute Resolution in Small States', Springer 2018 (with P. Butler and R. Salim).

Since 2016, Eva has been specialising on the legal consequences of Brexit on dispute resolution and has been acting as an expert for the House of Commons and the Law Society on Brexit in a cross-border context. 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

Edited works

  • BUTLER, P./ LEIN, E./ SALIM, R., Integration and International Dispute Resolution in Small States, Springer, 2018
  • FITZGERALD, O./ LEIN, E., Complexity's Embrace, The International Law Implications of Brexit, CIGI/McGill, 2017
  • DICKINSON, A./ LEIN, E., The Brussels I Regulation Recast - Commentary, Oxford University Press, 2015
  • LEIN, E./ FAIRGRIEVE, F./OTERO CRESPO, M./SMITH, V., Collective Redress in Europe- Why and How?, BIICL, 2015.

Articles / contributions to books

  • 'Arts. 8-11 Rome III Regulation', CALLIESS, G.-P. (éd.), The Rome Regulations, Wolters Kluwer 2020.
  • BONOMI, A./ LEIN, E., 'Grundfragen der Zuständigkeit und des anwendbaren Rechts beim grenzüberschreitenden Konsumentenvertrag', in HEISS, H./LOAKER, L., Grundfragen des Konsumentenrechts, 2020, p. 445-472.
  • 'International Commercial Courts in Switzerland: The Roadmaps for Geneva and Zurich', in KRAMER, X./ SORABJI, J (ed.), International Business Courts, Eleven Int. 2019, p. 115-128.
  • LEHMANN, M./ LEIN, E., 'L'espace de justice à la carte? La coopération judiciaire en Europe à géométrie variable et à plusieurs vitesses', ANCEL M.-E. et al. (éd.), Le droit à l'épreuve des siècles et frontières, Mélanges Ancel, Paris 2018, 1093-1120.
  • 'Class Actions à l'Européenne - Competition for U.S. Mass Litigation?', BONOMI, A. / NADAKAVUKAREN SCHEFER, K. (éd.), US Litigation Today : Still a Threat For European Businesses or Just a Paper Tiger?, Zurich 2018, 137-163.
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