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Professor Eva Lein


Eva is Professor at the University of Lausanne. Her fields of expertise are private international law, international dispute resolution and comparative law. She also is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for Comparative Law at BIICL.

Eva is a qualified German lawyer. She fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German and has been lecturing in various countries. She is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and at Queen Mary University of London, Institute in Paris and was Visiting Professor at different institutions, including the University Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). She also regularly speaks at international conferences and seminars.


Professor Eva Lein

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

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Eva has published extensively on topical issues of private international law with a special focus on international litigation and European conflict of laws. Recent publications include 'Unchartered Territory? A few Thoughts on Private International Law post Brexit', 17 YbPIL (2016), p. 33 ff, the co-edited commentary 'The Brussels I Regulation Recast', Oxford University Press 2015 and the co-edited volume 'Collective Redress in Europe - Why and How', BIICL 2015. Her PhD on European, international and comparative contract law was graded summa cum laude.

Since 2016 she has been specialising on the legal consequences of Brexit and is an expert for the House of Commons and the Law Society on Brexit in a cross-border context. She acted as an expert for the UK Ministry of Justice, the UK Parliament, 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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