• Chair Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Professor of International Economic Law & Diplomacy


Fields of specialisation:

  • International Economic Law
  • International Trade and Investment Agreements
  • Economic Governance
  • Trade Facilitation
  • Dispute Settlement
  • Trade Negotiations
  • Economic Diplomacy


Short bio:

Kim Van der Borght is Professor of International Economic Law & Diplomacy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He was previously at the University of Westminster and the University of Hull.

He is listed on the Governmental Roster of Panellists of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at the proposal of the Government of Belgium. On the Roster of Panellists for the Treaty between the European Union and Central America (which provisionally applies with Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama since 1 August 2013, with Costa Rica and El Salvador since 1 October 2013  and with Guatemala since 1 December 2013). Selected by the European Commission as one of twelve European experts (since January 2014). On the Roster of Panellists for the Treaties between the European Union and Peru and Colombia (since March 2013). 

He is an accredited arbitrator (CEPINA), a legal adviser on issues of international trade, investment and intellectual property rights affiliated to the dispute settlement programme of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 

He is independent expert advisor to the Secretary of State for Development  – Federal Government of Belgium (Adviesraad voor beleidscoherentie ten gunste van ontwikkeling) (2014-) and he was independent advisor for the Strategic Council on the International Relations of the Flemish Region, a governmental advisory body (2007-2014) (Strategische Adviesraad Internationaal Vlaanderen).

He was is Visiting Professor at the School of WTO Research and Education at the Shanghai University of International Business & Economics (formerly Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade) (Shanghai, China) (2013-2014) and Occasional Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Georgia (USA). He has held a visiting position or has given guest lectures at the Brussels School of International Studies (University of Kent at Canterbury), Columbia University Law School, Shanghai University, Tongji University, Hainan Institute for Reform and Development, Hainan University, Xiamen University, University of Georgia, City University of Hong Kong, Kansas University, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Moscow State University, University of Catanzaro, University of East London, Birzeit University, Gaeddu College of Business Studies, Royal University of Bhutan, Indian Law Society’s Law College (ILS) (Pune, India) and Bhartiya Vidyapeeth New Law College (Pune, India).

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