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Pauline Ernste appointed CPO Professor of Dispute Resolution in National and International Legal Practice

As of 1 January 2023, Dr Pauline Ernste has been appointed CPO professor at the Faculty of Law of Radboud University with as her teaching and research remit Dispute resolution in national and international legal practice. This is a two-year teaching and research remit for the CPO exchange chair, the chair of the Centre for Professional Legal Education.

The exchange chair holder contributes to developing CPO study and course programmes, teaches, conducts research, and advises CPO on aspects of the teaching and research remit that are relevant to legal practice and its education and training needs.

Ernste's research focuses on the entire breadth of civil procedural law, as well as on the various forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). “My publications cover dispute resolution in a broad sense, including binding advice, non-binding advice, arbitration, mediation, and the Netherlands Commercial Court. In addition, I have also studied proposals for simplifying, accelerating, and digitising civil procedure. In my position as professor, I will focus on corporate procedural law (corporate litigation and financial litigation) and on the various forms of current and alternative dispute resolution in the areas of corporate law. I look forward to developing new study programmes and courses with CPO, especially in the field of arbitration law. Arbitration law is constantly evolving and, to quote Prof. P. Sanders, ‘there is never a dull moment’.”

About Pauline Ernste

Ernste (Doetinchem, 1983) studied Dutch Law at Radboud University, graduating in both civil and criminal law in 2006. In 2012, she obtained her PhD with a dissertation entitled 'Binding Advice'. In her PhD, she used an internal comparison of binding advice with government court proceedings to explore whether the substantive rules of the Code of Civil Procedure also apply in the binding advice procedure, and what obstacles are associated with binding advice.

After completing her PhD thesis, Ernste spent two more years at Radboud University as an associate professor. She has been practising law since 2015 at NautaDutilh in Amsterdam. “At NautaDutilh, I assist clients in national and international arbitration cases under various arbitration rules and related proceedings before the Dutch courts. I focus in particular on proceedings regarding the recognition and enforcement, as well as the annulment, of arbitration awards (including proceedings before the Supreme Court). Since 2018, I have combined this work with conducting research at Radboud University and VU Amsterdam.”

Ernste succeeds Ruud Hermans, who held the CPO exchange chair from 2019 to 2022.

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