C atherine KESSEDJIAN is the Deputy Director of the European College of Paris. She teaches European Business Law and International Dispute Resolution at the University Panthéon-Assas Paris II, where she is the Director of a Master program in European Law. She teaches seminars on Private International Law, International and Comparative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration.
She is regularly invited to teach, in different countries, either at regular programs or as a visiting. In 2004, she was appointed a Hauser Global Professor at New York University School of Law where she teaches International Commercial Transactions and a seminar on Rule Making Processes in a Global World. In 2010, she taught a class in International Dispute Resolution at Yale Law School.
Before joining Paris II, she was Deputy Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (1996-2000), on secondment from the Université de Bourgogne in France. At The Hague Conference, she was in charge of the preparation and monitoring of the negotiations for a proposed world-wide Convention on jurisdiction and judgements. She was also in charge of commercial matters, including electronic commerce.
She was a practising attorney in Paris from 1982 to the end of 1998, focusing on transnational litigation and international business transactions.
She received her legal education from the University of Paris (Doctorate) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (LLM).
She is Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (France), Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite (France) et Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques (France).