Bernard Hanotiau is a member of the Brussels and Paris Bars, since 1976 and 1989 respectively. In 2001, he established a boutique law firm in Brussels concentrating on international arbitration and litigation. The firm has offices in Brussels and Singapore.
Since 1978, Bernard Hanotiau has been actively involved in international commercial arbitration as party-appointed arbitrator, chairman, sole arbitrator, counsel and expert in various parts of the world. Among the parties engaged in these arbitrations have been states (including on the basis of bilateral investment treaties) and state entities, high technology and telecommunications corporations, construction and real estate companies, owners and lessees of shopping malls and shopping parks, oil, gas and mining companies, pipeline manufacturers (and related industries), dredging companies, water and electricity suppliers, pharmaceutical and chemical companies, providers of medical services, automobile manufacturers and manufacturers of parts for the automobile industry, distributors and manufacturers of various kinds of goods and equipments, food suppliers, breweries, manufacturers of military supplies, of satellites, airlines and railways, GDS' operators, banks and investment companies, hotel management corporations and casinos, insurance and reinsurance companies.
Mr Hanotiau is a member of the panel of arbitrators of, or receives appointments as arbitrator by, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC, Paris), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), ICSID, the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, SIAC (Singapore), TRAC (Teheran), HKIAC (Hong Kong), DIAC (Dubai), CIETAC (Beijing), BAC (Beijing), the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur), KCAB (Seoul), the BVI International Arbitration Center, the Vilnius Court of Arbitration, the Permanent Court of International Arbitration (PCA, The Hague; also on the PCA specialized panel of arbitrators for disputes relating to outer space activities), WIPO (Geneva), Cepani (Belgium), the Nederlands Arbitrage Instituut (NAI), the Swiss Chambers of Commerce, the Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC), the Danish Institute of Arbitration, the Cairo Center of Arbitration, the French Arbitration Association and the French-German Chamber of Commerce (Paris), IATA (Geneva), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS, Lausanne).
Mr Hanotiau has a PhD from Louvain University and an LLM from Columbia University (1973). He is a member of the ICCA Governing Board and of the Council of the ICC Institute and a member of the ICC International Arbitration Commission. He is a member of the Board of the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC), of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC), of the International Advisory Board of the Seoul IDRC, as well as a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the Istanbul Arbitration Center and of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre International Advisory Board (HKIAC).
Mr Hanotiau is the author of Complex Arbitrations: Multiparty, Multicontract, Multi-issue and Class Actions (Kluwer, 2006) and of more than 120 articles, most of them relating to international commercial law and arbitration, and he frequently lectures on this topic.
In March 2011, Mr Hanotiau received the GAR "Arbitrator of the Year" award. In April 2016, he also received the Who's Who Legal "Lawyer of the Year" for Arbitration award.