Brachotte, Sandrine

Brachotte, Sandrine

Sandrine Brachotte is a doctoral student at Sciences Po Law School, where she studies private international law as an analytical legal framework for globalisation, under the supervision of Prof. Horatia Muir Watt.

Graduated from the Master in Public Law (Droit Public) at Brussels University (Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and from the European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA Master) of the European Inter-University Centre (EIUC), she qualified as a lawyer in Belgium where she worked for three years in international arbitration and private international law. She further was involved in legal research and EU advocacy work in business and human rights and development at A4ID (London) and Frank Bold (Brussels).

After having attended the Course of Private International Law of the Hague Academy last summer with a merit-based award, Sandrine was a visiting PhD researcher for the academic year 2017-2018, at University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, under the supervision of Karen Knop. This year, she will be teaching human rights and arbitration again, and monitor students of the Pre-Doctoral Preparation Program.


  • Elective Course of Human Rights, Sciences Po, Collège Universitaire, Paris
  • Elective Course of International Arbitration, Sciences Po, Collège Universitaire, Reims
  • Seminars of Public International Law, Sciences Po, Collège Universitaire, Reims
  • Seminars of Private International Law, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Faculté de droit, Brussels
Spécialités / Fields of Expertise : 
  • Private International Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Law and Religion
Publications : 
  • Author : Des rationalités entremêlées : le droit international privé pour juger les cas « insolubles » ?/ Intermingled Rationalities: Using Private International Law to Deal with ‘Unsolvable’ Cases?. In MUIR WATT, Horatia & ARROYO, Diego. Adjudication Without Frontiers: the Global Turn in Private International Law, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018 (forthcoming).
  • Organiser of Conference : Sciences Po Law School 6th’s Graduate Conference ‘Conflicts in Law: Rethinking the Legal Order’ (2017); Pilagg seminars (2018-2019).
  • Speaker at Conference : ‘Coherence in EU Internet Law’ Copenhagen Business School (CBS), (2014); London School of Economics’ International Graduate Legal Research Conference ‘Law and Crisis’ (2017); 11th Annual Toronto Group Conference ‘Boundaries, Conflicts and Alliances: Interactions between International, Transnational and Comparative Law’ (2018); McGill University Graduate Law Conference ‘Hard Cases: The Limits of Law’ (2018); uOttawa GLSEDD ‘Law: From Crisis to Opportunity’ (2018); Harvard IGLP Conference ‘Law in Global Political Economy: Heterodoxy Now” (2018); LSA Annual Meeting ‘Law at the Crossroads’ (Toronto, 2018).
  • Panel Moderator : Harvard IGLP Conference ‘Law in Global Political Economy: Heterodoxy Now” (2018).
  • Co-Author : S. Brachotte and A. Nuyts, ‘Jurisdiction over cyber torts under the Brussels l Regulation’ in Andrej Savin and Jan Trzaskowski (eds) Research Handbook on EU Internet Law, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 231-253 (2014).
  • Editor - Contributor : P. Morrow, F. Gregor and J. Veldman. A Short Guide to Corporate Governance, Brussels: Frank Bold (2017); J. Tirado International Arbitration, London: Global Legal Group, pp. 33-46 (Belgium) and pp. 68-80 (D.R. Congo) (2015); C. Van Dam and F. Gregor. Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights vis-à-vis Legal Duty of Care. Three Scenarios, Donostia-San Sebastián: Globernance Institute for Democratic Governance ( (2016).


  • European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation Thesis, 2012: Corporate Accountability for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Abuses Committed Abroad: Foreign Victims’ Access to Remedy in Home States. An Assessment of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands regarding the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Supervised by Prof. Fons Coomans (Maastricht University).
  • ULB Master in Public Law Thesis, 2011: Les aménagements raisonnables en matière religieuse au Québec: analyse tournée vers les conséquences du fédéralisme canadien (Religious Reasonable Accommodation in Quebec: An Analysis Focused on the Consequences of the Canadian Federalism). Supervised by Prof. Isabelle Rorive.


2012: Ganshof Van der Meersch Prize, awarded to the best student of Bachelor and Master’s studies in public law who graduated in 2011 from the Master in law of the Faculty of Law of ULB.

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