Sophie Bourgois focuses her practice on international dispute settlement, private international law, public international law, and insurance law.
Sophie assists clients (including foreign States and international organisations) regularly in court and arbitration proceedings (ICC, CEPANI, Ad Hoc arbitration, etc.) as well as cross-border disputes. She has acted as secretary to arbitral tribunals and has been appointed as arbitrator. Furthermore, Sophie has a strong interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution processes and is an accredited mediator since 2014.
Sophie handles litigation matters in a broad variety of fields, including construction law, insurance and reinsurance law, M&A, contract and commercial law, etc. Besides her general litigation and arbitration practice, she advises on and handles cases involving matters of private and public international law, such as jurisdictional immunities, interpretation and application of treaties, and conflict of laws.
In addition, Sophie has specific expertise in insurance law, mainly handling cases relating to major damage and loss claims (under e.g. property, liability and credit insurance, financial institution bonds, reinsurance contract, etc.). She also advises on the distribution of insurance, contracts and coverage of losses.
Sophie holds a master’s degree in law from the Université catholique de Louvain (2009). She also obtained a master’s degree in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), a joint programme of the University of Genève and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2010). Sophie joined the Brussels office of Stibbe in 2010.