Hakim Boularbah is recognised as an expert in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration at national, European, and international levels. His practice covers civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, especially where it presents an urgent or a cross-border dimension. Hakim has broad experience in dealing with mass claims litigation and is one of the most renowned specialists in collective redress. He is currently assisting and representing before the Belgian courts several companies in the first actions for collective redress initiated in Belgium. He also has an extensive practice in enforcement of foreign judgments or awards (especially against sovereigns) as well as in obtaining interim relief measures and protective measures or in opposing them.
He has assisted the Belgian Economy FPS (Ministry) in drafting the bill on class actions. In 2011, he was appointed as member of a group of European experts set up by the European Commission to draft a proposal for regulation on cross-border attachment of bank accounts. Since 2011, he has been regularly invited to speak in conferences on class actions and collective redress in the United States and across Europe.
Hakim is Professor of civil procedure law at the University of Liège (ULg). He is the author of numerous books and publications on judicial law, private international law and arbitration.
He holds a law degree (1996) and a PhD (2007) from the University of Brussels (ULB).
Hakim has been with Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick since 2003 and made partner in 2009. He heads up the Litigation and Arbitration Practice.