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LL.M. in Admiralty


Paul’s sphere of activity is commercial and transport law. His expertise includes international cargo claims, international sale of goods and port-related commercial matters, such as storage, logistics services and agency contracts. Paul Bettens can also assist you in issues concerning environmental and company law.

Areas of practice

  • Maritime Law and Admiralty
    • Marine cargo claims
    • Collision
    • Towage
    • Salvage and assistance
    • Limitation of liability for maritime claims
    • Maritime Liens and Mortgages
    • Charter parties
  • Road haulage/CMR and inland waterway transportation
  • Arrests and securities
  • Insurance Law
  • Liability (torts)
  • Distribution law
  • Customs law
  • Construction law
  • Environmental Law (soil pollution and remediation / environmental permits)
  • Company Law


Paul Bettens has been a member of the Antwerp Bar since 1992. In 1994, he obtained a Master at Laws in Admiralty at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he also attended specialised Environmental Law courses (Natural Resources and International Environmental Law).

Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (Law Degree, 1990)
Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, USA (LL.M. in Admiralty, 1994)
Centre for Permanent Academic Education (Catholic University Leuven, Belgium) Post Academic Program of Environmental Law (1998-1999)


Antwerp Bar
International Bar Association (IBA)
Belgian Maritime Law Association


P. BETTENS, “On the claim of the sender and the consignee against the “mode on mode”/ro-ro carrier in the sense of article 2.1 CMR Convention”, IHT 2019/4, 484-492, Annotation of: Court of Appeal of Antwerp, October 1st 2018 (


Paul speaks Dutch, English, French and Spanish and possesses a passive knowledge of German and Portuguese.

Paul Bettens

"I derive great pleasure from sinking my teeth into a case, with keeping track being my strong point. If necessary, I litigate at daggers drawn, without losing sight on reality. For me, it is the best way to achieve a satisfying solution as soon as possible."