• Catholic University of Leuven, Bachelor of law (2016) cum laude
  • Catholic University of Leuven, Masters of Law (2018) magna cum laude
  • University of Chicago, LL.M (2019)


  • Belgium


  • Dutch
  • English
  • French

Evelien Van Espen


Evelien Van Espen is an associate at Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office and is a member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group. Her practice focuses on international arbitration and commercial litigation. She is a member of the Centre for Methodology of Law at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), where she is a part-time lecturer.

Evelien also studied at the University of Illinois College of Law in 2016 as an exchange student, where she won the International Student Negotiation Competition organized by the American Bar Association Law Students Division. She also competed in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, where she was ranked best oralist.

Evelien devotes a large amount of time to pro bono work. She supports the Women, Business, and the Law “violence against women questionnaire” and she participates in the TADA community program for children from disadvantaged socioeconomical backgrounds, introducing them to the legal profession through interactive workshops. During her LL.M at the University of Chicago, she also served as a Child Advocate at the Young Centre for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

Evelien’s mother tongue is Dutch, and she is fluent in English and French.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Evelien worked in the arbitration and litigation department of Allen&Overy in Brussels.


Admitted to practice: Belgium

Professional Affiliations

  • Centre for Methodology of Law at the KU Leuven

Representative Matters


  • Represented a major Belgian pharmaceutical company in a CEPANI arbitration under Belgian law regarding a post-completion dispute in the pharmaceutical industry. The semi-virtual hearing lasted for 26 days and involved 17 witnesses, seven experts, and parties in three different time zones;
  • Represented a major Belgian company specialized in the fields of dredging, land reclamation, and marine infrastructure in a SIAC arbitration under UK law regarding the construction of a vessel; and
  • Acted as secretary in a CEPANI arbitration under Belgian law regarding various claims for breach of contract.

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented various Belgian distributors and principals before the Belgian courts in relation to alleged breaches of distribution agreements;
  • Represented an important Belgian medical laboratory in fast-track proceedings regarding claims of unfair competitive practices;
  • Represented an international energy company before the Belgian commercial courts regarding disputed invoices;
  • Represented a major Belgian life insurance company in legal proceedings regarding commission agreements involving complex investigations by court-appointed experts;
  • Represented a leading Belgian museum before the Belgian courts in relation to a stolen art work;
  • Represented multiple international life insurance companies in various legal proceedings before the Belgian (civil and criminal) courts in relation to claims of mis-selling and fraud;
  • Represented an important Belgian commercial landlord in proceedings against a tenant before the Belgian courts;
  • Represented a major Belgian bank in a highly contentious restructuring of its agency network; and
  • Represented a leading international clothing retailer in various disputes before the Belgian courts in relation to its commercial lease agreements.


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