Bernard is a member of the Brussels and Paris Bars and serves on Vannin Capital’s Investment Committee. Since 1978, he has been actively involved in more than 350 international arbitration cases as party-appointed arbitrator, chairman, sole arbitrator, counsel and expert in all parts of the world.
He is a professor at the law school of Louvain University (Belgium) where he teaches international arbitration. He is a member of the ICCA Council and of the Council of the ICC Institute and a member of the ICC International Arbitration Commission. He is also a former vice-president of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration (Dallas) and a former vice-president of the LCIA Court.
He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the governing board of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).
Bernard is the author of Complex Arbitrations: Multiparty, Multicontract, Multi-issue and Class Actions (Kluwer, 2006) and of more than 120 articles, most of them relating to international commercial law and arbitration.
In March 2011, Mr. Hanotiau received the GAR 'Arbitrator of the Year Award.'