Nils Goeteyn  


Executive Summary

​Nils Goeteyn is an associate in our Montréal office. His practice focuses mainly on maritime and transport law, both from a regulatory and litigation perspective. He also practices in the fields of international and environmental law, and has a strong interest in privacy issues. He pleads regularly before both the provincial and federal courts in Québec.

A Belgian jurist, Nils was called to the Québec Bar in 2016, after completing an equivalency program at McGill University and Université de Montréal. He also has a PhD in international law and two master's degrees in Belgian and European law from Ghent University (Belgium).

Nils is fluent in English, French and Dutch.


Learn about the limitation of liability in multimodal transportation involving rail and the effect of tariffs. Several cases are reviewed which illustrate how Canadian courts apply the rail limits in the context of other shipping contracts at play.
Nils Goeteyn, Associate, Montreal

Publications & Presentations

​This is a selection of Nils' publications.

By-line Author

  • "Legislating Language in the Workplace: The Quebec Experience," Danny J. Kaufer, American Bar Association, Equal Employment Opportunity Conference Papers, 2015.
  • "Joint Ventures in Canada: Overview - A Q&A Guide to Joint Ventures Law in Canada," Neil Hazan, Joint Ventures Law Global Guide, 1 July 2015.

Lead Author

  • Goeteyn, N., "Legal challenges in the creation of a World Environment Organisation," in Global Environmental Law at a Crossroads, Robert V. Percival, Jolene Lin and William Piermattei (eds), Edward Elgar, 2014.
  • Goeteyn, N. and Maes, F., "The clustering of Multilateral Environmental Agreements: can the clustering of the chemicals-related conventions be applied to the biodiversity and climate change conventions?," in Maes, F., Cliquet, A., Duplessis, W. & Mc Leod-Kilmurray, H. (eds), Linkages between Biodiversity and Climate Change, Edward Elgar 2013.
  • Goeteyn, N. and Maes, F., "Compliance Mechanisms in Multilateral Environmental Agreements: An Effective Way to Improve Compliance?," Chinese Journal of International Law, 10 (4), 2011, 791-826.


  • Speaker, "Limitation of Liability in Multimodal Transportation Involving Rail: Interplay Between Tariffs and Contracts," 2016. 
  • Keynote speaker for the Euro-Atlantic Association of Belgium on the Symposium on the Future of NATO, in Ghent (Belgium), 2007.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • ​Special prize from Linklaters for "Best Oralist" in the National Competition (Belgium) in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.