Prof. Dr. Elise Poillot

Elise Poillot

Full professor of Civil Law, Head of the Research Unit in Law

Discipline(s) Civil law
Sujets de recherche European Law, Clinical Legal Education, Consumer Law (national - Comparative and European law), Contract Law, Comparative Law, Civil Law, Common Law
Faculté ou Centre Faculté de Droit, d'Économie et de Finance
Department ​Département Droit
Adresse postale Weicker Building, Université du Luxembourg
4, rue Alphonse Weicker
L-2721 Luxembourg
Bureau sur le campus C210
Téléphone (+352) 46 66 44 6935

Elise Poillot is full professor of Droit Civil (civil law) at the University of Luxembourg’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance, which she joined in 2009.

A graduate from the University of Reims-Champagne-Ardenne, she conducted her PhD research in the field of European contract law and has held post-doc positions in Germany (University of Münster) and in Italy (University of Turin). From 2005 to 2009 she was associate professor at the Law Faculty of the Lyon III, Jean Moulin, University where she was also Deputy Director of the Edouard Lambert Institute of Comparative Law.

Her main fields of research and teaching have been consumer law and general contract law, in a national comparative and EU perspective. For the last four years she has been deeply involved in setting up and directing the University of Luxembourg’s Consumer Law legal clinic (“Clinique du Droit”), a programme that is strongly supported by the national Bar Association (“Barreau de Luxembourg”). Prof. Poillot has also been instrumental in setting up a network of similar legal clinics throughout Europe. The network recently obtained an Erasmus+ grant with the aim of establishing shared best practices in clinical legal education. More recently, her research is focused also on the transformation of the concept of civil law (droit civil) in civil law jurisdictions and on the impact of ADR on enforcement-systems in the financial sector.

On all these topics she has extensively written (in French, English and Italian) both monographs and articles published in important law reviews and books edited by leading European scholars. She regularly presents developments of EU jurisprudence in the field of consumer law in the Recueil Dalloz and in the Journal de Droit Européen.

A member of several international associations of legal scholars, Prof. Poillot – who is fluent in English and Italian and has a good knowledge of German and Spanish – has promoted numerous cooperation agreements with French, Italian and Japanese universities and is regularly invited to hold lessons and conferences in foreign law schools. In 2015/16 she was a member of the Italian national selection committee for full and associate professors of private law and in 2017/18 a member of the Belgian universities study programmes evaluation committee. She is also on the editorial board of several law reviews, such as Osservatorio di diritto civile e commerciale and Cliniques Juridiques, and is a member of the scientific committee of the European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE).

She has been supervisor of numerous PhD candidates and on final academic committees and panels.

Prof. Poillot is also chairperson of the Association of Professors of the University of Luxembourg (APUL), which is engaged in presenting goals and concerns of the Luxembourg academic community vis-à-vis the governing institutions of the University and public institutions (Parliament, Government and administrations).


Last updated on: jeudi 16 janvier 2020


  • Associate Professor at the University Jean Moulin-Lyon III (France)
  • Deputy Director of the Edouard Lambert Institute of Comparative Law University Jean Moulin-Lyon III (France)
  • Research Assistant (2004-2005) at the University of Turin, Italy (Post doctorate contract)
  • Research Assistant (2000) at the University of Münster, Germany (Postgraduate contract)
  • Teaching and Research Assistant (1997-2000; 2000-2002) at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne


  • 2004 Doctorat en Droit Privé with honours (Ph. D., Private Law)
  • 1996 DEA en Droit Privé de l’Economie with honours (Postgraduate program in French Business Private Law)
  • 1994 Maîtrise en droit with honours (French Master Law Degree)
  • 1993 Licence en Droit with honours, (French Bachelor Law Degree)


  • French (native speaker)
  • English (C2)
  • German (B2)
  • Italian (C2)
  • Spanish (B1)


  • European Law
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Consumer Law (national, Comparative and European law)
  • Contract Law,
  • Comparative Law
  • Civil Law
  • Common Law


Subject matters:

  • Law of Persons
  • Law of Contracts
  • English Contract Law
  • European Consumer Law
  • Comparative Legal Traditions
  • European Private Law
  • Legal Clinical Methods


  • Member of ENCLE (European Network for Clinical Legal Education).
  • Member of AIDC (Associazione Italiana di Diritto Comparato), Head of the section of European Law (since 2017).
  • Member and Director of Europrilex, the Working group on European Private Law of the University of Luxembourg (since 2010, Director from 2010 to 2014).
  • Fellow of the European Law Institute as a Professor at the University of Luxembourg (since 2011)
  • Member of the Acquis communautaire Group, (since 2003).
  • Member of the Associazione dei Comparatisti Italiani (Since 2015).
  • Member of the European Law Institute (as a fellow from the University of Luxembourg since 2011).
  • Member of the Société de législation comparée (since 2005).
  • Member of SECOLA the Society for European Contract Law (Since 2012).
  • 1rst prize of the competition of the young comparative lawyers for a presentation on the Right of Withdrawal in European and Comparative Consumer Law (2005).
  • 1rst prize awarded for the PhD work “The impact of European Consumer Law on the Standardisation of Contract Law” by the Centre français de droit comparé (2005).


Please find below the complete Curriculum Vitae :

Curriculum Vitae Elise Poillot



Last updated on: 25 fév 2019