Marta Pertegás holds a Doctor of Laws degree. She joined the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law in February 2008 as Secretary and focuses on the Hague International Litigation Conventions and other projects related to commercial international law. She became First Secretary in February 2011.
Ms Pertegás studied law at the University of Barcelona, Spain; she completed a Master of Laws and PhD thesis on "Cross-border enforcement of patent rights" at the KU Leuven, Belgium. From 2002 to 2008, Ms Pertegás taught private international law, international and comparative procedural law and World Trade Organization law as a full-time tenured professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She is currently teaching "Law of Global Transactions and Litigation" in Antwerp and is frequently invited to give presentations on the work of the Hague Conference in conferences and seminars. Ms Pertegás has written a large number of publications on private, family and commercial international law.
From 1999 to 2008, Ms Pertegás was a Member of the Bars of Barcelona and Brussels (European Union's roster) and practised part-time of counsel (one day per week). She served as a Consultant in European International Private Law during the Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2001. Since 2003, she has been a Member of the Groupe belge de Droit International Privé (which assisted with the development and assessment of the Belgian Code on Private International Law). In addition, Ms Pertegás worked as an ad hoc Consultant for the DG Justice and Home Affairs of the European Commission in relation to the Green Paper on Succession.