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Irene  Ten Cate


Irene Ten Cate

Clinical Assistant Professor
Lawyering Skills and Strategies

Irene Ten Cate joined the University of Houston Law Center’s Lawyering Skills and Strategy faculty in 2018.  Previously, she taught legal writing at Columbia Law School and courses in civil procedure and business organizations at Marquette University Law School.

Professor Ten Cate’s research focuses on distinctive features of adjudication in court systems and in international arbitration.  Her scholarship appeared in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the NYU Journal of International Law & Politics, and the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, among other journals.  Professor Ten Cate has presented at numerous international law conferences and served as a peer reviewer for several journals.

The recipient of a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an LL.B. degree from the University of Amsterdam, Professor Ten Cate practiced law in New York City for almost a decade.  Most recently she was an associate at Jenner & Block, where she specialized in commercial litigation and international arbitration and maintained an active pro bono practice with a focus on asylum law.  Earlier in her career, she practiced as a transactional lawyer in Brussels and interned with the ICC Court of International Arbitration in Paris.