Irene Ten Cate

Irene Ten Cate

Associate Director of the Block Center for International Business Law and Assistant Professor of Legal Writing
LL.B., University of Amsterdam
J.D., Columbia Law School
Areas of Expertise
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Civil Procedure
Legal Writing


Irene Ten Cate joined Brooklyn Law School’s legal writing faculty in 2021. Previously, she taught legal writing at the University of Houston Law Center and Columbia Law School and courses in civil procedure and business organizations at Marquette University Law School.

Professor Ten Cate’s research focuses on features of, and values promoted by, adjudication in court systems and in international arbitration. More recently, her research interests have expanded into legal reasoning, effective teaching of legal writing, and the legal academy. She published several articles and blog posts, presented at numerous conferences, and served as an external reviewer for peer-reviewed journals. Professor Ten Cate serves on the Editorial Board of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, where she is one of two Essay Editors. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Legal Writing Institute’s Monograph Series.

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. She was most recently 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 attorney in Brussels and interned with the ICC Court of International Arbitration in Paris.