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2017 Summer Program
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Fall 2017 Session:

Programs in Investment and Commercial Arbitration:
Fall Session starts September 1, 2017
Deadline to register: August 25, 2017

Certificado a Distancia en Arbitraje Comercial y de Inversiones:
Comienza el 1 de Septiembre de 2017
Se aceptan inscripciones hasta el 25 de agosto de 2017

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2017 Annual Lecture
October 5, 2017


2017 Arbitration Symposium
November 14, 2017


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2017 Events

International Arbitration Summer Program

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May 30 - June 15, 2017

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Taught by leading practitioners and arbitrators from around the world, the International Commercial Arbitration Specialized Summer Program is a unique and concentrated three-week program that addresses fundamental issues of international commercial arbitration from a theoretical and a practical point of view.

Courses in English: Nuts and Bolts of International Commercial Arbitration; Investor-State Arbitration; Advanced Seminar: Practical Skills and Cross-Examination in International Arbitration; International Arbitration and Choice-of-Law Issues; Contributions of the ICC Court of Arbitration to the Practice of International Commercial Arbitration; and Advocacy in International Arbitration.

Courses in Spanish: Arbitraje Comercial International;  Arbitraje Inversionista – Estado; Aspectos Prácticos del Proceso Arbitral y Teoría y Práctica de la Mediación. More

Mediation Theory and Practice
Teoría y Práctica de la Mediación

May 30 -June 2, 2017
As part of the Summer Program and in cooperation with JAMS, we will once again offer a practical training session on mediation (12 Hours, CLE is available). This session will be offered in both English and Spanish. A certificate of attendance from WCL and JAMS will be awarded to the participants. more
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Online Program Certificates / Certificados Educación a Distancia

Fall Session starts September 1, 2017 
Deadline to register: August 25, 2017

Comienza el 1 de Septiembre de 2017 
Se aceptan inscripciones hasta el 25 de agosto de 2017 

The Duties, Rights and Powers of International Arbitrators

September 19, 2017
This Symposium focuses on the duties, rights and powers of international arbitrators in investment arbitration disputes. Papers will be published in "The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals". The event is co-organized with Universidad Externado (Colombia) and Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain). See full program Register at
The prominent French arbitrator has recently gone independent, after practicing as both counsel and arbitrator in Dechert’s Paris office. Professor Mayer is currently busy heading dozens of arbitrations, and always working towards justice.

Twelfth Annual International Commercial Arbitration Lecture

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:30 P.M.
The 2017 Annual Lecture will be presented by Pierre Mayer Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris I and International Arbitrator. The lecture is sponsored by Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. More

Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration

November 14, 2017
The Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration is organized biannually by the Center on International Commercial Arbitration with the purpose of presenting a global perspective of current developments in international arbitration throughout the world. The symposium hosts prominent speakers and generates a dialogue for salient issues in BIT and ICSID arbitration, as well as current developments in international commercial arbitration in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia. More

Past Events

China Arbitration Day: Salient Issues in International Arbitration in China

April 10, 2017
Representatives of the main arbitral institutions in China discussed trending topics in the field of international arbitration in the country. The event was co-organized with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), and the Asia Office of the ICC Court of Arbitration. More

Arbitration under Joint Operating Agreements in the Energy Sector

March 23, 2017, 5:30 - 7:00 P.M.
Speakers included Ben Love, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York; Mark Kantor, Independent Arbitrator, Washington; and George T. Shipley, Partner, Shipley Snell Montgomery, Houston.More

"Investment & Commercial Arbitration: An International Arbitrator's Point of View," Lecture Presented by Brigitte Stern

February 28, 2017 - 6:00 P.M.
The Washington College of Law was founded by women in 1896, at a time when women were generally excluded from the legal profession. These pioneering founders recognized the important role women could play in the legal field.  To honor their legacy, Professor Brigitte Stern, Emeritus Professor of International Law at the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne delivered a lecture. A panel of experts composed by Tina Cicchetti, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin; Susan Franck, WCL; Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle; Margrete Stevens, King & Spalding; and Janet Whittaker, Clifford Chance, commented on her remarks.  The event was followed by a reception sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP More

“The Investment Court System”

On October 25, 2016 Colin Brown, Deputy Director for dispute settlement and legal aspects of trade for the European Commission spoke on the Investment Court System. Professor Susan Franck and Dr. Todd Tucker from the Roosevelt Institute served as commentators and Professor Fernanda Nicola of WCL as moderator. More

Strides in Reforming Investor State Arbitration

October 13, 2016, 3:00 - 4:30 P.M.

International arbitrator Michele Potestà of Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Todd Tucker of the Roosevelt Institute, and Professor Chiara Giorgetti of the University of Richmond School of Law participated in a discussion centered on whether the Mauritius Convention could serve as a model for establishing a permanent investment tribunal and/or an appeal mechanism for Investor-State arbitral awards. More

Corruption in International Arbitration

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 12:30 P.M., Room NT08
This brown-bag lunch conference focused on issues of corruption in international investment arbitration and was presented by Aloysius Llamzon of King & Spalding LLP.

Poder de Policía y Garantías bajo los Acuerdos Bilaterales de Inversión: un equilibrio difícil?

March 17, 2016, 4:30 - 7:00 P.M., Claudio Grossman Hall
To welcome participants of the Third Investment Arbitration Competition, the Center organized two panels in Spanish which discussed the delicate balance between the police powers of the State and the protection granted to foreign investors under Bilateral Investment Treaties. Speakers included: Horacio A Grigera Naón; Miguel López Forastier, Covington & Burling LLP; Oscar Ibañez, Dechert LLP; Rafael Rincón, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta; Andres Rigo, International Arbitrator; Paolo Di Rosa, Arnold & Porter, LLP; Lorena Perez, Georgetown University Law Center y University of Houston Law Center; and Mélida Hodgson, Foley Hoag LLP. More

Panel and Cocktail Reception: Origins and Developments of the International Arbitration Community in Washington, D.C.  

February 25, 2016, 6:00 P.M., Room NT01
This event, organized to celebrate the new Tenley Campus, was moderated by Professor Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Partner at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and featured: Horacio A. Grigera Naón, Director, WCL Center on International Commercial Arbitration; Andres Rigo, Independent Arbitrator and Judge, IMF Administrative Tribunal; and John Townsend, Partner, Hughes Hubbard LLP. A Cocktail sponsored by Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP followed. More

Commercial Dispute Resolution in China: Current and Future Trends

Monday, February 29, 2016, 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Room: Warren N103
Wilson Wei Huo, Partner of Zhong Lun Law Firm based in the firm’s Beijing headquarters, will explore the latest legal developments of commercial dispute resolution in China. If you plan to attend please RSVP sending an email to:

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