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January 23, 2017

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Moot Arbitraje de Inversión
April 3 - 7, 2017, Bogotá
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March 24-25, 2017

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2016 Events

“The Investment Court System”

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Please join us Tuesday at 5:30 in room NT07 for a discussion on the Investment Court System with Mr. Colin Brown leading the discussion. Mr. Brown is the Deputy Director for dispute settlement and legal aspects of trade for the European Commission. Professor Susan Franck and Dr. Todd Tucker from the Roosevelt Institute will serve as commentators and Professor Fernanda Nicola of WCL as moderator. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. For more information and to rsvp, please click here: More

2016 News

John E.C. Brierley Memorial Lecture: " International Arbitration: Between Myth and Reality"

Tuesday, November 22 2016, 5:30 p.m. at the McGill University Faculty of Law, New Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel Street, Montreal
Presented by Susan D. Franck, Professor at the Washington College of Law, American University.This lecture on arbitration commemorates the life and work of John E.C. Brierley, who was Professor and Dean of Law at McGill. He was a prominent figure in the discipline of comparative law internationally and the leading Canadian expert on arbitration.The John E.C. Brierley Memorial Lecture is presented by McGill and its Research Team on Private Justice and the Rule of Law, with the participation of the Canadian Bar Association (Québec branch) and the L. Yves Fortier Chair.  

Eleventh Annual International Commercial Arbitration Lecture: "The ideal arbitrator: does one size fit all?

The Podcast from our 2016, Eleventh Annual Lecture Series, is now available.
Presented by James Crawford SC, FBA was Whewell Professor of International Law, and concurrently Research Professor of Law, Latrobe University.  He was the first Australian member of the United Nations International Law Commission and in that capacity was responsible for the ILC’s work on the International Criminal Court (1994) and for the second reading of the ILC Articles on State Responsibility (2001).  In addition to scholarly work on statehood, collective rights, investment law and international responsibility, he has appeared in more than 40 cases before the International Court of Justice and other international tribunals, and is engaged as expert, counsel and arbitrator in international arbitration. 

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2017 Events

Online Certificate Program on International Commercial Arbitration

Fall Session Starts January 23, 2017
Deadline to register: January 17, 20 17

The Program is designed to prepare participants with the foundational knowledge and skills to succeed in the complex and ever-changing field of international arbitration.  The Online Certificate Program is taught by Professor Grigera-Naón. More

Women in Arbitration Event

Save the Date: 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 will deliver a lecture. A panel of experts composed by Tina Cicchetti, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin; Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Managing Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP; Margrete Stevens, consultant, King & Spalding; and Janet Whittaker, Partner, Clifford Chance, will comment on her remarks.  More information soon.

IV Competencia de Arbitraje Internacional de Inversión

Aprill 3 - 7, 2017 (in Spanish only)
La edición 2015 tendrá lugar en la Universidad Externado de Colombia y el Centro de Arbitraje y Conciliación de la Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, en Bogotá D.C., Colombia. Coorganizada por la Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (Alarb), el Centro de Arbitraje Comercial Internacional de WCL, el Centro de Arbitraje y Conciliación de la Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá y la Universidad Externado de Colombia, Facultad de Derecho, la competencia tiene por finalidad fomentar el estudio de la solución de controversias relativas a inversiones mediante el arbitraje internacional, a través de la simulación de un proceso arbitral y el uso de un caso hipotético.  Cuenta también con el patrocinio del Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones (CIADI) y TDM. Para actuar como árbitro, favor envíe un email a More

Sixth LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition

March 23-25, 2017, Washington, D.C. The problem has been published!
The LL.M. Moot competition is designed to give students enrolled in a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program, an opportunity to develop their arbitration skills in an environment which closely resembles current International Commercial Arbitration. To register a team click here. To serve as an arbitrator, please e-mail  arbitration@wcl.american.eduMore

International Arbitration Summer Program

May 30 to June 15, 2017

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

Past Events

Strides in Reforming Investor State Arbitration

October 13, 2016, 3:00 P.M. - 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. To register please click here CLE is available! More

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

March 17, 2016, 4:30 P.M.- 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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There is More to Investment than the Salini Test: The Territoriality and Legality Requirements

Presented by Alumna Mariana Lozza (LL.M. 2006)
June 9, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Room N101
Ms. Lozza, counsel at the National Direction of International Affairs and Controversies, Office of the Treasury Attorney General of Argentina will discuss the Salini Test and the territoriality and legality requirements. She represents Argentina since 2007 in international investment arbitrations (ICSID and UNCITRAL) and advises on proceedings against the Argentine Republic instituted in foreign domestic courts, including enforcement proceedings. More

Eleventh Annual International Commercial Arbitration Lecture: "The ideal arbitrator: does one size fit all?” Online registration

Wednesday, September 28, 2016. 5:30 P.M.
The 2016 Annual Lecture was presented by James R Crawford, Judge at the International Court of Justice; Research Professor of Law, Latrobe University; and Former Whewell Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge. The lecture was sponsored by Arnold & Porter LLP. More