American University Washington College of Law
Annual Lecture on International Commercial Arbitration

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Establishing Claims for Damages, Costs and Interest in International Arbitration

Established in 2006, the American University Washington College of Law Annual Lecture on International Arbitration is delivered by a leading practitioner in the field of international commercial arbitration. The annual lecture offers an eminent figure in international arbitration a platform on which to share his or her ideas on novel issues and current trends in international arbitration from his or her own perspective and provides practitioners and academics an exclusive opportunity to participate.


Guest Speaker:

The Hon Sir Vivian Ramsey QC


Thursday, September 25, 2008


5:30 PM


Mooers-Morella Ceremonial Courtroom (603)
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC



The Annual Lecture is free and open to the public, however, registration is required. To register, please send an email to


2008 Speaker:

The Hon Sir Vivian Ramsey QC

Justice of the High Court, London
Establishing claims for damages, costs and interest in international arbitration

Sir Vivian Ramsey

Sir Vivian Ramsey had previously enjoyed a notable earlier career in civil engineering. Gaining a degree in Engineering Science from Oriel College, Oxford, he went on to work with Ove Arup in both London and Libya. Following his move to the Bar, Vivian quickly established his expertise in construction and engineering disputes. Showing a particular affinity for international cases, he was soon practising all over the world, including appearances before courts in the Far East and West Indies and arbitrations as far afield as Papua New Guinea.

He took Silk in 1992, rapidly consolidating his practice as a global leader, and including appearances in the House of Lords in Lafarge Redland v Shepherd Hill Civil Engineering [2000] BLR 385 and, more recently in the Court of Appeal, in AMEC Civil Engineering v Secretary of State for Transport [2005] BLR 227

Appointed to the High Court Bench in 2005, Vivian was also voted Construction Silk of the Year by Chambers Directory in the same year. He served as Head of Chambers from 2002 until his appointment to the Bench. He continues as joint editor, with Stephen Furst QC, of the seventh and eighth editions of Keating on Construction Contracts.

2007 Speaker:

Julian D M Lew QC

20 Essex Street
Does National Court Involvement Undermine the International Arbitration Process

Julian Lew has been working in the area of international arbitration for more than 30 years. He now practices as a barrister and international arbitrator from Chambers at 20 Essex Street, London. He is also the Head of the School of International Arbitration, and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. He is appointed regularly as an arbitrator in international disputes and has been a chairman, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator under most of the major arbitration systems. He also advises and represents clients, in international arbitrations in London and in many other countries around the world. These arbitrations include proceedings under the ICC, LCIA, ICSID, AAA/ICDR, Stockholm Institute and UNCITRAL Rules. The subject matter of these arbitrations is wide-ranging involving most international commercial transactions, including international investment, state contracts, energy generating, supply and development arrangements; distribution, agency, intellectual property licensing agreements, construction, engineering and infrastructure projects, international trade, and project finance. He has written extensively and lectured on all aspects of international commercial arbitration. His latest publication is Comparative International Commercial Arbitration published May 2003 (co-author).

2006 Speaker:

Gerald Aksen

Retired Partner, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP
Almost 50 Years of the Golden Age of International Arbitration

Gerald Aksen is a retired partner of the firm's Commercial Litigation Department and Alternative Dispute Settlement practice. Ranked as the leading international arbitration attorney in New York in the 2003-2004 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers and Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers, Mr. Aksen was the Firm's resident Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Settlement specialist. Mr. Aksen is the recipient of the 2005 American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section's D'Alemberte/Raven Award for outstanding service in dispute resolution.

Mr. Aksen's practice involved domestic and international litigation and arbitration with experience in accounting audits, computer-related, construction (power plants and shipbuilding), environment, executive employment, international joint ventures, trade, sales and agency, insurance, oil and petroleum, patent-license, pharmaceutical, satellites and telecommunications.