The Federal Arbitration Act in Practice: Overview, Selected Issues and a Case Study

Monday, June 14, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The U.S. Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) governs the role of the U.S. courts in most international arbitrations that are seated in the United States.It also governsthe recognition and enforcement in the United States ofcommercial arbitral awards rendered by tribunals sitting in one of the 144 countries that-- like the United States -- are party to the UN Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the "New York Convention") and the 16 countries that -- like the United States -- are party to the Inter-American Convention on International Commercial Arbitration (the "Panama Convention"), as well as the instances in which the U.S. courtshave the power to compela party to arbitratein acountry that is a party to the New York Convention or the Panama Convention. Because many international commercial contracts designate the United States as the contracting parties' chosen place of arbitration and becausethe majority ofcompanies with international operations maintain bank accounts and other assets in the United States, a knowledge of how the FAA works is essential for those who anticipate practicing (or already are practicing) in the international commercial arbitration field.

The seminar will cover the structure of the Federal Arbitration Act, how it works in practice, current "hot topics" in the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in the United States and will include a brief case study of the U.S. courts role in an international commercial arbitration dispute between U.S. and Latin American companies involving a commodities shipment from a third country.  The seminar will be taught by Janis Brenan, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP.  

Seminar Fee: $150 (includes 4 CLE credits and lunch)
Alumnus/Government/NGOs/Academic Institutions $120

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