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2016 Events

Certificate Program on International Commercial Arbitration

Fall Session Starts September 7 - Deadline to register: September 1, 2016 - Join a live chat on Tuesday, August 9 at 9 AM (EST) to lear more about the online program. RSVP today!

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016. 5:30 P.M. Reception, 6:30 P.M. Lecture. Claudio Grossman Hall.
The 2016 Annual Lecture will be 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 is sponsored by Arnold & Porter LLP. More

2017 Events

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; 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

April 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 CAII@uexternado.edu.co. More


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

International Arbitration Summer Program


May 31 - June 16, 2016

The Summer Program is a venue for total immersion into the realm of International Commercial Arbitration provided in an intense three-week format that offers practitioners with limited time the chance to develop their skills and gain practical experience.  Courses are also open to JD and LLM students from U.S. law schools. 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

Tercera Competencia de Arbitraje Internacional de Inversión

March 17-21, 2016, Washington, DC (in Spanish only)
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. Resultados y más información

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: arbitration@wcl.american.edu

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For more information, please visit the Center on International Commercial Arbitration website at www.wcl.american.edu/arbitration, or contact Susana Castiglione by phone at 202-274-4321 or by e-mail at arbitration@wcl.american.edu.

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