International Commercial Arbitration Program

Dear Friends of the Center on International Commercial Arbitration,

I am writing to share with you information regarding our fall activities. We have a very exciting schedule of events and hope that you will join us, beginning with the V Competencia Internacional de Arbitraje Comercial which will be followed by the Annual Seminar on International Commercial Arbitration: How to Handle a BIT Arbitration.

I look forward to seeing you in Washington D.C.

Kind regards,

Horacio A. Grigera Naón
Director, Center on International Commercial Arbitration

2012 Fall Events

Competencia Internacional de Arbitraje Comercial
September 27-October 1, 2012

WCL will host the Fifth International Commercial Arbitration Competition from September 27 to October 1, 2012. The competition aims to promote the study of International Commercial Law and Arbitration as a method of conflict resolution in international business and is conducted in Spanish. The Competition is co-organized with the University of Buenos Aires, (Argentina) and the University of El Rosario, (Colombia). If you are interested in serving as an arbitrator, please send an email to More

Ninth Annual Seminar on International Commercial Arbitration: How to Handle a BIT Arbitration
October 2-4, 2012

This three-day intensive seminar based on a mock arbitration case will provide critical skills and practical insight into handling BIT arbitration cases primarily under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

The event is co-sponsored by the American Arbitration Association (AAA); International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID); and International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Cooperating institutions include: ABA Section of International Law; ASIL Dispute Resolution Interest Group; Dispute Resolution Committee of the DC Bar International Law Section; North America Branch, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and International Arbitration Law Committee of the Inter-American Bar Association. Media partner: TDM.

Faculty includes: Stanimir Alexandrov, Sidley Austin LLP; Arif Hyder Ali, Weil Gotshal & Manges, LLP; Janis H. Brennan, Foley Hoag LLP; Eli Whitney Debevoise II, Arnold & Porter; Oscar M. Garibaldi, Covington & Burling LLP; Horacio A. Grigera Naón, WCL Center on International Commercial Arbitration; Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP; Jason Fry, Clifford Chance LLP; Jonathan Hamilton, White & Case LLP; Alexandra B. Hess, Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP; Rachael D. Kent, WilmerHale LLP; Meg Kinnear, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID); Luis Martínez, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA); Sirilal Perera, WCL; Dietmar Prager, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Caroline Richard, Freshfields Bruckhaus & Deringer LLP; Mairée Uran Bidegain, ICSID; and Janet Whittaker, ICSID.

Early registration deadline: September 1, 2012. Participants can earn up to 15 CLE credits (19 if NY), Including 1 hour of Ethics. More

For further information and registration, please visit, call (202) 274-4321 or e-mail:

Seventh Annual Lecture on International Commercial Arbitration
October 22, 2012

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. This year's lecture will be presented by VV Veeder QC, Essex Court Chambers, London.

News from the Center on International Commercial Arbitration

International Commercial Arbitration Brief

We are pleased to announce that the second issue of the International Commercial Arbitration Brief has been released. The Brief is a student publication of the Washington College of Law produced with the assistance of the Center for International Commercial Arbitration. The Brief welcomes pieces from both practitioners and students.

Pieces should be on a timely topic in international commercial arbitration, broadly defined to include both business and investment disputes. Papers should be no more than 15 pages in length, although longer pieces will be considered on a case by case basis. Adapted works and excerpts of longer works are also welcome. For information on how to submit an article for publication please contact

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