International Commercial Arbitration Program

Dear Friends of the Center on International Commercial Arbitration,

I am writing to invite you to take note of the Center's 2013 activities. Begining with the Roundtable: Arbitration in Brazil and a conference on Ethical Issues in Commercial and Investment Arbitration on March 7, this year's events will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss current issues in international arbitration. The Center will also host the Second LL.M. Arbitration Competition on March 8-9. If you would like to serve as an arbitrator, please contact us by phone at (202) 274-4321 or by e-mail at


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

2013 Events

Roundtable: Arbitration in Brazil
March 7, 2013, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Brazilian specialists will examine and discuss the current state of affairs and what the future holds for international arbitration in Brazil.

Ethical Issues in Commercial and Investment Arbitration: Current Developments - 3 Ethics CLE available
March 7, 2013, 2:00pm - 6:00pm

The conference will discuss issues related to the ethical conduct of parties, counsel and arbitrators in international arbitration. Speakers include: Jack J. Coe, Jr., Pepperdine University School of Law; John Crook, International Arbitrator & Professor, George Washington University Law School; Judd L. Kessler, Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP; Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP; Horacio Grigera Naón, Center on International Commercial Arbitration; Raul Herrera, Arnold & Porter LLP; Alvin Lindsay, Hogan Lovells LLP; Luis M. Martínez, International Centre for Dispute Resolution; Lorena Perez McGill, General Secretariat of the Organization of American States; Antonio Parra, Consultant, World Bank; Andrés Rigo, DC and NY Chapter, Spanish Arbitration Club; and Eduardo Zueleta, Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta.

This conference is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Latin-American Arbitration Association (ALARB) and the New York-DC Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club. Ethics CLE Available. more

2013 LL.M. Arbitration Competition
March 8-9, 2013

Specifically created for LL.M. students, the competition seeks to foster the study of international arbitration for the resolution of international business disputes and investment disputes. More

This unique activity provides an opportunity for LL.M. students to compete
in an arbitration moot exercise. The following schools are participating in the competition: University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law; Michigan State University College of Law; University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; Georgetown University Law Center; Boston University School of Law; Duke University School of Law; Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law School; Penn State University Dickinson School of Law; and American University Washington College of Law. If you are interested in serving as an arbitrator, please send an email to More

International Arbitration Summer Session
May 28 to June 15, 2013

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 (new session).

Courses in Spanish: Arbitraje Comercial International;  Arbitraje Inversionista – Estado; and  Seminario Avanzado: Aspectos Prácticos del Proceso Arbitral.

Featured Seminar: The U.S. Federal Arbitration Act in Practice: Overview, Selected Issues, and a Case Study.

All courses are taught by leading practitioners in the field, including: Janis Brennan, Foley Hoag LLP; Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP; Horacio Grigera Naón, Center on International Commercial Arbitration, Michael Evan Jaffe, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Jean Kalicki, Arnold & Porter LLP; Louis B. Kimmelman, Allen & Overy LLP; Dana MacGrath, Allen & Overy LLP; Fernando Mantilla Serrano, Shearman & Sterling LLP; Jack McKay, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Loukas Mistelis, School of International Arbitration at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London; Eduardo Silva Romero, Dechert LLP; Laurence Shore, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; and Anne Marie Whitesell, Dechert LLP. More

Tenth Annual Seminar on International Commercial Arbitration
October 23 - 25, 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The seminar will feature a mock case that will be discussed principally from the perspective of the ICC Rules of Arbitration and will feature Dr. Horacio A. Grigera Naón, along with a distinguished faculty composed of key international arbitration experts. The event will be hosted by the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), and is co-sponsored by the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association, and ICSID. More

Symposium: Salient Issues in International Commercial ArbitrationBernard Hanotiau
November 7, 2013, Washington, D.C.

Leading practitioners and academics will analyze salient issues in BIT and ICSID arbitration and current developments in international commercial arbitration in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and East Asia.

Seventh Annual Lecture on International Commercial Arbitration

The 2013 lecture will be presented by Bernard Hanotiau, Partner at Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels.

Arbitration Brief

The third issue of the International Commercial Arbitration Brief has been released. The Arbitration Brief is a student publication of the Washington College of Law produced with the assistance of the Center for International Commercial Arbitration.

The Brief has recently evolved from the strong foundation laid by the International Commercial Arbitration Brief to include all avenues of arbitration. With an expanded scope, The Arbitration Brief strives to cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from domestic employment arbitration to international investment disputes.  

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