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International and comparative law has long been central to the educational mandate of AUWCL, and our cutting-edge international initiatives have been consistently ranked among some of the most elite and prestigious in the United States. Our diverse academic and programmatic offerings incorporate a rich array of international law courses and seminars, experiential learning, and special events which allow our students to interact and network with esteemed faculty, international attorneys, diplomats, business leaders, and policy makers. Our widely recognized faculty members are leading practitioners in their fields, have a strong commitment to teaching, and strive to equip students with the expertise, skills, and understanding necessary to address challenges and promote justice around the world. 

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2019 International Commercial Arbitration Annual Lecture

On October 10, 2019, Canadian renowned diplomat, trial and appellate lawyer and International arbitrator Yves Fortier will deliver the American University Washington College of Law’s Fourteenth Annual Lecture on International Commercial Arbitration: “Long Live the Golden Summer: Arbitration, Courts and Colas." The annual lecture is sponsored by Arnold & Porter and will be held at the Paul Porter Conference Room (11th Floor), Arnold & Porter, 601 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001. The lecture is organized by the Center on International Commercial Arbitration, which is directed by independent arbitrator and former ICC Court secretary general Horacio Grigera Naón.

Data Governance and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Preparing Our Future Lawyers? Panel at the World Bank’s Law, Justice, and Development Week 2019

Data Governance and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Preparing Our Future Lawyers? Panel at the World Bank’s Law, Justice, and Development Week 2019

November 4, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Disruptive technologies and innovative applications challenge traditional legal frameworks which are often unable to adjust quickly enough to technological innovations, territorial disconnection, and increased speed and mobility of goods, services, money, people and data. This year’s Law, Justice and Development week will be devoted to exploring the different legal aspects of these technologies in the global development context.

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Professor Lucy Reed - Preserving Perspectives, International Arbitrators in their Own Words

Professor Lucy Reed - Preserving Perspectives, International Arbitrators in their Own Words

November 7, 2019 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

In 2012, the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) and its Academic Council launched a program—Preserving Perspectives—to record the oral histories of the leading and most influential arbitrators in the world to provide a record for the future about the evolution of modern international arbitration. The American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) and our Internationally recognized Center on International Commercial Arbitration are delighted to partner with the ITA and offer the first of its kind programming in the United States, namely a forum for a series of interviews with the world’s most prestigious international arbitrators.

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International Trade, Worker Rights, and Development: New Partnerships for the Future of Work

International Trade, Worker Rights, and Development: New Partnerships for the Future of Work

November 12, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Please join us for a day-long symposium with policymakers and academics to discuss current opportunities and challenges in strengthening international labor standards through trade.

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Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration: International Arbitration in Times of Economic Nationalism

Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration: International Arbitration in Times of Economic Nationalism

November 14, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Spanning a diverse array of industries and practiced across varied legal systems, international commercial arbitration has wide reaching implications as it helps to create the foundation in which international transactions can thrive. The Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration is organized biannually by the Center on International Commercial Arbitration with the purpose of presenting a global perspective of current developments in international arbitration throughout the world. The symposium hosts prominent speakers and generates a dialogue for salient issues in BIT and ICSID arbitration, as well as current developments in international commercial arbitration in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia.

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