Practitioners and Law Students Gather in Washington, DC this Summer for Specialized Coursework in International Arbitration

WASHINGTON, DC - May 7, 2009 - Essential to success in international commercial arbitration is a sound understanding of arbitration fundamentals, an exposure to the complexities of the international arbitration practice, and access to a broad professional network.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, American University Washington College of Law (WCL) in Washington, DC, will provide practitioners and law students with these keys to advancement in international arbitration through the 2009 Specialized Summer Program on International Arbitration.  The program includes course offerings on arbitration topics of significance across the globe, including fundaments in international commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration, choice-of-law, cross-examination, the U.S. Federal Arbitration Act, and ICC arbitration.

“The program offers participants a unique opportunity to learn from world-renowned practitioners and arbitrators while having the opportunity to network with practitioners and students from around the globe,” says program director Dr. Horacio Grigera A. Naón. This year’s faculty experts hail from law firms from Argentina, Paris, Washington, D.C., and London, including: Stanimir Alexandrov, Sidley Austin LLP; NigelBlackaby, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Marinn Carlson, Sidley Austin LLP; Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Counsel, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP; Ronald Goodman, Foley Hoag LLP; Jennifer Haworth McCandless, Sidley Austin LLP; Jean Kalicki, Arnold & Porter LLP; Loukas Mistelis, School of International Arbitration, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.; Eduardo Silva Romero, Dechert LLP; David Wagoner, International Arbitration Chambers; as well as a team of ICSID experts.

WCL’s Specialized Summer Program on International Arbitration contributes to this important area of legal practice by providing critical skills training and preparing the legal profession for the resolution of disputes in international business transactions.  The program recently introduced two CLE-based specialized seminars on the U.S. Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) in practice and the role of Cross-Examination in International Arbitration -- both one-day seminars designed to meet the complex needs and busy schedules of practitioners.

Knowledge of how the FAA works is essential for those who anticipate practicing (or already are practicing) in the international commercial arbitration field.  Taught by Janis Brennan a partner at Foley Hoag LLP, the seminar will give an overview of how the Act works in practice, current “hot topics” in the recognition and enforcement for foreign arbitral awards in the United States, and a brief case study of the U.S. courts’ role in an international commercial arbitration dispute.

The seminar on the role of cross-examination will explore the topic as it relates to international arbitration proceedings and will be led by Jose Astigarraga, partner at Astigarraga Davis.  Participants in the four-hour seminar will cover cross-examination techniques, the scope of cross-examination, the role of the tribunal in controlling cross-examination, cross-examination styles, and dealing with advocates from different legal cultures, all within the international arbitration setting.

Networking opportunities are offered throughout the three-week program and CLE credit is available for all course offerings. All classes and seminars will be held at American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016. Online registration is available.


The  International Commercial Arbitration Program at American University Washington College of Law was developed to focus on the practical and theoretical issues surrounding the widespread development of international commercial arbitration and function as an academic resource to the legal profession and created under the direction of Dr. Horacio A. Grigera Naón, former Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.