Justice of the High Court in London Shares Expertise on International Commercial Arbitration with DC Attorneys

On Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 at 5:30 p.m., well over 100 Washington DC practitioners, government representatives, law faculty, and students gathered at American University Washington College of Law to hear The Hon Sir Vivian Ramsey, QC, Justice of the High Court in London share his perspective on “Establishing Claims for Damages, Costs and Interest in International Arbitration” as part of the Third Annual Lecture on International Commercial Arbitration.

Sir Vivian Ramsey is a barrister, arbitrator and mediator whose career started in Civil and Structural Engineering and he is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. In 1992, he became a Queen's Counsel and acts in major construction disputes in Court and Arbitration proceedings world-wide. Appointed to the High Court Bench in 2005, Vivian was also voted Construction Silk of the Year by Chambers Directory in the same year.

"Anyone who has sat together with Sir Vivian as a Chairman in an international construction arbitration would confirm that he combines impeccable managerial skills and personal charm with unparalleled knowledge and experience on the merits of the case," said Dr. Horacio A. Grigera Naon, director of the International Commercial Arbitration Program at Washington College of Law and former Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

The lecture was held at 5:30 p.m. in the Mooers-Morella Ceremonial Courtroom (603) at American University Washington College of Law 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

The annual lecture was developed in 2006 to offer 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 with practitioners in an academic forum. The first lecture featured Gerald Aksen, a retired partner of the Commercial Litigation Department and ADR practice and former vice chairman of the ICC International Court of Arbitration at Thelen LLP. The lecture, sponsored by Thelen, has become a noteworthy event in Washington, DC, a location that has become increasingly associated with international arbitration. Media Partners include TDM and Global Arbitration Review.

The International Arbitration Program has established a strong academic reputation in the arbitration realm and American University Washington College of Law is becoming known as one of the leading educational institutions on the topic. During the second lecture featuring Dr. Julian D M Lew QC of 20 Essex Street in London, Dr. Lew indicated that what WCL has done “in just a few years in the arbitration area is remarkable.” Dr. Lew’s lecture querying “Does National Court Involvement Undermine the International Arbitration Process?” is currently being finalized for publication in the American University International Law Review.