Faculty and Research Affiliates
Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law
Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law
Director, Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration
George Bermann is a renowned International Arbitrator, and holds the titled Professorships at Columbia Law School as the Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law and the Walter Gelhorn Professor of Law. Professor Bermann is the Founder of the European Legal Studies Center, and the Founder and Director of the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration. In addition to his appointments with Columbia Law School, Professor Bermann is a faculty member of College d’Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and the Law and Globalization Program of the University of Paris I and the Institut des Sciences of Politiques. Professor Bermann also serves as the Chief Reporter for the ALI Restatement of the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration and as the Director of the American Arbitration Association. Professor Bermann holds memberships of the panel of ICDR arbitrators, the roster of CPR neutrals, and the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration. Professor Bermann is the current President of the Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé, and is the former President of the American Society of Comparative Law; international commercial arbitrator; Court- and attorney-appointed foreign law expert on French, German, Swiss and EU Law, and transnational litigation and arbitration.
Lecturer in Law and Research Scholar
Karl P. Sauvant, Ph.D., is Resident Senior Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University; Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia Law School and Guest Professor at Nankai University, China. Prior to that, until February 2012, Dr. Sauvant was the Founding Executive Director of the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, the predecessor of CCSI. Until July 2005, Dr. Sauvant was Director of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD’s) Investment Division, the focal point in the UN system for matters related to foreign direct investment, as well as a major interface with the private sector. While at the UN, he created, in 1991, the prestigious annual World Investment Report, of which he was the lead author until 2004. He is the author of, or responsible for, a substantial number of publications on issues related to economic development, FDI and services. In 2011, he was elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business; in 2006, he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the European International Business Academy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.
Adjunct Professor of Law; Senior Research Scholar, Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law
Alejandro M. Garro joined Columbia Law School in 1981 as Lecturer in Law and is now Adjunct Professor of Law and Senior Research Scholar of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law of Columbia University. His areas of teaching focus on comparative law and international commercial law (international sales, secured transactions, international arbitration and litigation. He has taught courses on Latin American law and the inter-American system for the protection of human rights. Garro's research and writing explores various aspects of Latin American legal systems from a comparative perspective. In 1993 and also in 2001, Garro was a visiting scholar ((Max-Planck-Gesellschaft-Stipendiat) at the Max-Planck Institute of Foreign and Private International Law in Hamburg. Professor Garro has been a visiting professor at various universities in Europe and Latin America. During the 1980s Professor Garro consulted for the USAID and the UNDP on the improvement of the administration of justice in El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Guatemala; for the Institute of Liberty and Democracy in Lima (Peru) on land registration; and for the World Bank on secured transactions in personal property and international commercial arbitration. He contributed to the drafting of bills on commercial arbitration laws for Bolivia and Peru and to the preparation of a law on secured transactions for Puerto Rico. During the 1990s Garro was a member of the working group preparing the UNIDROIT Principles on International Commercial Contracts. Currently he represents Argentina before Working Group VI of UNCITRAL in charge of preparing a Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions.
Lecturer in Law
Rahim Moloo is an attorney in the International Arbitration Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York where his practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, investor-state disputes, structuring of foreign investments, and matters implicating international law. Rahim has appeared as counsel in arbitrations under a variety of rules, including ICSID, ICC, and UNCITRAL, and across a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, telecommunications and financial services. Rahim has also appeared as counsel before U.S. and Canadian courts. Concurrently, Rahim is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, and has published extensively on matters relating to international arbitration and international law. Rahim has degrees from Queen’s University, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and NYU School of Law, and has held fellowships at the University of Cambridge and Columbia University. He graduated from NYU as the All-University Valedictorian and has received UBC’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
Lecturer in Law
Viren Mascarenhas has been an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School since 2009. He currently co-teaches an upper-level seminar on International Commercial Arbitration. Previously, Viren worked as a senior associate in the International Arbitration Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and as a legal officer at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, a U.N.-backed hybrid war crimes tribunal. He also clerked for H.E. Dame Rosalyn Higgins at the International Court of Justice in 2005-2006. Viren received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his LL.M. specializing in International Dispute Resolution from the University of London. In May 2014, the New York Law Journal recognized Viren as a "Rising Star" for lawyers under the age of 40.
Robert H. Smit is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the Firm’s Litigation Department, where he Co-Chairs the Firm’s International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice. Mr. Smit is also Adjunct Professor of International Arbitration at Columbia Law School; Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Review of International Arbitration; Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration; and Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of the U.S. Law of International Arbitration. He is also former U.S. Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s International Commercial Disputes Committee; Chair of the CPR Arbitration Committee; and Vice-Chair of the IBA’s International Arbitration and ADR Committee.
Lecturer in Law
Tom Johnson is a Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. Prior to his appointment to that tribunal in 2012, he was a partner in the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, where his practice focused on international commercial arbitrations, arbitrations between States and foreign investors, and land and maritime boundary disputes between States. He also advised clients concerning the application of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar laws of other States. From 2002 until 2009, Mr. Johnson was a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”), appointed by the United States.
Before joining Covington & Burling, Mr. Johnson served as Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser of the United States Department of State. He received both his B.A. (1968) and his J.D. (1971) from Stanford.
Lecturer in Law
Kabir Duggal is a senior associate in the International Arbitration group of Baker and McKenzie's New York office. His practice focuses on investor-state arbitration, commercial arbitration, and on issues and disputes relating to public international law. Mr. Duggal has also had a wide range of experience in international law working with UNICEF and the World Bank.
Mr. Duggal is a Lecturer-in-Law at the Columbia Law School teaching "International Investment Law and Arbitration" and serves as the head of the advisory team on matters relating to "procedure" on investmentclaims.com hosted by Oxford University Press. He also serves on ICSID Review's Peer Review Board and is a Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.
Mr. Duggal is a graduate of the University of Mumbai (University Medal), University of Oxford (DHL-Times of India Scholar) and NYU School of Law (Hauser Global Scholar). He is admitted to practice law in India, England and Wales (Solicitor) and New York
Lecturer in Law
Borzu Sabahi is an attorney in the International Arbitration Group of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP. He focuses his practice on representing governments and state-owned entities in investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters. Prior to joining Curtis, Mr. Sabahi was associated with another international law firm where he represented various companies in international arbitration matters. Mr. Sabahi's experience includes serving as counsel and expert in cases brought under a number of bilateral investment treaties, NAFTA Chapter 11, and DR-CAFTA Chapter 10 and under the rules of UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, ICDR and LCIA. His industry experience includes working on matters in the following fields: oil & gas, construction, mining, power generation, telecommunications, gambling, satellite television, and agriculture. Mr. Sabahi is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School and teaches a seminar on International Investment Arbitration. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center where he co-teaches seminars on investor-State arbitration as well as on international oil and gas development. He is co-director of the International Investment Law Center at the International Law Institute, an editor of Oxford University Press’ Investment Claims website, and an associate editor of Transnational Dispute Management. Mr. Sabahi has widely published on various aspects of international investment law and arbitration and regularly speaks at professional conferences on these topics. He holds a SJD and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center and an MA and LLB from University of Tehran. He is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, DC.