Panel 3: The Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Against Sovereigns
Professor George A. Bermann
Columbia Law School
Professor George A. Bermann is the Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law (a chair conferred by the Commission of the European Communities), Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law, and Director of the European Legal Studies Center at Columbia University School of Law. Professor Bermann has been a faculty member at Columbia Law School since 1975, teaching courses in European Union law, international trade contracts, administrative law, and World Trade Organization (WTO) and transnational dispute resolution.
He is also a member of the teaching faculty of the College d'Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and regularly gives courses at the Universities of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), as well as the Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris. He has published several books and articles on international litigation and arbitration, WTO law, and European Union law, including Transnational Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration.
Professor Bermann currently serves as Chief Reporter of the ALI Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration; director of the American Arbitration Association; member of the panel of ICDR arbitrators and CPR neutrals; member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration; and President of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He is a former President of the American Society of Comparative Law, and a Court- and attorney-appointed foreign law expert on French, German, Swiss and EU Law.
He holds a B.A. from Yale College, degrees in law (J.D., Yale Law School and LL.M., Columbia Law School), and a doctorate honoris causa (University of Fribourg, Switzerland).
Paolo Di Rosa
Arnold & Porter LLP
Paolo Di Rosa is a partner and head of Arnold & Porter LLP's International Arbitration practice, which is ranked among the world's leading practices. Di Rosa has extensive experience in international arbitration, and in legal matters relating to Latin America (acquired both in the private sector and the US federal government), along with a fully bilingual and bicultural background. Di Rosa's practice centers on international arbitration and litigation matters, including disputes between investors and states under investment treaties, in particular disputes before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He represents private sector investors as well as States in international arbitrations and litigation matters.
Di Rosa has been recognized as a leading practitioner of international arbitration in the most recent editions of publications such as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review; The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, Latin Lawyer 250, Euromoney, and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, among others. He has served as an arbitrator in different types of international arbitrations, and is a frequent speaker and panelist at international conferences.
Di Rosa received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.
King & Spalding LLP
Caline Mouawad is a Partner in King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Group, residing in the New York office. Ms. Mouawad concentrates her practice on international arbitration. Her experience includes arbitrations involving claims and disputes in Europe, the CIS, Latin America, North Africa, and the Middle East, relating to public and private international law issues, bilateral investment treaties, breach of contract, financial transactions, and privatization agreements. Ms. Mouawad is involved in complex arbitrations in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, energy, telecommunications, and mining. She has represented clients in cases before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Russian Chamber of Commerce (ICAC), as well as in ad hoc cases under the UNCITRAL Rules. In the 2010 edition of The Global Arbitration Review 100, she was named a “lawyer to know.”
Her recent publications include “The Meaning of ‘Investment’ in the ICSID Convention,” in Pieter Bekker, Rudolf Dolzer, and Michael Waibel (eds.), Making Transnational Law Work in the Global Economy: Essays in Honor of DetlevVagts (CUP 2010) (co-author); “So You Want to Start an Investment Treaty Arbitration? Getting the Notice of Dispute Right,” in Albert Jan van den Berg (ed.), Years of the New York Convention: ICCA International Arbitration Conference, ICCA Congress Series, 2009 Dublin Volume 14 (Kluwer Law Int’l 2009), 178-186, (co-author); and “Issue Conflicts in Investment Treaty Arbitration,” 5 Transnat’l Disp. Mgmt. 4 (July 2008).
Ms. Mouawad holds a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Rice University. She is admitted to the New York bar and the Paris bar (inactive). She is fluent in French and English, and speaks Arabic.
David W. Rivkin
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
David W. Rivkin is a litigation partner in the Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's New York and London offices, and has broad experience in the areas of international litigation and arbitration. He has handled international arbitrations throughout the world and before virtually every major arbitration institution. Subjects of these arbitrations have included long-term energy concessions, investment treaties, joint venture agreements, insurance coverage, construction contracts, distribution agreements and intellectual property, among others. Rivkin is consistently ranked as one of the top international dispute resolution practitioners in the world. Most recently, he was ranked among the top ten international arbitration practitioners worldwide in Chambers Global (2010), which calls him “among the very, very best” and was named one of the Most Influential Lawyers by the National Law Journal in March, 2011. He is currently Secretary General of the International Bar Association, whose membership includes more than 40,000 members and nearly 200 bar associations.
Rivkin has written frequently on topics relating to international arbitration and international litigation, including two books: Model Law Decisions: Cases Applying the UNCITRAL Model Law on Arbitration, 1985-2001 (Kluwers 2003) and Litigation and Arbitration in Central and Eastern Europe (Kluwers 1998). Rivkin graduated from Yale University in 1977 with a B.A. magna cum laude in history, and received a J.D. degree from Yale in 1980. He is admitted to practice at the New York Bar.