Welcome from the Founder of the Columbia Arbitration Day
Dear Conference Participants,
As the founder and initiator of the Columbia Arbitration Day, it is a true pleasure to join the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Columbia Arbitration Day and to welcome you to today's event.
When drawing up the founding principles for the conference five years ago, it was my vision to create a conference that would help bridge the gap between the issues faced by professional practitioners on the one hand and the opinions developed by academia on the other hand. Additionally, I strove to create an independent platform that would allow us to invite the best speakers from around the world in order to discuss issues that truly matter to the international arbitration community. And there was arguably no better place to accomplish these goals than within the incredibly generous confines of Columbia, and in the presence of the arbitration elite here at the law school.
Having been involved with the planning over the past five years, I am very proud that what was once a vision has materialized into an impressive event. The Columbia Arbitration Day has not only become a cornerstone in the calendar of international arbitration events but is now also the world’s largest student-run conference. Five years on, we can look back at teams of incredibly talented and hard-working students that have continuously and very successfully worked on achieving these goals and have managed to beat the ever-rising expectations set by their predecessors. All this, of course, could not have happened without the unrelenting support of Professor George Bermann, who is the faculty backbone behind this impressive operation. My congratulations also to this year’s conference chairs for putting together another fantastic event.
I want to thank you for joining us today and hope you enjoy the melding of theory and practice at this prominent venue.
Dr. Matthias M. Pitkowitz
Founder and Advisor, Columbia Arbitration Day
Attorney, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP