George A. Bermann

Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law; Director, Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration

Office: Jerome L. Greene Hall
435 West 116th Street
New York NY 10027
Tel: (212) 854-4258
Fax: (212) 854-7946

Assistant Info

Name: Jessica Copland
Phone: 212-854-0667
Current Overseas University Affiliations:
  • Affiliated Professor, Ecole de droit, Institut des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris, France
  • Visiting Professor, Collège d’Europe, Bruges, Belgium

Principal Professional Offices and Affiliations:

  • President, Académie internationale de droit compare (International Academy of Comparative Law)
  • Past President, American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL)
  • Past editor-in-chief , American Journal of Comparative Law
  • Member, New York City Bar Committee on International Commercial Dispute Resolution.


Transnational Litigation (West); Mandatory Rules of Law in International Arbitration (Juris); Cases & Materials on European Union Law (West); Introduction to French Law (Kluwer); French Business law in Translation (Juris); Party Autonomy in International Contracts (Juris)

International Arbitration Activities:

  • International Arbitrator (chair, party-appointed, and sole) since 1980, in all fields, including construction, distributorship and franchise, corporate acquisition, insurance, antitrust, securities, general contract, environment, agency and partnership, intellectual property, employment, energy, banking and finance, joint ventures, pharmaceutical, real estate, transport. Both ad hoc and institutional (ICC. AAA, ICDR, DIS, LCIA, CIETAC, KCAB)
  • Member, Governing Board, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Director, Columbia Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA)
  • Editor-in-Chief, American Review of International Arbitration
  • Member, advisory board, Revue de l’arbitrage (Paris)
  • Director, American Arbitration Association (AA)
  • Member, Academic Council, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA); International Arbitration Club of New York

    Arbitral institution memberships
    : Member of Roster of International Arbitrators of American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Center for Conflict Prevention and resolution (CPR), Chinese International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)

    Guides and Rosters
    :  Chambers’ Guide to International Arbitrators; Global Arbitration Review, Who’s Who in International Arbitration; Juris Roster of International Arbitrators

Current Arbitration Projects:

  • Chief Reporter, American Law Institute, Restatement (Third) of the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration
  • Co-author (with Emmanuel Gaillard), UNCITRAL Guide to the New York Convention (current)

Foreign Law Activities:

  • Co-director, Columbia Law School, European Legal Studies Center
  • Frequent expert witness in US courts, international arbitral tribunals and courts abroad, on foreign law (French, Belgian, German, Swiss and EU law, as well as US law) and international litigation and arbitration
  • Counsel and advisor to counsel in international commercial arbitration


JD, Yale Law School; LLM, Columbia Law School; BA, Yale College;

Doctor honoris causa, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Doctor honoris causa, University of Versailles-St. Quentin, France.

Foreign Languages:

English (fluent); French (fluent); German (reading); Spanish (reading)

Media Contact:

Public Relations, 212-854-2650.