Law School Hosts Arbitration Day

Spring 2014

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Practitioners and scholars from around the world visited Jerome Greene Hall this past March to partake in the fifth annual Columbia Arbitration Day. The daylong event, which was hosted by the Columbia International Arbitration Association (CIAA), focused on the interplay between national courts, arbitral tribunals, and legal regimes.

The conference featured four panels, each concerned with a different aspect of arbitration. Participants discussed and considered issues relating to jurisdictional overlaps; the role of interim relief and emergency arbitrators; standards of review; and the utilization of investment treaties to compel or reverse the enforcement of commercial awards. Rocio Digon, counsel at the International Chamber of Commerce in New York City, moderated the day’s first panel, while Robert H. Smit ’86, a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and an adjunct professor at the Law School, led the second. Sarah Grimmer, senior legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, and Julian Arato, an associate-in-law at the Law School, each moderated one of the afternoon discussions.

Since 2010, CIAA has annually hosted Arbitration Day, bringing the world’s preeminent arbitration experts to Jerome Greene Hall. George A. Bermann ’75 LL.M., Columbia Law School’s Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law, serves as director of the CIAA. The student co-chairs for this year’s event were James Cheng ’15, Camilla Gambarini ’14 LL.M., Katharine Menéndez de la Cuesta ’14 LL.M., and Laura Yvonne Zielinski ’14 LL.M.

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