Columbia Law School Professor George Bermann to Chair Panel on International Commercial Arbitration

Columbia Law School Professor George Bermann to Chair Panel on International Commercial Arbitration

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New York, Oct. 11, 2012—Columbia Law School Professor George Bermann, a recognized expert on international law and arbitration, will chair a panel on the process of restating the U.S. law of international commercial arbitration on Mon., Oct. 15 at a conference sponsored by the American Law Institute (ALI).
The video webcast will feature a distinguished panel of experts, including Judge Diane Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago; John Townsend, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed; and Boston University School of Law Professor William Park ’72. The experts will discuss various aspects of international commercial arbitration awards, how certain standards differ in the U.S., and the effects of state arbitration law.
Bermann ’75 LL.M, the Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law, is ALI’s chief reporter for the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration Restatement. He has worked around the globe as an international arbitrator and is a frequent expert witness in U.S. courts and international tribunals on the subject of international commercial arbitration.
“People are energized by this topic,” says Bermann, who is the director of the Law School’s Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration Law, which was established last spring to build upon and extent the school’s well-established expertise in this rapidly growing field of law. Bermann also co-directs of the Law School’s Center for European Legal Studies.
The event, part of a continuing legal education program, will be webcast live on Oct. 15 from noon to 3 p.m. EDT, and those registered will be able to submit questions via email.
ALI was founded in 1923, and is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work “to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.” It is made up of 4,000 lawyers, judges, and law professors from around the world.

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