- LL.M., Columbia Law School, 1975
- J.D., Yale Law School, 1971
- B.A., Yale College, 1967
- Doctor honoris causa, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
- Doctor honoris causa, University of Versailles-St. Quentin, France
- Doctor honoris causa, Universidad César Vallejo, Peru
George A. Bermann
George A. Bermann
George A. Bermann is the Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law, and the director for the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA) at Columbia Law School. A Columbia Law School faculty member since 1975, Bermann teaches courses in transnational dispute resolution (international arbitration and litigation), European Union law, administrative law, and WTO law.
He is an affiliated faculty member of the School of Law of Sciences Po in Paris and the MIDS Masters Program in International Dispute Settlement in Geneva. He is also a visiting professor at the Georgetown Law Center. At the Law School, he founded both the European Legal Studies Center and the Columbia Journal of European Law.
Bermann is an active international arbitrator in commercial and investment disputes; chief reporter of the ALI’s Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration; co-author of the UNCITRAL Guide to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards; chair of the Global Advisory Board of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC); co-editor-in-chief of the American Review of International Arbitration; and founding member of the governing body of the ICC Court of Arbitration and a member of its standing committee.
He has been a visiting scholar at the European Commission Legal Service in Brussels; the French Conseil d'Etat; the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany; and Princeton University’s Center for International Studies.
His published books include: “International Arbitration and Private International Law,” Hague Academy of International Law; Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention by National Courts; “Mandatory Rules in International Arbitration”; Transnational Litigation: Cases & Materials on European Union Law; and Introduction to French Law. Among his most recent articles are: "The Continuing Relevance of Private International Law"; "What Does it Mean to be 'Pro-Arbitration?'"; "The Role of National Courts at the Threshold of Arbitration," 28 Am. Rev. Int’l Arb. 291 (2018); "The Energy Charter Treaty and European Union Law"; "Res Judicata in International Arbitration"; "European Union Law as a Jurisdictional and Substantive Defense in Investor-State Arbitration"; "The Impact of EU Law on International Commercial Arbitration"; "Limits to Party Autonomy in Composition of the Arbitral Panel"; “Yukos v. Russia: Unanswered Questions” and “International Standards as a Choice of Law Option.”
Bermann has a J.D. and a B.A. from Yale University and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. He holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Fribourg in Switzerland, Versailles-St. Quentin in France, Universidad César Vallejo in Peru, and Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal.
- Transnational litigation and arbitration
- Comparative law, European law, and European Union law
- International trade contracts
- WTO dispute resolution
- Conflicts of law
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