Academic journal article American University International Law Review

Introduction

Academic journal article American University International Law Review

Introduction

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In my capacity as Director of the Center for International Commercial Arbitration of the Washington College of Law, I am very pleased to write a prologue to this important issue of the American University International Law Review, entirely consecrated to international commercial arbitration, one of the most fascinating and rapidly developing fields in the area of international and international business law.

Since 2002, the Center and its predecessor, Washington College of Laws Program on International Commercial Arbitration, have offered a large variety of courses, seminars, and workshops in the area of international arbitration, which presently include, among others, three distinct annual activities: a three-day mock arbitration case seminar under the joint auspices of the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration, and the International Centre for Settling Investment Disputes, a summer program featuring eight different courses on international commercial arbitration, including courses in Spanish, and a lecture given by a leading personality in the area of international commercial arbitration. Precisely, this issue of the American University International Law Review includes the text of the Fifth Annual Lecture delivered by Yves Derains. Other lecturers have been Jerry Aksen Esq, Julian Lew QC, Sir Vivian Ramsey, Jan Paulsson Esq, Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, and Johnny Veeder QC. …

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