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International Arbitration and the Courts: Pepperdine Law Review Hosts 2015 Symposium

On Friday, April 17, 2015, the Pepperdine Law Review's annual symposium focused on the topic of "International Arbitration and the Courts." International authorities from practice and academia collected at the Malibu campus of Pepperdine School of Law – home of the nation's top dispute resolution program, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution – to explore important questions bearing on the complementary and sometime antagonistic interaction between arbitral tribunals and courts.

The dominant theme of the symposium was that arbitration survives globally as a preferred method of dispute resolution in part because courts in leading jurisdictions have accepted a restrained role in relation to disputes that have been entrusted to arbitration. Nevertheless, the relationship between courts and arbitrators continues to be a dynamic one, subject to ongoing refinements as evergreen issues are revisited and as fresh questions emerge. This theme was develeoped with a series of panels:

  • Court Assistance in Arbitration
  • Delaware Tries Again
  • George Bermann & Alan Rau: Gateway-Schmateway
  • Investor-State Awards in Domestic Courts
  • Judgment Aspects of Award Enforcement

Symposium speakers and moderators included: 

  • George Bermann, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gelhorn Professor of Law – Columbia Law School
  • Andrea Bjorklund, Full Professor and L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration & International Commercial Law – McGill University
  • Christopher Drahozal, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, and John M. Rounds Professor of Law – University of Kansas School of Law
  • Alan Rau, Mark G. and Judy G. Yudof Chair in Law – University of Texas School of Law
  • Jan Schaefer, Partner – King & Spaulding
  • Maxi Scherer, Senior Lecturer in International Arbitration and Energy – Queen Mary University of London
  • Abby Cohen Smutny, Partner – White & Case
  • Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, and Codirector, Pacific McGeorge Global Center for Business and Development – McGeorge School of Law
  • Aaron Simowitz, Research Fellow – New York University's Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law; and Fellow -Classical Liberal Institute
  • Donald Earl Childress III, Associate Professor of Law – Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Jack J. Coe, Jr., Professor of Law – Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Robert E. Lutz, Professor of Law – Southwestern Law School
  • Thomas Stipanowich, William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution, Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law

Most of the symposium was live-streamed for a large online audience. Archival footage remains available for a limited time. The articles related to the symposium will be published in Volume 43 of the Pepperdine Law Review. Find past issues of the Pepperdine Law Review on Digital Commons.

About Pepperdine Law Review

The Pepperdine Law Review was founded in 1972 and is a scholarly law journal published by second and third-year law students at the Pepperdine University School of Law. In its forty-plus years of existence, the Pepperdine Law Review has been a resource for practitioners, law professors, and judges alike and has been cited several times by the Supreme Court of the United States. On the web: http://pepperdinelawreview.com/


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