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The Place To Be For International Commercial Arbitration

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The Pepperdine campus is a favorite locale for arbitration-related events of significance. In recent years, the campus has hosted the Floyd Landis Arbitration, the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Winter Forum, the Advisers and Reporters of the ALI Restatement (Third) project on International Commercial Arbitration, an arbitrator accreditation program for arbitrators organized by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, visits by officers of the American Society of International Law, Career Opportunity programs organized by the ABA Section of International Law, and a mock arbitration appellate case argued by the former Solicitor General of the United States before the faculty and student body. Pepperdine is also a co-founding and sponsoring institution of the Foreign Direct Investment Mock Arbitration Competition, which is regularly held at Pepperdine.  In addition, often quite informally leading arbitrators regularly drop by for some frank discussion.

Among the topics pursued in recent conferences at the Law School have been current issues in investor state arbitration, how to improve the arbitral model in light of the Best Practices Guide published by the College of Commercial Arbitrators (principally authored by Professor Stipanowich), and recurrent issues in consumer arbitration.
Students also are important in the work of our faculty, whose many arbitration projects provide opportunities to get students involved. Among these faculty enterprises have been Professor Weston's supervision of the Landis Arbitration and her newly released Arbitration casebook, Professor Coe's ICA Restatement project (now in its 6th year) and his IBA work promoting refinements in investor state dispute resolution, Professor Childress's consultancies concerning the intersection of international arbitration with transnational litigation, and, in particular, the question of the enforcement of awards, and the leading arbitration articles written, respectively, by Professors Stipanowich and Helfand. Pepperdine is indeed distinctive in having six full-time faculty members whose writing, consultancies and arbitral appointments keep them well immersed in the field.

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