Academic Council

Since its foundation, the ITA has had a deep commitment to scholarship, and nowhere is this reflected better than in its Academic Council, made up of the top academics in the field of international arbitration. The Academic Council is a key constituent body of the ITA, intimately involved in its leadership, the preparation of its programs, and its publications and educational videos. It takes the lead in organizing the ITA-ASIL Conference each year in Washington, D.C. and actively participates in planning the ITA Workshop each June in Dallas.

Other Academic Council activities include:

Preserving Perspectives: International Arbitrators in Their Own Words
An ongoing series of oral history interviews with key figures to record the evolution of modern international arbitration in the words of those who have led it. 

Legal Educators Resources Collection
This site is designed to collect and share syllabi, teaching notes, exams, and other original teaching materials prepared by international arbitration and dispute resolution instructors from around the world.  This site also features the ITA Legal Educators Listserv (ITA-LEL) for instructors, designed to encourage the exchange of information and opinions on different pedagogical approaches, innovative teaching techniques and other topics relevant to the instruction of international dispute resolution. 

ITA Online Education Library
Here you will find a variety of educational videos and webinars edited for use by lawyers, professors, students, law firms and corporate legal departments seeking to understand or teach international arbitration, presented by the world’s leading experts in this growing area of international practice. (available for online viewing, on USB drive or on DVD, with CLE/CPD credits available)


Susan Franck
American University Washington College of Law
Washington, DC

Vice Chairs

Chiara Giorgetti
University of Richmond School of Law
Richmond, VA

Jarrod Wong
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Sacramento, CA

Chairs Emeriti

The Hon. Thomas Buergenthal
The George Washington University Law School
Washington, D.C.

Council Members

Shahla Ali
Univeristy of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Andrea K. Bjorklund
L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law
McGill University
Montreal, Canada

Stavros L. Brekoulakis
Queen Mary University of London - Centre for Commercial Law Studies
London, United Kingdom

Charles H. Brower, II
Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, MI

Chester Brown
The University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Donald Earl Childress, III
Dean of Faculty
Professor of Law
Pepperdine University School of Law
Malibu, CA

Giuditta Cordero Moss
Department of Private Law
University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Diane Desierto
University of Notre Dame
Keough School of Global Affairs (concurrent appointment with Law School)
Notre Dame, IN

Prof. William S. Dodge
UC Davis School of Law
Davis, CA

Christopher R. Drahozal
University of Kansas School of Law
Lawrence, KS

Prof. Kun Fan
McGill University Faculty of Law
Montreal, Canada

Mark Feldman
Peking University School of Transnational Law
Shenzhen, China

Prof. Franco Ferrari
Director, Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law
New York University School of Law
New York, NY

Manuel A. Gomez
Florida International University College of Law
Miami, FL

J. Martin Hunter
Essex Court Chambers
London, United Kingdom

Susan L. Karamanian
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
American University of Sharjah
Sharjah, UAE

Joshua Karton
Associate Professor
Queens University Faculty of Law
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Won Kidane
Seattle University Law School
Seattle, WA

Céline Lévesque
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Munir Maniruzzaman
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Loukas Mistelis
Queen Mary University of London School of International Arbitration
London, United Kingdom

Julian D. Mortenson
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, MI

Margaret L. Moses
Assistant Professor of Law
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Chicago, IL

Pilar Perales Viscasillas
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Departamento de Derecho Privado
Getafe-Madrid, Spain

Sergio Puig
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Tucson, AZ

Caroline S. Richard
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP
Washington, D.C.

Catherine Rogers
Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law
State College, PA

Victoria Shannon Sahani
Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Stephan W. Schill
Professor of International and Economic Law and Governance
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Patricia Shaughnessy
University of Stockholm School of Law
Lidingoe, Swedens

Linda J. Silberman
New York University School of Law
New York, NY

Frédéric G. Sourgens
Associate Professor of Law
Washburn University School of Law
Topeka, KS

Maya Steinitz
Associate Professor of Law
The University of Iowa, College of Law
Iowa City, IA

Thomas J. Stipanowich
Pepperdine University School of Law
Malibu, CA

Louise Ellen Teitz
Roger Williams University School of Law
Bristol, Rhode Island