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)

What I Am Working On
This series of 5-minute video presentations features members of the Academic Council introducing their latest research. Each topic is timely and cutting edge, and it is explained by some of the main thinkers and renowned experts in international arbitration. Topics addressed include the Draft Articles of Conduct for Adjudicators in ISDS, dispute resolution mechanisms in the belt and road initiative, the evolving role of the arbitrator and financial access to justice in investment arbitration.


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

Vice Chairs

Dr. Crina Baltag
Senior Lecturer in International Arbitration
Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden

Prof. Joshua Karton
Queens University Faculty of Law
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Prof. Catherine A. Rogers
Professor of Law at Università Bocconi (Milan) & Queen Mary (London)
Milan, Italy

Chair Emeritus

The Hon. Thomas Buergenthal
Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence
The George Washington University Law School
Washington, D.C.

Council Members

Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab
Cairo University
Cairo, Egypt

Prof. Julian Arato
Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School
New York, NY

Dr. Wolfgang Alschner
Associate Professor, Common Law Section
Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

Prof. Angela Banks
Arizona State University
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Phoenix, AZ

Prof. Andrea Bjorklund
McGill University Faculty of Law
Montreal, Canada

Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
Professor of Law
Law Faculty, University of Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland

Prof. Kristen Boon
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
Ottawa, Canada

Prof. Stavros L. Brekoulakis
Professor in International Arbitration
Queen Mary University of London - Centre for Commercial Law Studies
London, United Kingdom

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

Prof. Kathleen Claussen
Associate Professor of Law
University of Miami School of Law
Miami, FL

Prof. Giuditta Cordero Moss
Professor of Law, Department of Private Law
University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Prof. Dr. Eric De Brabandere
Attorney – Partner at DMDB Law (Brussels), Professor of International Dispute Settlement Law, Director Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
Leiden Law School
Leiden, The Netherlands

Diane Desierto
Professor of Law and Global Affairs, LLM Faculty Director
Notre Dame Law School, with joint appointment: Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

Prof. Katia Fach Gómez
Independent Arbitrator and Mediator in international and domestic disputes, Professor of Law, Private International Law
University of Zaragoza (Spain)
Zaragoza, Spain

Prof. Kun Fan
Associate Professor
Sydney, Australia

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

Prof. Susan Franck
American University, Washington College of Law
Washington, D.C.

Prof. Veronique Fraser
Professeur Adjointe/Associate Professor, Faculté de Droit/Faculty of Law
Vice-doyenne déléguée au développement stratégique
Université de Sherbrooke
Serbrooke, Canada

Prof. J. Benton Heath
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Philadelphia, PA

Prof. Tomoko Ishikawa
Associate Professor
Nagoya University, Graduate School of International Development Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku
Nagoya, Japan

Prof. Won Kidane
Associate Professor
Seattle University Law School
Seattle, WA

Prof. Maria Chiara Malaguti
Professor of Law
Cattolica University
Milan, Italy

Prof. Munir Maniruzzaman
Chair in International and Business Law
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Dr. Martins Paparinskis
Reader in Public International Law
UCL Faculty of Laws
London, United Kingdom

Patrick W. Pearsall
Allen & Overy LLP
Washington, D.C.

Caroline S. Richard
Partner - Disputes, litigation and arbitration
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP
Washington, D.C.

Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge
University of Georgia School of Law
Athens, Georgia

Prof. Christophe Seraglini
Partner; Professor of Law and Member of the Paris Bar
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Paris, France

Prof. Patricia Shaughnessy
Professor of Law
Stockholm University Faculty of Law
Stockholm, Sweden

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

Prof. Anna Spain Bradley
Professor of Law
University of Colorado Law School
Boulder, CO

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

Prof. Catharine Titi, Dr iur., FCIArb
Research Associate Professor
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)-CERSA, University Paris II Panthéon-Assas
Paris, France

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

Prof. Jason Yackee
Professor of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, WI