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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)


Chiara Giorgetti
Professor of Law
University of Richmond School of Law

Richmond, VA

Vice Chairs

Mark Feldman
Associate Professor of Law
Peking University School of Transnational Law

Shenzhen, China

Victoria Shannon Sahani
Associate Professor of Law
Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Phoenix, AZ

Chair Emeritus

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

Washington, D.C.

Council Members

Julian Arato
Associate Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School

New York, NY

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

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
Professor of Law
Law Faculty, University of Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland

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

London, United Kingdom

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

Prof. Chester Brown
The University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
Essex Court Chambers, London

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

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

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

Diane Desierto
Associate Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs
University of Notre Dame – Keough School of Global Affairs

Notre Dame, IN

William S. Dodge
Professor of Law
UC Davis School of Law

Davis, CA

Christopher R. Drahozal
John M. Rounds Professor of Law
University of Kansas School of Law

Lawrence, KS

Prof. Kun Fan
Associate Professor
Sydney, Australia

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

Veronique Fraser
Professeur Adjointe/Associate Professor, Faculté de Droit/Faculty of Law
Université de Sherbrooke
Serbrooke, Canada

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

Nagoya, Japan

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

Won Kidane
Associate Professor
Seattle University Law School
Seattle, WA

Céline Lévesque
Professor of Law
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Ottawa, Canada

Munir Maniruzzaman
Chair in International and Business Law
University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Loukas Mistelis
Clive M Schmitthoff Professor of Transnational Commercial Law and Arbitration
Queen Mary University of London School of International Arbitration

London, United Kingdom

Patrick W. Pearsall
Partner, Chair of Public International Law
Jenner & Block LLP

Washington, D.C.

Sergio Puig de la Parra
Professor of Law; Director, International Economic Law and Policy Program
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Tucson, AZ

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

Washington, D.C.

Marie-Claude Rigaud
Professeur Agrégée/Professor of Law
Université de Montréal, Pavillon Maximilien-Caron

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Catherine A. Rogers
Professor of Law and Paul and Marjorie Price Faculty Scholar​
Affiliate Professor, School of International Affairs
Professor of Ethics, Regulation & The Rule of Law, and Director, Institute for Ethics, Regulation & The Rule of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law

State College, PA

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

Christophe Seraglini
Professor of Law
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Paris, France

Patricia Shaughnessy
Professor of Law
University of Stockholm School of Law
Lidingoe, Sweden

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

Jason Yackee
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, WI