International Arbitration Group Announces its Newest Scholars-in-Residence

International Arbitration Group Announces its Newest Scholars-in-Residence


Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr’s International Arbitration group is pleased to announce the arrival of two distinguished academics, Prof. John H. Jackson and Dr. Andrew Mitchell, as Scholars-in-Residence in its London office this summer. The firm’s Scholar-in-Residence Program brings talented professors, lecturers, and other academics from all jurisdictions to the firm’s London office to collaborate with its International Arbitration team on both professional matters and academic projects and to contribute generally to the intellectual life of the office.

Gary Born, Chairman of the International Arbitration group, said: “We are delighted to welcome two outstanding individuals with remarkable accomplishments and reputations to our Scholar-in-Residence program this summer.”

Both Prof. Jackson and Dr. Mitchell have pursued interests in a variety of fields, including international trade law and dispute resolution in various forums.

Prof. John H. Jackson is one of the world’s leading experts on international economic law. He is University Professor at Georgetown University Law Center in the US and is the Director of the Institute of International Economic Law there. Prof. Jackson joined the Georgetown faculty in 1998 after a distinguished career as Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. He has served as General Counsel for the Office of the President’s Special Representative for Trade in the US Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C. Over the years, he has also advised the US and various foreign governments, international organizations and in 2000 served as chairperson of a WTO panel for a trade dispute settlement procedure. He has been an honorary vice president of the American Society of International Law, having previously served in various capacities including Vice President of the Society. In June 2003, he was appointed by WTO Director-General to a WTO Consultative Board, composed of eight “eminent persons,” to report about various systemic institutional problems of the WTO, leading to the publication of The Future of the WTO: Addressing Institutional Challenges in the New Millennium (WTO 2005). Prof. Jackson has published more than a dozen books and over a hundred articles and chapters. Among his more recent books are: Sovereignty, the WTO and the Changing Fundamentals of International Law (Cambridge University Press 2006); The World Trading System: Law and Policy of International Economic Relations (MIT Press 2d ed. 2002); and The Jurisprudence of the GATT and the WTO: Insights on Treaty Law and Economic Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2000). Prof. Jackson’s 1969 book, World Trade and the Law of GATT, pioneered the academic discipline of international trade law. Prof. Jackson earned an AB from Princeton University, and a JD from the University of Michigan. Click here to view his full biography.

Dr. Andrew Mitchell is Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Dr. Mitchell earned an LLB (Hons) and BCom (Hons) at the University of Melbourne (where he was the Editor of the Melbourne University Law Review), an LLM at Harvard University, and a PhD at Cambridge University. During 2003-2004, Dr. Mitchell was a Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University. Since 2004, he has been a Fellow of the Tim Fischer Centre for Global Trade & Finance at Bond University. In 2006, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, and in 2007 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Also in 2007, following a nomination by the Australian government, the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body added him to the indicative list of governmental and non-governmental panelists to hear WTO disputes. He has also worked in the Trade Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He was a Consultant to the IMF in Geneva from 2003 to 2005. Andrew has published in numerous journals and books on areas including WTO law, international law, international humanitarian law, and constitutional law. He compiled, edited, and contributed to Challenges and Prospects for the WTO (Cameron May 2005). His monograph Legal Principles in WTO Disputes will be published by Cambridge University Press this year. Click here to view his full biography.

Scholars-in-Residence at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr are provided with an office, use of library and other research facilities, and secretarial and other support services, as well as an honorarium. Specific terms and conditions, including with regard to the length of residence and weekly time commitments, are determined on a case-by-case basis in light of program participants’ experience and needs, and other academic and professional engagements. Past participants have been in residence for periods ranging from one to 18 months, with time commitments ranging from a few hours per week to full-time. The firm welcomes indications of interest in its Scholar-in-Residence program from all full-time legal academics, particularly in the fields of international arbitration and litigation, private international law, public international law, and comparative law. Interested academics are invited to send their resume/CV to [email protected]

Members of the firm’s International Arbitration group have a strong history of academic involvement. During the 2007-2008 academic year alone, members of the group have taught international arbitration and other courses at University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, Stanford University, University of Zurich, St. Gallen, Duke University, and a number of institutions in London. Lawyers in the Group also publish frequently. Two of our London partners have significant books forthcoming. Gary Born has authored a 2000-page comprehensive international treatise, entitled International Commercial Arbitration (Kluwer Law International), and Franz Schwarz has written a book on Austrian arbitration law and the Vienna rules entitled The Vienna RulesA Commentary on International Commercial Arbitration in Austria (Kluwer Law International).

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