Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Announces Newest Scholar-In-Residence

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Announces Newest Scholar-In-Residence


The International Arbitration Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of distinguished academic, Dr. Sergey Ripinskiy, as Scholar-in-Residence in our London office. 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 our international arbitration team on both professional matters and academic projects and to contribute generally to the intellectual life of the office. (A description of our International Arbitration Group is available here.)

Gary Born, head of the International Arbitration Group, said: “Following a very successful Scholar-in-Residence program in 2008 with visits from Prof. John H. Jackson, Dr. Andrew Mitchell, and Dr. Galina Zukova, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Sergey Ripinskiy as our newest Scholar-in-Residence. Dr. Ripinskiy is the first of several scholars who will join us in 2009, and his interest in international investment arbitration mirrors the firm’s busy practice in this field.”

Dr. Ripinskiy is a Research Fellow in International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) in London where he is involved in running the Institute’s Investment Treaty Forum. He has recently completed a two-year research project on Damages in International Investment Law and has co-authored a book on the subject. Dr. Ripinskiy earned a PhD in Business Law, Civil Law and International Law at St. Petersburg State University (Russia) with a dissertation on “State Liability for Damages Caused to Businesses by Unlawful Acts of State Authorities.” He has an LLM in European and International Law from Maastricht University (The Netherlands) specializing in Globalization and Economic Regulation. He has also completed a course in public international law at The Hague Academy of International Law.

Widely published, Dr. Ripinksiy’s recent works include Damages in International Investment Law (with Kevin Williams) (BIICL, 2008); NGO Involvement in International Organizations: A Legal Analysis (with P. Van den Bossche) (BIICL, 2007); WTO Law and Process: Proceedings of the 2005 and 2006 Annual WTO Conferences (editor, with F. Ortino) (BIICL, London, 2007); and State Liability for Damages Caused to Businesses by Authorities (St. Petersburg, 2002) (in Russian).

Scholars-in-Residence at WilmerHale 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 WilmerHale’s International Arbitration Group have a strong history of academic involvement. During the 2008 academic year alone, members of the Group taught international arbitration and other courses at University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, Georgetown Center for Transnational Legal Studies, 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 recently published significant books in the field. Gary Born is the author of International Commercial Arbitration, a 3500-page comprehensive international treatise (Kluwer Law International), and Franz Schwarz has written a book on Austrian arbitration law and the Vienna rules entitled The Vienna Rules – A Commentary on International Commercial Arbitration in Austria (Kluwer Law International).