General Principles of International Law: Investment Law Applied in Arbitration

Sponsorship: 
Center for International Legal Education

Date and Times: 
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 109
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

CLE Credit Information: 

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for (1) hour of substantive credit. There is a $30 fee for processing CLE credit for this event.



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Speaker biographies:

Charles Kotuby counsels both private clients and sovereign states in complex global disputes. His U.S.-based practice is focused on government regulation and federal appeals. He has authored briefs in more than a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and has argued cases concerning federal statutory and constitutional issues before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits.

Mr. Kotuby’s global practice is focused on international litigation, commercial and investment arbitration. He has counseled clients in both common and civil law systems, and frequently deals with novel issues of public and private international law. Mr. Kotuby has appeared as counsel in international matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, and before ICSID and UNCITRAL tribunals. He regularly advises energy and mining clients on investment protections in Latin America, Africa, Southeast and Central Asia, and on maritime issues under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).       

Luke Sobota was previously a partner in the Global Disputes practice group of a leading international law firm.  Highlights of his work at Three Crowns include leading the firm’s work for Chevron in its international dispute with Ecuador, including in the pending $9.5 billion UNCITRAL treaty arbitration.  Mr. Sobota has also been spearheading a multi-billion-dollar contractual arbitration before the ICC in New York, and has been actively involved in several ICSID investor-state arbitrations involving claims of breach of contract, expropriation, and denial of justice.  He also has been advising two sovereign clients on issues of public international law concerning border disputes.  He previously worked in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advised and prepared formal legal opinions for executive branch officials on a range of constitutional, international, and administrative law issues.  He has successfully argued cases in U.S. appellate courts and briefed several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.  He teaches a course on global sovereign disputes at American University and is currently writing a monograph on general principles of international law for Oxford University Press.  He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, after which he clerked for the late Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, William H. Rehnquist.