CILE Hosts International Arbitration Roundtable


L to R: Cristina Mariottini, Elena Aleynikova, Chiara Giovannucci Orlandi, Catherine Rogers, Vivian Curran, and Ronald Brand

On September 23, 2016, Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education hosted an International Arbitration Roundtable focusing on recent developments in international arbitration law and practice, ethics in international arbitration, and planning for arbitration in the drafting of arbitration clauses. A full audience of practitioners, Pitt Law faculty and students gathered at the Barco Law Building for presentations by six experts on international commercial arbitration from the US and Europe.

The program opened with Professor Vivian Curran of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law speaking on common law and civil law issues in international arbitration. Professor Chiara Giovannucci Orlandi, of the Alma Mater Studiorum –University of Bologna, Italy, then discussed the limits of party autonomy in arbitration. Elina Aleynikova, an arbitration attorney with the Paris office of the global law firm White & Case, spoke about the degree to which public policy concerns affect the rendering of enforceable awards. Next, Professor Catherine A. Rogers of the Penn State School of Law and Queen Mary, University of London, spoke on the ethical issues that can arise in international arbitration. Dr. Cristina Mariottini, Legal Officer at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, discussed global efforts towards reaching a convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in civil and commercial matters. Finally, Professor Ronald A. Brand, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor and John E. Murray Faculty Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Academic Director of CILE, concluded the proceedings with a presentation on drafting effective arbitration and choice of court agreements.

Watch of all of the presentations at the International Arbitration Roundtable below.