University of Miami School of Law Appoints Jan Paulsson to Distinguished Chair

Expert in International Law to Launch School’s New Arbitration Institute

Coral Gables, FL (December 17, 2008 – LAWFUEL) – The University of Miami School of Law today announced the appointment of Jan Paulsson to the Michael Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair beginning in the academic year 2009-10. Paulsson is head of the public international law and international arbitration groups at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and has had his professional base in Paris for 30 years. He is currently also the president of both the London Court of International Arbitration and the World Bank Administrative Tribunal.

In his post, Paulsson will head a newly established institute for international arbitration at the University of Miami School of Law, that will include an enhanced international curriculum, LL.M. specializations, training, and CLE programs.

“We are very excited that Jan Paulsson, one of the world’s leading experts on international arbitration, is joining our faculty,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala. “With his leadership, the University of Miami School of Law will be prominently positioned as an important center for the study of international law.”

“Jan is a fascinating combination of academic intellectual and powerful practitioner, who in many ways mirrors the strengths of the person whose chair he will hold – Michael Klein, distinguished UM Law alumnus and former partner of Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP,” said Acting Dean Paul Verkuil. “We are lucky to have him.”

The school will benefit from Paulsson’s expertise as counsel or arbitrator in over 500 arbitrations in Europe, Asia, the United States and Africa. He has also acted before a great variety of international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice and the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

“Knowing Jan for over 20 years as an opponent, a scholar, a teacher, an author and a leader in the field of international arbitration, he is a brilliant advocate, an extraordinary and principled arbitrator and truly one of the leading stars in the international community in terms of substance and ability,” said American Bar Association President-Elect and UM Law alumna Carolyn B. Lamm. “I am certain his scholarship and stature will enable the Law School to establish a pre-eminent Latin American arbitration program.”

Mr. Paulsson holds an A.B. from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Diplome d’études superieures spécialisées from the University of Paris. His many scholarly publications include the books Denial of Justice in International Arbitration published by Cambridge University Press and (forthcoming) The Idea of Arbitration to be published by Oxford University Press.

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