International Arbitration Workshop Special Session: Third & Fourth Sessions


The Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association (HIALSA), in co-sponsorship with Y-ADR, CPR’s young lawyers’ group and the Harvard International Law Journal, will welcome distinguished international arbitrators and international arbitration practitioners to host the special third and fourth sessions of the International Arbitration Workshop from 4PM-7:30PM on November 7, 2017 in Harvard Law School. All interested students, practitioners, and academics—both from Harvard Law and beyond—are welcome to attend, regardless of prior attendance in HIALSA events.

Following our first session on “Initial Steps in a Dispute: What Comes before the Briefs” and second session on “Written Submissions in International Arbitration,” the third and fourth sessions will comprise of a panel on “Hearings in International Arbitration” and a Chatham-House style roundtable discussion on the “International Arbitrator’s Perspective.” There will be a short reception with wine and light snacks in between the two sessions. Please download our poster here.


Timetable & Speakers List:

4PM-4:05PM: Opening Remarks

4:05PM-5:30PM: Session 3: Hearings in International Arbitration

5:30PM-6PM: Reception (Wine and light snacks will be served.)

6PM-7:30PM: Session 4: International Arbitrator’s Perspective


Registration & Questions

If you are interested in attending, please register here in advance. If you have any questions, please email HIALSA at


Map & Access Information

Address: Harvard Law School
1585 Massachusetts Ave.,
Cambridge MA 02138

Room: Milstein East C, which is on the second floor of Wasserstein Hall.

Access Information: Please see here.


Speaker Profiles

Ms. Suzana Blades

Suzana Blades is Assistant General Counsel – Commercial Litigation and Arbitration at the ConocoPhillips Company in Houston.  Suzana manages a team of five lawyers that handles U.S. commercial litigation, including oil & gas and environmental disputes, litigation in foreign courts (for example, in China and Australia), and investment and international commercial arbitrations around the world, including ICSID arbitrations against Ecuador and Venezuela, and international commercial arbitrations involving parties from Algeria, Angola, Canada, Senegal, Indonesia etc.  Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, Suzana worked as a Senior Negotiator at the Hess Corporation in Houston and as an associate in the international arbitration group of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.  She has published articles on a variety of topics related to international arbitration and co-taught a course on advocacy in international arbitration at Georgetown University Law Center.  Suzana was one of the co-chairs of the ITA-IEL-ICC conference held in Houston in January 2017.  Suzana is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, New York University School of Law and State University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Judge Charles N. Brower

Judge Charles N. Brower serves as Judge ad hoc, International Court of Justice; Judge, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; Member, 20 Essex Street Chambers; and Distinguished Visiting Research Professor, George Washington Law School.  He previously served as Judge Ad Hoc, Inter-American Court of Human Rights; Acting Legal Adviser, United States Department of State; Deputy Special Counsellor to the President of the United States; and partner at White & Case LLP.  He has received the American Society of International Law’s Manley O. Hudson Medal, the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Global Arbitration Review’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Hugh Carlson

Hugh is Director of Practice and a senior associate at Three Crowns LLP, a specialist firm in international arbitration, where he serves in a leadership role and practices international commercial and investment arbitration.  He has represented clients under most major arbitral rules systems.  He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School.  He was selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2016 and 2017.

Mr. Oscar Garibaldi

Oscar M. Garibaldi is an independent arbitrator.  He has extensive experience sitting as president and co-arbitrator in investment and commercial cases.  For 34 years, he practiced law at Covington & Burling LLP, chiefly representing clients in international arbitration cases, until his retirement from that firm in 2013.  He is trained in the civil-law and common-law systems, and his academic specialty is public international law, a subject he taught at Cornell Law School and the University of Virginia Law School.  He has published extensively on international law and arbitration, and is ranked by Chambers, The Legal 500, and other publications of the same kind.

Ms. Jean Kalicki

Jean Kalicki is an independent arbitrator in New York and Washington, DC, specializing in investor-State, international and complex commercial disputes. Until April 2016, she was a Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP. Over 25 years, she has conducted arbitrations involving six continents and many industries, addressing public international law and the laws of dozens of countries. Ms. Kalicki is a Vice President of the LCIA and a member of the ICCA Governing Board, the ICC Commission and the Board of SICANA, Inc. (ICC North America), and the ICDR’s International Board. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the College of Commercial Arbitrators; taught arbitration and advocacy for many years as an adjunct professor at Georgetown and American University law schools; was co-editor of RESHAPING THE INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT SYSTEM: JOURNEYS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY (Brill Nijhoff and TDM-OGEMID 2015); and serves on the Editorial Boards of the ICSID Review and Global Arbitration Review. Ms. Kalicki was recently named Global Arbitration Review’s “Best Prepared/Most Responsive arbitrator” for 2017, and one of Law360’s “Five Most Influential Female International Arbitrators” for 2016. She was also selected as Best Lawyers‘ “Lawyer of the Year” for International Arbitration-Governmental for both Washington, DC (2016) and New York (2017).

Professor William (Rusty) Park

William (Rusty) Park is Professor of Law at Boston University, teaching in the areas of international tax and finance.  After studies at Yale and Columbia, Park practiced in Paris until returning home to Boston, where he served as Director of Boston University’s Center for Banking and Financial Law.

Park is General Editor of Arbitration International and former President of the London Court of International Arbitration.  Visiting academic appointments include Cambridge, Dijon, Hong Kong, Auckland and Geneva.  A member of the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration and the Council of the American Arbitration Association, Park served as arbitrator on the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Swiss Bank Accounts and the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims.   The President of the United States appointed Park to the Panel of Arbitrators for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Dispute.

Park’s books include Arbitration of International Business Disputes, International Forum Selection, ICC Arbitration (with Craig and Paulsson), International Commercial Arbitration (with Reisman, Craig and Paulsson) and Income Tax Treaty Arbitration (with Tillinghast).

Mr. Charles “Chip” Rosenberg

Charles (Chip) B. Rosenberg is an associate in the Washington, DC office of White & Case LLP, where he represents foreign sovereigns and private parties in complex international arbitrations.  He also serves as a Regional Representative of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum.  Chip clerked for The Honorable Charles N. Brower in London, England and at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands.  Chip graduated first in his class, summa cum laude, and Order of the Coif from the American University Washington College of Law.  He repeatedly has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Who’s Who Legal and DC Super Lawyers.

Mr. Luke Sobota

Luke is a founding partner of Three Crowns and is active in investor-state, inter-state, and commercial arbitrations.  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.  His monograph on General Principles of Law and International Due Process was recently published by Oxford University Press.  Luke teaches a course on investment disputes at American University and a course on the forensics of international arbitration at the University of Miami.  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.

Suggested Readings

4PM-5:30PM: Session 3: Hearings in International Arbitration

  • Antonin Scalia & Bryan A. Garner, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges 161-91 (1st ed. 2008).
  • Mallory Silberman & Timothy L. Foden, Tips for Second-Chairing an Oral Argument, in GAR Guide to Advocacy (Stephen Jagush QC & Philippe Pinsolle eds., 1st ed. 2017).
  • Nigel Blackaby & Constantine Partasides, Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration ¶¶6.155-6.199 (6th ed., 2015) (available on Kluwer Arbitration).
  • Toby T. Landau, Luncheon Address: Advocacy in International Arbitration, 5 World Arb. Mediation Rev. 351 (2011).
  • Michael Moser, Pre-hearing Checklist, 30 J. Int’l Arb. 155 (2013).

6PM-7:30PM: Session 4: International Arbitrator’s Perspective

  •         There are no suggested readings for this session.

General Information on the International Arbitration Workshop

The Workshop covers nine individual sessions with prominent practitioners and academics each time, beginning with the preliminary steps in a dispute and concluding with the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards. The Workshop serves as a novel space to learn about the practice of international arbitration. Further information on the Workshop can be found here.