Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association (HIALSA) is pleased to announce the International Arbitration Workshop (the Workshop) for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Workshop builds upon Harvard Law School’s rich traditions in advocacy and international law to offer HLS students an in-depth introduction to the practice of international arbitration.  The Workshop will comprise individual sessions—beginning with the preliminary steps in a dispute and concluding with the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards—drawing upon the diverse experiences of leading practitioners and arbitrators. The Workshop will supplement Harvard Law School’s course offerings in international investment and commercial arbitration, as well as lectures and seminars hosted by HIALSA.

Many Workshop sessions will feature suggested reading. HLS students who enroll in the Workshop and attend at least seven of the nine workshop sessions will be eligible for a certificate awarded by HIALSA. The Workshop will not be offered for a grade or course credit.

The Workshop is truly the first of its kind, offering to HLS students an extraordinary opportunity to develop and hone their practical skills in international arbitration.

The Workshop co-directors are Luke Sobota, Hugh Carlson, Devony Schmidt, and Brayden Koslowsky. The Workshop was co-founded in 2017-2018 by Luke Sobota, Hugh Carlson, Hiroko Yamamoto, and Christian Vandergeest.

Please direct sponsorship inquiries and media inquiries to hialsa@mail.law.harvard.edu.

Workshop Schedule

To be announced.

Co-Director Profiles

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.

Hugh Carlson

Hugh Carlson 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. His recent experience includes acting for ConocoPhillips in multiple ICSID and ICC arbitrations arising in part from the expropriation of the company’s hydrocarbon assets in Venezuela.

Prior to joining Three Crowns, Hugh practiced international arbitration in the Washington, D.C. office of a large international law firm, where he represented multinational corporations and sovereign States.

Hugh is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law. He was selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and is a member of the CPR Cybersecurity Task Force.


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