Lectures & Events

Making International Arbitration Suitable for the 21st Century
CISCDR Distinguished Visiting Practitioner Lecture
presented by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution
OCT 19, 2011
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit

International arbitration faces numerous challenges, many of which stem from its success. Users complain about the time and cost involved in arbitration. Governments and investors wonder about the fairness of investor-state arbitration. Mr. Rivkin will explore the nature of these challenges and offer suggestions to improve the system to meet the demands of business in the 21st Century.
Speaker Information
David W. RivkinDavid W. Rivkin
Debevoise & Plimpton LLC
David W. Rivkin, a litigation partner in the New York and London offices of Debevoise & Plimpton, is Secretary-General of the International Bar Association and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was appointed by the U.S. State and Commerce Departments to be a founding member of the North American Free Trade Agreement Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes. He is also a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. His memberships include the American Arbitration Association, World Intellectual Property Organization, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Chinese International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the Cairo Regional Arbitration Centre, the Fédération International de l’Automobile, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Mr. Rivkin has frequently written on international arbitration and litigation, including two books. He received his B.A. magna cum laude in history (1977) and his J.D. (1980) from Yale University. He was Law Clerk to the Honorable Luther M. Swygert, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Additional Information
Free and open to the public. Reception follows.
1 hr. continuing legal education credit available, pending approval.

At one-hour CLE activities, Ohio Supreme Court regulations require attorneys to be present for the entire hour to obtain credit. Therefore, registration for one-hour lectures will close at the time the event is scheduled to start. Everyone is welcome to attend the lecture, but we cannot submit CLE credit for late arrivals.

At events longer than one hour, we will submit credit based on an attorney’s arrival time and duration of attendance, but no less than the minimum of one full hour of attendance.

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