2007 Archive

Boalt Hall Leads Global Arbitration Initiative in Latin America

In March, 250 investment arbitration specialists from around the world convened in Buenos Aires to discuss Latin America and the protection of international investment at the Third Annual Americas Workshop. The initiative was led by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) in Dallas—chaired by Professor David D. Caron '83—and was co-sponsored by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, an organization within the World Bank. Some 13 national arbitration organizations in the Americas also were deeply involved in the planning.

As chair, Caron used the January bi-annual meeting of the ITA executive committee to encourage international specialists to visit Berkeley, as they have for the last two years for conferences at Boalt. Caron reports that ITA is looking to a new project where experts from all of Latin America will come to Berkeley to prepare a text in Spanish for law schools and the judiciary throughout Latin America. While in Buenos Aires, Caron also gave an address to the Argentine Council for International Relations on the future of the investment protection regime.