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George A. Bermann

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Faculty, Columbia Law School


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George Bermann is a highly experienced international arbitrator in commercial and investment arbitration, while at the same time being an active member of the Columbia Law School fcaulty, directing the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration.

George A. Bermann is an active and highly experienced arbitrator in international commercial and investor-State arbitration. He also commonly serves as expert witness on international arbitration and transnational litigation issues before national courts and arbitral tribunals. At Columbia, he is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law and director of the Center for International Commercial and Investment. He teaches courses in all aspects of international dispute resolution, primarily international arbitration. He is also professor in the international arbitration masters programs at Sciences Po (Paris), the MIDS Program in Geneva and the University of Miami. He has a JD degree from Yale Law School and a BA from Yale College and is a member of the bar of New York State and admitted to the federal district courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court As international arbitrator, he has sat in scores of cases since 1980, both as chair and co-arbitrator, as well as sole arbitrator, before all major international arbitral institutions and ad hoc. His cases range across all sectors, including contract, constructions, pharmaceuticals, energy, licensing, intellectual property, distributorship and franchising, M&A, telecommunications and many others. He serves as counselor to counsel in international arbitration and as expert witness on all aspects of international commercial arbitration and transnational litigation, as well as European Union law, before international arbitral tribunals and national courts. He was Chief Reporter for the American Law Institute, Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State arbitration. He is featured both in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration and Chambers Guide. Professor Bermann is co-chair, Global Board of Advisers, New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC); Founding Member, Governing Board of International Court of Arbitration of the ICC; Council Member, American Arbitration Association (AAA); Board member, Center for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR); Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) ; and President of Board, Center for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration (Lahore, Pakistan). He is Co-editor-in-chief, American Review of International and member of the board of editors, Revue de l’Arbitrage. Among his recent publications is the UNCITRAL Guide to the New York Convention (co-authored with E. Gaillard), International Arbitration and Private International law (General Course in Private International Law of Hague Academy of International Law) published in Recueil des cours; Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention by National Courts; Nutshell on International Commercial Arbitration; “Understanding ICSID Article 54” (forthcoming ICSID Review), “The Self-Styled “Autonomy” of International Arbitration,” 36 Arb. Int’l 221 (2020); “What Does it Mean to be “Pro-Arbitration?,” 34 Arb. Int’l 341 (2018); “The Role of National Courts at the Threshold of Arbitration, 28 Am. Rev. Int’l Arb . 291 (2018): “The Energy Charter Treaty and European Union Law,” in International Arbitration in the Energy Sector (M. Scherer, ed.) 2018).