Prior to his retirement, Gerald Aksen was a full time independent international arbitrator. In his career, he held the positions of: general counsel and board member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), vice president of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He was an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law teaching international arbitration for thirty years. He was a member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee which, among other things, drafted the bill that was later enacted by the Congress as Chapter 2 of the Federal Arbitration Act, the enabling legislation for the 1958 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. He has a dual background as counsel and arbitrator, having been the partner in charge of international arbitration in the firm of Reid & Priest LLP and as an arbitrator in over 300 cases in 24 different countries. He has extensive experience both in ad hoc (UNCITRAL and ARIAS Rules) and institutional arbitrations under the rules of AAA, ICC, ICDR, JCAA, LCIA and SCC. He served as chairman of the ABA Section of International Law and chairman of the Arbitration Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is a co-founder, former president and member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He is the recipient of the ABA's Dispute Resolution Section’s D’Alemberte/Raven Award and the CPR's James F. Henry Award for distinguished, sustained contributions to the field of ADR and has been consistently ranked as one of New York’s notable international arbitrators.