Event Title

Panel 1 - Moderated by Professor Thomas Carbonneau

Start Date

29-1-2016 8:40 AM

End Date

29-1-2016 10:10 AM


Speaker Bio

Professor Roland Brand, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Professor Ronald A. Brand was the driving force behind the creation of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for International Legal Education (CILE) and its Master of Laws Program for Foreign Law Graduates. His reputation as a scholar on international and comparative law has helped the University of Pittsburgh School of Law attract prominent visiting scholars and lecturers from around the world. Professor Brand's scholarship includes a number of books and many articles in major journals.

Professor Brand has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Universiteit Brussel, a Research Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna, and a visiting professor at the University of Augsburg. He has lectured on international trade and business law matters at universities in the U.S. and abroad. His excellence in the classroom has earned Professor Brand both the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, a university-wide honor, and the law school's Excellence-in-Teaching Award. He has also received the Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award. Professor Brand represented the United States at Special Commissions and the Diplomatic Conference of the Hague Conference on Private International Law that produced the 2005 Convention on Choice of Court Agreements.

Professor Benjamin Davis, University of Toledo College of Law

Professor Benjamin Davis, a faculty member since 2003 and tenured since 2008, is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A.) and Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School (J.D.-M.B.A.) where he was Articles Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. Prior to joining the Toledo faculty, Professor Davis was an associate professor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Between 1983 and 1986, he worked in Paris as a development consultant in West Africa, and as a strategic business consultant with Mars and Co. in Europe. In 1986, he became the American Legal Counsel at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce where he supervised directly or indirectly over 5000 international commercial arbitration and mediation cases, made filings before courts around the world on behalf of the ICC, assisted with the drafting of arbitration laws in countries such as India and Sri Lanka, and led conferences in Eastern and Western Europe, North America, and Asia. In 1996, he was promoted to director, conference programmes and manager of the Institute of World Business Law where he organized training sessions on international contracts, dispute resolution, project finance, and electronic commerce.

He is the creator of fast-track international commercial arbitration and the creator of the International Competitions for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR) by which students from around the world competed in online negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. He is a board member of the Society of American Law Teachers, council member of the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, and member of the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline (Pipeline Council). Until recently, he was a member and Subcommittee Chair for the Arbitration Competition for the ABA-Law Student Division Competitions Committee helping develop the arbitration moot court of the ABA. He led the successful effort in the American Society of International Law to pass only the eighth resolution in its history entitled the ASIL Centennial Resolution on Laws of War and Detainee Treatment. Professor Davis has given numerous presentations and speeches around the world. He is a contributing editor at Jurist and the SALTLAW Blog. He has published dozens of articles on topics related to international and domestic arbitration, online and offline dispute resolution, and international law.


Jan 29th, 8:40 AM Jan 29th, 10:10 AM

Panel 1 - Moderated by Professor Thomas Carbonneau