Law professor honored by the International Arbitration Club of NY

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The International Arbitration Club of New York presented its annual Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for the best article in the field of international arbitration at a dinner and program held in midtown Jan. 14.  Pictured are (l-r) Lawrence W. Newman, Presiding Member of the International Arbitration Club of New York and Of Counsel at Baker & McKenzie LLP; Rory O. Millson, Selection Committee Chair and partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Professor Charles H. “Chip” Brower II, award recipient and Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School; and Charles N. Brower, the awardee's father and a Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague.

Photo by David Lubarsky

The International Arbitration Club of New York on Monday presented its 2013 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize to Professor Charles H. “Chip” Brower II for best article in the field of international arbitration published in 2011. Brower, a professor of law at Wayne State University Law School, received the prize for his article “Arbitration and Antitrust: Navigating the Contours of Mandatory Law,” which appeared in the December 2011 issue of the Buffalo Law Review. The article examines how mandatory laws of a state may affect the law applied in international arbitration proceedings.

The prize was presented to Brower on Monday at a dinner and program held in his honor at The University Club in New York City. The prize was awarded by a selection committee chaired by Rory O. Millson, a partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

“We are delighted to recognize Professor Brower for his outstanding work and dedication to the practice of international arbitration,” said Millson.

Members of the selection committee included Philip A. Lacovara of Mayer Brown LLP, Laurence Shore of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Steven H. Reisberg of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

The prize honors the late professor Hans Smit of Columbia Law School and Andreas Lowenfeld, the Rubin Professor Emeritus at the New York University School of Law, for their distinguished careers in the field of international arbitration, both as scholars and as arbitrators. The criteria for the prize include, but are not limited to, originality, quality, significance and scholarship. The International Arbitration Club of New York awards this honor annually. It carries with it an honorarium of $2,500.

The prize was presented by Lawrence W. Newman, Presiding Member of the International Arbitration Club of New York and Of Counsel at Baker & McKenzie LLP.

“This year, our selection committee reviewed 44 submissions that fell under our strict criteria,” said Newman.

Brower joined Wayne State University Law School as a Professor of Law in June 2012. Prior to taking this position, he served as the Croft Professor of International Law and Jessie D. Puckett, Jr. Lecturer in Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, from 1998 to May of 2012. In the spring of 2008, he was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University’s Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law and a Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Scholar in Residence and Visiting Professor of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. Brower received his J.D. in 1995 from the University of Virginia School of Law, and was elected to Order of the Coif and served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Vermont, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language.

Brower is vice chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and an immediate past chair of its Academic Council. He is also a member of the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association. In addition, Brower is a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society and a founding member of its Academic Advisory Council.

The International Arbitration Club of New York was formed on June 25, 2010, by 70 founding members as a not-for-profit association. The Club now comprises 85 leading practitioners and scholars in the field of international arbitration who reside and/or work in the New York City area. The purposes of the Club include providing a forum for discussion of issues and problems in international arbitration and to foster recognition of New York City as a venue for international arbitration. Members of the group are drawn from several well known law firms in addition to Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Baker & McKenzie and those of the members on the selection committee. These include Debevoise & Plimpton; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Sullivan & Cromwell; Weil, Gotshal & Manges and White & Case, among others.

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