WSU Law professor honored for article


The International Arbitration Club of New York recently announced that Professor Charles H. “Chip” Brower II is the recipient of the 2013 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for best article in the field of international arbitration published in 2011.

Brower, a professor at Wayne State University Law School, will receive 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 International Arbitration Club of New York Names Professor Charles H. “Chip” Brower II as Recipient of the Smit-Lowenfeld Prize

The prize will be presented to Professor Brower on Jan. 14 at a dinner and program to be 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 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 will be presented at the January program 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. We look forward to honoring Professor Brower here in New York City, which has a long, proud history as a major center for international arbitration,” said Newman.

An elected member of the American Law Institute, Brower has taught and written about human rights, international business transactions, international commercial arbitration, the law of armed conflict and public international law for the past 15 years.


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