UM Law Professors Ranked Among Best in World

Jan Paulsson and Albert Jan van den Berg ranked top two arbitrators.

(December 13, 2011) — University of Miami School of Law professor Jan Paulsson has been ranked as one of the world’s top two arbitrators in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.

Professor Paulsson, who holds the Michael Klein Distinguished Chair at Miami Law and heads the school’s International Arbitration Institute, is ranked second in the publication’s list, compiled annually from a survey of peers and just released. His colleague Albert Jan van den Berg, who serves each year as Visiting International Professor at the UM School of Law, is in first place.

“Our arbitration faculty is simply the best in the world,” Miami Law Dean Patricia D. White said after hearing news of the rankings.

At the UM School of Law, Professor Paulsson’s institute provides an enhanced J.D. curriculum, research facilities, an LLM degree, training, and CLE courses in international arbitration. In addition, he heads the international arbitration practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the top-ranked firm in the survey. He has acted as counsel or arbitrator in more than 500 arbitrations in Europe, Asia, the United States and Africa, and in ad hoc arbitrations before tribunals such as the International Court of Justice. He was ad hoc arbitrator at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Nagano, and Sydney.

Professor van den Berg, author of the acknowledged standard text on the 1958 New York Convention, teaches a course on that topic every year at the UM School of Law. He is the Arbitration Chair at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the immediate past president of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute. Professor van den Berg, a Dutchman who is a partner in Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels, was given the Arbitration Lawyer of the Year Award by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers this year and in 2006.

The publication says that Professor van den Berg, the most highly nominated individual in the field, is “quite clearly one of the best in the business” in the eyes of his colleagues. It says also that he “stands alone at the head of the practice worldwide.”

The two men are ranked atop a list of 531 arbitrators from around the world. Last year, Professor Paulsson was in third place on the list, and Professor van den Berg in fourth.

“We are very proud of our faculty,” said Jessica Carvalho Morris, director of the UM School of Law’s International Graduate Law Programs. “It is terrific to have the world recognize their caliber as practitioners and consequently of our program.”

Also commended by Who’s Who are Lucy Reed, a UM School of Law visiting professor and co-head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s global international arbitration group, who is described as “one of the premier arbitrators in the United States,” and Carolyn B. Lamm, who graduated from the UM School of Law in 1973 and addressed this year’s graduating class in May. The former president of the American Bar Association and a partner at White & Case LLP in Washington, Lamm has “absolutely fantastic” skills in arbitration, according to the Who’s Who summary.

Nominees were selected, the publication said, after “comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and commercial arbitration experts in private practice worldwide.”

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Left:Jan Paulsson; right: Albert Jan van den Berg

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