Annual Miami Law International Arbitration Lecture Tackles Pandemic Lessons

White & Case International Arbitration

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 20, 2021) – The University of Miami School of Law’s Annual White & Case International Arbitration Lecture will feature the co-chair of Debevoise & Plimpton’s International Dispute Resolution Group and a past president of the International Bar Association, David W. Rivkin, on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST. Rivkin will deliver a lecture on “Post-Pandemic Arbitration: Will It Be Contact-Free?” The lecture is hosted by Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute and White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program.

Rivkin will discuss the lessons we have learned and how they can be adapted to improve arbitration in the post-pandemic world and will discuss how the pandemic may impact damage claims.

“The world of international arbitration moved rapidly to adapt to the pandemic,” said Carolyn B. Lamm, distinguished faculty chair of the LL.M. program and partner of White & Case LLP. “David Rivkin will help us explore the lessons learned from 2020 and look toward the future. Many in international arbitration have made predictions, but David brings decades of experience and superb analysis to help us assess the reality.”

A litigation partner in the firm’s New York and London offices, Rivkin has broad experience in the areas of international litigation and arbitration and public international law. He is consistently ranked as one of the top international dispute resolution practitioners in the world, and he has won some of the largest commercial and investment treaty arbitration awards. Rivkin also represents companies in transnational litigation in the United States, including the enforcement of arbitral awards and arbitration agreements.

“Change is here to stay, as the challenges of 2020 and the global pandemic have accelerated disruption in the legal market and the field of international arbitration,” said Jonathan C. Hamilton, distinguished faculty chair of the International Arbitration Institution and partner of White & Case LLP. “Serious lawyers and students must confront how to preserve the core values of lawyering while practicing in an evolving environment. Miami Law carries this critical conversation forward with the annual lecture.”

As past president of the IBA – whose membership includes more than 100,000 members and 200 bar associations – Rivkin was the first American to serve in that position in 25 years. Rivkin is a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport, which supervises the Court of Arbitration for Sport, on which he has served for 20 years. He is also deputy president of ICAS’s Anti-Doping Division and co-chair of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He currently serves in leadership positions on the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration, the Mauritius Arbitration and Mediation Centre, and the Russian Arbitration Centre.

Miami Law’s White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program, under the guidance of Lamm, provides a unique individualized educational opportunity for a small group of top-quality students from a range of countries, who wish to acquire an in-depth grounding in the field of international commercial and investment arbitration as a platform for a successful career. Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute, under the guidance of Hamilton, the institute’s distinguished faculty chair, is an embodiment of the University of Miami’s long tradition of engagement with the law of arbitration and strives for progress through research in international arbitration.

The virtual event is free and open to the public with registration. CLE credit for Florida and New York pending approval.