George A Bermann is professor of law at Columbia Law School, teaching international commercial and investment arbitration, transnational litigation, EU law, and comparative law. He directs Columbia’s Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA).
He is professeur affilié at the Law School of Sciences Po in Paris, and teaches regularly in the MIDS programme in Geneva and at Georgetown Law Center.
Bermann is an experienced international arbitrator, in both commercial and investor-state cases, in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations, and both as party-appointed and chair. He frequently serves as counsel and expert witness in litigation and arbitration alike.
He earned BA and JD degrees from Yale University and a masters in law from Columbia. Following several years of law practice in New York with Davis Polk & Wardwell, he entered into law teaching, legal scholarship and arbitration practice.
Bermann is co-chair of the board of advisors of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), founding member of the governing board of the ICC Court of International Arbitration, co-author with Emmanuel Gaillard of the UNCITRAL Guide to the New York Convention, and chief reporter of the American Law Institute’s Restatement on the US Law of International Commercial Arbitration. He is co-editor-in-chief with Rob Smit of the American Review of International Arbitration and chair of the executive editorial board of the Columbia Journal of European Law. He is widely published through books and articles on international dispute resolution (including arbitration), private international law and EU law.
Bermann arbitrates in English and French, and in the full range of international disputes.
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