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Charles N Brower
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Charles Brower is a member of 20 Essex Street Chambers (2001–). He has acted as a judge in the Iran-US Claims Tribunal (1983–), and judge ad hoc at the International Court of Justice (2014–) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (1999-2002). Other roles include deputy special counsellor to the US president (1987); assistant, deputy and acting legal adviser to the US Department of State (1969-1973); member of the ABA Board of Governors (1985–1988); president of ASIL (1996-1998); and chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (1994–2000).

What motivated you to enter the legal profession?

I was convinced that with a law degree I could embark on any of the careers I foresaw for myself: politics, the United States Foreign Service, even the law.

What qualities make for a successful arbitrator?

Keen intellect; utter impartiality; a reverence for the law; total honesty; a talent for leadership, for managing a sometimes-contentious situation; and the ability to make sound judgements based on the facts and the law.

What has been you proudest moment in practice?

Every day I have spent in the Peace Palace in The Hague over the past three decades. It is the temple of international law.

What, in your opinion, have been the benefits of your longstanding public service on your practice as an arbitrator?

The more one has experienced the world in its various aspects, the more one is equipped to comprehend and evaluate all the facets of a dispute and arrive at a sound, just decision.

What drew you towards public international law and international arbitration?

Given my international orientation, and some study of international law at Harvard Law School, when US Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story’s “jealous mistress” (the law) and I had consummated our affair at White & Case LLP in New York City and I landed at the US Department of State in the office of the legal adviser, I became totally committed.

What have been the most significant developments you have witnessed during your career?

The enormous growth of international law, both public and private, the proliferation of areas in which they are developed, and the accompanying multiplicity of international courts, tribunals and other means of resolving disputes.

Critics of international arbitration seem to be focusing on a general lack of transparency in the practice. What can be done to silence these critics?

First, continue the existing trend to expand transparency to the extent that it is compatible with the fundamentals of international arbitration. Second, show them just how far transparency has already grown, eg, opportunities for non-disputing parties and amici curiae to submit views to an arbitral tribunal, the virtually complete transparency of ICSID and NAFTA proceedings, the widespread reporting of awards and decisions, the daily flow of arbitration news, etc.

What would you say is your secret for success?

That’s perhaps for others to say. As far as I am concerned, it has been consistent adherence to Abraham Lincoln’s statement when announcing his first campaign for public office: “Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal UK Bar - Arbitration

Charles N Brower has been a judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal for 34 years, has served as judge ad hoc of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and currently serves also as judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice. He is also a member of 20 Essex Street Chambers in London. He has served as acting legal adviser to the United States Department of State and as deputy special counsellor to the president of the United States. He was for many years a partner at White & Case LLP. He has specialised in international arbitration for 37 years and is a chartered arbitrator and fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. In 2009 Judge Brower was awarded the American Society of International Law’s Manley O Hudson Medal for “pre-eminent scholarship and achievement in international law... without regard to nationality”. In 2010 he received the Stefan A Riesenfeld Award of the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in recognition of “outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of international law”. In 2013 he received the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law’s Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Pat Murphy Award of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration of the Center for American and International Law For Exceptional Civic Contributions and Extraordinary Professional Achievements in International Arbitration. In October 2014 he became the first inductee into the Legal Media Group Euromoney “Hall of Fame” for “significant contributions to commercial arbitration during his career”. In 2015 Judge Brower received Global Arbitration Review’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

WWL says: Senior statesman Charles Brower is a worldwide name, and is one of the most popular and in-demand arbitrators around.

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Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Lawyers

Charles N Brower has been a judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal for 33 years, has served as judge ad hoc of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and currently serves also as judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice. He is also a member of 20 Essex Street Chambers in London. He has served as acting legal adviser to the United States Department of State and as deputy special counsellor to the president of the United States. He was for many years a partner at White & Case LLP. He has specialised in international arbitration for 35 years and is a chartered arbitrator and fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. In 2009 Judge Brower was awarded the American Society of International Law’s Manley O Hudson Medal for “pre-eminent scholarship and achievement in international law... without regard to nationality”. In 2010 he received the Stefan A Riesenfeld Award of the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in recognition of “outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of international law”. In 2013 he received the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law’s Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Pat Murphy Award of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration of the Center for American and International Law for “exceptional civic contributions and extraordinary professional achievements in international arbitration”. In October 2014 he became the first inductee into the Legal Media Group Euromoney “Hall of Fame” for “significant contributions to commercial arbitration during his career”. In 2015 Judge Brower received Global Arbitration Review’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

WWL says: Charles Brower is a longstanding fixture in the European market, commended for his vast experience in all manner of arbitrations.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Arbitration which can be purchased from our Shop.

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