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Charles N Brower

Charles N Brower

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Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Questions & Answers

Between periods at White & Case LLP, Judge Brower has served in the United States Department of State (1969–1973), concluding as acting legal adviser; judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal (1983–present); deputy special counsellor to the president of the United States (1987); judge ad hoc of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (1999–2002); and judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice in three contentious proceedings (2014–present).

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE A CAREER IN THE LAW?

Actually practising law. Before that I was just going to punch a ticket on the way to entering the American Foreign Service.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR ROLE AS ARBITRATOR?

Having only the single goal of deciding the dispute to the very best of my ability.

HOW HAS INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST BEGAN PRACTISING?

It has grown from strictly contractual disputes to include many treaty-based ones affecting public interests, which in turn has raised many controversial issues.

WHAT QUALITIES MAKE A SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATOR?

Broad experience of life combined with unbiased, informed, sound judgement, which in turn inspires confidence.

WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING ABOUT SITTING AS JUDGE AD HOC IN INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNALS?

The same challenge as confronts a member of a nation’s highest court: Knowledge of the necessarily broad impact of a judgment on the parties to the dispute.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE GREATEST CHALLENGE FACED BY THE NEXT GENERATION OF ARBITRATION PRACTITIONERS?

If there is a “revolution” in the field, such as that proposed by the EU, it will be that. If “evolution” succeeds, the challenges will be less.

WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF CAREER ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?

Shakespeare said it: “This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

WHERE, IN YOUR OPINION, DOES THE FUTURE OF THE PRACTICE AREA LIE?

The future of the practice area is secure, notwithstanding whatever adjustments it may be required to make, as disputes will arise eternally.

Global Leader

Arbitration 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Charles Brower is a distinguished judge and arbitrator who is identified as “a founder and a leader in the development of investment arbitration”. He is a longstanding expert in the field with encyclopaedic knowledge of commercial and investment disputes.

Biography

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 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.

National Leader

UK Bar - Arbitration - Juniors

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Charles Brower is a distinguished arbitration specialist who commands great respect for his vast experience handling complex contentious proceedings.

Biography

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 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.

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