Past Events

Workshop on Formal and Informal Governance

September 28, 2017

Scholars presented works in progress on the intersection of formal and informal governance of market relationships.

Charles N. Brower on Investor-State Arbitration

April 6, 2017

The Honorable Charles N. Brower spoke about investor-state arbitration. Judge Brower has had a 50-year career in the law that has combined extensive practice at the bar with distinguished public service, both national and international, concentrating during 30 years in the fields of public international law and international dispute resolution. He recently retired as a Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, where he has served since 1983. He has been described as "the reigning king of international arbitrators" and consistently ranked at the top of international arbitrators.

Junior Scholars Workshop on International Dispute Resolution
October 28, 2016

The American Society of International Law’s Dispute Resolution Interest Group and Yale Law School’s Center for the Study of Private Law hosted a workshop for junior scholars. A small group received feedback through group discussion on academic works in progress in international dispute resolution.  


Hohfeld Centennial Workshop
October 14-15, 2016

The 1.5-day symposium commemorated the work of the scholar Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld on the centennial of his death. The workshop convened leading scholars, predominantly specializing in the theory of private law. Hohfeld’s work formed the foundation of the “bundle of sticks” notion of property and substantially impacted the Restatement (First) of Property. His seminal works were produced while he was a professor at Yale Law School from 1913 to 1918. His two best-known articles were published in the Yale Law Journal in 1913 and 1917. More details, including a list of participants, are available here.


Careers in Nonprofit Law and Social Enterprise
October 4, 2016

Co-sponsored with the Yale Law and Business Society and the Career Development Office, the panel brought attorneys specializing in nonprofit law and social enterprise to speak about their work and career opportunities in the field. The speakers were Justin Zaremby ('10), an Associate in the Tax Exempt Organizations department of Patterson Belknap, and Zachary Kaufman ('09), Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and editor of the book Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World.


Workshop on the Philosophy of Contract
September 16-17, 2016

Co-sponsored with the University College London Faculty of Laws, the workshop brought together scholars based in the United States and Europe to present works in progress in the philosophy of contract.  Participants included Aditi Bagchi, Richard Brooks, Larissa Katz, Greg Klass, George Letsas, Daniel Markovits, Paul McMahon, Michael Moore, Liam Murphy, Prince Saprai, Alan Schwartz, Emily Sherwin, Rebecca Stone, Alexander Stremitzer, Frederick Wilmot-Smith, Gideon Yaffe, and Ben Zipursky.


Institut Michel Villey Summer School
Summer 2016

Co-sponsored with the Institut Michel Villey, University of Paris II.  The seminar took up the idea of rationality in legal and economic thought. Participants included Richard Brooks, Dennis Baranger, David Grewal, Bruno Deffains, Amnon Lev, Gilbert Faccarello, Genevieve Helleringer, Jeff Fagan, Benedicte Fauvarque-Cosson, Philippe Stoffel-Munck, Olivier Beaud, Quentin Epron.


Paul Friedland on Trends in International Arbitration (International Arbitration Series)
April 14, 2016

Paul Friedland, Head of White & Case's International Arbitration Practice, spoke about current trends in international arbitration and the integrity issues surrounding party appointment of arbitrators. Co-sponsored with the Yale Society of International Law and the Yale Journal of International Law. 


Justice Russell Brown on the Protection of Privacy in Tort Law
April 7, 2016

Justice Russell Brown, the newest Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, discussed the concept of privacy as a protected interest in tort law in comparative commonwealth perspective. Co-sponsored with the MacMillan Center, the Canadian Studies Committee, the Canadian Students Association, and the Office of International Students and Scholars. 


Kelo Ten Years Later: Enduring Legacy or Passing Fancy
March 3, 2016

In Kelo v. City of New London, the Supreme Court held that governments may use the power of eminent domain to seize property and transfer it to private developers. The decision motivated broad popular opposition: as one writer put it, “This was a rare issue on which Rush Limbaugh, Ralph Nader, libertarians, and the NAACP were all on the same side.” In Kelo’s wake, 45 states passed eminent domain reform legislation, and courts around the country stridently rejected Kelo when interpreting state constitutions. Yet Donald Trump’s recent fervent defense of the decision and his personal history of extensive eminent domain use for building projects have not slowed the surprising momentum of his presidential candidacy. And eminent domain reform has reportedly been mostly cosmetic. This panel looked at Kelo’s legacy ten years later. Who is hurt by takings for private development? Can such takings advance the public interest? Has eminent domain reform changed anything? Has the issue been overblown? If so, what aspects of land use law should we focus on instead? The panelists were Dana Berliner of the Institute for Justice, who represented Suzette Kelo and the other property owners; Wesley Horton of Horton, Shields & Knox, who represented New London; Robert Hockett of Cornell University Law School; and Ilya Somin of George Mason Law School, author of The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London & The Limits of Eminent Domain. Co-sponsored with the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society.


Shareholder Rights in Investment Treaty Arbitration
February 12, 2016

At the third Yale International Arbitration Breakfast Roundtable, Yas Banifatemi and Emmanuel Gaillard of Shearman & Sterling spoke about shareholder rights in investment treaty arbitration. Shearman & Sterling hosted the Roundtable in its New York office, and satellite sites participated from Washington, Luxembourg, Paris, and São Paulo.


The Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development
February 8

Professor Lisa Sachs, Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), discussed how extractive industry investments can be leveraged for sustainable and equitable development, particularly in low-income, resource-rich countries. Co-sponsored with the Schell Center for International Human Rights and the Yale Environmental Law Association (YELA).


Gary Born on Bilateral Arbitration Treaties (International Arbitration Series)
December 1, 2015

Gary Born, Chair of WilmerHale's International Arbitration group and President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, spoke by videoconference on his proposal for the adoption of bilateral arbitration treaties. Co-sponsored with the Yale Journal of International Law and the Yale Society of International Law.


Launching a Career in International Arbitration (International Arbitration Series)
November 17, 2015

The Center, together with the Career Development Office, the Yale Journal of International Law, and the Yale Society of International Law, hosted a panel discussion with four recent graduates who are building careers in international arbitration: Rocío Digón '08, Managing Director and Counsel, International Court of Arbitration, ICC New York; Terra Gearhart-Serna '10, Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton New York; Aditya Singh LLM '12, Associate, White & Case New York; and Romain Zamour '13, Associate, White & Case New York. 


Symposium on Contract and Fiduciary Obligation
July 9, 2015

The Center (working in conjunction with the Law Faculty of University College London) hosted a one-day symposium on the relationship between contract and fiduciary duties in London on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Hugh Collins (Oxford), Gregory Klass (Georgetown), Irit Samet (King's College London), Alan Schwartz (Yale), Emily Sherwin (Cornell), and Lionel Smith (McGill) presented papers. Commentators and other participants were drawn from across the UK and Europe, and included prominent academic lawyers, judges, practitioners, and philosophers.


Symposium on Private Law and Public Order
June 5 and 6, 2015

The Symposium re-convened the participants in the Spring 2015 Seminar in Private Law, together with some others, to take up the seminar’s themes over two days of discussions. Participants included Lisa Bernstein, Richard Brooks, Guido Calabresi, Hanoch Dagan, Avihay Dorfman, John Goldberg, Robert Hockett, Amy Kapczynski Roy Kreitner, Bertram Lomfeld, Daniel Markovits, David Owens, Tamara Piety, Annelise Riles, Henry Smith, Rebecca Stone, Rory Van Loo, Daniel Viehoff, and Benjamin Zipursky. 


Consumer Arbitration at a Crossroads
April 8, 2015

On April 8, the Center hosted a roundtable discussion of consumer arbitration at Yale Law School. Speakers included:

Jerry Ganzfried, Partner, Holland & Knight

Deepak Gupta, Partner Gupta/ Beck

Ira Rheingold, Executive Director, National Association of Consumer Advocates

Jason Johnston, Henry L. and Grad Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor, University of Virginia School of Law

Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School


International Investment Arbitration Roundtable
December 18, 2014

On December 18, the Center (acting together with Yale Law School's Latin American Legal Studies Programs) sponsored a breakfast roundtable devoted to current issues in international investment arbitration. Meg Kinnear (Secretary General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes) delivered the principal presentation, and Donald Donovan (co-head of the International Disputes Group at Debevoise & Plimpton) and Hugo Perezcano Díaz (formerly head of Mexico’s Trade Remedy Authority) commented, and Andrés Jana (Head of International Arbitration Group at Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana) moderated. Debevoise & Plimpton hosted the roundtable at its New York offices, and satellite sites participated by simulcast from Washington, Paris, Asunción, Lima, Quito, and São Paulo.