School of Law

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Scholar-in-Residence Seminar: The Paradoxical Argentina Cases

17 December 2012

Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Venue: Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, 49 Park Lane, London, W1K 1PS

Co-organised by The School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary, University of London and WilmerHale.

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Speaker: Professor José Alvarez

Professor Alvarez, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr's Scholar-in-Residence for 2012, will be examining the awards rendered to date in the largest set of investor-state arbitration claims directed at a single state, namely Argentina in the wake of its economic crisis of 2001-2002. He will use those cases to address contemporary criticisms of the international investment law regime. Professor Alvarez is the Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law at New York University Law School where he teaches courses on international law, foreign investment, and international organizations. He regularly sits as arbitrator or acts as expert witness in international arbitration cases.

James Crawford of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge and Gary Born of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP will comment on Professor Alvarez's presentation. 

Dr Maxi Scherer, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and Queen Mary, School of International Arbitration, University of London, will moderate the discussion. 

The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, founded by Sir Elihu Lauterpacht QC in 1983, is one of the world's leading research and teaching centres for the discussion and development of international law. The Centre serves as a forum for lectures on topical issues of international law by leading practitioners and academics. The Centre also publishes a number of international law texts and provides research facilities and accommodation for visiting scholars from around the world.

The School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary, University of London, was established in 1985 to promote advanced teaching and research in the law and practice affecting international arbitration.  Today the School is widely acknowledged as one of the leading teaching and research centres on international arbitration in the world. The School of International ARbitration offers a range of international arbitration courses including: specialist LLM modules, postgraduate diplomas, professional courses and training and one of the largest specialist PhD programmes.


  • 6:00 pm Registration
  • 6:30–7:30 pm Presentation
  • 7:30–9:00 pm Drinks and canapés

How to Book

Limited spaces available, RSVP by email to


Sharon Ward, Wilmerhale

Tel: +44 (0)20 7645 2951~