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Interview: Claus von Wobeser

A sit-down interview with Claus von Wobeser discussing the life lessons learned during his remarkable career.



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About the Contributors
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CLAUS VON WOBESER is the Founding Partner as well as the Head Partner of the Dispute Resolution Practice of Von Wobeser y Sierra with more than 40 years of experience. He has acted in more than 200 international arbitration proceedings, either as arbitrator or counsel, as per the rules of the ICC, ICDR, LCIA, HKIAC, UNCITRAL, NAFTA, ICSID and ICSID Additional Facility, among others. Claus frequently participates as an expert in arbitration proceedings as well as on proceedings related to Mexican law before U.S. and English courts. Furthermore, his experience includes having acted as ad hoc judge of the Inter-American Human Rights Court and as conciliator in ICSID proceedings. Claus has served as Vice President of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, as Co-Chair to the IBA Arbitration Committee and as President of the Arbitration Commission of the Mexican Chapter of ICC. Currently, he is member of the Panel of Arbitrators of ICSID, member of the LCIA, Vice President of the Latin American Arbitration Association, among other designations. Claus has received numerous accolades that recognize him as a leading figure in arbitration at an international level. In November 2017 Claus won the Lifetime Achievement Award from Chambers & Partners for his contribution to the legal profession.

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Andrea K. Bjorklund is a Full Professor and the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law at McGill University Faculty of Law.  In 2017, she was named one of McGill’s Norton Rose Scholars in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law.  In Winter 2018, she was a Plumer Fellow at St. Anne’s College and a Visiting Fellow in the Law Faculty, University of Oxford. In addition to serving as an adviser to the American Law Institute’s project on restating the U.S. law of international commercial arbitration, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law.  Professor Bjorklund was the inaugural ICSID Scholar-in-Residence from 2014-2015 and was Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy from 2012- to 2015.  She is on the panel of arbitrators of the AAA’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution and on the roster of NAFTA Chapter 19 arbitrators.  Professor Bjorklund is widely published in investment law and dispute resolution and transnational contracts. Prior to joining McGill, Professor Bjorklund taught at the University of California, Davis, School of Law.  Before entering the academy, she was an attorney-adviser on the NAFTA arbitration team in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, in addition to periods at the U.S. International Trade Commission and in private practice at Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C.  She clerked for Judge Samuel J. Ervin, III, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Professor Bjorklund has a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.A. in French Studies from New York University, and a B.A. (with High Honors) in History and French from the University of Nebraska.