PUBLISHED:September 08, 2014

Ethics in International Arbitration

Ethics in International Arbitration Professor Catherine Rogers

Thursday, October 2
12:30 pm | Room 3037
Duke Law School

Professor Catherine Rogers, Professor of Law and International Affairs at Penn State Law, will give a talk titled after her newly released book, "Ethics in International Arbitration." A book sale and signing will immediately follow the lecture. This lecture is sponsored by the Center for International and Comparative Law. Lunch will be served.

For more information, contact Ali Prince.


Despite international arbitration’s impressive growth and obvious maturation in recent years, many unanswered questions remain about the ethical duties and professional conduct of these participants in arbitral processes. What is the source of their ethical duties? National ethical rules or laws? If so, which national rules and laws? What happens if, as is often the case, there are conflicting national rules in the same proceeding? Who would or should or could sort out those conflicts? What specialized international ethical rules exist and are others needed? If so, what is their relationship to existing national rules and laws? Who should promulgate international ethical rules, and how should their content be derived? Who would enforce them? And finally, why does this all matter? In "Ethics in International Arbitration," Professor Catherine Rogers seeks to evaluate the circumstances that rise to these questions and provide conceptual responses that are relevant not only to international arbitration, but to global governance, the international legal profession, and international adjudication more generally.


Catherine A. Rogers is a scholar of international arbitration and professional ethics at Penn State Law, with a dual appointment as Professor of Ethics, Regulation, and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary, University of London, where she is also Co-Director of the Institute on Ethics and Regulation. Her scholarship focuses on the convergence of the public and private in international adjudication, and on the reconceptualization of the attorney as a global actor. Professor Rogers is a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the U.S. Law (Third) of International Commercial Arbitration, one of the ICC Palestine’s delegated members of the Court of Arbitration for the Jerusalem Arbitration Center, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Judicial Academy, and co-chair, together with William W. “Rusty” Park, of the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration.  She is regularly engaged in capacity-building activities to promote arbitration and the rule of law in developing and emerging economies, and is working to found Arbitrator Intelligence, a non-profit informational resource to increase accuracy, equal access to information and accountability in the arbitrator selection process. Before entering academia, Professor Rogers practiced international litigation and arbitration in New York, Hong Kong, and San Francisco.