To state that international arbitration in the United States—and globally—would be far less developed but for the work of Professor George Bermann is not hyperbole. Professor Bermann is a scholar, a teacher, an advocate, an expert, an arbitrator, and a pillar of the international arbitration community.
In the world of academia, Professor Bermann is Gellhorn Professor of Law and Monnet Professor in European Law and Director of the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration at Columbia Law School, and a world-renowned authority on comparative law, EU law, international trade law, WTO regulations as well as international arbitration. He is the founder of both the Columbia Journal of European Law and the European Legal Studies Center and an affiliated faculty member of many reputable international arbitration programs, including the Master of Law program of Science Po and the International Dispute Settlement Program in Geneva. And he is the co-author of the UNCITRAL Guide to the New York Convention.