Thomas Carbonneau is the Samuel P. Orlando Distinguished Professor of Law at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. Professor Carbonneau is commonly regarded as one of the world's leading experts on domestic and international arbitration. He serves on the editorial board of La Revue de L'Arbitrage and is the author of ten highly acclaimed books and 75 scholarly and professional articles on arbitration. Professor Carbonneau was formerly the Moise S. Steeg Jr. Professor of International Law at Tulane University School of Law.
The status of arbitration as the procedure of choice in transnational commerce can no longer be seriously challenged. More than eighty countries have ratified the New York Arbitration Convention,1 attesting unequivocally to national government recognition of the importance of arbitration in international commerce. Domestic laws, moreover, are being adapted to and are sustaining arbitral autonomy.2 Arbitration, in fact, has been so triumphant that it has spawned a professional culture of its own. Conferences regularly celebrate its achievements and discuss the growth of its mission in international trade. Specialized law journals devote their contents exclusively to matters of international arbitration. In addition, books and monographs actually rival the number of articles on the subject.3