Waiting For Loewen - WAMR 2013 Vol. 7, No. 1
Jan Paulsson holds the Michael Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair at the University of Miami School of Law. He has acted as counsel or arbitrator in many hundreds of international arbitrations, conducted under all the major international arbitration rules. He has appeared before a number of public international law tribunals, including the International Court of Justice. Mr. Paulsson is President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, President of the Administrative Tribunals of the OECD and the EBRD, and a board member of the AAA. He is a former President of the London Court of International Arbitration and of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal, and a former Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He heads a graduate programme in international arbitration at the School of Law of the University of Miami. Among his publications are the standard reference work International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration (3rd edition 2000), which he co-authored with Messrs. W.L. Craig and W.W. Park, and his monograph Denial of Justice in International Law, published by Cambridge University Press in 2005. His latest book, The Idea of Arbitration, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Mr. Paulsson holds degrees from Harvard College, Yale Law School (where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal) and the University of Paris. He speaks English, French, Spanish, and Swedish. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally from World Arbitration And Mediation Review (WAMR)
James Fleming Denham, an American who went to Central America in the 1890’s to seek his fortune and found it in Panama, seems to have been a man of paradox. He was clearly unfaithful to his wife, but seems to have been remarkably faithful to his mistress –or so it would seem from the successive appearances of Ana Maria, Virgilia, Roberto, Jaime, and Ricardo, the children produced by their enduring liaison.
Of course such a tale of riches and illicit romance would not be complete if it did not include an episode of violent death. In fact, it was James Denham’s own life that ended violently. Yet his murder seems to have been the least remarkable aspect of the international legal wranglings triggered by his demise.
Perhaps it is best to take the story in sequence. James Denham was accompanied by his wife Lettie, and their son Frank, as he established his little family in El Boquete, a little town about as far as one could get from Panama City, nestled in a high valley on the flank of Vulcan Baru near the Costa Rican border. Unfortunately, Frank was a sickly child, and Lettie decided to take him to California. She thus fell into a pattern of moving between California, where Frank was growing up, and Panama, where James was succeeding in various ventures.