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Chiara Giorgetti

Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae

  • Profile

    Professor Chiara Giorgetti teaches and writes in the areas of public international law, international arbitration, international courts ad tribunals. She has authored over a dozen publications on these topics, including several authored and edited books. She has written in the Colombia Journal of Transnational Law, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, the Georgetown Journal of International Law and in the American Journal of International Law. Professor Giorgetti served as a member of the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law and co-chaired the ASIL Annual Meeting. She is Vice-President of the American Branch of the International Law Association, Chair of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and a member of the Academic Forum on ISDS. Prior to joining the Richmond Law faculty in 2012, Professor Giorgetti practiced international arbitration in Washington, D.C., and Geneva, Switzerland, and worked extensively with the United Nations in New York and Somalia. She also served as counsel in several inter-states disputes. Professor Giorgetti clerked at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

    • Presentations

      Presenter, "Looking at the Future: Reflecting on the Reform Process in Investor-State Dispute Settlement," International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Symposium: New Directions in International Arbitration and Mediation, Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law (February 2021)


      Panelist, "The Draft Code of Conduct for ISDS Adjudicators - Where Do We Stand?," A Code of Conduct in ISDS Arbitration, Italian Arbitration Association (AIA) (February 2021)


      Panelist, "Code of Conduct for Arbitrators: The Role of Institutions," Actors in International Investment Law: Beyond Claimants, Respondents and Arbitrators, University of Zaragoza Faculty of Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Law, and CNRS-CERSA, University Paris II Panthon-Assas (September 2019)


      Panelist, "Independence and Impartiality of Arbitrators," UNCITRAL Working Group III Conference, United Nations - UNCITRAL (April 2019)


      Presenter, "A Common Code of Conduct for International Adjudicators," Annual Meeting - Panel on Judicial Ethics, American Society of International Law (March 2019)


      Commentator, "Closing Remarks," State Parties in Contract-Based Arbitration, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) and American Society of International Law (ASIL) (March 2019)


      Panelist, "Do we need a Common Code for International Arbitrators," Reform in Investor-State Dispute Settlement, Pluricourts (February 2019)


      Presenter, "Rethinking the Individual in International Law," International Law Symposium, Temple Law School (January 2019)


      Presenter, "Understanding IDS Reform," Georgetown International Arbitration Society event, Georgetown Law Center (January 2019)


      Presentations Prior to 2019

    • Memberships

      Co-Chair, Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration


      Member, Executive Board of the International Law Student Association


      Co-Director of Studies, Intational Law Association, American Branch


      Co-Chair, South-East Interest Group


      Guest Professor, Webster University (Leiden - Geneva)


      Term Member, Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association (2010 - present)


      Member, Editorial Advisory Board, International Legal Materials (2009 - present)


      Co-Chair, ASIL Annual Meeting (2011 - 2011)


      Member, Programme Committee, ASIL Annual Meeting (2011 - 2011)


      Founder & Co-Chair, International Courts and Tribunals Interset Group of ASIL (2010 - 2010)


      Member, Award Committee, ASIL (2009 - 2009)

    • Bar Admissions

      New York


      Washington, D.C.

    • Professional Experience

      Professor of Law (2018 - present)
      University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA


      Faculty Director, LLM Program (2014 - 2019)
      University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA


      Assistant Professor of Law (2012 - 2018)
      University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA


      Adjunct Professor (2007 - 2012)
      Georgetown University Law Center , Washington, DC


      Associate (2007 - 2012)
      White & Case LLP, Washington, DC


      Associate (2003 - 2005)
      Lalive, Attorneys at Law, Geneva,


      Law Clerk (2002 - 2003)
      International Court of Justice, The Hague,


      Associate Legal Advisor (2001 - 2001)
      Office of the Legal Adviser, Office of the President of Eritrea, Asmara,


      Programme Officer (1998 - 2000)
      United Nations Development Programme for Somalia, Nairobi,


      Legal Consultant (1998 - 1998)
      Office of the Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations Secretariat, New York, NY


      Special Counsel - Expert in Italian and International Law (1997 - 1998)
      Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the United Nations, New York, NY


      Visiting Junior Fellow (1996 - 1997)
      New York University School of Law, New York, NY


      Research Assistant (1995 - 1996)
      Global Business Environment, Shell International, London,

  • Publications
    Books

    Beyond Fragmentation: Cross-fertilization, Cooperation and Competition Among International Courts and Tribunals (Cambridge University Press) (with Mark Pollack) (2021).

    Whither The West? Debates on Concepts of International Law in Europe and The United States (with Guglielmo Verdirame) (2021).

    Resolving Conflicts in the Law - Essays in Honor of Lea Brilmayer (Brill Nijhoff) (Natalie Klein) (2019).

    Whither The West? Debates on Concepts of International Law in Europe and The United States (Cambridge University Press) (with G. Verdirame) (2019).

    International Claims Commissions: Righting Wrongs After Conflict (Edward Elgar Publishing) (with Lea Brilmayer et al.) (2017).

    Challenges and Recusals of Judges and Arbitrators in International Courts and Tribunals (ed.) (Brill | Nijhoff) (2015).

    Litigating International Investment Disputes (ed.) (Brill Nijhoff) (2014).

    The Rules, Practice and Jurisprudence of International Courts and Tribunals (ed.) (Martinus Nijhoff) (2012).

    A Principled Approach to State Failure, International Community Actions in Emergency Situations: (Brill Nijhoff) (2010).

    Journal Articles

    Independence and Impartiality in Investment Dispute Settlement: Assessing Challenges and Reform Options, Journal of World Investment and Trade (with Steven Ratner et al.) (2020).

    Reforming International Investment Arbitration - An Introduction, 19 Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 300 (with Laura Létourneau-Tremblay et al.) (2020).

    Independence and Impartiality of Adjudicators in Investment Dispute Settlement: Assessing Challenges and Reform Options, The Journal of World Investment & Trade (Brill) (2020) (with Steven Ratner et al.).

    The Diversity Deficit in International Investment Arbitration, The Journal of World Investment & Trade (Brill) (2020) (with Andrea K. Bjorklund et al.).

    Model Green Investment Treaty: International Investment and Climate Change, 36 Journal of International Arbitration 95 (with Daniel Magraw et al.) (2019).

    Rethinking the Individual in International Law, 22 Lewis & Clark Law Review 1085 (2019).

    Ex Pluribus Unum? On The Form and Shape of a Common Code of Ethics in International Litigation, 113 American Journal of International Law Unbound 312 (Cambridge University Press) (with Jeffrey Dunoff) (2019).

    Introduction to the Symposium: A Focus on Ethics in International Courts and Tribunals, 113 American Journal of International Law Unbound 279 (Cambridge University Press) (with Jeffrey Dunoff) (2019).

    Better Late than Never: Third State Responsibility in the Implementation of the 2003 Ethiopian/Eritrea Boundary Decision, Ethiopian Journal of International Law (2018).

    Developing International Law at the Bar - Growing Competition among International Courts and Tribunals, 15 The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 177 (2016).

    Horizontal and Vertical Relationships of International Courts and Tribunals - How Do We Address Their Competing Jurisdiction? , 30 ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Journal 98 (2015).

    International Decisions: The Yukos Arbitrations (Hulley Enterprises Limited (Cyprus) v. The Russian Federation, Yukos Universal Limited (Isle of Man) v. The Russian Federation, Veteran Petroleum Limited (Cyprus) v. The Russian Federation), 109 American Journal of International Law 387 (2015).

    Using International Law in Somalia's Post-Conflict Reconstruction, 53 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 48 (2014).

    Challenges of International Investment Arbitrators – How it Works, and Does it Work?, 7 World Arbitration & Mediation Review 303 (2013).

    International Health Emergencies in Failed and Failing States, 44 Georgetown Journal of International Law 1347 (2013).

    Syria and the Arab Spring, International Law Society Symposium, 1 University of Baltimore Journal of International Law 259 (2013).

    Who Decides Who Decides In International Investment Arbitration?, 35 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 431 (2013).

    Why Should International Law Be Concerned About State Failure?, 16 ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law 469 (2010).

    The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in the Climate Change Negotiations, 9 Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy 115 (1998).

    Book Chapters

    Beyond Fragmentation: Cross-Fertilization, Cooperation And Competition Among International Courts And Tribunals , in Beyond Fragmentation: Cross-Fertilization, Cooperation And Competition Among International Courts And Tribunals (Cambridge University Press) (with Mark Pollack) (2021).

    International Courts and Tribunals in the USA and in Europe – The Increasingly Divided West, in Whither The West? Debates on Concepts of International Law in Europe and The United States (2021).

    Of Gardeners and Bees: Theorizing the Actors of Cross-Fertilization, in Beyond Fragmentation: Cross-fertilization, Cooperation and Competition Among International Courts and Tribunals (with Mark Pollack) (2021).

    "This is your wake-up call": Lea Brilmayer's Influence as a Scholar and Teacher, in Resolving Conflicts in the Law - Essays in Honor of Lea Brilmayer (Brill - Nijhoff) (Natalie Klein, ed.) (2019).

    Are International Mass Claims the Right Mechanism to Provide Redress to Individuals Injured Under International Law?, in Resolving Conflicts in the Law - Essays in Honor of Lea Brilmayer (Brill - Nijhoff) (Natalie Klein, ed.) (2019).

    Jurisprudential Space Junk: Treaties and New Technology, in Resolving Conflicts in the Law: Essays in Honour of Lea Brilmayer (Brill Nijhoff) (Natlie Klein) (with Rebecca Crootof) (2019).

    The Selection and Removal of Arbitrators in Investor-State Dispute Settlement, in Brill Research Perspectives in International Investment Law and Arbitration Vo. 2 (Brill) (September 2019).

    Challenges as a Control Mechanism in International Arbitration, in Empirical Perspectives on the Legitimacy of International Investment Tribunals (Cambridge University Press) (2018).

    Health and International Investment Law, in Research Handbook on Global Health Law (Edward Elgar) (Gian Luca Burci et al., eds.) (2018).

    What Happens After a Judgment is Given? Judgment Compliance and the Effectiveness of International Courts & Tribunals, in The Performance of International Courts and Tribunals (Cambridge University Press) (Andreas Follesdal et al., eds.) (2018).

    International Adjudicative Bodies, in The Oxford Handbook on International Organizations (Oxford University Press) (2017).

    Between Flexibility and Stability: Ad Hoc Procedures and/or Judicial Institutions?, in Reconceptualising the Rule of Law in Global Governance (Bloomsbury) (Photini Pazartzis et al., eds.) (2016).

    Cross-Fertilisation of Procedural Law Among International Courts and Tribunals: Methods and Meanings, in Procedural Fairness in International Courts and Tribunals (British Institute of International and Comparative Law) (Rudy Baker et al., eds.) (2015).

    The Challenge and Recusal of Judges of the International Court of Justice, in Challenges and Recusals of Judges and Arbitrators in International Courts and Tribunals (2015).

    The Arbitral Tribunal: Selection and Replacement of Arbitrators, in Litigating International Investment Disputes: A Practitioner's Guide (Brill Nijhoff) (2014).

    Introduction, in The Rules, Practice and Jurisprudence of International Courts and Tribunals (Martinus Nijhoff ) (2012).

    The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, in The Rules, Practice and Jurisprudence of International Courts and Tribunals (Martinus Nijhoff ) (with C. Lamm et al.) (2012).

    International Norms and Standards Applicable to Situations of State Fragility and Failure, in International Financial Institutions and Global Legal Governance, World Bank Legal Review Vo. 2 (D. Bradlow et al., eds.) (2011).

    Has the Time Come For An ICSID Ethics Code For Counsel?, in The Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy (Oxford University Press) (with C. B. Lamm et al.) (2010).

    Interim Measures and Dismissal Under the 2006 ICSID Rules, in The Future of Investment Arbitration (Oxford University Press) (R. P. Alford et al., eds.) (with H. Pham) (2009).

    Balancing Security and Human Rights: Post 9/11 Reactions in the United States and Europe, in Europe Confronts Terror (Palgrave Macmillan) (K. Von Hippel, ed.) (2005).

    Book Reviews

    Review: Kolb's The International Court of Justice, 109 American Journal of International Law 246 (2015).

    Review: Bjorklund and Reinisch's International Investment Law and Soft Law, Global Arbitration Review (2012).

    Conference Proceedings

    Proceedings of the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law: Confronting Complexity, 106 The American Society of International Law Proceedings 1 (with Harlan Cohen et al.) (2013).

    Blog Posts
    Magazines/Trade Publications

    Challenges of Arbitrators in International Disputes: Two Tribunals Reject the "Appearance of Bias" Standard, 16 ASIL Insights (June 2012).

    The Yukos Interim Awards on Jurisdiction and Admissibility Confirms Provisional Application of Energy Charter Treaty, 14 ASIL Insights (August 2010).

    Costs and Their Apportionment in International Investment Arbitration, International Disputes Quarterly (Fall 2009).

    Additional Publications

    International Claims Commissions: Salient Procedural Issues, Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law (Oxford University Press) (2021).

    Listing and De-listing Terrorist Organizations: a comparative analysis of the legal regimes in the US and the UN, Consultancy Report Prepared for the Humanitarian Dialogue Center (April 2006).

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