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Chiara Giorgetti
Professor of Law
Faculty Director, LL.M. Program
Courses Taught International Law International Arbitration International Criminal Law International Transitional Justice International Courts & Tribunals Comparative Law

Professor Chiara Giorgetti serves as the Faculty Director of the School of Law's LL.M. Program and teaches and writes in the areas of public international law, international arbitration, international dispute resolution, and state failure and fragility. She has authored over a dozen publications on these topics, including a monograph and three edited books. Her scholarship appeared in the American Journal of International Law, the Colombia Journal of Transnational Law and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law. Professor Giorgetti is a member of the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law. She is the co-Director of Studies of the American Branch of the International Law Association, a member of the board of the International Law Students Association, and a Vice-Chair of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. 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. Professor Giorgetti clerked at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Panelist,"Do We Need a Common Code for International Arbitrators?," Reform in Investory-State Dispute Settlement, Pluricourts, Oslo, Norway (Feb. 2019).
Presenter, "Understanding ISDS Reform," Georgetown International Arbitration Society event, Georgetown Law Center, Washington (Jan. 2019).
Presenter, "Rethinking the Individual in International Law," International Law Symposium, Temple Law School, Philadelphia (Jan. 2019).
Presenter, "An Exploration of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Reform: Reasons and Proposed Solutions," George Washington Law School (Nov. 2018).
Presenter, "International Dispute Resolution // Philippines/China Arbitration at UNCLOS," University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland (July 2018).
Presenter, "Res judicata Issues and Investment Arbitration," 30th Annual Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Dallas (June 2018).
Presenter, "International Investment Law, International Dispute Resolution," 2018 United Nations Regional Course in International Law for Latin America and the Caribbean, Santiago, Chile (May 2018).
Presenter, "Health and Investment Law - An Unlikely Happy Pair," Inter-American Bar Association Conference of Challenges Facing International Business, Trade, and Investment, Georgetown Law Center (April 2018).
Presenter, Book Discussion on International Claims Commissions - Righting Wrongs After Conflict, Yale Law School (April 2018).
Panelist, "UNCITRAL ISDS Reform Proposal - Agreeing on a Code of Conduct for Arbitrators," Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Private International Law, Georgetown Law School (Oct. 2017).
Presenter, "State's Control over Judges and Arbitrators?" International Law Weekend, ASIL, New York City (Oct. 2017).
Presenter, "What are the ethical problems of arbitrators and how should we address them?" The Duties, Rights, and Powers of International Arbitrators, American University College of Law, Washington, D.C. (Sept. 2017).

Presenter, "Legitimacy of Decisions Makers in International Investment Arbitration," Institute for Transitional Arbitration, Dallas (June 2017).

Panelist, "Are International Claims Commissions Effective Dispute Resolution Mechanisms?" American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (April 2017).

Panelist, "Pipe Dreams: Yukos' Journey from an Oil Giant to Leading a Lifetime of Litigation," American Bar Association Section of International Law Spring Meeting (April 2017).

Commentator, "Feasibility of a Multilateral Approach to Reform International Investment Arbitration," American University Washington College of Law (Oct. 2016).

Panelist, "How Independent Should International Judges Be?" Hot Topics in International Adjudication and Annual Stead Lecture, University of Baltimore's Center for International and Comparative Law (Oct. 2016).

Presenter, "Selection and Removal of Arbitrators in International Investment Arbitration," Hot Topics in International Adjudication, University of Baltimore Law School (Oct. 2016).

Moderator, "Health Emergencies: Is the Present Legal Framework Sufficient?" International Law Association Weekend, New York (Oct. 2016).

Presenter, "Standards for Independence and Impartiality in Investment Arbitration," Inaugural SIA/QMUL and ICSID Joint Arbitration Symposium: "Current Trends In Investor-State Arbitration: Annulment And Appeals, Challenge To Arbitrators And Transparency, London (Sept. 2016).

Panelist, "A New Permanent International Investment Tribunal: Pros and Cons," Vienna Investment Arbitration Debate, University of Vienna School of Law - Freshfields, Austria (June 2016).

Instructor, "Introduction to Investment Arbitration," United Nations Regional Course in International Law for Latin America and the Caribbean, Montevideo, Uruguay (April 2016).

Presenter, "Challenges of Judges and Arbitrators in International Courts and Tribunals," William & Mary Law School Faculty Colloquy (March 2016).

Co-Organizer, International Legal Theory Workshop: "Whither the West? Debates on Concepts of International Law in Europe and North America." American Society of International Law, Washington, D.C. (May 2015)

Co-Chair and Moderator, "Corruption in International Arbitration: Evidence and Remedies," ITA-ASIL Conference, Washington, D.C. (April 2015)

Panelist, "State Oppression, Violence against Minorities, and the Possibility for Remedial Secession and Independence: An International Conference," George Washington University Law School (April 2015)

Organized and Moderated “Leading Figures in International Dispute Resolution Series: A Conversation with James Crawford” held at the headquarters of ASIL and organized by ASIL's International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group (Co-Chair), September 2012.

Presentation at GW International and Comparative Law Colloquium "Who Decides Who Decides?: The selection of arbitrators in international investment disputes," September 2012.

Invited Commentator, Vanderbilt Law School Roundtable International Legal Studies Program, September 2012.

Speaker, Mass Torts in a Shrinking World,International Law Colloquium organized by the Journal of International Law, Penn Law School, November 2012.

Speaker, Syria: Is there a legal responsibility to protect?, International law colloquium on the Arab Spring, Baltimore University School of Law, November 2012.

Co-Director of Studies, International Law Association, American Branch
Co-Chair, Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration
Member, Executive Board of the International Law Student Association
Co-Chair, South-East Interest Group
Member, Programme Committee, ASIL Annual Meeting 2011
Co-chair, ASIL Annual Meeting 2011
Term member, Executive Committee of the Yale Law School Association (starting 2010)
Founder and Co-Chair, International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group of ASIL (2010)
Member, Award Committee, ASIL 2009
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, International Legal Materials, since 2009
Guest Professor at Webster University (Leiden - Geneva)
Bar Admissions
New York
Washington, D.C.
Professional Experience
Faculty Director, LL.M. Program (2014-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Assistant Professor of Law (2012-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Adjunct Professor (2007-2012)
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
Associate (2007-2012)
White & Case, LLP, Washington D.C.
Associate (2003-2005)
Lalive, Attorneys-at-Law, Geneva, Switzerland
Law Clerk (2002-2003)
International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands
Associate Legal Adviser (2001)
Office of the Legal Adviser, Office of the President of Eritrea, Asmara, Eritrea
Programme Officer (1998-2000)
United Nations Development Programme for Somalia, Nairobi, Kenya
Special Counsel - Expert in Italian and International Law (1997-1998)
Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the United Nations, New York; New York University School of Law, New York
Legal Consultant (1998)
Office of the Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations Secretariat, New York
Visiting Junior Fellow (1996-1997)
New York University School of Law, New York
Research Assistant (1995-1996)
Global Business Environment, Shell International, London, England

International Claims Commissions: Righting Wrongs After Conflict (with Lea Brilmayer, Lorraine Charlton) (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017).

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

The Rules, Practice and Jurisprudence of International Courts and Tribunals (ed.) (reprint 2013).

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


Rethinking the Individual in International Law, 22(4) Lewis & Clark L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2018).

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, in 15 L. & Prac. Int'l Cts. & Tribs. 177 (co-editor with Pierre Bodeau-Livinec) (2016).

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 Am. J. Int’l L. 387 (2015).

Horizontal and Vertical Relationships of International Courts and Tribunals - How Do We Address Their Competing Jurisdiction? 30 ICSID Rev. – Foreign Investment L.J. 98 (2015).

Challenges of International Investment Arbitrators – How it Works, and Does it Work?, 7 World Arb. & Mediation Rev. 303 (2013). [SSRN]

Syria and the Arab Spring, International Law Society Symposium, 1 U. Balt. J. Int'l L. 259 (2013).

Challenges of Arbitrators in International Disputes: Two Tribunals Reject the "Appearance of Bias" Standard, ASIL Insights, June 2012, Vol. 16, No. 20. [online]

Introductory Note To The International Court Of Justice: Ahmadou Sadio Diallo (Republic Of Guinea v. Democratic Republic of The Congo) Compensation Owed By The Democratic Republic of The Congo to The Republic Of Guinea. 51 Int'l Legal Materials 737 (2012).

The Yukos Interim Awards on Jurisdiction and Admissibility Confirms Provisional Application of Energy Charter Treaty, ASIL Insights, Aug. 2010, Vol. 14, No. 23. [online]

Why Should International Law Be Concerned About State Failure?, 16 ILSA J. Int'l & Comp. L. 469 (2010). 

Enforcement of U.S./Canadian Judgments and Arbitral Award in China, American College of Trial Lawyers 2010 Annual Meeting CLE (with C. B. Lamm and J. Chen). [online]

Enforcement of U.S./Canadian Judgments and Arbitral Award in India, American College of Trial Lawyers 2010 Annual Meeting CLE (with C. B. Lamm and R. Bakalov). [online]

Enforcement of U.S./Canadian Judgments and Arbitral Award in Russia, American College of Trial Lawyers 2010 Annual Meeting CLE (with C. B. Lamm et al.). [online]

Enforceability of U.S./Canadian Judgments and Awards in Singapore, American College of Trial Lawyers 2010 Annual Meeting CLE (with C. B. Lamm and Y. Ting). [online]

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

The New Frontier Of Investor-State Arbitration: Annulment Of NAFTA Awards, IALR, 1/2008 (with C. B. Lamm and E. R. Hellbeck).

Editorial: IALR Special Issue on US Law, 1/2008 (with C. B. Lamm and E. R. Hellbeck).

Introductory Note To Decision Of The Ad Hoc Committee On The Application For Annulment Of The Argentine Republic of September 25, 2007, 46 I.L.M. 1132 (2007). [HEIN]

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. [online]


Health and International Investment Law, in Research Handbook on Global Health Law (Edward Elgar Publishing 2018).

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

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

An Empirical Assessment of Challenges of Arbitrators in International Investment Tribunals, in Empirical Perspectives on the Legitimacy of International Investment Tribunals (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018).

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

Between Flexibility and Stability: Ad Hoc Procedures and/or Judicial Institutions?, in Reconceptualising the Rule of Law in Global Governance, Resources, Investment and Trade (Hart Pub. 2016).

Cross-Fertilisation Of Procedural Law Amongst International Courts And Tribunals: Methods And Meanings, in Procedural Fairness in International Courts and Tribunals (Arman Sarvarian, Rudy Baker, Filippo Fontanelli, Vassilis Tsevelekos, and Andraz Zidar, Eds.) (The British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2015)

The Challenge and Recusal of Judges of the International Court of Justice, in Challenges and Recusal of Arbitrators and Judges In International Courts and Tribunals (C. Giorgetti ed., Brill Nijhoff 2015).

The Arbitral Tribunal: Selection and Replacement of Arbitrators, in Litigating International Investment Disputes (Brill Nijholl 2014).

The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, in The Rules, Practice and Jurisprudence of International Courts and Tribunals (C. Giorgetti ed., Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2012) (with C. Lamm and M. Uran).

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

International Norms and Standards Applicable to Situations of State Fragility and Failure, in International Financial Institutions and Global Legal Governance (D. Bradlow, H. Cisse and B. Kingsbury eds.), World Bank Legal Review, Vol. 3 (2011). [online]

Has the Time Come For An ICSID Ethics Code For Counsel?, in Vale Columbia Center, The Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy 2009-2010 (with C. B. Lamm and H. Pham) (Oxford University Press, 2010).

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

Security and Human Rights: Is a Compromise Necessary to Combat Terrorism?, in Europe Confronts Terror (K. Von Hippel ed.) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).


Review, Robert Kolb, The International Court of Justice (Hart Publishing 2013), 109 Am. J. Inter’l L. 246 (2015).

Book Review, Global Arb. Rev., Oct. 2012 (reviewing International Investment Law and Soft Law (Andrea Bjorklund and August Reinisch, eds.)).

Additional Publications

Law & Practice International Courts & Tribunals (special edition co-edited with Pierre Bodeau-Livinec) (2016).

Proceedings of the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law: Confronting Complexity (H. Cohen, C. Giorgetti and C. Payne eds., 2013).

J.S.D., Yale University Law School
LL.M., Yale University Law School
M.Sc., Development Studies, London School of Economics and Political Sciences
J.D., University of Bologna School of Law (Laurea (J.D. equivalent))
Contact Information
Room 315, International Center
(804) 484-1654
(804) 289-8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Public International Law
International Arbitration
International Dispute Resolution
International Courts and Tribunals
State Failure and Fragility