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Charles Kotuby, Jr., FCIArb

Professor of Practice


Professor of Practice, Pitt Law

Executive Director, Center for International Legal Education

Affiliate Professor, Pitt Institute of Cyber Law, Policy and Security

Honorary Professor of Law, University of Durham School of Law (UK)

Charles Kotuby is a Professor of Practice and the Executive Director of the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Previously a Partner in the Global Disputes practice of Jones Day in Washington DC, he spent 20 years as an international law counsel representing multinational corporations and sovereign states in complex international disputes.  He has acted in international arbitrations and litigations across a range of sectors and industries, has been counsel to clients with treaty-based claims in Central Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and has appeared as counsel in international matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, ICSID, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitral tribunals.  According to Judge Stephen Schwebel, former president of the International Court of Justice, Professor Kotuby is one of the world's "leading international counsel and advocates" (foreword to Kotuby & Sobota, General Principles of Law and International Due Process [Oxford 2017]).  Chambers USA has individually recognized him as a Band 1 international arbitration counsel, calling him a "wonderful lawyer" and a "standout person . . .known for his . . . extensive multijurisdictional expertise." (ChambersUSA 2021)

Professor Kotuby has published extensively on issues of international arbitration and international law, authoring or co-authoring more than two dozen articles and book chapters over the last 20 years.  His book on General Principles of Law and International Due Process has been called "astute" (Judge James Crawford), "brilliant" (Pierre-Marie Dupuy), and a "signal contribution" to the field of international law (Judge Schwebel).  Prior to his time in private practice, he was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Private International Law in Hamburg, Germany, and a Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph F. Weis on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 2002 to 2004.

An active arbitrator, Professor Kotuby is a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the United States Government Delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group III on Reforms to Investor-State Dispute Settlement.  He is also a member of the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Private International Law, an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, and the U.S. editor for the website

Professor Kotuby is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD '01), an alum of the University of Durham (LLM '00), and graduate with a BA from the University of Pittsburgh (BA '97).  As an undergraduate, he was a three-year letterman on the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Varsity Soccer Team.  

Key/Recent Publications


Book Review: The Foundation of Choice of Law by Sagi Peari (Oxford 2018), Int’l Comp. Law Quarterly (2020)

Book Review: General Principles of Law in Investment Arbitration by A. Gattini et al (Nijhoff 2019), Journal of World Investment and Trade (2020)

The Adoption by International Tribunals of a Substantive/Transactional Approach to Res Judicata--A New Paradigm in International Dispute Resolution?, with James A Egerton-Vernon, 30(3) ICSID Review 486 (2015)

Apotex Inc. v. The Government of the United States of America: Will barriers to Jurisdiction Inhibit an Emerging Trend?, with James Egerton-Vernon, 30(1) ICSID Review 215 (2015)

General Principles of Law, International Due Process, and the Modern Role of Private International Law, 23 Duke J. Int'l & Comp. L. 411 (2013)

Practical Suggestions to Promote the Legitimacy and Vitality of International Investment Arbitration, with Luke A. Sobota, 28(2) ICSID Review (2013)

Andrew B. Steinberg & Charles T. Kotuby Jr., Bilateral Investment Treaties And International Air Transportation: A New Tool For Global Airlines To Redress Market Barriers, Journal of Air Law and Commerce (2011)

Introductory Casenote: King v. Cessna, 48 I.L.M. 820 (2009)

Private International Law Before The United States Supreme Court: Terms In Review, J. Priv. Int’l L. (2008)

Inverse Federalism: The Need for International Consensus In the Federal Standardization of Private International Law, in Ronald A. Brand (ed.), Private Law, Private International Law, and Judicial Cooperation in the EU-US Relationship, CILE Studies Vol. II (2005).

Book Review - Francesco Seatzu, “Insurance in Private International Law - A European Perspective” (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2003), E.L. Rev. (March 2004).

Internal Developments and External Effects: The Federalization of Private International Law in the European Community and its Consequences for Transnational Litigants, 21 J.L. & Com. 157 (2002).

The External Competence of the European Community in The Hague Conference on Private International Law: Community Harmonization and Worldwide Unification - A Summary, 15 N.Y.I.L.R. 99 (2002).

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