Presentations and Travels by Ronald Brand

On Friday, March 27, 2009, Professor Ronald Brand spoke on “Comparing the New York Arbitration Convention and the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements” at the Belgrade Arbitration Conference, held at the University of Belgrade. He traveled with the University of Pittsburgh Willem Vis International Arbitration Moot team of Marc Coda, Kerry Ann Fraas, and Richard Grubb to the University of Belgrade for the Belgrade Vis Pre-Moot on March 28-29, 2009, and to the Vis competition in Vienna, Austria on April 4-9, 2009. We were joined in Vienna by Professor Harry Flechtner. The Pitt team made the cut from the initial 233 teams to the run-off round of 64 teams. On April 16, 2009, Professor Brand served as a Primary Discussant on a panel on Private International law at the Special Tribute to Professor Andreas Lowenfeld, held at New York University School of Law. Presenters on the panel were Professor Stephen Burbank (University of Pennsylvania), Lord Lawrence Collins (Member of the House of Lords), Professor Eleanor Fox (NYU), Peter Trooboff (Covington & Burling), and the Honorable Diane Wood (7th Circuit Court of Appeals). On April 17, 2009, he spoke on “Vertical Regulation in a Horizontal World: Local Regulation of Global Legal Practice,” as part of a panel on Private International Law Issues in Commercial Law, at the Conference of the Journal of Private International Law at New York University School of Law. He also served as moderator of an “Early Career” panel at the same event.

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