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Professor Rogers to keynote ‘Cambridge Arbitration Day’

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Law professor Catherine A. Rogers has been invited to deliver the keynote address at Cambridge Arbitration Day on March 3 at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Organized by the Cambridge University Graduate Law Society, Cambridge Arbitration Day is a daylong conference that brings together scholars, practitioners, and students from across the globe to discuss the latest developments in international arbitration. This year’s conference, the fifth, will explore international arbitration as a market, as the field continues to grow and take on competitive, market-like characteristics.

Rogers’ address, which will open the conference, is entitled “Competition in the International Arbitration Market: A Race to the Top?” She will discuss how, in the marketplace for international arbitration, competition is everywhere: Arbitrators compete for appointments, attorneys compete for clients, states compete to be designated as arbitral seats, institutions compete to administer proceedings, experts compete to provide opinions, various arbitration organizations and academics compete to influence developments in the field, third-party funders compete to finance cases, and the parties compete to prevail in the substantive disputes.

Rogers will examine these competitive forces, and the extent to which they encourage a race to the top or risk a race to the bottom.

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Rogers, professor of law and the Marjorie Price Faculty Scholar at Penn State Law, also serves as professor of ethics, regulation & the rule of law and director of the Institute for Ethics, Regulation & the Rule of Law at Queen Mary University of London. She is co-chair of the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration and a reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration

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