|Associate Dean and Professor of Law
, Dean's Office
| S H O R T B I O G R A P H Y
Professor Christopher Gibson is an expert in international law, international arbitration, and international intellectual property issues. Before joining Suffolk University Law School, Professor Gibson was a partner in the London office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he specialized in the areas of international arbitration, as well as international intellectual property and technology disputes and transactions. Professor Gibson teaches and writes in the areas of international dispute resolution, international intellectual property, international business transactions, international trade, Internet law and technology. His current work includes:
* Designing Compensation After Upheaval: Insights From the Experience of The United Nations Compensation Commission (Oxford Univ. Press, forthcoming 2010)
* Arbitration, Civilization and Public Policy: Seeking Counterpoise between Arbitral Autonomy and the Public Policy Defense in View of Foreign Mandatory Public Law (Penn State Law Review, forthcoming 2009)
* Book Review: Redressing Injustices Through Mass Claims Processes: Innovative Responses to Unique Challenges by Permanent court of Arbitration, ed., in AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (2009).
* Latent Grounds for Investor-State Arbitration: Do International Investment Agreements Provide a Powerful (New) Means to Enforce Intellectual Property Rights? (forthcoming 2009)
Professor Gibson is actively involved in international arbitrations. He has sat as an arbitrator under the ICC, AAA, UNCITRAL, UDRP and Nominet DRS rules, as well as arbitrator in more than 50 domain name disputes. He is a member of several of the leading international arbitrator rosters. While in practice, he acted as lead counsel in disputes governed under ICC, UNCITRAL, Zurich and Swedish Chamber of Commerce Rules in arbitrations with sums in dispute ranging from $5 million to more than $350 million. He has acted in arbitrations involving technology, telecommunications, investments and insurance, distribution and joint venture agreements, and disputes involving domain names and intellectual property. Professor Gibson has had a successful career of service in the public international and private sectors. Following law school, Professor Gibson was clerked for a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, then served as a Legal Assistant at the Iran-United States Claim Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands and was later engaged in legal practice in San Francisco for the law firms of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, as well as Pillsbury Winthrop. Professor Gibson served for three years as Senior Legal Officer for the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva (Head of the "C" Claims Division), followed by a four year period as Head of the Electronic Commerce Law Section and Legal Officer of the Arbitration Center of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva. At WIPO he was a principal officer responsible for developing recommendations for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which lead to implementation of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) now in effect.
Professor Gibson was the 2008 recipient of Suffolk University Law School's Cornelius J. Moynihan Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Associate Dean Christopher Gibson
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