Our distinguished Advisory Board represents a wide range of subject areas, from international human rights to international arbitration, international banking and finance to foreign affairs, and comparative law to transnational legal practice. The members also come from a variety of backgrounds: having served in major law firms, multinational corporations, legal education in the U.S. and elsewhere, in the foreign service, as a foreign correspondent and in the judiciary, both domestic and international.
JUDGE MARY MCGOWAN DAVIS
Judge McGowan Davis served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York and as a federal prosecutor. She has extensive experience in the fields of international human rights law and transitional justice. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for the International Commission of Jurists and the International Judicial Academy, and serves on the Managerial Board of the International Association of Women Judges. Most recently, Judge McGowan Davis chaired the UN Commission of Inquiry charged with investigating human rights and humanitarian law violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in the context of military operations conducted since June 2014. The Commission’s report was issued in June of 2015.
HONORABLE WHITNEY DEBEVOISE
Whitney Debevoise is a Senior Partner in the International Practice Group, Arnold & Porter, LLP, with particular involvement in international financial transactions, public policy, international arbitration, multijurisdictional litigation, banking and international trade. Mr. Debevoise rejoined the firm in 2010, have served as the U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank from 2007-2010. He has extensive experience in major international financial transactions and the capital markets. He has handled significant International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitrations and has served as an arbitrator in commercial investor-state cases. In addition, Mr. Debevoise works at the forefront of trade liberalization, advising with respect to World Trade Organization (WTO) accession and panel proceedings.
HONORABLE PETER LEUPRECHT
Peter Leuprecht has had an extensive career in the human rights field, both in his role as Director of Human Rights for the Council of Europe and Deputy Secretary of the Council of Europe and as an academic. He has taught in Europe at the Universities of Innsbruck, Strasbourg and Nancy (France) and at the European Academy of Law in Florence, Italy. He was on the law faculties of McGill University and the Université du Quebec à Montréal (UQAM) in Canada. Mr. Leuprecht also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Law of McGill University, the Director of the Montreal Institute of International Studies and Professor of public international law at the Département des sciences juridiques de l’UQAM and, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for human rights in Cambodia. He is the author of numerous publications in the field of international law and human rights, including his recently published book: Reason, Justice and Dignity A Journey to Some Unexplored Sources of Human Rights.
Professor Catherine MacKenzie
Catherine MacKenzie is a member of the Faculties of Law of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, a member of the Bar in England and Australia and a Governing Bencher of Inner Temple (Inn of Court, London). She is Director of the International Law at Oxford University Foreign Service Program, Dean of Degrees of Green Templeton College, Oxford, Director of Studies in Law at Clare Hall, Cambridge and Bye-Fellow of Homerton College, Cambridge. She has served as Chairman of Examiners of Oxford Master’s in Diplomatic Studies and the Cambridge Master's in Sustainability Leadership. Elected Chairman of the Board of Scrutiny of the University of Cambridge, she has also served on the Board of the Australian National University and is currently Academic Governor of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy, London.
Her edited book, Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon, was published by Cambridge University Press and her monograph, International Law and the Protection of Forests, will be published by Oxford University Press. Professor MacKenzie was previously employed by Allen & Overy, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. She served with the United Nations Mission in Liberia, and currently advises on women's legal education in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain.
LUCY REED, ESQ.
Lucy Reed is the Director of the Singapore Centre for International Law and a Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore. She also serves on the Governing Body of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the Governing Council of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). She was formerly the President of the American Society of International Law and the Chair of the Institute for Transactional Arbitration. Ms. Reed’s international experience is extensive. She most recently served as the global head of the international arbitration group Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. She sat on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission and directed the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland. She was also the first general counsel for the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization and, while with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. agent to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal.
PATRICK N.Z. RONA, ESQ., VLS ‘92
Patrick Rona is the Founder and Principal of Rona & Company, which provides an array of consulting services to domestic and international clients. He advises clients and supports their transformation in the areas of business development, cross-border investments and trade, crisis management and debt restructuring, ethics and legal compliance, dispute resolution and settlement negotiations, and M&A integration. As a lawyer, officer and senior advisor to significant corporations in the US and Europe, Rona has a broad range of corporate and restructuring experience comprising of a range of transactions, including the restructuring of construction, energy and transportation industry multinationals, assisting in the completion of the merger of two of the largest cable operators in Central Europe; and closing the acquisition and bond financing of the third-largest bus builder in England. .
JUDGE STEPHEN SCHWEBEL
Stephen Schwebel is a distinguished jurist and expert on international law. He taught for many years at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and was a Judge on the International Court of Justice from 1981-2000 and the Court President from 1997-2000. He has also had an extensive career as an international arbitrator in various arbitral settings, and has served as the President of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Monetary Fund since 1994.
PROFESSOR LINDA SMIDDY, VLS ‘79
Linda Smiddy is Professor Emerita at Vermont Law School, where she has been a faculty member since 1988. Prior to embarking on her career as an academic, Professor Smiddy was in private practice for several years with the firms of Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York and Cummings and Lockwood in Stamford, Connecticut. She was also a partner in the firm of Smiddy and Smiddy in Woodstock, Vermont. She is the Founding Director of the International and Comparative Law Program and served as Director from 2000-2008. Professor Smiddy is fluent in French and has taught at several European universities, including the University of Paris, 13, where she was the first woman to receive the honorary degree Doctorat Honoris Causa from that institution. She is an expert in comparative corporate and contract law.
PROFESSOR FERNANDO SOTELINO
Fernando Sotelino has been a professor of international finance at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York (SIPA) since 2005. He is also a director of the board and senior advisor for the Americas of Brasilpar Ltd (M&A advisory boutique based in São Paulo, Brazil). Professor Sotelino was CEO of Unibanco (Brazil’s third largest private sector bank) from 1998 to 2004, after seven years as head of the bank's international and investment banking divisions. Previously he had spent five years in charge of Citibank's M&A and private equity businesses in Brazil (1986-1991) and seven years with Crocker Bank in San Francisco, California managing corporate and project finance advisory mandates for clients in the U.S., Asia and Latin America (1979-1986). Since 2010 Professor Sotelino has been also acting as faculty advisor to SIPA students on graduation consulting projects for international financial institutions such as Citigroup, UBS, the IFC, Standard Chartered Bank, and China Merchants Bank on business strategy and regulatory matters.
Christopher Wren is currently an author and a commentator for Vermont Public Radio. He retired from The New York Times after nearly 29 years as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor. He headed Times news bureaus in Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Ottawa and Johannesburg, covered the UN and reported from the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, China and Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and Canada. Mr. Wren has written five books and co-authored three others. His book, “The End of the Line: The Failure of Communism in the Soviet Union and China”, was selected as a notable book by the New York Times. “The Cat Who Covered the World” became a national bestseller and his latest book, “Walking to Vermont,” sold out after publication.
HONORABLE KENNETH YALOWITZ
Ambassador (ret.) Kenneth Yalowitz served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for 36 years and was twice an ambassador: to Belarus form 1994-1997 and Georgia from 1998-2001. He also served in Moscow, The Hague and the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels. He was chosen for the Ambassador Robert Frasure award for peacemaking and conflict prevention in 2000 for his work preventing spillover of the Chechen war into Georgia. Ambassador Yalowitz directed the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College from 2003-2011. He has been adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Stanford University in Washington and Washington and Lee University, and diplomat-in-residence at American and George Mason Universities. He is currently a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.