S.I. Strong, Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri and an international commercial arbitration specialist, speaks about her career and discusses the rise of international commercial mediation and the increase in multiparty arbitration.
What is your current role in dispute resolution?
As a full-time law professor and arbitrator, I would categorise myself as primarily an advisor.
I got involved in international dispute resolution my first year in practice in New York – I was very interested in private international and comparative law, but I didn’t want to go into transactional practice. My firm became involved in what was then the largest ICC (International Chamber Commerce) arbitration in history, and I had the opportunity to see how complex international arbitration was. From that moment, I was hooked.
In the last few years, I have also become interested in international commercial mediation, based on the work I am doing with the US State Department and UNCITRAL on the new proposed convention on settlement agreements arising out of international commercial mediations. Continue reading