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Crowell & Moring Partner Ian Laird Co-Authors Book, Evidence in International Investment Arbitration

Washington – April 26, 2018: Crowell & Moring LLP partner Ian A. Laird has co-authored a first-of-its-kind book that systematically explores the law of evidence in investor-state arbitration. “Evidence in International Investment Arbitration” is a guide for practitioners in investment arbitration disputes, while also offering academics a perspective on the practical elements affecting the treatment of evidence in the area. Laird, co-chair of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group, co-authored the book with Frédéric G. Sourgens, an associate law professor at Washburn University School of Law and Kabir Duggal, a senior associate at Baker & McKenzie LLP.

The book establishes the rules of evidence as currently recognized by investor-state arbitral jurisprudence and examines these against those recognized in the traditional rules of international law, as well as against those codified by the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration. The chapters cover a broad range of evidence-based topics, including: burden and standard of proof, presumptions and inferences, witness and expert evidence, exclusionary rules including privileged and confidential documents, and annulment.

With more than 20 years of government and private-practice experience, Laird is considered a pioneer in the field of international investment arbitration, and he represents a range of clients in a range of proceedings involving disputes between corporations and foreign sovereign governments. His cases have involved Egypt, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Turkey. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

The book is published by Oxford University Press. More information on the book can be found here.

About Crowell & Moring’s International Dispute Resolution Group

Crowell & Moring’s International Dispute Resolution (IDR) Group delivers end-to-end advice on the full range of business and governmental disputes worldwide. Together with its affiliate firm, C&M International (CMI) – an international policy and regulatory affairs consulting firm – and the firm’s International Trade Group, the IDR Group provides pre-dispute counseling on investment decisions and dispute resolution clauses, pre-arbitration assistance on potential geopolitical approaches to resolving disputes, representation in international commercial and investment arbitrations, litigation involving sovereigns, and litigation to enforce international arbitral awards.

About Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with more than 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.


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