Professor of Law and Director Business and Financial Services Concentration

Contact

  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 380-E
  • Phone: 617-305-3050
  • Fax: 617-305-3090
  • Email: cgibson@suffolk.edu

Degrees

  • BA, University of Chicago
  • MPP, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • JD, University of California, Berkeley

Bar Admittance

  • CA
  • DC
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

    Teaching

  • Domestic and International Arbitration
  • International Business Transactions
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Internet Law

Biography

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.

Professional Activities

* Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Competition (FDI Moot)

* Vice-Chair, Academic Council, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) (2009); Member of Academic Council (2005-08)

* Organizer and Co-Chair, Symposium on Investor-State Arbitration: Perspectives on Legitimacy and Practice, Suffolk Law School (2008)

* Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Interest Group, American Society of International Law (ASIL) (2003-08)

* Co-Chair, ASIL-ITA Conference on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal at 25 Years (April 2006)

* Member, International Bar Association (2001-2008)

* Member, American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice (1997-2008)

* Member, International Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Amiable Composition in Arbitration (2006)

* Special Consultant to UNCTAD on Ecommerce and IP Issues (2001)

 

Publications

Books

DESIGNING COMPENSATION AFTER UPHEAVAL: INSIGHTS FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF THE UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMISSION (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2010) (with Timothy Feighery Cymie)

THE IRAN-UNITED STATES CLAIMS TRIBUNAL AT 25: THE CASES EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW FOR INVESTOR-STATE AND INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION (2007) (with Christopher Drahozal)

WIPO Primer on Electronic Commerce and Intellectual Property, (WIPO/OLOA/EC/PRIMER, 2000) (Editor and Principal Author)

Book Chapters

Latent Grounds in Investor-State Arbitration: Do International Investment Agreements provide New Means to Enforce Intellectual Property Rights?, in YEARBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT LAW & POLICY 2009-2010 (Oxford University Press, Karl P. Sauvant ed., 2010)

Technology Standards - New Technical Barriers to Trade?, in THE STANDARDS EDGE: GOLDEN MEAN (Sherrie Bolin ed., 2007)

Chapter: The Domain Name System and Issues for Developing Countries, in E-COMMERCE AND DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2002, UNCTAD/SDTE/ECB/2 (2002)

Articles

A Look at the Compulsory License in Investment Arbitration: The Case of Indirect Expropriation, 25 AM. U. INT'L L. REV. 357 (2010)

The Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Competition, 32 SUFFOLK TRANSNAT'L L. REV. 247 (2009)

Redressing Injustices through Mass Claims Processes: Innovative Responses to Unique Challenges (2006), 103 AM.. J. INT'L L. 193 (2009) (book review)

International Mass Claims Processes: Legal and Practical Perspectives (2007), 103 AM.. J. INT'L L. 193 (2009) (book review)

Arbitration, Civilization and Public Policy: Seeking Counterpoise between Arbitral Autonomy and the Public Policy Defense in View of Foreign Mandatory Public Law, 113 PENN. ST. L. REV. 1227 (2009)

Globalization and the Technology Standards Game: Balancing Concerns of Protectionism and Intellectual Property in International Standards, 22 BERKELEY TECH. L.J. 1403 (2007)

Iran-United States Claims Tribunal Precedent in Investor-State Arbitration, 23 J. INT'L ARB. 521 (2006) (with Christopher Drahozal)

Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age by J. Nuechterlein and P. Weiser, in BI-MONTHLY REVIEW OF LAW BOOKS (2005) (book review)

Legal Issues in the Global Information Society by Stephen C. Hicks and Michael L. Rustad eds., in BI-MONTHLY REVIEW OF LAW BOOKS (2005)

WIPO Copyright Treaties Coming into Force, 2002 :1 COMP. L. REV. INT'L (2002)

Digital Dispute Resolution, Internet Domain Names and WIPO's Role, 2001 :1 COMP. L. REV. INT'L (2001)

Intellectual Property Issues and Standards, 11 :5 MULTILINGUAL COMP. & TECH. (2000)

Awards and Other Decisions, 9 AM. REV. INT'L L. REV. (1998)

Arbitration in International Intellectual Property Disputes, 8 :1 CAL. INT'L PRACT. (1997)

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments, International Litigation, Summer 1997 THE INT'L BUS. LAW. (1997)

WORLD eBUSINESS LAW REPORT () (contributor)

OTHER   PUBLICATIONS


Mass Claims Processing: Techniques for Processing Over 400,000 Claims for Individual Loss at the United Nations Compensation Commission, ( 1994 ) Thirteenth Sokol Colloquim on International Law - University of Virginia Law School

Creative Oil Stockpiling: Evaluating a Three Country Agreement and Designing a Negtiating Strategy, ( 1984 ) published by Energy and Environmental Policy Center (Harvard), and also available at H-84-03 (U.S. Dep. of State)