Jacob Omorodion authored a conference report for the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)’s News and Notes on the 18th ITA-ASIL Conference, “Arbitration Reform in Practice – What Changes?”, which was hosted by the ITA and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) on 23 March 2021.

Jacob explored Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) reform in the keynote address given by Professor José Alvarez, who provided an overview of the substantive fundamentals of the international investment regime and addressed the rule of law deficit in agreements and procedural fixes.

Jacob wrote about the key insights into the panel session on reform from the perspective of UNCITRAL, ICSID, and ICC institution leaders, and looked at the challenges and proposed mechanisms that emerged from a roundtable discussion on reform in practice from the perspective of delegates to UNCITRAL Working Group III, academics, and private practitioners.

Jacob also reported on the ITA Oral History Interview with Judge Gabrielle K. McDonald, in a discussion of Judge McDonald’s life, acclaimed legal career, and reflections on improving diversity in the international legal field.

To read the report, which is on pages 5 – 7 and 10 – 11, click here.


Jacob is an associate in the Washington, DC office. Jacob holds a JD from Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal of his graduating class and President of the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association. He also holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford and a First Class Honours BA in Political Science from McGill University. Jacob also maintains an active pro bono practice.

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