Benjamin Davis

Univ of Toledo College of Law

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Univ of Toledo College of Law


Professor Benjamin Davis, a faculty member since 2003 and tenured since 2008, is a graduate of Harvard College (BA) and Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School (JD-MBA) where he was Articles Editor of the Halward International Law Journal. Professor Davis teaches in the areas of Contracts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Public International Law, and International Business Transactions.

He is Chair-elect of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution, a member of the Africa Council, of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, and a Board Member of the Society of American Law

Teachers, and a Former Member of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Davis was an Associate Professor at Texas Wesleyan University

School of Law. Between 1983 and 1986, he worked in Paris, France as a Development Consultant in

West Africa, and as a Strategic Business Consultant with Mars and Co in Europe. In 1986, he became the American Legal Counsel at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of

Commerce in Paris where he supervised directly or indirectly over 5000 international commercial

arbitration and mediation cases, made filings before courts around the world on behalf of the ICC,

assisted with the drafting of arbitration laws in countries such as India and Sri Lanka, and led conferences in Eastern and Western Europe, North America, and Asia. In 1996, he was promoted to Director, Conference Programmes and Manager of the Institute of World Business Law where he organized training sessions on international contracts, dispute resolution, project finance, and electronic commerce.  He is the creator of fast-track international commercial arbitration. He is recognized as a pioneer of Online Dispute Resolution as team leader from 1989-1993 on the first Case Management System of the ICC, developer of programs on dispute resolution and electronic commerce 20 years ago, and as the creator of the International Competitions for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR) 2000-2005 by which law students fi'om around the world competed for free in online negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Until recently, he was a member and Subcommittee Chair for the Arbitration Competition for the ABA-Law Student Division Competitions Committee helping develop the arbitration moot court of the ABA.

He led the successful effort in the American Society of International Law to pass in 2006 only the 8th

resolution in its history entitled the ASIL Centennial Resolution on Laws of War and Detainee

Treatment. Professor Davis has given numerous presentations and speeches around the world. He is a

contributing editor at Jurist and the SALTLAW Blog.

He has published dozens of articles on topics related to international and domestic arbitration, online and offline dispute resolution, and international law.

June 18, 2017



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