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Gerald Aksen

Arbitrator & Mediator
New York, NY, USA

GERALD AKSEN is a full time independent arbitrator and ADR neutral.

He is a retired partner of the former law firm of Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, New York. At Thelen, he headed the firm's arbitration and alternative dispute resolution practice and was the principal litigator for international clients of the firm, representing companies in arbitrations throughout the world. He was a member of the firm and the predecessor firm Reid & Priest LLP from 1981 through 2002, and from 1964 until 1980 was General Counsel of the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Aksen is co-founder and past-president of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, immediate past vice-chairman of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and a council member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law. He is a member of the New York regional panel of distinguished neutrals of the CPR Institute of Dispute Resolution, the AAA Large Complex Case Panel of Arbitrators and the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration Panel. He has also served as vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration, a member of the AAA Board of Directors, a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, Chairman of the ABA Section of International Law & Practice, and Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Arbitration Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Mr. Aksen is a 1958 graduate of New York University School of Law, where for thirty years he taught commercial and international arbitration as an adjunct professor of law.

He has experience in a broad spectrum of commercial disputes including: accounting audits; banking; construction (power plants and shipbuilding); energy, environment; executive employment; information technology; insurance and reinsurance; international joint ventures; trade, sales and agency; oil and petroleum; patent-license; pharmaceuticals; securities; satellites and telecommunications.

Mr. Aksen has chaired and acted as sole or co-arbitrator under the rules of numerous arbitral institutions, including the AAA, CPR, ICC, LCIA, Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and National Futures Association, as well as under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules ARIAS Rules, Bermuda Form, and other non-administered rules in over 250 international arbitration cases in 22 different countries. He is also on the panel of arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Federal Economic Chamber Arbitral Centre, Vienna, Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and Arbitration Court of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He is experienced as a mediator, conciliator, and early neutral evaluator, and has written and lectured extensively on arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Aksen is the 2005 recipient of the prestigious ABA Dispute Resolution Section's D'Alemberte/Raven Award and is consistently ranked as one of New York's notable international arbitrators, up to and including 2013, in Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Global Arbitration Review, Commercial Arbitration.


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