Timothy L. Dickinson is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Paul Hastings LLP. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1979 after completing his BA in 1975. He also studied at the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands and L'Université d'Aix-Marseille in France, and spent a brief period as an extern in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Department of State. Following law school, he earned his LLM as a Jervey Fellow at Columbia University, after which he worked in the Legal Service of the Commission of the European Communities in Brussels, Belgium. Prof. Dickinson then returned to Washington, D.C., where he practiced with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for the next 15 years. He was the partner-in-charge of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Brussels office from 1990 to 1992. Prior to joining Paul Hastings, he cofounded a boutique firm in Washington, D.C., serving global clients in the areas of FCPA and political risk insurance defense.
Prof. Dickinson was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center from 1983 to 1993, where he taught European Law and International Commercial Transactions. He is an adjunct professor at Michigan Law School where he teaches Transnational Law and International Commercial Transactions, and also serves on the board of the Center for International and Comparative Law. After chairing the ABA committees on European law and foreign claims, he served as the chair of the ABA Section of International Law and Practice from 1997-1998. He has been a member of the executive council of the American Society of International Law and is currently on the advisory board of the International Law Institute and the ABA's Asia Law Initiative Council. He also chairs the ABA's worldwide technical legal assistance activities with the United Nations Development Programme.
Prof. Dickinson's practice is devoted primarily to international commercial matters, including all aspects of political risk insurance, counseling on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.S. export laws, economic sanctions, and ITAR regulations (including enforcement actions), as well as assisting with commercial transactions involving joint ventures and the establishment of operations for U.S. companies overseas. He works closely with U.S. defense industry companies on issues relating to their overseas sales and represents political risk insurance entities dealing with coverage issues, arbitration of disputes and recovery activities. Prof. Dickinson has worked on major infrastructure projects in the Middle East and Asia and has represented foreign governments in matters involving public international law, including treaty rights, expropriation, and sovereign immunity.
Prof. Dickinson has been involved in a wide variety of technical legal assistance projects. Through the International Human Rights Law Group, he participated in the development and implementation of the initial election process in Bulgaria in 1990; he and Robert Stein, executive director of the ABA, were the first official ABA delegation to visit Vietnam and work with the Vietnam Lawyers Association; while chair of the Section, Prof. Dickinson and then-president Jerome Shestak led a delegation from the ABA to the People's Republic of China that eventually led to the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between the ABA and the All China Lawyers Association; finally, he was involved extensively in the ABA's programs in Cambodia from 1993 to 1998, relating to assistance to the Parliament, the Ministries of Justice and Commerce, and the Cambodian Bar Association. He continues to be involved with a number of programs in ASEAN countries.