Katherine Simpson is an active arbitrator and mediator based in London (33 Bedford Row Chambers) and in the United States (Simpson Dispute Resolution). She has served as tribunal secretary in nearly 30 international commercial and investment cases chaired by Professor Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel, Professor William W. (Rusty) Park, and Professor Klaus Peter Berger. Several of these matters have become the most influential arbitration cases of the past decade, including
Bear Creek v. Peru (ICSID 14/21) (elaborating the need for a "social license" to conduct business) and
UP v. Hungary (ICSID 13/35) (Global Arbitration Review's "Most Important Award" 2019, which found that the ECJ's
Achmea decision does not affect ICSID jurisdiction).
Alongside her appointment with the Law School, Professor Simpson coaches Kabarak University's (Kenya) 2019 FDI Moot Court Team. Prior to joining the Law School in 2016, she was a visiting professor at the University of Bucharest. There, she designed and taught comparative and cross-cultural courses on international dispute resolution and on evidence and document production in international arbitration. Professor Simpson also taught legal research, analysis, writing, and advocacy at the University of Cologne. She holds AB and MA degrees in political science from Ohio University, a master's in European studies from the University of Bonn, a JD from the University of Baltimore, and LLM and doctor of juridical sciences (Dr. iur.) degrees from the University of Cologne. She is fluent in German and can read French.
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