Arthur W. Rovine

FLS Arthur Rovine

Adjunct Professor of Law

Phone: 212-891-3550

Practice Areas

International Arbitration

Practice Focus

Mr. Rovine is an international arbitrator.

Practice Description

Mr. Rovine is serving as an arbitrator in international cases under NAFTA and ICSID (International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes) at the World Bank, and ICDR at the American Arbitration Association, since his retirement from the law firm of Baker & McKenzie as of July 1, 2005. He is also the Director of the International Arbitration and Mediation Conferences at Fordham Law School and Editor of the annual volume "Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers" (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers).

After joining Baker & McKenzie in 1983, Mr. Rovine represented many major clients in international arbitrations, including a large number of investor/state cases at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in the Hague and the UN Compensation Commission in Geneva. He has also had cases before the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, the American Arbitration Association in New York, the Stockholm Institute, ad hoc arbitrations, and international litigations in U.S. Federal Courts.

Mr. Rovine handled many claims for and against governments, including investment disputes with Iran and Iraq, and representation of the Government of Egypt in a major case against Iraq at the UN Compensation Commission.

Mr. Rovine's arbitration and litigation private sector clients included Rockwell International, General Dynamics, Fluor Corporation, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International, Touche Ross International, Combustion Engineering, John Brown Engineering, Nuclear Electric Insurance, Singer, and many others.

During this period Mr. Rovine was the President of the American Society of International Law (2000-2002) and the Chairman of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association(1985-1986). Mr. Rovine was also a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law (1977-1987), and has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1987. He is also the Chairman of the International Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie in 1983, Mr. Rovine served in the Office of the Legal Adviser in the U.S. Department of State from 1972 to 1983. He established the Digest of United States Practice in International Law (1972-1974), and was then named Assistant Legal Adviser for Treaty Affairs (1975-1981). In that capacity he was responsible for the international law, constitutional law, and U.S. foreign relations law issues involved in many treaties, agreements, and legislation, including the Algiers Accords with Iran, the termination of the Mutual Defense Treaty with Taiwan, the Taiwan Relations Act, the Panama Canal Treaties, the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, several human rights treaties, succession of states with respect to treaties, and the President's treaty powers.

Mr. Rovine was then appointed the first United States Agent to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in the Hague from 1981 to 1983. In that capacity, and working with the Iranian Agent, European arbitrators and the Dutch Government, he helped establish the Tribunal, adapt the UNCITRAL Rules for the Tribunal, and helped develop all Tribunal administrative procedures, privileges and immunities, payment mechanisms, etc. Mr. Rovine then argued cases at the Tribunal on behalf of the U.S. Government.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Rovine served as Counsel at the International Court of Justice in the South-West Africa Cases against South Africa (representing Ethiopia and Liberia) and in the Namibia Advisory Opinion (representing the International League for the Rights of Man as amicus curiae). Both of these cases involved apartheid issues and practices in South Africa.

Publications, Presentation and Articles

Mr. Rovine taught public international law and international organization for several years, at Cornell University in the Government Department, and at Georgetown University Law School while he was in the Department of State. He was a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School in 1998, teaching international arbitration. Mr. Rovine has written widely on public international law and organization, and international arbitration and litigation, including the International Court of Justice, and has given many addresses on these topics. Mr. Rovine has published a major book on the Secretaries-General of the League of Nations and the United Nations, entitled The First Fifty Years: The Secretary General in World Politics 1920-1970. He established and edited the first two volumes of the Digest of United States Practice in International Law, for the years 1973 and 1974. He also served for ten years as a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of International Law
President 2000 - 2002; Executive Council 1997-present;
Board of Editors American Journal of International Law 1977-1987.

American Bar Association
Chairman International Law Section 1985-1986;
Section's Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates 1986-1987.

Council on Foreign Relations 1987 - present

Association of the Bar of the City of New York Chairman, International Law Committee (2008 - present)

Arbitration panels: American Arbitration Association (International Centre for Dispute Resolution); Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration; International Chamber of Commerce; London Court of International Arbitration

Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Arbitration Committee)

Center for Public Resources (Panel on the Settlement of Transnational Business Disputes)

U.S. Council for International Business (Arbitration Committee).


  • Columbia University, PhD, 1966
  • Harvard University, LLB, 1961