Elected Member

Professor Susan Franck

Washington, DC
American University, Washington College of Law
Macalester College
University of Minnesota Law School, JD

Susan Franck is a Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law, whose teaching and scholarship relates to international economic law and dispute resolution.

She has served as a Scholar-in-Residence at UNCTAD in Switzerland (spring 2010) and a Visiting Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University (fall 2010). She has also been an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Law College and a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Before returning to the academy, Professor Franck practiced in the area of international economic dispute resolution on both sides of the Atlantic.

From 1999-2001, Professor Franck was an associate in Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering 's International Group in Washington, D.C. where she was involved with various proceedings, including international trade disputes, commercial litigation regarding defaulted sovereign debt and one of the first investment treaty arbitrations against the Czech Republic. From 2002-2004, Professor Franck was a senior associate in the International Arbitration Group at Allen & Overy in London, England, where she represented investors and sovereign states in arbitrations involving breaches of investment treaties and underlying commercial agreements.

She is the author of of the award-winning 2019 Oxford University Press Book, Arbitration Costs. She has also written articles published in journals such as the American Journal of International Law, Fordham Law Review, Harvard Journal of International Law, Minnesota Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Virginia Journal of International Law and Washington University Law Review. Her most recent work is a book published by Oxford University Press entitled "Arbitration Costs: Myths and Realities in Investment Treaty Arbitration."

Professor Franck has presented her research to major international organizations including the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the International American Development Bank (IADB), the International Centre for Settlement if Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on Trade and Investment (UNCTAD) and across the globe in Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korea, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

EDUCATION: Macalester College, B.A.; University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. University of London, LL.M.  

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Areas of Expertise
International Law
International Commercial Arbitration (International Law)