Congratulations to Mikaël Schinazi on his PhD Defense

Congratulations to Mikaël Schinazi on his PhD Defense

  • Mikaël Schinazi and the juryMikaël Schinazi and the jury

We extend our congratulations to Mikaël Schinazi, who successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “The Three Ages of International Commercial Arbitration: Between Renewal and Anxiety” on 15 January 2019.

The thesis, which was supervised by Professors Emmanuel Gaillard and Mikhaïl Xifaras, seeks to divide the history of international commercial arbitration into three broad waves or periods:

  • the Age of Aspirations (ca.1800–1920),
  • the Age of Institutionalization (1920s–1950s),
  • and the Age of Autonomy (1950s–present).

The thesis also argues that this history oscillates between moments of renewal, in which new instruments, devices, and institutions were created to carry international commercial arbitration forward, and moments of anxiety, in which it seemed that international commercial arbitration should not go too far (lest it encroach on state sovereignty, for example).

The jury was composed of:

  • Professor Horatia Muir Watt of Sciences Po (president),
  • Professor Carine Jallamion of the University of Montpellier (rapporteur),
  • Professor Joshua Karton of Queen’s University (rapporteur),
  • Professor Jérôme Sgard of Sciences Po,
  • Mr. V.V. Veeder, Queen’s Counsel and Arbitrator, Essex Court Chambers and Visiting Professor at King’s College in London.

I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to carry out this project at Sciences Po, which provided excellent working conditions during my time there, as well as constant research advice from faculty members and the friendship of many fellow students in the PhD Program,” Mikaël said after his defense.

Mikaël holds a B.A., magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University, an LL.B. from the University of Cambridge (John Eliot Scholar), and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). A member of the New York Bar, he recently joined Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group in Paris. At Sciences Po, Mikaël also teaches a master’s-level class entitled “International Arbitration Practice in Perspective: History, Sociology, and Legal Theory”.

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