In April 2017, Brooks Daly, Deputy Deputy Secretary-General and Principal Legal Counsel of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Netherlands, gave a series of guest lectures to students and faculty at Texas Law. As Deputy-Secretary General at the PCA, Mr. Daly has primary responsibility for the legal affairs of an intergovernmental organization with 121 member states devoted to the peaceful settlement of international disputes through arbitration. His responsibilities include advising lawyers and arbitrators participating in international arbitration under PCA auspices on a variety of matters relating to arbitral procedure and international dispute resolution generally.
On April 17 and 24, Mr. Daly gave two lectures to students as part of the International Commercial Arbitration course currently offered to LLM and JD students. The focus of these lectures will be investor-state arbitration, including its contrasting features as compared to contract-based arbitration, the common substantive protections offered to investors under treaties for the protection of investment, landmark investor-state decisions in the energy sector, and the present reform efforts. On April 25, Mr. Daly also gave a lecture to law school faculty, focusing on recent developments in arbitration between states, including disputes arising under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea relating to marine resources.