Professor of Law, NYU Director, Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law, NYU

Areas of ExpertiseFranco’s areas of expertise include international commercial law (including the law of import/export sales, and long-term contracts, such as distribution contracts), the law of recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, gas price review disputes, energy disputes (including in the photovoltaic sector), post-M&A disputes, and disputes in the pharmaceutical sector.

Arbitration Experience: Franco is a leading independent international arbitrator with more than 25 years of experience. He regularly serves as independent party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator and chairman under the rules of all major arbitral institutions, such as AAA/ICDR, CAM, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, ViAC, ICSID, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL Rules.

Languages: German, Italian, English, French, Dutch, Spanish.

Education: Bologna University (J.D.), Augsburg University (LL.M.).

Professional Career: Franco Ferrari is a professor of law at NYU School of Law, where he also directs the Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law. Previously, he was a chaired professor of international law at Verona University in Italy (2002 – 2016), as well as a chaired professor of comparative law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands (1995 -1998) and the University of Bologna in Italy (1998-2002). After serving as a member of the Italian delegation to various sessions of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) from 1995 to 2000, he was Legal Officer at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, International Trade Law Branch, from 2000 to 2002, where he was responsible for numerous projects, including the preparation of the UNCITRAL digest on applications of the UN Sales Convention. Ferrari has published more than 320 law review articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries in various languages and 35 books in the areas of international commercial law, conflict of laws, comparative law, and international commercial arbitration. Ferrari, who is a recipient of the 2018 Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftmanship and Utility to Practicing Lawyers and Scholars awarded by the American Society of International Law, is a member of the editorial boards of various peer-reviewed European law journals (Arbitraje, Internationales Handelsrecht, European Review of Private Law, Arbitraje, Contratto e impresa, and Revue de droit des affaires internationales) and was the General Editor of the European International Arbitration Review (2016-2019).