Professor Jan Paulsson

  • Professor, Miami School of Law;
  • Founding partner with Three Crowns LLP;
  • Honorary President, ICCA;
  • Honorary Vice-President LCIA


Professor Jan Paulsson is a Founding Partner with Three Crowns LLP, a boutique international arbitration firm with offices in Washington DC, London, and Paris. Professor Paulsson has acted as counsel or arbitrator in over 400 international arbitrations, including very large cases in the energy and investment fields. He has conducted cases under the auspices of the ICC, and under the rules of UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA, and the AAA, as well as before the International Court of Justice.

He has extensive experience with international organizations, including UNCITRAL, UNITAR, WIPO and the World Bank. He is a Judge of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal, and was a member of the ad hoc sports arbitration tribunals on site at the Atlanta, Nagano, and Sydney Olympic Games. Professor Paulsson is Honorary Vice-President of the London Court of International Arbitration, where he also held the position of President and Vice-President. He is Honorary President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, and former Vice-President of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. He holds degrees from Harvard, Yale and the University of Paris.

Key works:

  • International Arbitration is Not Arbitration, 2 (2008) Stockholm International Arbitration Review (2008) p. 1
  • Arbitration Without Privity, 10(2) ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Journal p. 232 (Fall 1995)
  • Enclaves of Justice (Lecture given at the Rule of Law Conference, University of Richmond School of Law, 12 April 2007)
  • Arbitration Unbound: Award Detached from the Law of its Country of Origin, International and Comparative Law Quarterly (April 1981) p. 358