S.J. Quinney College of Law 2L Joel Browning recently published a paper in the Journal of East Asia & International Law as part of Professor Benedict Kingsbury’s Foreign Investment Law course. The paper addresses a multi-billion dollar international investment arbitration claim brought by a Texas company against Korea (LSF-KEB v Korea), currently ongoing in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID, part of the World Bank Group).
In the interview below, Browning discusses how the research came about.
Can you tell us about the journal publishing your paper? The Journal of East Asia & International Law. It’s an international law publication with an emphasis on East Asia published by a research institute in Korea (Yijun Institute of International Law). (Though the editorial board is comprised of scholars from around the world).
How did you get involved in this project?
I lived in Korea for approximately 12 years doing graduate studies and working for Korean corporations. During this time the dispute between the Korean government and Lone Star was ongoing so I was fairly familiar with the background. I was fortunate that the dispute entered arbitration at ICSID about the same time I was enrolled in Professor Kingsbury’s class and looking for a timely topic related to international investment law.
How will this help shape your future career plans?
Because of my extensive international professional and academic experience, I am always looking for ways to demonstrate my aptitude in international affairs in order to market myself to firms that deal with international issues–particularly those with an emphasis in Asia. It is my hope that this paper will greatly contribute to that effort.
How did Professor Kingsbury’s class encourage you and help you prepare for this paper?
Professor Kingsbury’s knowledge and expertise in international law is unparalleled. Having such a capable and helpful advisor in my corner gave me the confidence to tackle such an ambitious project because I knew that I would receive proper and timely feedback to keep my paper focused and my analysis cogent and accurate.