Dr Simpson


Dr. Katherine Simpson, FCIArb., is an arbitrator based in the US and London, United Kingdom (33 Bedford Row Chambers).

She has served as sole arbitrator in international disputes conducted under the Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") and has conducted virtual hearings. 

She has been involved in over 30 international commercial and investment arbitrations, chaired by Prof. Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel, Prof. William W. (Rusty) Park, Ms. Edna Sussman, and others.  These cases had amounts in controversy ranging from US$ 5 million to US$ 2.5 billion and have become the most influential cases of the past decade, including Bear Creek v. Peru (ICSID 14/21) (elaborating the need for a “social license” to conduct business), and UP v. Hungary (ICSID 13/35) (Global Arbitration Review’s “Most Important Award” of 2019, regarding the Achmea Decision’s impact on ICSID jurisdiction).

She has experience in investor-state arbitration and international commercial disputes, including those related to the hospitality industry, joint ventures, life sciences, telecommunications, patent licensing, construction, green energy, mining, oil & gas, human rights, and financial disputes.


Doctor of Juridical Sciences (Dr. iur., magna cum laude), international law and banking, University of Cologne, Germany

Masters Degree (LL.M., summa cum laude), Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht (translated:  International Business and Economic Law), Concentration: International Investment Law, Labor and Social Law, University of Cologne, Germany

Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD US

Master in European Studies (M.E.S.), Center for European Integration Studies, Bonn, Germany

Bachelor (A.B) and Master's (M.A.) Degrees in Political Science, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio


  • Data Science Professional Certificate, Harvard University, HarvardX (pending)
  • Hague Academy of International Law, Private International Law, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Arbitration Academy, International Academy for Arbitration Law, Paris, France
  • Cologne Academies, Academy on Mediation, Cologne, Germany
  • Düsseldorf Arbitration School, Düsseldorf, Germany 
  • Cologne Academies, Academy on Arbitration, Cologne, Germany


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA (2016 - present) 
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, teaching International Commercial Arbitration (2019) and Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis (2016 - 2020); Academic AffiliateResearch Mentor (since 2018)

University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania (2015, 2016)
Visiting Professor, International Commercial Arbitration

University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany (2009 - 2013)
Coach, Telders International Law Moot Court Team
Coach, Foreign Direct Investment Law Moot Court Team
Coach, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Team


  • English: Native Speaker
  • German: Nearly Native Level
  • French: Basic


  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Panelist, CPR:  International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Panels of Distinguished Neutrals
  • American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), Puerto Rico Panel
  • AAA-ICDR, International Panel
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration ("LCIA")
  • Federation of Integrated Conflict Management ("FICM"), Accredited Member
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Pandemic Business Dispute Resolution Service


  • Arbitrator, 33 Bedford Row Chambers, U.K.
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Atlanta International Arbitration Society ("AtlAS")
  • Member, ArbitralWomen
  • Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration ("ICCA")
  • Member of the Peer Review Board, ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Journal
  • Member, Energy Arbitration Club (formerly Oil & Gas Arbitration Club)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (North American and London Branches)
      -   Communications Committee (North American Branch)
      -   Amicus Brief Committee (North American Branch)