Dr Simpson



Simpson Dispute Resolution started as a boutique in Germany dedicated to providing "Tribunal Secretary" services to arbitral tribunals in complex cases.  The idea had a market:  many senior professionals leave their large firms or professorships only to discover that, once a case arrives, there is no staff to support the case!  Dr. Simpson provided - and continues to provide - those services.

Now, Dr. Katherine Simpson, FCIArb., is an arbitrator and mediator.  She has been involved in over 30 international arbitrations chaired by Profs. Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel, William W. (Rusty) Park, and Klaus Peter Berger, among others.  Her experience includes international investment and commercial arbitrations valued at USD 5 million – USD 2.5 billion.  Several of these matters have since 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).

Dr. Simpson is on the AAA-ICDR international panel and has served in 7 investor-state arbitrations.  Her case experience includes matters related to commercial, life sciences, telecommunication, construction, energy, mining, oil & gas, human rights, and financial disputes, as well as disputes related to joint ventures.

Dr. Simpson is familiar with the needs of cases involving state and private parties.  She been involved in cases conducted under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”), London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (“DIAC”), the German Institution of Arbitration (“DIS”), and the Chinese European Arbitration Centre (“CEAC”).  Dr. Simpson has served in ad hoc arbitrations using the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”) Rules (2010) and in investor-state arbitrations before the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (“SCC”) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”).



University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Degree: Doctoral Studies (Dr. iur., magna cum laude), Dissertation: Access to Basic Financial Services - a Comparative Analysis
Degree: 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 Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD USA
Degree: Juris Doctor (J.D.), Concentration: International Law

University of Bonn, Center for European Integration Studies, Bonn, Germany
Degree: Master in European Studies

Ohio University, Athens, OH USA
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.) - Political Science/International Relations
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) - Honors Tutorial College, Political Science
Certificate: Global Learning Community


  • 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 and Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis

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
  • AAA-ICDR, International Panel


  • Arbitrator, Arbitrators@33BedfordRow, 33 Bedford Row Chambers, U.K.
  • 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
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
      -   Education and Training Committee (North American Branch)
      -   Amicus Brief Committee (North American Branch)