Congratulations to Professor Julien Chaisse

City University of Hong Kong School of Law is excited to announce that the International Arbitration Club of New York’s Tenth Annual Smit-Lowenfeld Prize was awarded to Professor Julien Chaisse. Congratulations!

Professor Julien Chaisse

The Smit-Lowenfeld Prize is awarded annually by the International Arbitration Club of New York, a group of the leading International arbitration lawyers in the New York City area to recognize the outstanding article published in the previous year on any aspect of international arbitration.

The annual Smit-Lowenfeld prize honors the late professors Hans Smit, former Stanley H. Fuld Professor Emeritus at Columbia Law School, and Andreas Lowenfeld, former Rubin Professor Emeritus at the New York University School of Law, for their distinguished careers in the field of international arbitration, both as scholars and as arbitrators. Prior honorees include Gary Born Charles H. Brower II, Stephen Fietta and James Upcher, Catharine Titi, Nicolas Ulmer, and Aloysius Llamzon and Anthony Sinclair.

The Tenth Annual Smit-Lowenfeld Prize was awarded to City University of Hong Kong’s Professor Julien Chaisse on January 14, 2021 for the article, “Cybersecurity and the Protection of Digital Assets -- Assessing the Role of International Investment Law and Arbitration,” which was co-authored with Cristen Bauer and was published in Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law. The article examines the extent to which digital assets can or might be protected as investments in investment treaty arbitrations. The authors explore how digital assets can be treated as covered investments by analysing three potential investment claims. They also consider potential updates to Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), including language related to cyber-attacks and digital assets, as part of collaborative measures that incorporate a cybersecurity risk management framework in broader economic and social policies. The article concludes that evidence-based approaches to policy making are necessary in effective international internet governance.