Charles Brower

Charles Brower

Professor of Law

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Curriculum Vitae

Charles Brower


Professor Brower teaches Contracts, International Commercial Arbitration, International Law and the Law of Armed Conflict.

In addition to nearly 20 years of academic experience touching on virtually every aspect of international law and international dispute settlement, Brower has provided legal services to private parties, governments and organizations, including as arbitrator, advocate for the Government of Costa Rica in proceedings before the International Court of Justice and a member of the American Arbitration Association's observer delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group II, at a time when that body adopted the 2010 revisions to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-Based Investor-State Arbitration. He is of counsel to Miller Canfield in Detroit and is listed in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration (2015, 2016 and 2017).

An elected member of the American Law Institute, Brower has played a role in developing the draft Restatement (Fourth) of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, as well as the draft Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States.

A prolific writer, Brower received the prestigious Smit-Lowenfeld Prize in 2012 for the best article published on the topic of international arbitration. In addition, he serves as fellow of the American Bar Foundation, vice chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, director of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society and as the reporter for NAFTA Developments at

Degrees and Certifications

University of Virginia School of Law
J.D. awarded May 1995
Order of the Coif
Virginia Law Review, Editorial Board (1994-95)

Moscow State University
Research Fellowship, Institute of International Education (1989-90)

University of Vermont
B.A., summa cum laude, political science and Russian language (May 1989)
Outstanding Senior Award (both majors)
Phi Beta Kappa

Courses Taught

International Commercial Arbitration
International Law
Law of Armed Conflict

Selected Publications

Mind the Gap, 2016 BYU L. REV.


  • Charles Brower

    will be listed for the second straight year in the global edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration. He is one of only 120 in the United States and two from Michigan to be accorded the honor.

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