Charles Brower

Charles Brower

Professor of Law


Room 3247
(313) 577-9698

Charles Brower

  • Biography

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

    In addition to over 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, 2017, 2018 and 2019).

    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 is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Member at Large of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Director of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society, and 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

  • Accomplishments
    • Charles Brower was cited by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Brower's article, Hollow Spaces, 61 Buff. L. Rev. 731, 812 (2013), was cited in Corporacion AIC, S.A. v. Hidroelectrica Santa Rita S.A., 34 F.4th 1290 (11th Cir. 2022), ‚Äčan unusual case in which a three-judge panel urged the entire court to take the case en banc and to overrule circuit precedent.
    • Charles "Chip" Browerwas selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration. For the 2019 edition, Brower is one of only 111 American-based lawyers and only seven U.S.-based academics selected for inclusion. He is also the only individual selected from Michigan.
  • Courses taught by Charles Brower