NOVA University distinguished, on October the 16th, the notorious Law expert, George Bermann, with the Honoris Causa Doctorate. Considered as an ambassador of International Arbitration, the Rector of NOVA, João Sàágua, went further and called him the United Nations of International Arbitration for his ability to mediate and solve conflicts around the world.
George Bermann achievements include his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the OPEC countries; advising the National People's Congress of China on government liability; providing recommendations to the UK House of Lords on the ratification of the draft European Union Constitution; providing training to Iraqi jurists; and representing an Argentinian oil company in a billion dollar claim against Turkmenistan. Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, he holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Law and is the Director of the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA), of which he was a Founding Member.
NOVA School of Law director, Mariana França Gouveia, was present at the ceremony, and was also the awardee patron. Maria Helena Brito, also from NOVA School of Law, did the laudation of George Bermann.
João Sàágua, the Rector of NOVA, underlined the bridge between the excellence of Bermann work at Columbia Law School and NOVA University. «In addition to the traditional research and teaching activities, NOVA School of Law has embraced Sustainability as part of its strategy to create a positive impact in Society. This includes enhancing close relations with the most reputable law schools in Europe and the United States that show concern about global, interdisciplinary issues related with sustainable development», he stated.
NOVA has already distinguished more than 100 personalities with Doctorate Honoris Causa.