Professor S.I. Strong

Henry G. Schermers Fellow for the period of 1 February 2012 - 30 June 2012

 S.I. (Stacie) Strong was the Henry G. Schermers Fellow for the period of 1 February 2012 - 30 June 2012. She is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. During the period of her fellowship, Strong conducted research concerning large-scale cross-border legal injuries, comparing worldwide judicial innovations regarding the resolution of mass claims with other forms of collective redress, including those involving arbitration, a private form of dispute resolution.

Her research project aims to help public and private actors consider:

  • Whether and to what extent large scale arbitral relief for collective injuries should be incorporated into a state’s overall public regulatory scheme;
  • How to shape such relief, if it is permitted; and
  • How to address the inevitable regulatory conflicts that arise in international disputes.

Adopting a combination of legal, inter-disciplinary and empirical research, Strong’s research aims to provide hard data as well as theoretical analysis while also disseminating information on “best” or “alternative” practices from around the world. Although Strong will focus primarily on European and particularly Dutch practices during the fellowship period, the project is of international relevance, with information and analysis concerning developments in both civil law and common law traditions, consistent with the global interest in arbitral and judicial redress for collective harms, particularly in cross-border matters. Strong’s project also crosses the public-private divide, considering matters not only involving private international law but also public international law, in particular the extent to which mass claims can be brought in international investment (treaty-based) arbitration.

Strong is a solicitor qualified in England and Wales as well as an attorney qualified in New York and Illinois, and has extensive practical experience in New York, London and Chicago. She has received a Ph.D. in law from the University of Cambridge, where she won the Yorke Prize for outstanding doctoral dissertation; a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford; a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where she served as the Editor in Chief of the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law; a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California; and a B.A. in English literature from the University of California, Davis.

Strong’s past research on multiparty arbitration, particularly international class arbitration and collective arbitration, has received acclaim nationally and internationally, being cited as authority in arbitral awards rendered under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and in papers submitted to the United States Supreme Court. In addition, she has received awards from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute) in New York twice (Outstanding Professional Article 2009 and Best Original Short Article 2011), the Missouri Lawyers Weekly (Legal Scholar Award 2011) and El Centro Internacional de Arbitraje, MediaciĆ³n & NegociaciĆ³n (CIAMEN) in Madrid, Spain.

In addition to her work as an academic, Strong sits as an arbitrator, hearing complex commercial matters involving both bilateral and multilateral disputes. She is listed as a neutral on the rosters of a number of national and international arbitral institutions.

  • S.I. Strong, (2012), ‘Empowering Settlors: How Proper Language can Increase the Enforceability of a Mandatory Arbitration Provision in a Trust’, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, Vol. 47, No.2, pp 275-326. Abstract available from  http://ssrn.com/abstract=2035563.