Benjamin Davis (retired Fellow)

Benjamin Davis is Emeritus Professor of Law from the University of Toledo College of Law. He graduated from Harvard College (B.A. cum laude 1977), Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School (JD-MBA 1983).  He worked for three years as a development consultant in West Africa and a management consultant with Mars and Co in Paris, France.  He was the American Counsel at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce for ten years where he managed arbitrations and mediations with parties from around the world, led the computerization of the case management system and developed fast-track arbitration.  He rose to Director, Conference Programmes and Manager of the Institute of World Business Law of the International Chamber of Commerce before entering teaching in 2000 at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.  He is the creator and one of the organizers of the International Competitions for Online Dispute Resolution.  He is an expert with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.  He was the Assistant Reporter, American Bar Associate Task Force on Electronic Commerce and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  He was the Co-chair of the Teaching International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.  He led the drive for a resolution on international law at the ASIL Centennial meeting March 30, 2006.  He is a former Chair, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution.  He has published in law reviews such as the American Review of International Arbitration, the Journal of American Arbitration, the Texas Wesleyan Law Review and the Mississippi Law Journal.  He has spoken around the world on topics related to international commercial arbitration, online dispute resolution, contracts, and public international law.  He teaches Contracts, Public International Law, Transnational Law, International and Domestic Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Business Transactions, and Commercial Law.

In 2018, he was awarded the Champion for Change Award by ArbitralWomen.
In 2021, he was awarded the D’Alemberte Raven award by the ABA Section of Dispute Résolution.  
The Benjamin G. Davis Speaker Series was inaugurated in March 2022 at the University of Toledo College of Law thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. The series is being organized by the Black Law Students Association.

On April 4, 2022, the Ambassador to the United States from France officially announced that the French Republic has granted Benjamin G. Davis the Chevalier rank in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques for services rendered to France, its language and its culture in the United States.  The Ordre des Palmes Académiques is one of the oldest awards bestowed by the French Republic dating to 1808 and is a national order bestowed by the French Republic on distinguished academics and teachers and for valuable service to universities, education and science.