An Experienced International Arbitrator/Mediator

Robert Layton, a 1954 graduate of the Yale Law School, has many years of experience as counsel representing multinational design/construct firms in international arbitral disputes conducted under the rules of the ICC, the AAA, UNCITRAL, ICSID, and in ad hoc cases. Following an extensive career spent trying both international and domestic cases, more recently as head of the Litigation Group in Jones Day's New York City office, Mr. Layton took early retirement from the firm in order to concentrate on serving as an arbitrator for cases involving large infrastructure projects, many of them in third world countries. He has been selected as Chair in several large cases, and is currently serving as a party-appointed arbitrator in 3 major international arbitral disputes.*

Following college (University of Michigan, AB 1951 with honors) and law school, he taught on the faculty of the Stanford Law School, was an attorney/advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, specializing in international legal problems, entered private practice in New York City, where for many years he tried civil jury cases until he specialized in the international commercial arbitration field.

Mr. Layton recently published a memoir of his life as an international lawyer, entitled Going On My Own, which is available for purchase on 

He holds the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law and was an early Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He has also been a member of the U.S. National Committee of the ICC at the U.S. Council on International Business, a consultant to the UN Center for Transnational Coroporations, and a member of the Board of Visitors of the City University of New York Law School.

His language proficiency is in English, Spanish, and conversational Hungarian.


* For the written Award in the Bechtel/GE v. OPIC case on which Mr. Layton was Bechtel/GE's arbitrator, see

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