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The David Caron Rule of X

Mar 31, 2020

Lucy Reed

Volume 46 (2019) - Issue 1

David and I were friends for over 30 years. On the professional side, I followed him as Chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and he followed me as President of the American Society for International Law. We planned many symposia and programs together. One of the things we agreed on was that luncheon talks should be a bit light—substance with humor, “medicine with a spoonful of sugar.” David delivered such talks—as he did so many things—elegantly and (apparently) effortlessly.

To find my bearings—or in David’s Coast Guard terminology, to find a mooring for an appropriate arbitration topic—I thought back to the one time David and I were formal co-authors. This was in 1995, when we wrote on International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes post-award remedies. Too dry for lunch, he would say.