James Loftis Appointed Vice President of London Court of International Arbitration
James Loftis, head of Vinson & Elkins’ International Dispute Resolution practice, has been appointed as a vice president of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
The LCIA Court is led by a president and seven vice presidents including Loftis, who was elected to a five-year term as a member of the Court in 2016. He is currently one of three LCIA vice presidents from the United States and will serve in that role until his original term expires.
As one of the world’s leading international institutions for commercial dispute resolution, the LCIA provides efficient, flexible and impartial administration of arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, regardless of location and under any system of law.
The core functions of the Court include acting as appointing authority under the LCIA rules; performing the functions conferred on it by any applicable rules or arbitration, mediation or conciliation; reviewing the LCIA Rules and making recommendations as appropriate concerning the introduction of new rules; and promoting the objectives of the LCIA and of international commercial arbitration generally.
Loftis’ practice focuses on the arbitration and litigation of international commercial and investor-state disputes and counseling in matters involving public international law and treaties. He acts both as counsel and arbitrator. Since 2009, Loftis has been an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he teaches investor-state and international commercial arbitration. He maintains offices in London and Houston, and is admitted in Texas, in the Senior Courts of England and Wales, and in the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.