Adjunct Professor
Matthew Adler
  • Biography
  • Publications

Matthew H. Adler is a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia and Princeton, where he concentrates in commercial disputes.  He chairs Pepper Hamilton's practice group on international arbitration and litigation.

Mr. Adler has litigated or arbitrated cases involving the governments of Russia, China, the Czech Republic, the Congo, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Canada, Chile, the former East Germany, and other countries.  He has led arbitrations and litigations on behalf of clients in Europe, Asia and South America. He has appeared before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.  In 2013, he led a team of lawyers in the first reported arbitration to go to a hearing and liability award before the recently formed London Court of International Arbitration – India (LCIA-I) branch. 

Mr. Adler served in the Office of Legal Advisor at the United States Department of State from 1986 to 1989 where his practice included representation of the United States before the Iran-US Claims Tribunal at The Hague. He is a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Private International Law, where he has participated in a working group on a multilateral judgments enforcement convention, a member of the American Bar Association's Section on International Law, and a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  He has published on arbitration and judgment enforcement in European and American journals, including the Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, The International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the Georgetown Law School’s Law and Policy in International Business, the U.S.-Mexican Law Journal, and the Fordham International Law Journal.

Mr. Adler is a 1980 graduate of Cornell University and a 1983 graduate of the Columbia University School of Law.



Figueiredo v. Peru:  A Step Backward for Arbitration Enforcement, 32 Northwestern J. Int’l Law & Bus. 38 (2012)

The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements: The United States Joins the Judgment Enforcement Band, 27 Northwestern J. Int'l Law & Bus. 1 (2006) (with Michele Crimaldi Zarchta)

If We Build It, Will They Come? The Need for a Multilateral Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Civil Monetary Judgments, Georgetown J. Law & Pol. Int'l Bus (1994)

The Exhaustion of Local Remedies Rule After the International Court of Justice's Decision in ELSI, 39 Int'l Comparative Law Quarterly 641 (1990)

Terrorism: The New War in Insurance Agreements, ABA The Brief (Spring 2002) (with Deborah Cohen and Edward Groh)

Enforcement in a New Age: Judgments in the United States and Mexico, 5 U.S. Mex. L.J. 149 (1997)