Meet the Commissioners

Commissioner of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission

Commissioner Anuj Desai

On April 6, 2012, Mr. Anuj C. Desai was sworn in as a part-time Commissioner of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.  He was nominated for the position by President Obama on April 8, 2011, and confirmed by the Senate on March 30, 2012.

Commissioner Desai is a Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  He has also taught as a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan; and National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan.  Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin faculty in 2001, Professor Desai practiced law with the Seattle, Washington firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.  Before his time in private practice, he served as a legal assistant to the American arbitrators at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands, and as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable David S. Tatel at the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  He also worked briefly in the Legal Adviser’s Office at the U.S. Department of State and at the Legal Resources Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Commissioner Desai earned an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University, where he was awarded a Henry Russell Shaw Fellowship, a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review.

Commissioner of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission

On September 16, 2013, Ms. Sylvia M. Becker was sworn in as a part-time Commissioner of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission. She was nominated for the position by President Obama on September 19, 2012, and confirmed by the Senate on June 27, 2013.