2009 Summer Session Adjunct Faculty and Guest Lecturers

STANIMIR A. ALEXANDROV, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington

Stanimir Alexandrov focuses his practice in the areas of international dispute resolution, including investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration, and resolution of trade disputes before the World Trade Organization (WTO). He has represented private parties and governments in arbitration before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as well as in ICC, UNCITRAL, and AAA international arbitrations. He has also represented governments in WTO disputes. Mr. Alexandrov has been appointed to the ICSID’s Panel of Arbitrators and Panel of Conciliators and serves as an arbitrator in a number of cases under the arbitration rules of ICSID, the London Court of International Arbitration and UNCITRAL. He has appeared as an expert witness in international arbitration on investment treaty interpretation. Mr. Alexandrov’s current and recent international arbitration cases include representations of global investors, such as Bayindir Holdings, Vivendi, Tate & Lyle, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., GE and Bechtel, Impregilo S.p.A., and Cargill, and of sovereigns including Costa Rica, Turkey and Peru. He is listed in Chambers Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2005-2008; Chambers Global World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2007; Chambers Latin America, 2008; The Legal 500: United States, 2007 and 2008; The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Arbitration) 2005-2009; and Practical Law Company’s Cross-Border Handbook on Dispute Resolution 2007/08 and 2008/09.


   

JOSE I. ASTIGARRAGA, Partner, Astigarraga Davis, Miami

José Astigarraga focuses his practice on international arbitration, litigation and insolvency. Chambers Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers describes him as 'a major figure for Latin American litigation and arbitration [who] represents large US, European and South American corporations.' According to Chambers and Partners, 'peers view [him] as the nation's leading Spanish-speaking arbitration practitioner.' In his 29 years of practice, Astigarraga has handled a variety of commercial and international litigation cases. With his intimate knowledge of local language, rules and culture, he frequently handles complex business disputes that have sensitive political, criminal and regulatory ramifications. He has defended and prosecuted substantial international business disputes in state and federal courts in the US. He has lectured extensively on litigation and arbitration issues. Most recently recognised in the Best Lawyers in America, his clients include Fortune 500 companies, major US and European banks, government-owned companies as well as Latin American enterprises.

 

     

NIGEL BLACKABY, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Washington

Nigel Blackaby is a partner in the firms' international arbitration group and is head of both our US and Latin America dispute resolution groups. Mr. Blackaby acts as counsel and arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations with a particular focus on Latin American commercial arbitration and arbitrations under investment treaties. He has represented foreign investors in Latin America and Latin American corporations in arbitration proceedings under the auspices of ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA and AAA in both the English and Spanish languages. The disputes have arisen out of sectors as diverse as financial services, telecommunications, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, metal refraction, tobacco, oil and gas and water concessions. He is currently representing several foreign investors in arbitrations arising out of the Argentine crisis. Mr. Blackaby is an editor of Arbitration International and the Revista Brasileira de Arbitragem, founder of the Young International Arbitration Group and a member of the executive of the LCIA Latin America Users’ Committee. He is editor and co-author of International Arbitration in Latin America (Kluwer, 2003), a co-author of A Guide to ICSID Arbitration (Kluwer, forthcoming) and a visiting lecturer on arbitration at the University of Paris-I Sorbonne.

Nigel Blackaby
   

JANIS H. BRENNAN, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP, Washington

Janis Brennan brings both transactional and dispute resolution experience to her extensive international practice. On the transactional side she has assisted clients with investment, venture capital, privatization and commercial contracts in such diverse geographic areas as Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Russia. Part of her contractual work involves the creation of joint ventures, licensing agreements, distributorships and agencies in various countries. In these and other matters, her international business knowledge gives guidance to clients on the legal, political, and practical aspects of doing business in foreign markets and in the United States. Project finance and infrastructure projects are central to the global business counsel that Janis provides. She structures public/private partnerships for international infrastructure projects and related project financing, negotiating such transactions on behalf of both corporate and governmental clients. In the area of commercial disputes, Janis regularly litigates claims against foreign country governments and their state-owned corporations. She also helps both private sector and national government clients resolve investment controversies, and is knowledgeable about litigation under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Janis has successfully arbitrated international commercial and investment disputes under the arbitration rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, American Arbitration Association, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, and various commodities associations.

   

MARINN F. CARLSON, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington

Marinn Carlson focuses her practice in international dispute settlement, with an emphasis on trade policy and investment disputes, including investor-state arbitration and WTO disputes. She has represented foreign investors as well as respondent governments in ICSID arbitrations under investment treaties and trade agreements, including NAFTA. She has represented corporate clients in a wide range of institutional (e.g. ICC, Zurich Chamber) and ad hoc (e.g. UNCITRAL) international commercial arbitrations. She has also represented clients in U.S. litigation with international ramifications, and as amici curiae in foreign affairs, intellectual property, and Commerce Clause cases before the United States Supreme Court and various courts of appeal. She counsels clients in sectors ranging from financial services to infrastructure development on the implications of international trade and investment rules for their global operations. Ms. Carlson has spoken at conferences and taught classes, workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics in international arbitration, including investor-state arbitration caselaw and practice as well as arbitration advocacy skills. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Agency (FIAA), as well as the current Budget Chair and past Program Committee Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law, and she serves on the Board of Visitors of Dartmouth College’s John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

   
Claudia Frutos-Peterson

CLAUDIA FRUTOS-PETERSON, Consultant, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Washington

Claudia Frutos-Peterson is a Consultant in the firms' Washington Office of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP where she concentrates her practice in International arbitration.  Prior to joining Curtis, Ms. Frutos-Peterson worked as legal counsel at the World Bank Group’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). As Counsel at ICSID, Ms. Frutos-Peterson served as secretary of tribunals in numerous arbitral proceedings brought under the ICSID Convention and the ICSID Additional Facility Mechanism. In March 2003 Ms. Frutos-Peterson published a book on international commercial arbitration in Latin America. Iin March 2003 Ms. Frutos-Peterson published a book on international commercial arbitration in Latin America. She is adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law teaching International Commercial Arbitration. Ms. Frutos-Peterson received her law degree at the University of Nuevo León, in Monterrey, Mexico. She also received a Master’s Degree in International Economic Law and a Doctorate in International Commercial Arbitration in Latin America, with highest honors, from the University of Paris-I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).

   

RONALD E.M. GOODMAN, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP, Washington

Dr. Ronald Goodman is a partner in the firm’s Washington office of Foley Hoag LLP. He concentrates his practice in international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, with a focus on commercial, investor-state, project, energy, and construction matters. Formerly co-chair of Winston & Strawn’s international arbitration practice, Mr. Goodman represents foreign government and corporate clients in international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution proceedings before international tribunals, courts, and commissions. He also advises governments with respect to law reform, restructuring, treaties, privatization, and project finance matters. Mr. Goodman has been involved in numerous international arbitration proceedings, including those before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), United Nations Compensation Commission, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), European Development Fund, International Arbitral Centre of the Federal Economic Chamber Vienna, as well as various U.S. tribunals. A multi-lingual practitioner, he has handled cases involving claims by clients located throughout the world, in both developed countries and emerging markets. Mr. Goodman is a member of numerous international arbitration associations, has written articles related to international arbitration, and has spoken widely on the subject. Mr. Goodman earned his juris doctor from Columbia University School of Law, his doctorate from Princeton University and his bachelor's degree from Cornell University.

     

JENNIFER HAWORTH MCCANDLESS, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington

Jennifer Haworth McCandless focuses her practice in the area of international dispute resolution, including international arbitration and disputes before the World Trade Organization (WTO). In arbitration, she has advised and represented private and sovereign clients in proceedings before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and its Additional Facility, as well as in ad-hoc arbitration such as under the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). She has also advised and represented private parties and governments in WTO disputes. In addition, she has counseled clients on the selection of arbitration clauses to be included in investment treaties and in international commercial agreements. Ms. Haworth McCandless has also advised clients on domestic court litigation involving U.S. trade practice. Ms. Haworth McCandless has spoken on issues concerning international arbitration and investor-state dispute resolution including at seminars and workshops sponsored by American University's Washington College of Law, the US Council for International Business's Young Arbitrators Forum, and the International Law Section of the D.C. Bar. In addition, Ms. Haworth McCandless has served for a number of years as the Chair of the Joint Swearing-In Ceremony for the US Court of International Trade and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sponsored by the International Law Section of the American Bar Association.

 

 

SUZANA MEDEIROS BLADES, Associate, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington

Suzana Blades has extensive experience in the field of international arbitration. She has worked on a wide variety of investor-State arbitration cases before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), under bilateral investment treaties and multilateral treaties, such as the Energy Charter Treaty, representing both investors and States. She has also been involved in cases before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) as well as Brazilian arbitration institutions. Ms. Blades has assisted partners serving as arbitrators in investment and commercial arbitrations. She is the author of several articles concerning States' ability to consent to arbitration, international arbitration in the oil and gas industry, Brazil's approach towards investor-State arbitration, and standards of treatment under bilateral investment treaties.

 

 

JAMES MENDENHALL, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington

James Mendenhall is a partner in the International Trade and Dispute Resolution group in the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C., concentrating in international trade policy and litigation. From 2005 to January 2007, Mr. Mendenhall served as the General Counsel of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). In that capacity, Mr. Mendenhall supervised U.S. participation in World Trade Organization and NAFTA disputes and handled all legal aspects of U.S. bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade negotiations. Mr. Mendenhall also served as the principal U.S. negotiator of the United States-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement and was the USTR representative on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Mendenhall served as the Assistant United States Trade Representative (AUSTR) for Services, Investment and Intellectual Property. From 2001-2003, Mr. Mendenhall served as USTR’s Deputy General Counsel. In that capacity, he handled numerous trade litigation, negotiation and legislative matters. Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Mr. Mendenhall spent nine years in private practice, concentrating in the areas of trade remedies litigation, international arbitration, trade policy and litigation before World Trade Organization panels.

 

 

HORACIO A. GRIGERA NAON, Director, WCL International Arbitration Program, Washington

Horacio Grigera Naón, is an independent international arbitrator and consultant on business and international law matters. He is a former Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and has been a practitioner in the field of international commercial arbitration and international business law for over twenty-five years. Dr. Grigera Naón has also widely published in those areas, including a book on “Choice-of-Law Problems in International Commercial Arbitration” (1992) and lectures at the Hague Academy of International Law (2001) on the same topic. Dr. Grigera Naón, Director of the International Commercial Arbitration Program at American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C., is also a member of the American Law Institute, former Special Counsel with White & Case LLP and former Senior Counsel with the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C. He holds LL.M. and S.J.D degrees from Harvard Law School, LL.B and LL.D. degrees from the School of Law of the University of Buenos Aires and is a member of the Argentine Federal, New York, District of Columbia, and United States Supreme Court Bars.

 

   

 

Jean Engelmayer  Kalicki

JEAN KALICKI, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington

Jean Kalicki is a Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, specializing in international arbitration and transnational litigation.  She has particular expertise in investment treaty arbitration and has represented both sovereigns and investors in disputes before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).  Ms. Kalicki also has extensive experience in commercial arbitration, and has represented companies on five continents, as well as the United Nations, in disputes before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and its International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and ad hoc tribunals under the UNCITRAL Rules.  Recently selected by Global Arbitration Review as one of the “Top 30 Women in Arbitration” worldwide, Ms. Kalicki serves as an arbitrator for numerous institutions and is a frequent author and speaker on arbitration topics, as well as Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.  She is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration; Chair of the U.S. Council for International Business’ Arbitration Subcommittee for Washington, D.C.; and Chair of the D.C. Bar’s International Dispute Resolution Committee.


 

 

LOUKAS MISTELIS, Director of the School of International Arbitration at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, London

Loukas Mistelis is the Clive M. Schmitthoff Professor of Transnational Commercial Law and Arbitration at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, where he is Director of Studies of the School of International Arbitration. He is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Pace University, School of Law and he teaches at the University of London LLM program. He also maintains a selective arbitration and consulting practice which focuses on international commercial and investment disputes, secured transactions and complex contractual matters. Mr. Mistelis has published various pieces, focusing on the internationalism of commercial arbitration, investment arbitration and harmonization of arbitration procedure. LL.B. (Hons) (University of Athens, Greece, 1991); Certificate in International & Comparative Human Rights (IIHR, Strasbourg, 1990); M.L.E. (magna cum laude, 1992), Dr. iuris (summa cum laude) (Law School, Hanover, Germany, 1998); Certificate in Japanese International Trade Law (Law School, Keio University, Tokyo, 1998); Member of the Athens Bar (since 1993). Besides English he is fluent in German and Greek, has good knowledge of French, and basic knowledge of Polish, Spanish and Russian.

Professor Loukas Mistelis

     

EDUARDO SILVA ROMERO, Partner, Dechert LLP, Paris

Eduardo Silva Romero is a Partner at the Paris office of Dechert LLP. He focuses on litigation and arbitration matters, particularly on international disputes involving state entities, as well as Spanish and Latin American parties. An accomplished expert in international commercial arbitration, he has supervised numerous proceedings before arbitration panels worldwide. Former Assistant Counsel, Counsel, and Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Mr. Silva Romero's far-reaching experience includes international sales and distribution contracts, construction, oil, M&A and electricity-related disputes. Recognized as one of the top 45 lawyers under the age of 45 (45 under 45) by the Global Arbitration Review, Mr. Silva Romero is also listed in the Legal 500, Chambers and Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit. He is admitted to the Colombian and French Bars and is fluent in Spanish, French and English. Mr. Silva Romero earned his PhD (Docteur en Droit Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Paris II - Assas in 2000. He also holds advanced degrees from the same institution in Philosophy of Law (DEA, 1996) and Private International Law (DSU, 1995), and a diploma in Comparative Law and Legal Terminology and a law degree from Universidad del Rosario (1993).

     
DAVID E. WAGONER, Arbitrator and Mediator, Seattle

David E. Wagoner serves as arbitrator, mediator and consultant in international and domestic disputes. He has been appointed to arbitration panels throughout the world including the AAA's International Panel and most recently to the CIETAC panel in China. Mr. Wagoner has served on the faculty of various arbitration workshops, and has published numerous articles on international arbitration, most recently Japan Becomes a Friendly Place for International Arbitration, TDM Volume 3, issue #04 - July 2006. He is also an adjunct Professor at the, University of Washington School of Law. He was a partner of Perkins Coie, Seattle from 1965 to 1996, specializing in international and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Wagoner graduated from Yale University with a B.A. and from the University of Pennsylvania with an LL.B.