2014 Summer Program Faculty

BJÖRN ARP, Partner, Aparicio, Arp & Associates LLC

Dr. Björn Arp is an adjunct professor at the American University Washington College of Law. Currently, he is also editor-in-chief of the Law of the Sea Reports and a partner at Aparicio, Arp & Associates LLC, in Washington, D.C. He taught Public International Law, European Union Law, and Investment Arbitration at the University of Alcalá, Madrid, from 2000 to 2010. In 2007 Arp was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School. His publications and research have focused on international investment protection and human rights.


AMAL BOUCHENAKI, Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Amal Bouchenaki Amal Bouchenaki is a dual qualified French and California attorney in the New York office of Herbert Smith Freehills. She specialises in international arbitration. Amal acts as counsel in complex treaty based proceedings and international commercial arbitrations conducted under a variety of arbitration rules, including UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, ICDR, CIRCICA, HKIAC, VIAC and ICSID.

Trained in both the civil law and common law systems, Amal has handled disputes involving an array of issues and industry sectors, including, technology, telecommunications, and energy-related disputes. In addition to appearing before international arbitral tribunals, she litigates international arbitration matters before national courts, and advises on the drafting of arbitration clauses. She is also experienced in the mediation of international disputes.


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

Dr. Frutos-Peterson is a partner in the International Arbitration group in the Washington D.C. office.

Dr. Frutos-Peterson was formerly counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) from 2001 to 2009. At ICSID, she served as Secretary of Tribunals in numerous arbitral proceedings brought under the ICSID Convention and the ICSID Additional Facility Mechanism, based on the bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.

Her practice focuses primarily on disputes in Latin America.  Dr. Frutos-Peterson is an Adjunct Professor at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C., where she lectures on international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars in the United States and abroad.  She is also the author of the book L'émergence de l'arbitrage commercial international en Amérique latine: l'efficacité de son droit, published by L'Harmattan.

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).

LEONARDO GIACCHINO, Partner, Solutions Economics, LLP

Dr. Leonardo Giacchino provides valuation and economic analysis and advisory services in litigation matters. He has worked in more than 30 countries on over 100 projects addressing economic, financial and regulatory issues. Dr. Giacchino has testified in numerous forums: international courts (investment and commercial arbitrations), federal and state courts and before public utility commissions in many countries. He is in Who’s Who Legal as one of the world's top international arbitration experts and is a former faculty member at the UF, Duke and UCA. He is also the coauthor (with Dr. Jonathan Lesser) of Fundamentals of Energy Regulation (PUR, 2007) and Principles of Utilities Corporate Finance (PUR, 2011).

FRANCISCO GONZÁLEZ DE COSSÍO, Arbitrator, González de Cossío Abogados, S.C.

Francisco González de Cossio's main activity is acting as arbitrator particularly in complex cases and in the areas of construction and energy. He also acts as advocate and expert. He is a member of the Court of the London Court of International Arbitration, Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Tribunal Arbitral du Sport), and President of the Arbitration Centre of the Construction Industry (Centro de Arbitraje de la Industria de la Construcción (CAIC)). His experience in diverse types of arbitration, ADR and dispute settlement proceedings —ranging from ordinary commercial arbitrations, to ICSID, intellectual property, sport arbitrations, consulting in WTO proceedings, and litigation before the International Court of Justice— have earned him a reputation as a connoisseur with an international profile.

He is a Professor of Arbitration and Antitrust Law in the Universidad Iberoamericana and in the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico. He has authored eight books (including the leading treatise Arbitraje, now on its third edition) on arbitration as well as of more than 150 specialized articles regarding arbitration, antitrust, economic analysis of the law and public international law. Francisco González de Cossío has a Law Degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Master’s (LLM) and doctoral (JSD) degrees from the University of Chicago (on economic analysis of Law), as well as a business degree (OPM) from Harvard Business School.

HORACIO A. GRIGERA NAON, Director, Center on International Commercial Arbitration

Professor Horacio Grigera Naón is a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence and Director of the Center on International Commercial Arbitration at American University Washington College of Law where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration and Choice-of-Law Issues in International Commercial Arbitration. He also serves as an independent international arbitrator and consultant on business and international law matters, and is former Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. He has been a practitioner in the field of international commercial arbitration and international business law for over twenty-five years.

Dr. Grigera Naón has published and lectured widely on these topics, 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. He is also an adviser for the American Law Institute’s new Restatement of the Law (Third) of International Commercial Arbitration, a member of the Advisory Board of The Institute for Transnational Arbitration, a former Special Counsel with White & Case LLP and a former Senior Counsel with the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C. Professor Grigera Naón holds LLM and SJD degrees from Harvard Law School, LLB and LLD 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.

MICHMichael Evan JaffeAEL EVAN JAFFE, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

During his more than 30 years as a trial lawyer, Mr. Jaffe has focused on dispute resolution internationally in arbitrations under various international arbitral regimes and domestically in court and arbitration proceedings. A significant part of his work has involved representing owners, contractors and other stakeholders in projects ranging from infrastructure and energy facilities to sports stadiums and a wide variety of commercial structures. He has acted as counsel in numerous international and domestic arbitrations, has been counsel in mediations involving both international and domestic matters and has served as an arbitrator involving projects in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Jaffe is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

He has been lead counsel, in a wide array of construction industry and commercial litigation matters. He has been widely recognized as a leading trial lawyer. Among the publications recognizing him are Chambers USA, Construction Litigation—DC (2003-2013); Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law (2003-2014); Legal 500 US , Real Estate & Construction Litigation (2012); PLC Which Lawyer?, Construction—DC (2011-2012), Dispute Resolution—DC (2008-2010); Who's Who Legal, Construction—DC (2011-2013); Guide to the World's Leading Construction Litigation Lawyers, Euromoney/Legal Media Group (2011); and Super Lawyers (2007-2012).


Dawn Yamane Hewett is an associate in the Washington, DC office of Arnold & Porter LLP and is a member of the firm's international arbitration, litigation, global anti-corruption, and white collar practice groups. In her international arbitration work, Ms. Hewett represents both sovereign governments and investors in international arbitrations filed under the auspices of free trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties. She currently represents the Republic of Korea in a investor-state dispute involving the Lone Star Funds. She has recently represented the Republic of Guatemala in the first Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) arbitration proceeding brought before the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a Greek/Austrian company in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Panamá in an international arbitration before ICSID, and a Central-American state-owned power company in a United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) ad hoc arbitration against a foreign investor. Ms. Hewett obtained her JD from Yale Law School, Master's of Public Affairs from Princeton University, Master of Philosophy in Ethnic and Racial Studies (Sociology) from Trinity College Dublin, and undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Political Science and minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Washington.

JEAN KALICKI, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

Jean Kalicki is a Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, focusing on international arbitration. She has served as Chair, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as well as on ad hoc tribunals. As counsel, she has particular experience in investment treaty cases and represents both States and investors before ICSID and under the UNCITRAL Rules, in disputes under investment treaties and free trade agreements. In commercial cases, she has represented clients (including the United Nations) in disputes involving five continents.

Ms. Kalicki is widely recognized for her leadership in the field. Selected as one of Global Arbitration Review's top 30 women in arbitration worldwide (2007), Euromoney's top 30 commercial arbitration attorneys in the US (2013), and among the "Best Lawyers in America" for international arbitration (2010-2013), she has been described as "a celebrated presence in the market" who is "creative and business-minded" with "great presence before a tribunal" (Chambers USA 2013), and "is considered outstanding  by market sources, and has particular expertise in ICSID arbitrations" (Chambers USA 2012). She is noted to be "a thorough, meticulous and highly motivated arbitrator" (Chambers USA 2011), who is "simply superb" (Legal 500 2008), and "an incredible investigator and researcher who is gifted at identifying key issues" and "knows how to use legal analysis to structure the best argument possible" (Chambers USA 2008). She has been selected repeatedly as a leader in her field by the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and by Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers. 

Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Ms. Kalicki was associated from 1991 to 1998 with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in its New York and Washington, DC offices. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

LOUIS B. KIMMELMAN, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Benno Kimmelman is co-chair of the firm’s global International Arbitration practice. He focuses on the arbitration and litigation of complex commercial and investment treaty disputes as well as litigation in aid of the arbitration process. Benno regularly represents U.S. and foreign clients, as well as sovereign entities, in international disputes before arbitral tribunals and state and federal courts in the United States. He has acted as lead counsel in numerous cases before the leading international arbitration institutions and has served as an arbitrator in international disputes.

He is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration and International Litigation, as well as an Adviser to the American Law Institute project on the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. He served as chair of the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Benno is listed as a leading practitioner of international arbitration in Legal 500 United States and in Chambers USA 2013: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he is described as "an outstanding advocate." Additionally, Benno is recognized as a Litigation Star in the United States in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

DANA MACGRATH, Counsel, Sidley Austin LLP

Dana MacGrath has a broad range of experience in international arbitration and litigation as well as U.S. litigation. Dana focuses on the arbitration and litigation of complex commercial disputes and litigation in aid of arbitration. Dana has participated in numerous arbitrations before the leading international arbitration institutions as well as ad hoc arbitration panels. She also has served as an arbitrator in ICC international arbitrations. Recent international arbitration matters have involved a variety of business and industries, including oil and gas, LNG, finance, joint ventures and international investment vehicles.

In the context of international litigation, Dana has represented both U.S. and foreign parties regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements and arbitral awards under the New York Convention. She has also been involved in disputes regarding forum selection and choice of law clauses, sovereign immunity and discovery in the international context. Dana is recognized as a leading practitioner of international arbitration in Chambers USA 2012: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: “Dana MacGrath is noted for her experience in commercial arbitration and wins acclaim for her work serving a range of clients in complex disputes. Sources attest to her expertise and credit her as being ‘extremely hardworking and very smart.’“ Dana is also recognized as a leading practitioner in Expert Guide’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration 2013.

Dana is a member of the Finance Committee of the newly launched New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC). She is a member of the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and coordinates the Annual New York City Bar Vis Moot Practice Session. Dana is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches a seminar on international commercial arbitration and coaches the Brooklyn Vis Moot team. Dana is Chair of Y-ADR, the young arbitrators group of the CPR Institute. She writes and speaks frequently on the subject of international dispute resolution.

JACK MCKAY, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Mr. McJack McKayKay is a member of Pillsbury's Litigation/Arbitration group with more than 30 years of experience in courts across the United States and in dozens of arbitrations, domestic and international. His clients include significant businesses in the United States and abroad.

Litigation in disputes concerning technology and energy contracts has been a staple of Mr. McKay's practice. He has litigated the development, sale and implementation of computer hardware and software; represented the manufacturer of the primary mirror of the Hubble Space Telescope; and directed the most significant litigation to date over the transportation and storage of spent nuclear fuel. Energy related work has included international litigation/arbitration for foreign clients in disputes regarding coal deliveries, importation issues, and intellectual property rights. Mr. McKay has complemented this experience by litigating a wide variety of joint venture, partnership and other contractual agreements created to exploit business opportunities.

Mr. McKay serves as an arbitrator under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, and lectures on international arbitration conducted under the rules of the ICC and other dispute resolution rules.

MILDRED OJEA, Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, New York

Mildred Ojea Mildred Ojea is a member of the international arbitration practice and also has extensive experience in trans-national matters involving privatizations, project finance, debt restructuring, employment and international litigation. Mildred has represented clients in multiple industries, including water, gas and power, throughout Latin America and other emerging markets. In recent years, she has represented clients in international arbitration disputes seated in New York, London, or Paris, under multiple arbitration rules, and in a variety of industries, such as mining, energy and transportation. 


HERNANDO OTERO, Adjunct Professor of Arbitration Mediation, Washington College of Law

Hernando Otero is Adjunct Professor of arbitration and mediation at the Washington College of Law. He has experience as counsel of record and as an international arbitrator. He has served as an arbitrator before the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and has been appointed as an international arbitrator by the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Court of Arbitration.

He is on the London Court International Arbitration (LCIA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) lists of neutrals and on the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s (HKIAC) Panel of Arbitrators. He is also on the Bogota Chamber of Commerce Arbitration and Conciliation Center’s (CACCCB) closed list of international arbitrators for proceedings seated in Colombia and on its high-amount closed list for local arbitration proceedings. He is licensed to practice in the state of New York, the District of Columbia, and in Colombia.

IRMA RIVERA RAMIREZ, visiting attorney, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Irma Ramirez, currently a visiting attorney at the New York Office of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, is a partner at Brigard & Urrutia Abogados in Bogota, Colombia. She graduated from the Law School of the Sergio Arboleda University and from the graduate program on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Conciliation from the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario University. She joined Brigard & Urrutia Attorneys on January, 1998. In almost 20 years of professional practice she has served as counsel to national and foreign clients in complex litigation before the ordinary jurisdiction and Arbitration tribunals. She has been appointed Arbitrator and Secretary in multiple opportunities in Arbitration proceedings followed before the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá. She is currently listed in the A list of Arbitrators of this Center and is a member of the Litigation, Arbitration and Insolvency and Insurance and Reinsurance practice areas. Member of the faculty of the Law School of the Sergio Arboleda University , professor of graduate programs concerning National and International Arbitration and has been invited as professor to various graduate programs concerning National and International Arbitration. She attended the first Course on International Arbitration organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá - Solventia Foundation from Spain and the CAF (Corporación Andina de Fomento) among others. Member to the Arbitration Club of Spain, the Colombian Arbitration Committee, the Latin American Arbitration Association and listed as Arbitrator by the Asociación de Exmagistrados de las Altas Cortes-Asomagíster (Former High Court Justices Association). Invited to sit as Arbitrator in various International Arbitration contests for law students in Washington, D.C. and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mrs. Rivera has been singled out by Chambers and Partners, Best Lawyers and recently in the first Latin American edition of Legal 500.

JOSE ANTONIO RIVAS, Associate, Arnold & Porter LLP

Mr. Rivas' experience involves defending sovereign States in international investment arbitration before ICSID and in commercial arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). His experience includes representation of private parties from Asia in investment treaty and breach of contract arbitrations at ICSID and the ICC. He has been part of Arnold & Porter LLP's representation of sovereign and corporate clients in arbitrations involving investment treaties between States in North America, Latin America, Europe and Africa, related to the energy sector, mining services, the financial industry, the health care provider industry, and road and railway concessions. He has also provided legal advice on public international law matters concerning the law of the sea, territorial disputes and protection of cultural heritage.

His practice benefits from his experience as former Director of Foreign Investment of the Colombian Trade Ministry where he coordinated the prevention of investment disputes and the response of the State in case of international investment arbitration. Mr. Rivas was alos a Counsel at ICSID. Mr. Rivas received a Doctorate in Juridical Science-SJD, with Distinction and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center. He holds separate degrees in law and economics from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.

MONIQUE SASSON, Co-Managing Editor of the ITA Arbitration Report and of World Trade and Arbitration Materials

Monique Sasson is the Co-Managing Editor of the ITA Arbitration Report and the Co-Managing Editor of World Trade and Arbitration Materials.

Ms. Sasson initially qualified as an Italian Avvocato and practiced at Chiomenti Studio Legale in Rome, where she appeared before arbitral tribunals and Italian courts.  In 2000 she joined Herbert Smith’s international arbitration and litigation practice group in London.  She qualified as an English solicitor (and subsequently as a solicitor advocate), and acted in a number of international commercial arbitration cases as well as litigation matters.  In 2006 Monique began a doctoral programme in public international law at the University of Cambridge, with a concentration on investment treaty arbitration.  Her doctoral thesis studied the roles of municipal law and international law in investment treaty awards.  In 2009 she obtained her Ph.D. and in 2010 she published a monograph titled Substantive Law in Investment Treaty Arbitration: the Unsettled Relationship between International law and Municipal Law (Kluwer).

LAURENCE SHORE, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

LaurePhoto of Laurence Shorence Shore is a dual United States/United Kingdom qualified lawyer whose practice area is international arbitration.

Laurence has been the lead counsel in a large number of arbitration cases under, for example, the UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, Cairo Regional Centre, ICDR, and Swiss Arbitration Rules. He also sits as an arbitrator (ICC, ICDR, Cairo Regional Centre, LCIA, and UNCITRAL Rules). In addition to his work as an arbitration practitioner, Laurence tries cases in the United States courts. Laurence is a member of the New York, District of Columbia and Virginia Bars.  He is also a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales (with rights of audience as a solicitor-advocate, Higher Courts, Civil).

Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Laurence was a partner in the New York City office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; prior to Gibson Dunn, Laurence was a partner in the London, England, office of Herbert Smith LLP. He also has served as an attorney-adviser international in the Office of the Legal Adviser, United States Department of State, and he was a litigation associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. His law degree is from the Emory University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Law Journal (1988-89). He earned a Ph.D. degree and a Master’s degree in American History from The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland). His undergraduate degree is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History, with highest honors.

MALLORY SILBERMAN, Associate, Arnold & Porter LLP

Mallory Silberman is an associate in Arnold & Porter LLP's International Arbitration, Litigation, and Latin America practice groups, where she focuses on international dispute resolution between sovereign States and multinational corporations. In addition to representing sovereigns in international commercial arbitration proceedings and US litigation proceedings, Ms. Silberman has particular experience in investment treaty disputes before the World-Bank-affiliated International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID"). She has represented investors and States in more than 15 ICSID and ICSID Additional Facility disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties, NAFTA, or the Energy Charter Treaty. Ms. Silberman speaks Spanish and Italian, and reads basic French and Portuguese. Her cases typically require a working knowledge of legal terms in two or more languages.

Ms. Silberman earned her JD with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2009, and her BA magna cum laude in international relations and public relations from Syracuse University in 2006. At UNC, Ms. Silberman served as Notes and Comments Editor on the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, and as class representative on the Student Bar Association.

MONTGOMERY TAYLOR, Legal Counsel, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disp utes (ICSID)

LUISA TORRES ARIAS, Legal Counsel, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disp utes (ICSID)

ANNE MARIE WHITESELL, Independent Arbitrator

Ms. Whitesell has been ranked as a Notable Practitioner for International Arbitration by both Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers USA 2013, referral guides to leading lawyers based on the opinions of their clients and peers. She has also been listed in Commercial Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal 2013 and recommended as a National International Arbitration Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation 2012. Additionally, in 2012, Ms. Whitesell was recognized by Legal 500 Latin America for international arbitration and named one of Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Female Litigators in America.

Anne Marie Whitesell was Of Counsel at Dechert LLP and worked as a member of the firm’s International Arbitration practice group. She was based in the Washington, D.C. office but worked closely with their offices in Paris. Before working at Dechert, Ms. Whitesell was Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration from 2001 to 2007. She supervised approximately 1,100 international arbitration cases each year involving parties from more than 120 countries. She also worked closely with the 126 members of the International Court of Arbitration, who hailed from 88 different countries, and contributed to the institution’s profile and reputation around the world.

Ms. Whitesell is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and regularly lectures on international arbitration in conferences and training programs, including programs for judges. Previously, she was also a lecturer at the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Institut de Droit Comparé (Université de Paris II). She has published many articles on international arbitration, and is on the advisory board or council of numerous organizations. She is listed as an arbitrator with several institutions, including the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR – AAA), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) and the Serbian Foreign Trade Court of Arbitration at the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

RICHARD E. WALCK, Partner, Global Financial Analytics LLC

Rory Walck has thirty-eight years of experience in business management, public accounting and financial consulting.  As the "public face" of GFA, Rory handles the expert witness engagements and leads the client service team on GFA's engagements.  Rory has given expert witness testimony in state and federal courts, before domestic and international arbitration tribunals, at regulatory proceedings and in depositions in more than sixty matters.  Rory has been repeatedly named one of the world's leading experts in arbitral proceedings by Who's Who Legal. Mr. Walck has assisted clients in the evaluation and analysis of complex financial issues in a variety of commercial and international treaty matters. His clients have ranged from companies with contract or other
commercial claims to multi-nationals and government agencies involved in bilateral or multilateral investment treaty disputes.