Presenters

Paul Allaer, LL.M. 1984

Paul is a partner in the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP, based in the firm’s office in Cincinnati, Ohio. Paul is part of the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities and International practice groups. His practice focuses on international corporate and trade matters, including international mergers and acquisitions, agency and distribution, know-how licensing and joint venture transactions, as well as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and related suspect payment issues. Paul also works extensively with foreign companies expanding and investing in the U.S. Paul is originally from Belgium, and has served as the Honorary Consul of Belgium for the State of Ohio since 1997.

Douglas Alvarado Castro, LL.M. 1995

Independent Consultant and Expert on Trade Defense and Economic Law. University Professor on International Economic Law Issues.

Since 1995, after graduating from WCL and becoming a distinguished LL.M. has been involved with many important economical and trade legal issues, not only at a national level but also at the international level. During the following 9 years was dedicated to support the Costa Rican government development as a public officer. A key member of the negotiating team of Costa Rica for many FTA’s providing especial support on technical legal issues such as policy of competition and trade remedies. During this time achieved a Ph.D. in Trade Law with emphasis on “International Unfair Trade Practices”. As part of the Costa Rican diplomatic delegation at WTO it took part on several meetings from 2006 to 2007 on the Antidumping, Subsidies, and Safeguards Committee meetings. On 2007 decided to go independent and found his own boutique law Firm: International Economic Law Firm (IELF). Immediately after, designed and wrote the Panamanian local regulation for Trade Defense. It has directed investigative processes of antidumping on the Central American region, particularly on Panama, Honduras, and Costa Rica. It has also served the WTO, IDB, and certain governments as instructor on courses and seminars related to his field of expertise. Currently is responsible for high profile cases dealing with antitrust practices on Costa Rica.

Finally, an important part of duties and responsibilities as advisor for the private sector in his country has require Douglas Alvarado to lead actions against counterfeiting, smuggling, tax evasion and elusion, infringement of technical regulations, and many other irregular market practices.

Céline Aymé-Wauthier, LL.M. 2006

Céline Aymé-Wauthier is Deputy Counsel at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. She is working in the team dealing principally with Europe, Africa and the Middle East where she manages all aspects of arbitration proceedings under the ICC Rules.

Before joining the ICC, she worked for the Investigating Judges Office of the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She also completed internships in the International Arbitration and Corporate departments of international law firms in Paris, France.

Céline Aymé-Wauthier is admitted to practice in New York State and in Paris. She holds legal degrees from the University of Paris X Nanterre (Master’s Degree in International and European Law) and the American University Washington College of Law (LL.M. in International Business Law).


Thierno Baldé, LL.M. 2001

Attorney Thierno Baldé, is a Guinean national. He holds a JD from Lausanne University, an LL.M in European Union Law and International Economic Law from Geneva University, two LL.Ms. in International Business Law and on Law and Government from American University and a JSM from Stanford University in International Legal Studies. He has worked for several years at the World Bank Group on rule of law issues and project finance. He has been the Coordinator of the West Africa Public Interest Litigation Center based in Abuja Nigeria. He is the founder of the Research Institute on Democracy and Rule of Law (IRDED). Thierno Baldé was a member of the international law review of the Stanford Law School and a distinguished recipient of the 2006 Stanford African Student Association Award. He holds a Masters of Law from the American University Washington College of Law.

Nuria Beltran, LL.M. 1982

Beltrán is a senior partner at Mari & Ebla S.L. (a member of the Global Network of Realtors), where she provides real estate services and corporate assistance to investors, particularly in Barcelona and Madrid. Before joining Mari & Elba in this capacity, Beltrán managed one of the top international companies in the property sector. She has been a practicing lawyer and real estate consultant for over 30 years. As a negotiator, Beltrán is Vice-President of the Association of Professional Negotiators – Asociación Profesional de Negociadores.


Matthew Braun

Matthew Braun has been Acting Reading Room Coordinator at the Law Library of Congress since August 2012, and was Legal Reference Specialist from 2011 to 2012 and Legal Reference Librarian from 2009 to 2011. He previously was Reference Librarian at The George Washington University's Jacob Burns Law Library from 2005 through 2009, and a reference specialist in intellectual property law at GW from 2006 to 2009. He also served as Graduate Assistant at the University of North Carolina's Kathrine R. Everett Law Library in 2004 and 2005.

Mr. Braun has written articles published in the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, State Practice Materials: Annotated Bibliographies, and a variety of law librarianship newsletters. He served as Corresponding Secretary for the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C. (LLSDC) from 2009 to 2011, and Editor of Law Library Lights, LLSDC's professional trade publication, in 2008 and 2009. He also served as Co-Chair of the Council of Newsletter Editors in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) in 2008 and 2009, and was a member of the Electronic Legal Information Access & Citation Committee in AALL from 2007 through 2009. He also taught the Advanced Legal Research seminar in the Catholic University School of Library and Information Science during the Spring 2012 semester.

Mr. Braun received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Miami University in 1999, a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University in 2003, and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio.


Gidon Bromberg, LL.M. 1994

Gidon Bromberg is the Israeli Director of EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME). FoEME is a unique regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the Middle East.  FoEME's three co-Directors were honored for their unique environmental peacebuilding efforts by TIME Magazine as Environmental Heroes of 2008, were granted the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2009 and in 2010 awarded both the Euro-Med Award for Dialogue and the Aristotle Onassis Prize for the Protection of the Environment.  Mr. Bromberg has written extensively on the relationship between water issues and Middle East peace and appears in the documentary film ‘Last Call at the Oasis’.

Mr. Bromberg, an attorney by profession, is a fellow of the New Israel Fund and alumni of Monash University in Australia, Washington College of Law at American University and Yale University's World Fellows program.


Santiago A. Canton, LL.M. 1989

Santiago Canton is the Director of RFK Partners for Human Rights.  From 2001 – 2012, Mr. Canton was the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  In 1998 he was elected as the first Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression in the Inter American System. From 1994 to 1998 Mr. Canton was Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), a democratic development institute based in Washington D.C. Mr. Canton was a political assistant to President Carter in democratic development programs in countries in Latin America.

In 2005, Mr. Canton was awarded the Chapultepec Grand Prize for his contributions to the promotion, development, strengthening. and defense of the principles of freedom of expression throughout the Americas.  Mr. Canton holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Masters Degree in International Law from the American University Washington College of Law.


Facundo Chávez Penillas, LL.M. 2013

Facundo A. Chávez Penillas is a lawyer from Argentina. Specializing in business law, Mr. Chávez Penillas works at the Disability Department of the Ombudsman Office of the City of Buenos Aires. He serves as the Vice President of the Latin-American Network of NGOs of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS). He is also a board member of the GPDD Global Partnership on Development and Disability (GPDD), a member of the Argentina Network for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (REDI), and a member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). Mr. Chávez Penillas graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires with his law degree in 2001 and his specialization in Business Law in 2003. He is currently in the International Legal Studies Program as a Disability and Human Rights Fellow with the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law.


Christian De la Medina Soto, LL.M. 2013

Christian De la Medina Soto, is an international lawyer admitted to practice law in México, currently based in in Washington DC. He works in Washington, D.C as an Investment Policy and Promotion Specialist, on the Investing Across Borders team at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group and he is also the President of the LLM Board Fall 2012.

Christian received a Masters of Political Science in Madrid, Spain, and is presently enrolled in the International Legal Studies Program (LL.M.) at American University Washington College of Law, with a focus in international commercial arbitration. He has worked at Public International Law & Policy Group in Washington D.C., as a foreign legal specialist, and, in addition to managing his own practice from Xalapa, has clerked for the Mexican Federal Court for over 6 years. Christian is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has a working knowledge of Italian, and French.

Claudia S. de Windt, LL.M. 2001

Ms. de Windt is a Legal Specialist in the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS (OAS-DSD), where she coordinates the environmental law, policy and trade program, under which she supervised a 12 country initiative focused in assessing the environmental sustainability of free trade agreements. She has provided expertise on assessments of trade in the Steering Group of United Nations Environment Programme on Integrated Assessment and Planning and to meetings of the International Impact Assessment Association.

Ms. de Windt currently focuses on capacity building efforts in the areas of trade and environment, environmental law and enforcement. She has published various articles on these subjects among others she has co-authored in the field of sustainable development. She is a graduate of law from Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and has a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law.

Prior to joining the OAS in 2001, Ms. de Windt was an Associate Attorney for the firm Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she worked as Counsel for International and local organizations mainly in the areas of contracts, banking, maritime, corporate and investment Law. She was appointed in 1999, by the President of theDominican Republic as Judicial Interpreter of The Court of First Instance of Santo Domingo. Ms. de Windt is admitted to practice in the Dominican Republic and a member of the Dominican Bar Association. She also served as Vice–President of the LL.M student association at the Washington College of Law in 2000. Languages: native language is Spanish, she is also fluent in English and has working knowledge of French and Portuguese.

Susana Gomez, LL.M. 2012

Ms. L. Susana Gomez is a LL.M graduated 2012, with specialization from Human Rights and Gender where she was awarded as honorable recipient of the Women’s Health and Human Rights in the Western Scholarship from the Women and the Law program from American University. She holds a bachelor in laws from Universidad Dr. Jose Matías Delgado in San Salvador, El Salvador. Throughout her studies, she worked as a law assistant for diverse law firms and got involved with pro-bono jobs in the human right field, served as part of the board of directors and is currently legal consultant of Central American Foundation for Rural Education Development (CAFRED). While participating in the Legal Studies program, Ms. Gomez worked as fellow at Pan American Health Organization at the Office of Gender, Diversity and Human Rights, where she drafted modules and training materials consistent with International Human Rights Law and Standards that dealt with maternal mortality, emergency contraception and health issues in prison settings to engage public policy and law reform to PAHO Member States. Currently, Susan works as legal focal point for the “Human Rights in Prison’s Settings modules” between the Institute of Human Rights and Health from Albany University and Pan American Health Organization.

Glenn Greenberg

As Director of Online Education, Glenn Greenberg is responsible for the creation of an online program that will enable a worldwide learning audience to have access to WCL’s educational offerings. He works closely with the Dean to identify programs, consults creatively with faculty to migrate course components and materials to the most appropriate media, and ensures the learning technology in place will meet the needs of the program. Mr. Greenberg has a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Media Technology from California Polytechnic University and an undergraduate degree in English and Speech Communication Education from Illinois State University. Prior to joining WCL, he provided learning strategy and development of numerous online and distance learning courses for Fortune 500 companies and government clients, including the National Geospatial Agency. He has direct experience managing a Learning Management System for 27K+ employees and has empowered instructors to successfully teach in the online environment.

Jeryl D. Hayes, LL.M. 2012

Jeryl D. Hayes is the Reproductive Justice Law & Policy Fellow at the Black Women’s Health Imperative, through Law Students for Reproductive Justice’s Fellowship Program. She recently graduated from American University Washington College of Law, completing a Masters of Law in Law in Government, with a concentration in Civil and Constitutional Rights and a specialization in Gender and the Law. Jeryl was a member of WCL’s chapter of LSRJ, Women’s Law Association, Black Law Students Association, staff member for the Health Law and Policy Brief, and served as Dean’s Fellow for the Women and the Law Program. She also interned as the Reproductive Health Policy Intern with the National Partnership for Women and Families.

Jeryl earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2011. In law school, she served as the student body President, on the Executive Board of the Student Bar Association as President and Social Chair, President of Law Students for Reproductive Justice Chapter, the Executive Board of the Women’s Law Caucus as Auction Co-Chair, Black Law Students Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, co-teacher for the undergraduate Women and the Law course, and represented low-income clients in child welfare and juvenile justice cases as a student attorney in the Civil Justice Clinic. She also interned for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis, and LSRJ’s National Office in Oakland, CA. Jeryl received her BA in Communication from Denison University in Granville, OH.

Eckhard Hellbeck, LL.M. 1987

Eckhard Hellbeck is a senior associate with White & Case LLP in its Washington, DC office. His practice focuses on international dispute resolution, in particular complex arbitration and litigation proceedings based on international treaties and contracts involving sovereign state parties. Qualified to practice law in Germany, the European Union, and the United States, and fluent in English, French and German, Mr. Hellbeck is especially well positioned to work on international matters that require a keen knowledge of the differences between civil law and common law systems.

Mr. Hellbeck has represented sovereign and private parties in international arbitrations relating to countries around the world and involving financial instruments; privatization of formerly State-owned industries in the financial, chemical, steel, and oil and gas sectors; infrastructure projects, including in the power generation, telecommunications, and transportation sectors; corporate transactions; real estate development; and environmental protection.

Prior to joining White & Case LLP, Mr. Hellbeck was a lawyer and diplomat with the German Foreign Service for nine years. During that time, Mr. Hellbeck participated in the negotiation of treaties between the Federal Republic of Germany and the then Soviet Union that were the precondition for German unification. For five years, Mr. Hellbeck represented Germany at the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council in New York. As a result of his tenure with the German Foreign Service, Mr. Hellbeck is acutely accustomed to working with governments on politically sensitive matters.

Mr. Hellbeck has been appointed to the International Investment Agreements Expert Group of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and as the Course Advisor for Arbitration for Judges at the International Law Institute in Washington, DC. Mr. Hellbeck is a frequent speaker and publishes regularly on topics of international arbitration. Mr. Hellbeck holds an LL.M. from American University-Washington College of Law, and is a member of the Bars of Frankfurt am Main (Germany), New York and the District of Columbia.


Ahmad Ishaque Jehangir, LL.M. 2013

Ahmad Ishaque Jehangir serves as the Senior Superintendent of Police in the Police Service of Pakistan, and has a Masters in Law in the field of International Criminal Law from London’s King’s College, as well as a Masters Degree in Criminology from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Jehangir has received numerous national and international awards, including a Presidential Police Medal for excellent service by the Pakistani government and a Certificate of Public Service administered by the United State’s Federal Bureau of Intelligence. These honorary awards have been granted to Mr. Jehangir due to his unwavering commitment for justice and equality. Mr. Jehangir believes that police forces, regardless of what country they are in, should adamantly support human rights and prevent any crimes that threaten to deter this sense of equality and justice. Mr. Jehangir is currently a Humphrey Fellow in the International Legal Studies Program at American University Washington College of Law.



David Kukhalashvili, LL.M. 2003

David Kukhalashvili graduated from law faculty of St.Petersburg State University, as well studied for Ph.D program at the same law faculty. He also holds masters degree (LL.M) in International Business Law of Washington Collage of Law, American University.

He possesses over 12 years of experience in developing and implementing legal, corporate and tax strategies for some international corporations based in Russia. David is specialized in Russian corporate, civil, contract, tax, real estate and labor law, as well as in litigation and dispute resolution. He is an expert in mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and restructuring, due diligence and optimizing structure of international cross-border transactions.

In 2010 David established his own law firm East West Law Group. He serves the clients on wide range of corporate matters. Before establishing his own law firm David worked more than 10 years as in-house lawyer in Moscow offices of many international corporations.



Ludmila Lavrova, LL.M. 1995

Ludmila Lavrova (Petrova), LL.M. Attorney at Law, St. Petersburg Bar Association, Russia. Graduated from Leningrad (now – St. Petersburg) State University (JD equivalent), American University Washington College of Law (LL.M.), and University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (LL.M.). Works in the field of Civil, Health, Pension, and other fields of law, gives legal consultations to individuals and organizations, conducts cases in Russian courts of all levels including The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation as well as in the European Court of Civil Rights. Drafts amendments and proposals to Russian laws. In 1995-1996 served as a Senior Legal Consultant on a USAID project in Kazakhstan. In 2009 served as a Senior Legal Consultant on a European Union project in Tajikistan.

Gives guest lectures on selected legal topics in different universities in Russia and abroad. Provides for pro bono legal services for Leningrad blockade survivors, veterans of WWII, and people with disabilities.

Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship fellow (1994), recipient of a scholarship of the University of Cambridge (1997), Contemporary Issues Program fellow (2005), winner of the US-Russia Experts Forum Program (2008). In 2008 and 2010 was awarded an annual award of St. Petersburg Chamber of Attorneys “For Highest Professional Achievements”. In 2011 won an international contest for participating in three weeks international seminar “Violence Against Women and Children” at Mount Carmel International Training Center in Haifa, Israel. Was a speaker and presenter at many international conferences. Published a number of articles on different topics of law in Russian and US professional periodicals and conference books.


Marco P. Lazo de la Vega, LL.M. 1999

Marco P. Lazo de la Vega (American University LLM-1999 and Harvard University MPA-2 2001), is a corporate lawyerand senior partner at LAZO DE LA VEGA - ABOGADOS S.C., a boutique Law-Firm in La Paz, Bolivia.

He is the outside legal counsel of a number of Bolivian companies and foreign investors and entrepreneur clients from USA, UK, Israel, Argentine, Colombia, Peru and Chile, among other countries.

Main legal activities include legal analysis of investment feasibility, incorporation of companies, trade treaty protection, arbitrage, torts, contract design, negotiation and deal closure.

Mr. Lazo de la Vega is also engaged in US immigration law, and he is also a Board member and comptroller of some commercial and finance corporations in Bolivia.

In addition, he is Vice President of the High Commission of the Commercial Arbitrage Center of the Bolivian Chamber of Commerce, based in La Paz.

Since 2002, Lazo de la Vega lectures negotiation and business law at the Masters and Executive Program at the Bolivian Catholic University and Del Valle University.

Father of Diego, his 10 year-old son, most weekends are inevitably spent playing paintball, roller-skating, and eating far too many jam & cheese pizzas.

Lawrence L. Lee, LL.M. 1996

Lawrence L. Lee is a commissioner of Taiwan Fair Trade Commission from March 23, 2010 to February 31, 2013. in the meantime, Lawrence is Associate Professor at Asia University. He has been Director, Department of Financial and Economic Law between August 2007 and July 2008.

Lawrence holds S.J.D. (equivalent to Ph.D. in Law) from Wisconsin University School of Law in 1999 and three law master degrees from Boston University School of Law in 1992, American University School of Law in 1996, and Wisconsin University 1997 respectively. Lawrence is pursuing another doctoral degree from the Centre of Commercial Law Study, Queen Mary College at the University of London. Lawrence worked as a research fellow at Columbia University School of Law from 1998 to 2000 and was a visiting scholar at New York University School of Law from 2001 to 2004 and from 2007 to 2009.

Lawrence is expertise in financial and banking regulation, securities law, corporate law, anti-trust law, Intellectual Property Rights, and corporate governance. Lawrence has published articles in English and Chinese versions in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Moreover, Lawrence is an international editor of the Journal of Financial Crime (England), and a permanent member on the Division of Corporate Governance of the Organization of Economic and Cooperation Development (OECD).

In terms of the experience on corporate governance, Lawrence has been appointed as a director to Mega Financial Holding Company by the Ministry of Finance (Taiwan) since October 2008 to September 2009 and selected as an independent director to Mega Insurance Company since October 2009, and an independent director to Asia Chemic Corporate, a listed company on Taiwan Stock Exchange, since March 2009.

In the meantime, Lawrence was Of Consular with Behar Bertron PLLC (a law firm in New York) and Chen Shyuu & Pun Law Offices (a law firm based on Taipei) September 1999 to February 2010. For over 10 years, Lawrence has been involved in several kinds of cases focused on international M&A, corporate governance, financial regulations, international taxation, anti-trust law, and securities regulations.

Michael K. Lee, LL.M. 2005

Michael K. Lee is a partner and the head of the corporate and commercial team in the Vietnam offices of Tilleke & Gibbins. Lauded by Chambers Asia for his “thorough approach,” Michael counsels clients and manages cases on a wide range of corporate matters, including real estate, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, commercial transactions, regulatory affairs (particularly for the life sciences and high technology industries), and labor. He has also assisted clients on numerous high-profile real estate and M&A projects and labor disputes.

A registered foreign lawyer in Vietnam, Michael has been practicing in Vietnam since 2007, previously with Mayer Brown JSM. Also a licensed lawyer in California (1996), Texas (1997), and Colorado (1998), Michael has extensive experience litigating civil and criminal matters in the United States. He is fluent in English and Korean.

Michael has been identified as a leading lawyer in Vietnam in the areas of Corporate and M&A and Project, Infrastructure and Energy (by Chambers Asia 2012) and Real Estate (by Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2011).


Chrys D. Lemon

Chrys D. Lemon is a partner in the firm and specializes in the areas of financial services, insurance, privacy, and marketing.

Mr. Lemon represents banking, insurance and financial services trade associations, as well as banks and insurance companies and agencies. He has counseled various financial institutions concerning bank-insurance arrangements and structuring, insurance licensing, consumer protection and telemarketing issues, and state and federal privacy regulations. Mr. Lemon frequently presents and lectures on the privacy restrictions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and numerous state privacy laws.

Mr. Lemon is one of the nation’s foremost experts on debt cancellation contracts, debt suspension agreements and guaranteed asset protection products; he is a co-author of the treatise The Federal and State Regulation of Debt Cancellation Contracts and Debt Suspension Agreements. He is a past Chairman of the Insurance & Debt Protection Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee.

From 1980 to 1986, Mr. Lemon was a T-38 pilot in the United States Air Force. From 1986 to 1988, he worked as an analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. 

David S. Mao

David S. Mao is the 23rd Law Librarian of Congress. He manages the operation and policy administration of the Law Library of Congress, which contains the world’s largest collection of legal materials and serves as the leading research center for foreign, comparative, and international law. Mr. Mao describes the position as part law librarian to Congress, part steward for the law collections, and part ambassador to the word’s legal and library communities.

Prior to becoming the Law Librarian of Congress, Mr. Mao served as the first Deputy Law Librarian of Congress. In that position, he served as a key member of the Law Library’s leadership team and managed the Law Library’s global legal research portfolio, including the Global Legal Research Center and the Global Legal Information Network. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Law Librarian, Mr. Mao was a section head at Congressional Research Service (CRS), Library of Congress.

Mr. Mao is a magna cum laude graduate of The George Washington University, where he majored in international affairs with a minor in Chinese language and literature. After earning his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Mao was in private practice for several years before returning to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in library science at The Catholic University of America. Before arriving at CRS in 2005, he held positions at the Georgetown University Law Library and within the research library of the international law firm of Covington and Burling LLP. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland–College Park.

Mr. Mao served a three-year term as the treasurer of the American Association of Law Libraries and was a member of its executive board. He currently is treasurer and a board member of the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries, of which he is a founding member. A member of the American Bar Association, he is admitted to the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bars.


Charbel Moarbes

Charbel Moarbes is partner at the Beirut and Washington, D.C. offices of Moarbes LLP, where he focuses on international legal matters, including international dispute resolution. He holds a J.D. and an LL.M. from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut and an LL.M. from the George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the Beirut and New York Bars. Charbel is fluent in Arabic, English, French, and he is proficient in Spanish.

Dana Myrtenbaum, LL.M. 2004

An Israeli feminist activist and human rights lawyer. In 2004, following the NIF Legal Fellowship Program, Dana has joined Itach-Maaki (Together  with You) - Women Lawyers for Social Justiceand initiated the “Legal Leaders and the Legal Feminist Clinic" Program.As a joint venture with the Haifa University Faculty of Law, this innovative program has spawned a process between women leaders from weak communities and Haifa University Law students who work to promote justice for women and bring voices from marginalized communities to the legal and public arenas.The Program received the 3rdaward of the MacJannet Prize as a leading program that creates unique models of community and civil rights with academia. An article and a manual of the program co- written by Dana and Falah Noor -What is Binding Us: A feminist, Activist Group Co-Facilitation Model (2012),is  to be published in the book Engaged Students in Conflict Zones Community-Engaged Courses in Israel as a Vehicle for Peace Building (USIP Research Project) at Oxford Press

Dana has also worked with Isha L’Isha " Woman to Woman" - Haifa Feminist Center, first as Legal Advisor to the Anti-Trafficking of Women in the Sex-Industry in Israel Project (2001-2003) and later in the Project to Educate and Implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2004-2005).

In July 2005, Dana was crucial in helping create and pass a national law in Israel that requires the inclusion of women from diverse backgrounds in all official conflict resolution processes and national commissions.That year, she submitted and presented to the UN Commission on the Status of Women the first ever Israeli civil society shadow report on gender-aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,“Women, Armed Conflict and Occupation- an Israeli Perspective.”

In 2007, Dana received The Jewel Bellush Israeli Feminist Awardfrom the National Council of Jewish Women for her groundbreaking work.

Since 2006, Dana has been chosen by the Ministry of Justice to legally represent persons who are under Involuntary Commitment in psychiatric hospitals, and ask to be released.

She graduated with the Dr. Juris (LLB) degree, in Law and Political Science, from ELTE(Eotvos Lorand Tudomanyos Egyetem, Budapest, Hungary) in 1996. She earned her LLM degree fromAmerican University, Washington College of Law, Washington DC, with specializations in Human Rights and Gender & the Law Studies.In Washington DC, Dana interned withHuman Rights Watchat its Division for Middle East and North Africa, and also with theProtection Project, combatting global trafficking in persons, especially women and children, at the John Hopkins University.


Suria Nataadmadja, LL.M. 1987

Suria Nataadmadja is the founder and the managing partner of Suria Nataadmadja & Associates. He has been admitted to practice law in Jakarta, Indonesia since 1982 and has extensive experience to handling the cases in the sector of Litigation, Corporate, Capital Market, Securities, Mining, and Investment Law. He also has actively organizing seminars, teaching and speaking on various legal topics.

Education: Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia (1979-1981); Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia (S.H., 1981); Legal Continuing Education, The Southern Methodist University (1986); Washington College of Law, The American University (LL.M., 1987).

Organizational Experiences: Vice President Treasury of Capital Market Legal Consultants Organization or HKHPM (2003-2005), Vice President of West Jakarta Indonesian Advocates Association or PERADI JB (2006-2008), Senior Advisor to PERADI JB (2011-2014), Vice President of Entrepreneur Sector University of Indonesia Alumni Association or ILUNI UI (2006-2010), Chairman of ILUNI UI (2012-2015), Senior Advisor to Faculty of Law of  University of Indonesia Alumni Association or ILUNI FHUI (2012-2015), Chairman of Continuing Legal Education of the Indonesian Advocates Association or PERADI (2010 - 2015). Head Coordinator of the Lawyer Society of University of Indonesia or IKA ADVOKAT UI (2009-    )


Carmel Pomerantz, LL.M. 2013

Carmel Pomerantz is the 2012-13 US/Israel Civil Liberties fellow and an LL.M candidate at American University Washington College of Law. Between 2008-2012, Ms. Pomerantz worked at Michael Sfard Law Office, a leading human rights law office in Tel Aviv, where she litigated cases regarding freedom of speech, family reunification, access to justice, indigenous land rights and criminal defense for human rights activists, as well as providing continuous legal counsel to leading Israeli human rights NGOs such as Yesh Din and Ir-Amim. Ms. Pomerantz is a board member at 'Itach - Women Lawyers for Social Justice,' an NGO aiming to create social change by using the law to address womens' rights. During her studies, she was a legal intern at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). She was a Minerva Center for Human Rights fellow (2006-07). Ms. Pomerantz holds an LL.B in Law and Philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is currently a Fellow of the Herman Schwartz Human Rights Law Fellows Program of on the the International Legal Studies Program at American University Washington College of Law.

Mario E. Pujols Ortiz, LL.M. 2000

Doctor in Laws, Summa Cum Laude, UNIBE, Santo Domingo, 1996. Master in Business and Economic Law, PUCMM, Santo Domingo, 1999. Master in International Legal Studies, Washington College of Law, American University, Fulbright scholarship, 2000. Graduate Studies on Business Economics, PUCMM, Santo Domingo, 2006. Diplomas on Finance, Trade Policy and Negotiation Studies from Harvard, Pennsylvania and Columbia universities. Professor of Private Law at UNIBE, since 2006, which includes economic and corporate regulations, trade policy, international negotiations, intellectual property and competition policy.

He participated in the trade negotiation rounds of the DR- CAFTA and the EPA as well as governmental negotiations before the World Trade Organization and the World Health Organization in Geneva. He has also acted as Arbitrator at the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo.

In 2008 he was appointed by Decree of the Executive Branch as a Member of the Trade Defense Commission of the Dominican Republic, which decides about the application of anti-dumping and countervailing duties as well as safeguard measures in the country in investigation processes followed in accordance with the provisions of the applicable regulatory framework.


Samar Qudha Tannous, LL.M. 2013

Samar is a Palestinian Arab Israeli lawyer, feminist and human rights activist. She is currently employed as a coordinator and moderator of the Women Legal Leaders Program (hereinafter: "the program") in "Itach–Ma'aki " (With you) Organization of Women Lawyers for Social Justice. The program is as a joint venture with the Feminist Legal Clinic at the University of Haifa Law School. A unique model of collaboration between academia, the legal world and civil society, the Program seeks to motivate and lead social change in different populations, especially low-income communities.

Prior to coming to Itach-Ma’aki, Samar served in the Haifa's Civil District Attorney's office (Jan. 2005- Oct. 2011). In working at the civil DA's office, she represented the state's various ministries in front of the Haifa District Court. She focused on administrative law, planning and construction, education, civil appeals and tort supervision claims. In addition, representing the Ministry of Health Samar was in charge of managing all appeals of involuntary hospitalization in the Haifa District.

Before the DA’s office, Samar worked in the private sector for a number of years, specializing in real-estate law. Samar began her legal career at NIF grantee Kav La’Oved – the Worker’s Hotline. Her work there focused, almost entirely, on representing foreign and Palestinian workers. Samar provided legal advice, and litigated cases, including appeals to the High Court of Labor. Samar’s position at Kav La’Oved was challenging and fulfilling, but succumbed to the funding challenges of NGOs everywhere. Having returning the NGO world more recently, Samar is looking forward to the opportunity to deepen her grasp of human rights law at WCL and return to Israel with an expanded social justice legal tool kit.


José A. Reyes Villalobos, LL.M. 2007

José A. Reyes Villalobos has a Master degree from American University, Washington College of Law with a specialization in International Business Law. He worked for the Costa Rican Consulate in Washington DC, The Center on International Commercial Arbitration at WCL, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, The Netherlands. In 2009 Mr. Reyes returned to Costa Rica where he has been advising foreign investors and companies in the very active business field of the country, from administrative fraud to litigation of telecommunication and commercial matters to arbitration cases before Costa Rican institutions. He is an active member of the Commission in charge of reviewing the new Law of Arbitration appointed by the Costa Rican Bar Association. After two years with Central Law, he works now at the firm: Legal Solution Group, a law firm specialized in Civil and Commercial law litigation issues. He is a faculty member of the Law School of the Universidad Latina in Costa Rica where he teaches International Commercial Law and International Comparative Law.


Virginia E. Richardson

Virginia is a member of The American Institute of Architects and has been licensed to practice Architecture since 1992 in the District of Columbia.  A graduate of the Catholic University of America, Virginia holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.  She has been an Architect/Project Manager at American University for over twenty years. 

Throughout her tenure at AU, Virginia has designed and/or managed numerous projects including the Kogod School of Business Classroom Expansion, the new AU Central and Financial Aid Services at the Asbury Building, the renovations of the President’s Office Building and the President’s Residence, the renovation of the Terrace Dining Room, as well as several residence hall renovations.  To note among the many are her projects with the Washington College of Law (WCL); namely, the original remodeling and renovation of their present facilities at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, the renovation of the WCL Residence across the street from the law school, and various office fit-outs within the law school’s facilities.  Thus, Virginia’s familiarity with how WCL’s programs, students, faculty and staff interact within their facilities makes her feel professionally comfortable in her role as the University’s lead Architect on their new facilities at the Tenley Campus. 

Maria L. Rubert, LL.M. 2009

Maria Rubert specializes in dispute resolution, including state court litigation, arbitration and mediation.

She is admitted to practice in Spain and State of New York and holds an LL.M from the Washington College of Law. Maria has gained experience and versatility in the field of dispute resolution through various legal roles in governmental entities (Embassy of Mexico), key institutions (ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, Centre on International Commercial Arbitration in Washington, D.C.), corporations (Banco Santander in Madrid) and in private practice.

Maria leads the Firm's regional arbitration practice, having previously played a key-role in the arbitration division of a preeminent Dubai law firm. Maria is one of the few practitioners in the UAE to have represented Dubai World before the Special Tribunal at the DIFC Courts. She is listed with the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, the Ras al Khaimah Centre of Reconciliation and Commercial Arbitration, the Ajman Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Center and Centro de Arbitraje de México as an arbitrator and is currently actively participating in the UAE Draft Federal Arbitration Law roundtable. She is the only Spanish Attorney in the Middle East.

Robert Starr

Robert is an Associate Director in the nationally renowned Business Defence unit at UK based Greenwoods Solicitors LLP. Robert defends individuals and organisations in cases involving alleged regulatory breaches. His experience spans prosecutions arising from workplace deaths to complex fraud cases.

Prior to joining Greenwoods, Robert was a prosecuting lawyer for the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). He managed a large and diverse caseload of major investigations including fraud, competition and international corruption. Robert was a key member of the SFO’s ’Operation Holbein’ team. The largest investigation ever undertaken by the SFO examining alleged price fixing by pharmaceutical companies against the UK Department of Health.

Robert’s SFO experience means he is sought out to provide advice on issues relating to financial crime. He regularly assists clients with compliance strategies including those in relation to money laundering, proceeds of crime and anti-corruption procedures. Robert is frequently asked for advice about to how to manage internal investigations in the event internal procedures are breached.

Robert is regularly invited to speak in the UK on the implications of the Bribery Act 2010. Organisations from many industry sectors have sought his advice including leading organisations in the food, agriculture, construction, education, manufacturing, media and charity sectors.

Robert has helped a number of international companies and household names to implement policies and procedures to combat bribery and corruption. He has also provided many senior management and board level seminars in relation to Corporate Compliance. Feedback on his sessions is always very positive. His ability to balance a compliant approach with the practical and commercial needs of the organisation is often remarked upon.


Michael Stone, LL.M. 2013

Michael Stone received a BA, cum laude, in German language and literature from Carleton College in 1988 and a JD from American University – Washington College of Law in 1992. After law school, Michael moved to Tokyo, Japan, where he lived for 19 years. He joined the legal department of The Walt Disney Company Japan in 1994, eventually serving in the role of Vice President – Counsel, Asia Pacific Legal Affairs. His practice focused on cross-border IP licensing, commercial transactions, and advising on investments in new theme park and hotel projects in the region. As part of his transition back to the United States, Michael is currently pursuing an LL.M. degree in the International Legal Studies Program at American University-Washington College of Law.

Javier Vasquez

Mr. Javier Vasquez advises PAHO’s Member States in collaboration with its Representation offices on international human rights issues and strategies to improve the right to the highest attainable standard of health and other related human rights; on the formulation/review of national public health laws, polices, practices; and to structure public health services consistent with international human rights treaties and standards. Serve as the WHO focal point for human rights initiatives in the Americas in collaboration with WHO Headquarters (Geneva). He has officially conducted activities of technical collaboration and officially visited up to date 28 countries of PAHO/WHO. Previously, as a staff attorney for the IACHR, Mr. Vasquez personally handled the first decision issued by the Inter-American System regarding violations to the human rights and fundamental freedoms of a person with a mental disability known as “the case of Victor Congo” which interpreted the American Convention on Human Rights in a manner consistent with international/regional health standards and European Human Rights Jurisprudence in the field of psychiatry and disability rights. In addition, Mr. Vasquez is an adjunct faculty for the health and law program at the Washington College of Law.

Francisco Velázquez, LL.M. 1983

Francisco Velázquez specializes in capital markets and financial law; venture capital; corporate finance; joint ventures; business and commercial law; business start-ups and operations; commercial and public business organizations; company acquisitions and sales; international commercial contracts; in-bond manufacturing operations; competition law; antidumping and countervailing duties; free trade agreements; international trade; and general commercial practices.

Mr. Velázquez received his LL.B. from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City (1976). He then earned his LL.M. from The American University, Washington, D.C. (1983). Specialization in Insolvency Law, Federal Judicial Institute, (2009); Law and Practice on the Financial Markets, Mexican Stock Exchange (2008); and Business Administration, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (2004).

Mr. Velázquez has membership in the following organizations: Mexican Institute of Finance Executives (VP New Groups, National Board and VP Membership, Mexico City Group); Mexican Association of Corporate Counsels (Chair, Financial Markets Law Committee and ) Former National Chair 1999-2000; American Bar Association (Business Law & International Law Committees); Mexican Bar Association; Mexican Importers and Exporters Association (Former Vice Chair, 2007); American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico (MexicanLegislation Committee) and Coordinator, NAFTA Dispute-Settlement Advisory Committee, Mexican Business Coordinating Council (1991-1993).

Xiaolin Zhou

Dr. Xiaolin Zhou is licensed to practice law in China and the State of New York, and admitted before the Federal (Southern District and Eastern District of New York) and state courts in the State of New York. He has over 25 years of legal work experience both in government and in private practice. As managing partner of the firm's New York Office, he focuses his practice on advising and assisting clients doing business with/in China and helping clients resolve legal and business problems in their operations in China. His clients include many Fortune 500 industrial and business corporations, banks, insurers, foreign law firms and international organizations, as well as many small and medium sized companies. He also regularly advises Chinese entities and individuals on doing business in the U.S.

Prior to entering private legal practice, Dr. Zhou served for seven years as Head of International Law Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. He also served as advisor to the Chinese Delegation to the UN General Assembly and Chinese delegate to the UN Legal Committee, Outer-space Legal Subcommittee and UN Charter Committee. He has participated in numerous international negotiations and was involved in handling major judicial and arbitration cases involving government agencies and enterprises in Chinese and foreign courts as well as international arbitration tribunals.