2006 Summer Session: Faculty

Each year the International Arbitration Program will gather a distinguished faculty of leading practitioners in the area of international arbitration on the practical and theoretical aspects of specific international arbitration topics.

Faculty experts for this year's summer session include:


Stanimir Alexandrov
Washington, DC
Stanimir Alexandrov, a partner in the Washington, DC office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, focuses his practice in the areas of international dispute resolution, including international arbitration, and disputes before the World Trade Organization, as well as international business transactions and trade and investment policy. He has advised and represented private and sovereign clients in arbitration under investment treaties, and private parties and governments in WTO disputes. Mr. Alexandrov is appointed to the Panel of Arbitrators and the Panel of Conciliators of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Mr. Alexandrov was Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria.  Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Bulgaria in Washington, D.C., where he negotiated trade and investment agreements and worked closely with the World Bank and the IMF on technical assistance projects. Mr. Alexandrov, a Bulgarian national, holds both Russian and U.S. law degrees.

Henri Alvarez
Vancouver, Canada
Henri Alvarez is a leading arbitrator that articled at the firm now know as Fasken Martineau and was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1981. After spending two years studying international law and arbitration at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, he rejoined the firm and practices in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. Mr. Alvarez has expertise in the field of international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution, in which he has taught a course at the Faculty of Law at the British Columbia since 1985. He is an experienced arbitrator and has acted as an arbitrator and as counsel in international and domestic commercial arbitration involving investments, trade, franchising, licensing, distributorship, construction, forestry and general commercial disputes. He has also acted as a mediator in both, international and domestic matters on numerous occasions. He is a Chapter 19 Panelist under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Henri is the Co-chair of the firm's Latin American and International Dispute Resolution Practice Groups.

Aurélia Antonietti
Washington, DC
Aurélia Antonietti serves as Counsel at the World Bank Group’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).  Ms. Antonietti has been at ICSID since 2003, and has served as Secretary of the Tribunal in various arbitral proceedings and recently participated in the initiative of the Centre to amend the ICSID Rules and Regulations.  Prior to joining ICSID, she worked as an associate with the law firm of Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris.  She qualified as an Avocat with the Paris Bar and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Janis Brennan
Washington, DC
Janis Brennan is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP. Ms Brennan has extensive experience in international transactions, including investment, venture capital, privatization and commercial contracts involving Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Russia. Ms. Brennan has 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.  Ms. Brennan is Recipient of American Association of University Women's Scholarship for law studies (1985).

Lorraine Brennan
New York, USA
Lorraine Brennan serves as an advisor to ICC's International Court of Arbitration, and promotes awareness and use of ICC dispute resolution services. Based in USCIB's New York headquarters, she advises North American attorneys and companies on all phases of ICC arbitration, including negotiation of arbitration clauses, requests for arbitration, procedural issues and enforcement of arbitration awards. Prior to joining ICC, Ms. Brennan served as USCIB's Director of Arbitration and Intellectual Property, as Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Irving Ben Cooper in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, as a litigation associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York and as a litigation associate at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston.

Marinn Carlson
Washington, DC
Marinn Carlson is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP. She focuses her practice in international dispute settlement, with an emphasis on trade policy and investment disputes, including the WTO and investor-state arbitration. 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 U.S. Supreme Court and various courts of appeal.  Before entering private practice, Ms. Carlson clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also worked in several organizations with a focus on trade and its intersection with environmental policy. She has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth, a master degree from Princeton and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Gonzalo Flores
Washington, DC
Gonzalo Flores serves as Senior Counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the World Bank Group’s organization that provides facilities for the conciliation and arbitration of investment disputes between States and foreign nationals.  In this capacity, Mr. Flores has served as Secretary of  the Tribunal in numerous ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitral proceedings instituted under the ICSID Convention, the ICSID Additional Facility Rules and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.  Mr. Flores holds an LL.B. degree from the  University  of  Chile  School of Law and an LL.M. degree from Cornell University Law School.

Dr. Ronald Goodman
Washington, DC
Dr. Ronald Goodman is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Winston & Strawn LLP. He is co-chair of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group and has extensive experience representing private sector and government clients in disputes involving corporations or sovereign states before international tribunals, with a particular focus on commercial, investment, project, energy and construction matters. He also advises governments with respect to law reform, restructuring, treaties, privatization, and project finance. Mr. Goodman has successfully handled a wide variety of international dispute resolution procedures, including those of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the United Nations Compensation Commission, as well as various national procedures. A multi-lingual practitioner, he has handled cases involving claims by clients located throughout the world, in both developed countries, as well as in emerging markets. Goodman is a member of numerous international arbitration associations, has written articles related to international arbitration, and has spoken widely on the subject. Goodman earned his juris doctor from Columbia University School of Law, his doctorate from Princeton University and his bachelor's degree from Cornell University.

Dr. Horacio Grigera Naón
Washington, DC
Dr. Horacio Grigera Naón, is Director of the International Arbitration Program at American University Washington College of Law, 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 a member of the American Law Institute, a 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. He 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.

Jennifer Haworth McCandless
Washington, DC
Jennifer Haworth McCandless, an associate in the Washington, DC office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, focuses her practice in the area of international dispute settlement with particular emphasis on matters regarding the World Trade Organization and all areas of domestic court litigation involving federal trade practice, including classification, countervailing duty and antidumping law.  Prior to entering private practice, Ms. McCandless clerked for two years for Chief Judge Gregory W. Carman at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York. In addition, Ms. McCandless served as a legal intern with the U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., and with the USTR's Office in Geneva, Switzerland. She has also served as a legal intern at the United Nations in New York and has worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Ms. McCandless has a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College, a master degree from Harvard University, a master in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Jean Kalicki
Washington, DC
Jean Kalicki, Counsel in Arnold & Porter's litigation practice, specializes in international arbitration and transnational litigation. In arbitration practice, she has represented sovereign governments, international organizations and private companies in a wide range of domestic and international proceedings before the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and various ad-hoc tribunals. Ms. Kalicki is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching "Litigation Practice in International Arbitration," and serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and its International Centre for Dispute Resolution, as well as for the New York Stock Exchange and National Association of Securities Dealers. She is a five-time Chair or co-Chair of the D.C. Bar's International Dispute Resolution Committee, a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration's Task Force on Reducing Costs and Time in Complex Arbitration, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, the ADR Advisory Committee of the International Law Institute, and the Paris-based International Arbitration Institute. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Louis B. Kimmelman
New York, USA
Louis Kimmelman is a partner in the New York office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. He is co-chair of the firm's International Dispute Resolution practice and focuses on the arbitration and litigation of a broad range of complex commercial and construction disputes. He also serves as Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the United States Council for International Business. Mr. Kimmelman has extensive experience in representing U.S. and foreign parties as well as sovereign entities in international disputes before state and federal courts and arbitral tribunals, including the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, American Arbitration Association, and Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration. Many of these disputes involved issues relating to the jurisdiction of U.S. courts, the doctrine of forum non conveniens, anti-foreign suit injunctions, forum selection and choice-of-law clauses, the extraterritorial application of U.S. law, sovereign immunity, discovery in the international context, and the enforceability of arbitration agreements and arbitration awards.

Professor Loukas Mistelis
London, UK
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.  Mr. Mistelis received his LLB at Athens, his Certificate in International and Comparative Human Rights at Strasbourg, his Magister Legum Europae and Dr. Iuris at Hanover and his Certificate in Japanese International Trade Law at Keio.

Elliot Polebaum
Washington, DC
Elliot Polebaum is a Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP where he leads the worldwide international arbitration practice and divides his time between the Washington and Paris Offices of the Firm.  He is listed in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, and is Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches international arbitration.  Mr. Polebaum served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and United States Circuit Judge James L. Oakes. Mr. Polebaum represents clients in international cases involving commercial disputes, disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, disputes relating to intellectual property (including patent infringement), construction disputes, and investment disputes relating to government takings of property.  He also sits regularly as an arbitrator in international cases. Mr. Polebaum received his JD, cum laude, in 1977 from New York University School of Law, his MPA in 1975 from Harvard University and his AB, magna cum laude, in 1972 from Middlebury College.