Our Faculty

Björn Arp, Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Center on International Commercial Arbitration

Dr. Björn Arp is a Fellow and Adjunct Professor at American University Washington College of Law Center on International Commercial Arbitration. He co-teaches International Commercial Arbitration in the online Certificate Program on International Commercial Arbitration, as well as other courses. He is a partner at Aparicio, Arp & Associates LLC, in Washington, D.C., where he represents parties in international investment protection and human rights cases. Bjorn Arp is on the Roster of Experts of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism. 

From 2000 to 2010, he taught Public International Law, European Union Law, and Investment Arbitration at the University of Alcalá, Madrid. In 2007, Arp was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School. His publications and research have focused on international investment protection and human rights.

Björn Arp holds a J.D. in Law from Alicante University, a Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Alcalá in Madrid, and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York, and he is a member of the American Society of International Law and the Inter-American Bar Association.

Horacio A. Grigera Naón, 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.

Jonathan C. Hamilton, Partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration Practice, White & Case LLP

He is a leading authority on international disputes and investment, with extensive additional experience in complex negotiations and crisis management.

Over the past two decades, Jonathan has successfully advised on some of the most critical economic and legal issues of the era in Latin America and beyond, such as the development of the new Ecuador international airport, the Peruvian energy sector, the Bolivian mining sector, the Latin America pension fund sector and the Panama Canal expansion, as well as the recuperation of the cultural patrimony of Machu Picchu.

Individually recognized as one of the top lawyers in his field in the world, Jonathan was one of ten lawyers worldwide nominated as Global Arbitration Review Advocate of the Year. He has been described by clients and in Chambers and The Legal 500 as "a super-lawyer-dealmaker" with a "single-minded commitment to the client’s' cause", "very impressive advocacy" with an "impressive grasp of strategy", a "great negotiator" and a "true Latin American specialist", with "deep understanding and efficiency" and "experience, expertise, commitment and dynamism."

Based in Washington, DC, and Latin America, Jonathan started his career at White & Case in the New York office, spent several years in the Mexico City office and also worked as a visiting foreign associate in Lima. He also worked as an assistant to legal fiction author John Grisham and as a federal law clerk. He has served on the boards of the US-Mexico Foundation, the Vance Center for International Justice, the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and on foreign policy and international election working groups, reflecting his deep experience in public affairs

‎Dyalá Jiménez - Figueres, Principal, DJ Arbitraje

Dyalá Jiménez specializes in international arbitration. Ms. Jiménez is appointed frequently as arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc proceedings and also advises clients in arbitration proceedings, as well as pre and post arbitration/litigation phases. 

Dyalá Jiménez works in the Spanish, English, French and Portuguese languages.

Who’s Who Legal 2016 distinguished Dyalá Jiménez as one of the three international arbitration experts in Costa Rica. The same publication distinguished her as one of the five experts in international arbitration and litigation in Chile in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Chambers & Partners has qualified her as a “notable” practitioner.

Dyalá Jiménez is a professor at Lead University, in Costa Rica. She is a member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law and co-editor-in-chief of the ICC Bulletin. She also taught the “International Commercial Arbitration” course in the Law School of the University of Chile for seven years, until 2013. Dyalá was also a professor at the LLM Programme of the University of Chile and the Heidelberg Institute.

A founding member of the ICC Latin American Arbitration Group, the International Arbitration Institute (IAI), and the Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALARB), Ms. Jiménez is often invited to participate as speaker in international conferences and seminars.

Miguel López Forastier, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Miguel López Forastier is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, whose practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation.  Mr. López Forastier has successfully represented a wide range of clients, including those in the oil and gas, communications, financial services, and mining industries in both investor-State and commercial arbitrations.  Recognized by Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America as a leading international arbitration lawyer, Mr. López Forastier's work is praised by clients for his “thorough analysis, insightful advocacy and consistently reliable judgment.”  "Both civil and common-law trained, Miguel handles contentious work in English, Spanish and Portuguese."

Estefanía San Juan, Associate, White & Case LLP

Ms. San Juan practices in international arbitration and litigation with a particular focus on Latin America. She advises corporate and sovereign clients in commercial and investment disputes and related negotiations.

A national of Colombia and Venezuela, Ms. San Juan is multilingual in English, Spanish and Portuguese. She has lived, studied and worked in Colombia, Costa Rica and the United States.

Ms. San Juan previously served as the senior symposium editor of the American University Law Review. She has additional experience with the chambers of the Honorable Judge Paul L. Friedman of the US District Court for the District of Columbia the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in Washington, DC and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Immigrant Justice Program in Charlotte, NC. She is also active in pro bono and social responsibility activities.

Francisco Jijón, Associate, White & Case LLP

Francisco X. Jijón is an associate in the Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration Groups with the global law firm of White & Case. Mr. Jijón has experience in international dispute resolution and transnational disputes involving sovereign states and Latin America.

His experience includes investment arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and under the UNCITRAL rules, as well as in commercial arbitration and litigation in various forums and arbitrations before U.S. courts. These cases have spanned various substantive areas, including infrastructure, energy, cultural heritage, sovereign debt, environment and construction, among others.