Program Faculty

Björn Arp

Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Center on International Commercial Arbitration, WCL, Washington

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

Nigel Blackaby

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Washington

Nigel Blackaby is a partner based in the Washington, DC office, the global head of the international arbitration group and the co-head of the Latin America group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Nigel is recognized as an “undisputed leader in his field.” He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 100 ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in the English and Spanish languages (including over 30 investment arbitrations). He has particular expertise in Latin America and energy and mining disputes.

Nigel is author of numerous articles and co-author of the following books: Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration (5th edition), Oxford 2009; Guide to ICSID Arbitration (2nd edition), Kluwer 2010; and International Arbitration in Latin America, Kluwer 2003.

Nigel received law degrees from the University of Exeter (UK) and from the Université d’Aix-Marseille III (France). He is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales and as a Special Legal Consultant of the District of Columbia Bar.
Mr. Blackaby speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

John R. Crook

International Lawyer, Arbitrator and Consultant, Washington

John R. Crook teaches international arbitration at the George Washington University Law School. He is a judge on NATO’s Administrative Tribunal and frequently acts as arbitrator in international investment and other disputes in ICSID, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and other settings. He was a Commissioner on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, which successfully addressed extensive claims following the two countries’ 1998-2000 war. Mr. Crook served for nearly three decades in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser. He was U.S. Agent at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, was deeply involved in creating the U.N. Compensation Commission, and has appeared several times before the International Court of Justice. From 2000-2004, he was General Counsel of the Multinational Force and Observers, which operates a peacekeeping force of 1700 soldiers in the Sinai Desert. Mr. Crook has written extensively on dispute settlement and is a member of the American Journal of International Law’s Board of Editors. He is past vice-president of the American Society of International Law. 

Susan Franck

Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Professor Franck is an expert in the fields of international economic law, dispute settlement, and the empirical analysis of international law. Professor Franck's legal experience includes serving at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and practicing in international dispute settlement with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering [now Wilmer Hale] in Washington, DC and Allen & Overy in London, England. She is qualified to practice law in England and Wales, Minnesota and the District of Columbia. She is the Chair of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, a member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law, and a member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Franck is the author of various articles published in journals such as the American Journal of International Law, Duke Law Journal, Fordham Law Review, Harvard Journal of International Law, Minnesota Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Virginia Journal of International Law, and Washington University Law Review. In connection with the Lewis Center and Transnational Law Institute, she organized the Joint Symposium on International Investment and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and created a UNCTAD publication summarizing the proceedings, which occurred through a collaboration blog, other online mediums and a traditional in-person conference.

She has presented her research to major international organizations including the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the International American Development Bank (IADB), the International Centre for Settlement if Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on Trade and Investment (UNCTAD) and across the globe in Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korea, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. Professor Franck has been elected to the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration and received the "New Voices" award from the American Society of International Law (ASIL) for her groundbreaking empirical analysis of investment treaty arbitration.

Daniel Flores

Managing Director, Econ One Research, Inc., Washington

Daniel Flores is a Managing Director and head of the Washington, DC office of Econ One Research, Inc.  He has master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Barcelona.

Dr. Flores has spent the past 22 years teaching, conducting research and consulting in the field of economics.  He has taught courses in Principles of Economics, Advanced Microeconomics, International Economics, and Economics of the Public Sector at the University of Barcelona, Boston University and Skidmore College.  His research and consulting activities have included analyses of the economic effects of regulation, anticompetitive conduct and contractual disputes in a variety of industries, including agriculture, chemicals, construction materials, electricity, finance and banking, minerals and mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, real estate, semiconductors, telecommunications and transportation.  He has testified as an expert economist in state court as well as before arbitral tribunals constituted under the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC).

Dr. Flores is an active contributor to the economics profession.  His economic research on regulatory issues has been published in refereed academic journals (Review of Industrial Organization, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy).  He has presented his work and served as discussant and session chair at several professional meetings (Industrial Organization Society, Eastern Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, Symposium of Economic Analysis).  He has been asked to referee journal submissions (International Journal of Transport Economics, Journal of Economics and Business, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal) and to review economic textbooks prior to publication (Waldman’s Intermediate Microeconomics, Mankiw’s Principles of Economics).  He was invited to the OECD headquarters in Paris to participate in a roundtable organized by the OECD and the European Conference of Ministers of Transport regarding (de)regulation of the taxi industry.  He has served as an expert witness with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the Trial Advocacy Group.  He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Industrial Organization Society, and the National Association for Business Economics.

Dr. Flores has been recognized by independent research conducted by the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration 2014 and 2015 as being among the world’s leading arbitration expert witnesses.

Claudia Frutos-Peterson

Managing Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Washington

Dr. Claudia Frutos-Peterson is the Managing Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and head of the D.C. arbitration practice. She focuses her practice in arbitration, international law and international investment law and works with multiple governments and state entities. She has represented foreign states in investor-state arbitrations under the Arbitration Rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Prior to joining Curtis, Dr. Frutos-Peterson spent eight years as Counsel at ICSID where she served as Secretary of Tribunals in numerous arbitral proceedings brought under the ICSID Convention and the ICSID Additional Facility Mechanism, based on bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and international agreements.

Dr. Frutos-Peterson is an Adjunct Professor at American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C., where she lectures on international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration and and Head of Publications for the Center on International Commercial Arbitration at AUWCL. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars in the United States and abroad. She is the author of the book L’émergence de l’arbitrage commercial international en Amérique latine: l’efficacité de sondroit, published by L’Harmattan. Dr. Frutos-Peterson is cited as a leading lawyer in International Arbitration in Latin America by Legal 500 Latin America and recognized as a leading arbitration specialist by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.

Mélida Hodgson

Partner, Foley Hoag, New York

Dr. Mélida Hodgson, a partner of the law firm Foley Hoag, works in the area of international litigation and arbitration, with special emphasis on investment arbitrations and commercial arbitrations, providing advice to governments and private entities on international investment protection issues, Dispute settlement in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in matters related to trade policy. In turn, she serves as Arbitrator in international trade disputes initiated pursuant to Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); she forms part of the list of AAA / ICDR arbitrators and is a member of the list of eligible panelists to intervene in WTO disputes. Mélida has been named by Latinvex as one of the "Top 50" women practicing international law in Latin America.

Mélida began her career in the private sector before becoming a US government litigator, first in the Justice Department, where she litigated the lawsuits filed by bank shareholders against the United States Government following the bankruptcy of the savings banks in the early 1990s. She later served as an Associate Legal Consultant in the United States Trade Representative's Office (USTR) litigating disputes relating to international trade before the WTO and providing legal advice regarding NAFTA Chapter 11 in arbitrations between investors and the United States, Canada and Mexico. She also defended the United States in ad hoc arbitration under the Softwood Agreement signed in 1996 between the United States and Canada.

Mélida also participated in the review and negotiation of the new generation of free trade and investment protection agreements as well as the 2004 US Model BIT. Subsequently, she represented the United States in the negotiations resulting from these models and was the lead attorney for the first two negotiations under the 2004 Model BIT. Dr. Hodgson is a keynote speaker at many conferences related to the subject of arbitration and has been a professor in law.

Catherine Kettlewell

Associate, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Catherine Kettlewell's practice at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP focuses on international arbitration and dispute resolution. Ms. Kettlewell presently represents clients in connection with investor-state arbitrations under the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Ms. Kettlewell also has extensive experience in various aspects of trade remedy proceedings, and has represented trade associations and corporate clients from different industries in various antidumping and countervailing duty cases. She has represented US domestic industry petitioners as well as foreign respondent companies in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the US Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission. Ms. Kettlewell has also represented a trade association in a 421 proceeding before the US International Trade Commission.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kettlewell worked as legal counsel at ICSID (serving as secretary of the tribunal), in the energy practice at a firm in Washington, DC, and in the international trade practice in San Francisco at a leading international firm.

Ms. Kettlewell is fluent in English and Spanish, and has practiced in both languages. She is admitted to practice in Mexico, California, and the District of Columbia.

Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta

Special Legal Consultant, Dechert LLP, Washington

Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta focuses his practice at Dechert LLP on commercial law and international arbitration matters. He frequently advises on international disputes involving Spanish and Latin American parties. He has also acted in several investment arbitration cases in disputes involving the oil & gas, construction, energy, mining, and pharmaceutical industries. 

Prior to joining Dechert's Washington, D.C. office, Mr. Merizalde Urdaneta worked in the firm’s Paris office for two years and previously worked in the litigation and arbitration departments of two Colombian law firms. His experience also includes serving as an intern for the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and serving as an assistant professor on International Private Law and Contracts at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogota from August 2006 through May 2007.

Mr. Merizalde Urdaneta has acted as counsel and arbitrator in more than 25 cases, and is part of the Arbitrators Panel of the Bogota Chamber of Commerce (International Arbitration and List B). He is a member of the recently created Task Force of the ICC Commission on Arbitration on “Maximizing the Probative Value of Witness Evidence.” 

He is recognized by The Legal 500 Latin America as someone “who has a great future in international arbitration.” In 2016, he was listed among the Future Leaders of Arbitration by The International Who's Who Legal. 

Mr. Merizalde Urdaneta is admitted to practice in New York and Colombia. He also sat for and passed the Paris Bar Examination.

Borzu Sabahi

Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Washington

Dr. Borzu Sabahi is Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP where focuses his practice on representing governments and state-owned entities in investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters. Prior to joining Curtis he was counsel in an international law firm where he represented private companies and individuals in major international arbitral proceedings. Dr. Sabahi is recognized as a leading practitioner in the arbitration field by the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2015.

Dr. Sabahi's experience includes serving as counsel and expert in arbitration cases brought under a number of bilateral investment treaties, NAFTA, and DR-CAFTA, and under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), New Zealand Arbitration Act, and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He has been involved in matters involving the laws of a number of jurisdictions around the world, including: Algeria, Afghanistan, Canada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United States, Venezuela, and Vietnam. His industry experience includes working on energy-related disputes (in oil & gas as well as power projects), as well as disputes pertaining to mining, construction, gambling, satellite television, royalty agreements, tax, and allocation of water under international treaties.

Dr. Sabahi is the co-Director of the International Investment Law Center at the International Law Institute where he designs and oversees training programs principally for Government officials from developing countries as well as professionals from the private sector on international investment treaties and investor State arbitration. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School co-teaching seminars on the same subjects. 

Dr. Sabahi has widely published on various aspects of international investment law and arbitration (with about 40 publications), and his writings have been cited by international tribunals as well as the United States Supreme Court. He is Co-Editor in Chief of the BRILL Research Perspectives on International Investment Law & Arbitration, an Editor of Oxford's Investment Claims and an Associate Editor of the Transnational Disputes Management Journal (TDM). He regularly speaks at and chairs professional conferences dealing with various aspects of international arbitration. 

Hugo Perezcano Díaz

CIGI Senior Fellow, International Law Research Program (ILRP)

Hugo Perezcano Díaz is a CIGI senior fellow with the International Law Research Program (ILRP). He will research and author a CIGI Paper on the topic of “NAFTA at 20” and its future prospects, especially in respect to potential cooperation on energy and climate change mitigation.

Hugo will also contribute to the ILRP project on investor state arbitration (ISA). He will write from the perspective of a country — Mexico — that straddles the line between developed and emerging democracies and that might find itself excluded from a new approach among self-selected developed democracies that choose to abandon ISA inter se.Hugo currently works as an independent consultant and in a private law practice, where he provides legal guidance and advisory services for government and business clients. Prior to this, he worked for the Mexican government for nearly 20 years. He was head of Mexico’s Trade Remedy Authority, within the Ministry of Economy, and was lead legal counsel for the country’s Ministry of Trade and Industrial Promotion, which included work on free trade, dispute settlements, investment and international agreements entered into by Mexico. He participated actively in the NAFTA and Uruguay Round Negotiations, and was Mexico’s lead counsel in disputes brought under trade and investment agreements.

Hugo has taught law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho in a joint program with the International Chamber of Commerce, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and Universidad Iberoamericana. His expertise is in economic law, international trade law and negotiations, and NAFTA.

Caroline Richard

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Washington

Caroline Richard is a partner in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s international arbitration group. Caroline has acted in several high profile commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in the energy, mining, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors, among others, in Latin America, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She is recognized as a leader in the field and is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2016.

She is an adjunct professor at American University’s law school where she co-teaches an investment arbitration course.

Prior to joining our Washington, DC office, Caroline was part of the international arbitration group in the firm’s London and Paris offices. 

In 2016, Caroline was named a Rising Star by Law360, recognizing her as one of ten outstanding arbitration practitioners in the nation under the age of 40.

Caroline speaks English, French and Spanish.

Mairée Uran Bidegain

Team Leader and Legal Counsel, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)

Mairée Uran Bidegain, is a Team Leader and Legal Counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, where she leads one of the four ICSID teams in charge of the administration of proceedings.  In her capacity as Team Leader, she supervises the administration of proceedings, under the ICSID Convention, the ICSID Additional Facility Rules and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.  Ms. Uran Bidegain also serves as Secretary of tribunals, commissions and ad hoc committees in arbitration, conciliation and annulment proceedings brought under investment contracts, investment promotion laws and treaties before ICSID.  She also participates in numerous institutional matters, including recently as co-editor of the book, Building International Investment Law: The First 50 years of ICSID, a publication in celebration of ICSID’s 50th Anniversary.

Ms. Uran Bidegain joined ICSID in July 2011.  Prior to joining ICSID, Ms. Uran Bidegain worked as an associate in the international arbitration group of an international law firm in Washington DC (2006 – 2011).

She holds a law degree from the Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II (Maîtrise and J.D. Equivalent), a Master’s degree from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris I (D.E.A.), and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.M.). She is admitted to practice in New York. She has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences and seminars and she has been an adjunct professor at American University, Washington College of Law and at Georgetown University Law Center. 

Mairée Uran Bidegain speaks English, French and Spanish and is a national of Colombia, France and Uruguay.