Faculty: White & Case International Arbitration LL.M.



The University of Miami School of Law is proud to say that the professors in the International Arbitration LL.M. program are globally-renowned international arbitration practitioners and academics, who are consistently recognized in top international arbitration rankings, such as the Who’s Who LegalChambers & Partnersthe Legal 500, and Best Lawyers for International ArbitrationAdmission to the program is highly selective, which allows for heightened attention and effective mentoring from faculty and staff who help students start or advance their careers in international arbitration.


Carolyn Lamm
Carolyn Lamm
– Distinguished Faculty Chair of the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program
Carolyn Lamm is a partner and litigator in White & Case's Washington D.C. office and is a prominent practitioner in international arbitration and dispute resolution, trade matters and cross-border commercial federal court litigation. She is involved primarily in the representation of foreign corporate clients and foreign sovereigns.

Sandra Friedrich
 -- Lecturer in Law & Director, International Arbitration Institute and White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Graduate Law Program
Sandra Friedrich is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Miami School of Law and the Director of Miami Law's International Arbitration Institute and White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program. Before entering academia, she practiced law at Latham & Watkins in New York, focusing on complex commercial and investment arbitration proceedings as well as related litigation. Professor Friedrich has co-authored several publications on international commercial and investment arbitration, including an article on Disclosure in International Arbitration Proceedings in the United States published in the American Review of International Arbitration and an article on Investment Arbitration in East Asia and the Pacific published in the Journal of World Investment and Trade.  


bassiriJosé Astigarraga, described as “a brilliant strategist who always has absolute command of the subject matter and is always prepared,” is an experienced advocate who represents clients in international business disputes. As a partner and Global Head of Reed Smith’s International Arbitration Practice, José is one of only six lawyers worldwide ranked in the top band of international arbitration practitioners for Latin America and one of only ten lawyers ranked in the top band of international arbitration practitioners in the United States. 


bassiriNiuscha Bassiri is a partner at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels, Belgium. She has a solid track-record as counsel and arbitrator (sole, presiding and party-appointed arbitrator) in numerous international arbitrations under the major arbitral institutions and arbitration rules and governed by various procedural and substantive laws. Her diverse and vast experience has led her to become a sought after strategic adviser on setting-aside and enforcement matters, in particular under the New York Convention regime. She regularly speaks at leading conferences and seminars on international arbitration.



Mark Beckett is a partner and head of the International Arbitration Practice at Cooley in New York and a Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, where he has taught a course on International Commercial Arbitration for the last ten years. He represents clients in investment treaty and international commercial arbitrations across a variety of industries. He is the former U.S. Member of the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce.

George BermannGeorge Bermann is Professor of Law at Columbia Law School in New York where he holds the Jean Monnet Professorship of EU law and directs the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration. He is an active arbitrator in both international commercial and investor-state disputes.

Cristina CardenasM. Cristina Cárdenas is a partner at Reed Smith in Miami. She focuses her practice on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation. She is a native Spanish speaker and has experience representing clients in a variety of complex international arbitrations and business disputes. Cristina has served as counsel, both in Spanish and in English, before many of the most important arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC). 


James ClaxtonJames Claxton is an arbitrator, mediator, and professor of law at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. He previously practiced as international arbitration attorney in Paris and was legal counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.




Daniel E. González is a partner at Hogan Lovells in Miami and the Global Head of the firm's International Arbitration Practice. He dedicates his full-time practice to international commercial litigation and arbitration and has a broad background in finance, accounting, and securities that clients depend on to handle complex commercial, construction, telecommunications, and other infrastructure development disputes in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.



HamiltonJonathan C. Hamilton is the Distinguished Faculty Chair of Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute and is a partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration with the global law firm of White & Case. He is a leading authority on international disputes and investment, complex negotiations and crisis management. Since commencing his career with White & Case in New York, he has been based in Mexico City and Washington, D.C., and he works closely with the Miami, Madrid and São Paulo offices, and beyond.




Martin Hunter is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers practicing in the field of international arbitration. He was the partner in Freshfields for 27 years, leading the firm's International Arbitration Group. He has served as counsel or arbitrator in cases held under the rules of most of the world's principal arbitral institutions and arbitration centers. He is also known as the co-author of Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration and has also been published extensively in specialist arbitration journals and elsewhere over the last twenty-five years.



Meg KinnearAlex Kaplan is Legal Counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), an organization of the World Bank Group and the leading global institution for the resolution of investor-State disputes. In this role, Mr. Kaplan acts as secretary of arbitral tribunals and ad hoc committees. He also contributes to ICSID’s efforts to amend its rules and routinely speaks publicly about ICSID’s work to State officials, practitioners, and students.



John D. Kimball is a partner at Blank Rome LLP and an Adjunct Professor at New York University Law School. For many years, he was the Chair of Blank Rome’s maritime and international trade practice group. He is a co-editor of Navigating Maritime Arbitration: The Experts Speak (2019); and co-author of Time Charters (2014); Voyage Charters (2014); and Benedict on Admiralty: The Law of Salvage. As a practicing lawyer, he has handled many SMA, AAA and ICDR arbitrations. He also has been an arbitrator in SMA and ICDR arbitrations.




Meg KinnearMeg Kinnear is currently the Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She was formerly the Senior General Counsel and Director General of the Trade Law Bureau of Canada, where she was responsible for the conduct of all international investment and trade litigation involving Canada and participated in the negotiation of bilateral investment agreements.


Luis O NaughtenLuis M. O'Naghten is a partner in Hughes Hubbard & Reed's Miami office. His primary area of practice is international complex commercial litigation and arbitration. He has represented parties in disputes before United States courts and before international arbitration panels in a wide range of disputes. His practice focuses on international financial frauds, energy disputes, and corporate commercial disputes. Luis O'Naghten also coaches Miami Law's student team for the Spanish-language Competición Internacional de Arbitraje y Derecho Mercantil, also known as the Moot Madrid, held in Madrid, Spain every spring. 


Jan Paulsson

Jan Paulsson, one of the “founding fathers of commercial arbitration,” is the Michael Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair Emeritus at the University of Miami School of Law. He is a former president of the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, served as a Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and is a founding partner at Three Crowns.  A world leader in the field, Professor Paulsson has participated as counsel or arbitrator in over 700 arbitrations in Europe, Asia, the United States and Africa.


Marike Paulsson

Marike Paulsson is the former Director of the University of Miami School of Law’s International Arbitration Institute. She is a senior advisor with Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG). She was a consultant with Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, counsel and associate with HVDB, Allen & Overy and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She is the vice president of the Global Institute for Peace Studies, a visiting professor with the University of Sao Paolo and has been appointed Vice-President for North America of the Mauritius Arbitration & Mediation Centre. and a member of the jury for the Princess Sabeeqa Bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women’s Empowerment, which is awarded by United Nations Women and Bahrain


RooneyJohn H. Rooney, Jr. represents clients in international business matters. He has served as counsel in arbitrations under the rules of many arbitral institutions and represented clients in arbitration-related litigation. He is the chair of the Inter-American Bar Association's International Arbitration Law Committee and a consultant for United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). John Rooney has written and spoken extensively on the subject of international arbitration both in the United States and abroad and coaches Miami Law's student team for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, held in Vienna, Austria every spring.



SobotaLuke Sobota is a co-founder of Three Crowns and active in investor-state, inter-state, and commercial arbitrations. He is working on several investor-state arbitrations that involve claims of expropriation, fair and equitable treatment, and denial of justice—as well as applications for interim measures. He is advising two sovereign clients on issues of public international law relating to treaty and water issues. Professor Sobota’s commercial work spans the energy, financial, and technology sectors, and includes spearheading one of the largest ICC cases ever. He has substantial experience in cases governed by civil law.


SternSamuel A. Stern is the founder of Stern LLC and specializes in civil and criminal litigation. Before entering private practice, he served as a state prosecutor and as an Assistant United States Attorney. Professor Stern also teaches oral advocacy at the National Trial Advocacy College at University of Virginia School of Law.


Marc SuskinMarc Suskin is a partner in the litigation department of Cooley in New York, where he focuses on international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration. He has represented international corporations in complex commercial disputes, as well as investors and sovereign states in public international law disputes. He also has significant experience before U.S. courts representing clients in enforcement of arbitral agreements and arbitral awards under the Federal Arbitration Act and New York Convention. In addition, he regularly advises clients on the drafting of international arbitration clauses and structuring investments under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. Professor Suskin’s experience includes a variety of sectors such as life sciences, intellectual property, telecommunications, energy, power, construction, chemicals, mining, finance and consumer products.


van den bergAlbert Jan van den Berg is a partner at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels, Belgium. He is Honorary President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, having served as President from 2014–2016 and Emeritus Professor at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Professor van den Berg is presiding and party-appointed arbitrator in numerous international commercial and investment arbitrations. He also acts as counsel in international commercial arbitrations. He is former President and Secretary-General of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute and Vice-President of the London Court of International Arbitration. Professor van den Berg has published extensively on international arbitration, in particular, on the New York Convention of 1958. 


Frank VasquezFrancis ("Frank") A. Vasquez, Jr., is a partner in the International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation practices of White & Case in Washington, D.C.  He has appeared on behalf of clients in some of the largest international arbitrations on record, as well as numerous US court actions involving foreign sovereigns, their affiliates, international organizations and the enforcement of arbitral awards.  



Nassib G. Ziadé is the CEO of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR), the former Director of the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC) and the former Deputy Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Professor Ziadé has extensive experience in the administration of international legal proceedings and in the management and development of international tribunals. He has published extensively in the field of international law.


In Memoriam 

DolzerProfessor Rudolf Dolzer was a professor Emeritus at the University of Bonn, a pioneer of international investment law, arbitrator, and published extensively on issues of international investment law, including bilateral investment treaties and principles of international investment law. He taught courses on the Law of International Treaties and International Investment Agreements in Miami Law's International Arbitration LL.M. Program prior to his passing.





More Information

Learn more about our scholarships, application process and program features by watching this video of our Fall 2020 Online Information Chat led by Director Sandra Friedrich. For questions about the International Arbitration LL.M. Program or any of the study options, please contact: iallm@law.miami.edu.