LL.M. 2011, University of Miami School of Law
Civil Law 2003, Leiden University
2002, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris
Marike Paulsson is an adjunct faculty member in the White & Case LL.M. in International Arbitration and 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.
Paulsson has over eighteen years of practical and academic experience in public international law, international arbitration, cross-border litigation and human rights. She has acted as counsel, expert witness and arbitral secretary in numerous international arbitration matters. She has further acted as counsel in international litigation matters in The Netherlands and Belgium pertaining to challenge proceedings, enforcement proceedings, corporate litigation, shareholders disputes, cross-border insolvency and proceedings before the European Court of Justice. She subsequently assisted as foreign legal consultant in arbitration matter in the US and Latin America. Her representations include diverse legal issues such as investment, joint ventures, post M&A disputes, immunity of jurisdiction and execution and numerous sectors such as banking, construction, energy and electricity, finance, tobacco, insurance, arms and munitions, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, telecommunication and transportation. Paulsson transitioned from Big Law to commercial diplomacy with ASG led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, promoting commercial diplomacy and mediation as ways to resolve investor-State disputes. With her firm she is involved in stakeholder engagement strategies and advocacy focused on global treaty reforms and particularly with the UNCITRAL WG-III.
She has taught in the U.S., the Middle East, India, Latin America and Europe and publishes extensively in the field of international arbitration and public international law. She is a renowned expert on the 1958 U.N. Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (The New York Convention) and treaty interpretation by judges. She writes and teaches on the topic and has assisted in the drafting of numerous expert opinions on the Convention and acts as an expert witness herself. She has co-authored and edited the ICCA Guide on the New York Convention (International Council for Commercial Arbitration) and co-founded the ICCA NYC Roadshow for the purposes of which she familiarizes judges around the world with the application of the Convention in the national space. She is the author of the treatise "The 1958 New York Convention in Action" with a Foreword of Judge Stephen Schwebel. She is currently finalizing the editorial process of the Handbook on Arbitration in India. She is interviewed often by Law360 and GAR on matters relating to the New York Convention and international law.
A Dutch national, Paulsson resides in Bahrain, has degrees from Leiden University, University of Miami and Sciences-po Paris, France.