Two LL.M. Students Awarded International Arbitration Institute Scholarships


Brazilian native Raoni Utimura and Spanish native Ana Lombardia were named the International Arbitration Institute’s scholarship winners at Miami Law. This partial-tuition scholarship is awarded to outstanding students in the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program.

Utimura worked as a senior attorney in Sao Paulo, most recently in consumer law, prior to pursuing his LL.M. degree at Miami Law.

“Miami is one of the top places of cross-border and commercial trade, and it is a solid site of choice for alternative dispute resolution,” said Utimura. “I have chosen the University of Miami for my studies on International Arbitration because of its globally renowned reputation and prestige, faculty, personalized mentorship, and career development opportunities. The International Arbitration Institute supported my dream through a scholarship, which I am very proud of and grateful for."

Lombardia headed the litigation office in the law firm of Marimon Abogados in Madrid, before moving to Miami in early 2015, where she worked in the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She has more than seven years of experience in commercial and civil litigation. After graduating from the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. program, Lombardia aspires to continue her career working for the Litigation & Arbitration department of an international law firm.

“I chose the program on International Arbitration offered by the University of Miami as it is one of the most prestigious programs in the U.S.,” said Lombardia. “I truly believe that Miami is right now ‘the place to be’ when it comes to the future of international arbitration.”

The International Arbitration LL.M. Program offers specialized theoretical and practical courses on all aspects of international commercial and investment arbitration, and its internationally-renowned faculty is comprised of world-class arbitration practitioners, including Jan PaulssonJ. Martin Hunter, and Carolyn Lamm, all consistently recognized in leading international arbitration rankings.