The 14th Annual ICDR Miami Conference on International Arbitration recently took place in Coral Gables and attracted over 150 participants from around the world, including leading arbitration counsel, arbitrators, corporate counsel and academics. In light of Miami’s unique location at the “gateway to the Americas,” the conference was entirely bilingual and was conducted in both English and Spanish.
The prestigious conference not only offered a line-up of top-class speakers – including Professor Jan Paulsson, holder of the Michael Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair and Faculty Chair for the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program at Miami Law, and visiting arbitration faculty member Carolyn Lamm – it also presented an excellent opportunity to network. The conference was attended by Miami Law’s International Arbitration students and program director and lecturer in law Sandra Friedrich. The students participated in the conference’s networking events and also served as volunteers.
“I had the opportunity to attend a very interesting round table discussion with a mix of participants such as an American judge and several American and European attorneys,” said Kajsa Larsberger Holting, an International Arbitration LL.M. student from Sweden who holds a law degree from Stockholm University, and holder of the White & Case International Arbitration Scholarship. “We discussed when to have deliberations during an international arbitral proceeding, how to behave if a party appointed arbitrator is bias and questions concerning allowing additional evidence. It was very interesting to hear about the different approaches of the participants depending on their civil or common law background.”
Since its founding 20 years ago, the International Centre of Dispute Resolution (ICDR), which is the international division of the American Arbitration Association, has been at the forefront of international alternative dispute resolution. This year’s conference celebrated and analyzed the ICDR’s accomplishments and served as a vital forum for understanding the development of international arbitration. The conference participants also looked ahead to the future of international arbitration and provided an indispensable update on recent developments and challenges in this field.
“I had the opportunity to hear, and learn, from world class practitioners sharing their professional experiences of emerging trends and modalities affecting international arbitration,” said Jason Duey, International Arbitration LL.M. student, who also holds a J.D. from Florida A&M University College of Law. “This learning opportunity obviously transcends the classroom lecture and theoretical book knowledge and is, therefore, akin to a medical student listening to world-class physicians sharing amongst one another the latest surgical techniques. I see no other schools providing their students with such an opportunity. I count myself fortunate to attend the University of Miami School of Law International Arbitration Institute.”
The White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program features an unparalleled curriculum of specialized theoretical and practical courses on international commercial and investment arbitration, taught by an internationally-renowned faculty, comprising world-class arbitration practitioners, who help students start or advance their careers in international arbitration. Miami Law’s International Arbitration LL.M. program helps students to open doors to the world of international arbitration by providing regular opportunities to attend and actively participate in international arbitration conferences. Additionally, the students are exposed to a multitude of educational and networking events in Miami, the U.S. or elsewhere throughout their studies.