Alumni Feature: Supritha Suresh, LL.M. ’17, International Associate, Three Crowns LLP, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

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Supritha Suresh

Supritha Suresh, LL.M. '17

Name: Supritha Suresh

Year of International Arbitration: LL.M. 2017

Country of Origin: India

Law School(s) Attended: National Law University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Language(s): English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil

Current Position: International Associate, Three Crowns LLP (Bahrain)

Current City: Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Relevant Past Position(s):

  • Previously seconded to the Government of Bahrain;
  • Legal Intern, Three Crowns LLP, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Legal Intern, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), World Bank Group, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Graduate Research Assistant, International Arbitration Institute, University of Miami School of Law, Miami, Florida, USA
  • International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum Extern, Shutts & Bowen, Miami, FL, USA

Awards, Honors, Publications:

  • Miami Law – Young ICCA full-tuition Scholarship (2016/17)
  • Director’s Award honors, White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. (2016/17)
  • The India Resolutions for the 1958 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Awards, in Arbitration in India, D Dave et al., (eds.), (Kluwer, 2021) [co-author with Fali Nariman and Marike Paulsson]
  • Ongoing Efforts Towards Reforming the ISDS System: An Aide-Memoire of the System’s Need Amidst Calls for Iconoclasm, in Arbitration in India, D Dave et al., (eds.), (Kluwer, 2021) [co-author with Marike Paulsson and George Pothan]
  • National Report for the Kingdom of Bahrain, in ICCA Hearings Project, (ICCA, 2021) [co-author with Aysha Mutaywea]
  • Enforcement of Awards, Modules on Articles III, IV and V(1)(a) of the New York Convention, in Practical Insights Module, Kluwer Arbitration Practice Plus, (Kluwer, 2021) [co-author with Marike Paulsson]
  • The New York Convention’s 60th Anniversary: A Restatement for the New York Convention?, in 60 Years of the New York Convention: Key Issues and Future Challenges, K Gomez and A Rodriguez (eds.), (Kluwer, 2019) [co-author with Marike Paulsson]

What Are Your Current Position, Title, and Day-to-Day Tasks?

I am currently an International Associate at Three Crowns LLP (Bahrain). My experience includes advising States and private corporations in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Previously, I was seconded to the Government of Bahrain where I advised on investment treaty matters, related domestic proceedings, and global investigations. Prior to the secondment, I spent time in Three Crowns’ Washington, DC office and at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID, World Bank Group).

How Did Your LL.M. Studies Help You Build a Successful Career in the Field?

I look at my time at Miami Law as a foundation to my career, any which path it might take. I came out of Miami Law with not only a better understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the field, but also with a primer on the practicalities.

What Was the Most Impactful Experience During Your Studies at Miami Law?

It is tough to point to any one event! Miami Law provides a plethora of learning opportunities – the practicum and skills-based courses narrow the gap between theory and practice; the theory courses remind you of the foundations and idealism; moot courts refine oral advocacy; and the constant support of the faculty and peer group is powerful.

What Advice Would You Give an Incoming LL.M. Student on How to Make the Most of Their LL.M.?

Being a specialized International Arbitration LL.M., the focus was on dispute resolution. But the Program has a very malleable structure. It is what you want it to be. The Program Director and staff ensure that the year is as individualized as possible, diligently accommodating your every need. In addition to more than a dozen different arbitration classes, there are a plethora of activities/courses one can get involved in - moot courts, practicum placements with leading firms, research assistant positions and options to attend J.D. classes. These opportunities and experiences expand perspective. My advice to new students remains the same: Make the most of the program and sign up for everything! You will not regret it!

How Has the Graduate Experience Impacted Your Current Work?

The LL.M. not only helped me enter the field and begin my career, but also gave me the opportunity to meet some truly remarkable people who have since helped me with personal and professional growth.

Read about the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program