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The International Arbitration Institute is an embodiment of the University of Miami’s long tradition of engagement with the law of arbitration. The Institute strives not only for progress through the education of the new generation of arbitration lawyers, but also for progress through research in international arbitration.

The Institute also caters to a particular reality of international arbitration, namely the indispensable need for financial analysis, and intends to continue offering grounding in accounting and quantum to arbitration practitioners in a realistic way.


  • An unparalleled opportunity for students to study under the sustained and personal guidance of preeminent arbitration scholars and practitioners;
  • An enriching professional context, as Miami is an important international arbitration center, particularly for Latin America.

A Tradition of Arbitration at Miami Law

Soia MentschikoffUniversity of Miami School of Law’s legendary dean from 1974-82, Soia Mentschikoff was a pioneer in the study of the arbitral process in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mentschikoff gathered 180 arbitrators from four occupational groups (lawyers, manufacturers, bankers and brokers) and asked them to decide a hypothetical case designed so that both parties were partially right and partially wrong. The purpose of the experiment was to determine whether professional backgrounds result in cognitive biases and a greater or lesser willingness to agree with others.

Institute Publications

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Institute Research

The Institute strives not only for progress through the education of the new generation of arbitration lawyers, but also for progress through research in international arbitration including: 

  • Based on the earlier experimental study conducted by Dean Mentschikoff, the issue of cognitive bias in international arbitration is being further researched by the Institute. 
  • The Institute also caters to a particular reality of international arbitration, namely the indispensable need for financial analysis, and intends to offer a practical background into the accounting and quantum methods used in international arbitration. 
  • The Institute will conduct research on the 1958 New York Convention's Drafting History in Spanish and French. The Institute will focus on user's criticism on investment arbitration and conduct empirical research in order to move forward.


The Institute brings renowned international arbitrators and experts to the University of Miami School of Law to lecture throughout the academic year.

Click here to see a listing of upcoming and past lectures/courses.

Institute Featured on Global Arbitration Review

April 7, 2016 - The Institute was featured on Global Arbitration Review in connection with Marike Paulsson's comments on the recent remarkable decision by the Dubai Court of Appeal refusing to enforce an arbitral award against a United Arab Emerates energy company on the grounds that it was not satisfied that the United Kingdom is a signatory to the New York Convention

Study Opportunities for Students 

 White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program

The University of Miami School of Law offers a Master of Laws in International Arbitration led by Professor Jan Paulsson and taught by internationally renowned professors. The program provides a unique, individualized educational opportunity for a small group of top quality students from a range of countries, wishing to acquire an in-depth grounding in the field as a platform for a successful career.

 LawWithoutWalls X Arbitration

LWOW X Arbitration - an all-virtual collaboration that will be led by Marike Paulsson, will focus on the global arbitration arena. Teams in this program will create implementable solutions to procedural, regulatory, or statutory problems in arbitration while honing team work, innovation, project management, problem solving, technology, social networking, and cultural competency skills. This program is based on LawWithoutWalls, originally founded by Miami Law Professor Michele DeStefano, a program which tackles the cutting edge issues at the intersection of law, education, technology, and innovation. 

 Moot Arbitration Competitions

Students may participate on international moot court teams competing in a variety of specialized international commercial and investment arbitration competitions in Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Madrid, and Vienna. Some of our successes include winning first place in the Madrid and Frankfurt competitions.

Scholarship Opportunities for Students 

 Carolyn B. Lamm-White & Case International Arbitration Endowed Scholarship Fund

One half-tuition scholarship ($24,000) awarded by the University of Miami School of Law and White & Case LLP. 

The law firm of White & Case LLP generously established an endowed scholarship fund that not only honors Miami Law alumna Carolyn B. Lamm but also supports a deserving student who is pursuing an LL.M. in International Arbitration. Students receiving scholarship support will be known as the Carolyn Lamm/White & Case Scholars. Read More.

 UM/Young ICCA Scholarship

The University of Miami School of Law and Young ICCA award one full-tuition scholarship ($48,000) each year to an outstanding Young ICCA member to attend Miami Law’s one-year LL.M. program in International Arbitration. Read More.

 International Arbitration Institute Scholarship

One or more partial-tuition scholarships awarded by the International Arbitration Institute of the University of Miami. Read More.

 Vis Moot Participant Scholarship

This is a half-tution scholarship ($24,000) is available for a present or past student participant, coach or arbitrator in the Vis Moot competition. Applications must be received by May 1.  

Volunteer Opportunities on Arbitration-related Projects and Initiatives

Students may have the opportunity to work as volunteers on arbitration-related projects and initiatives with organizations such as:

Students have the opportunity to get involved with professional arbitration organizations on a local and global level.

Events & Lectures
LLM Program


University of Miami School of Law
International Arbitration Institute
1311 Miller Drive, Room G345
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Phone number: (305) 284 1965

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The Institute is led by renowned faculty and practitioners:

Jan Paulsson

Professor Jan Paulsson holds the Michael Klein Distinguished Chair and is the Faculty Chair of the International Arbitration LL.M. 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.

Carolyn Lamm

Visiting Professor 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.

Marike Paulsson

Marike Paulsson is director of the University of Miami School of Law’s International Arbitration Institute and a Lecturer in Law. She is a former counsel at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels, Belgium. She has authored numerous publications on international arbitration and the 1958 New York Convention.

Arbitration Institute Dedication
The law firm White & Case has made a gift to support the International Arbitration Institute.
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