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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.

A Tradition of Arbitration at Miami Law

University 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 Research & Publications

One of the projects of the Institute is the research of decision-making in arbitration based on the experimental study conducted by Professor Soia Mentschikoff. The Institute will do the following:

  • Analyze all existing materials on Mentschikoff’s experiment,
  • Conduct surveys and new experiments based on some of the methods used by Mentschikoff,
  • Determine which factors affect the decision-making of today’s arbitrator and whether the objectivity of such decision-making can be ensured.

Lectures

The Institute brings renowned international arbitrators and experts to the University of Miami School of Law to lecture throughout the academic year. In the past, the Law School has hosted Professors Albert Jan van den Berg, Lucy Reed, Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez and Francisco Gonzalez de Cossio as visiting professors and guest lecturers.

The Institute’s following lecture in December 2014 will feature Judge Stephen M. Schwebel.

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 as well as a seven semester combined J.D. /LL.M. program. The program is 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.

* Currently a track within the International Law LL.M. program, it will become a standalone LL.M. degree pending University of Miami Board of Trustees approval.

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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

University of Miami School of Law
International Arbitration Institute
1311 Miller Drive, Room A316
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

E-MAIL: mpaulsson@law.miami.edu


UPCOMING COURSE: SEPT 2-6

Practitioners' Course on The Fundamentals of International Arbitration and Caribbean Arbitration Trends

LEADERSHIP

The Institute is led by renowned faculty and practitioners:

Jan PaulssonProfessor 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 LammVisiting 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 PaulssonMarike 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.


WHY INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION IN MIAMI?
  • 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.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

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

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.

UM/Young ICCA Scholarship

The University of Miami School of Law and Young ICCA award one full-tuition scholarship each year to an outstanding Young ICCA member to attend Miami Law’s one-year LL.M. program in International Arbitration.