Considered the biggest regional event in its field, Arbitration Santo Domingo has served as a constant forum for discussion and update on main international trends and practices in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration. This year's event distinguishes itself for its unprecedented practical approach, with the purpose of strengthening the practical skills of arbitrators and practitioners in the region, with the support and participation of our main stakeholders in Latin America and the United States.
The third edition of Arbitration Santo Domingo - 2016 will take place on October 10th- 12th and is composed by two independent, yet complimentary events:
International Seminar ‘CISG and International Arbitration: Developments and Challenges’ - Oct 10th, 2016
Already a tradition for the Dominican legal community, this year’s event aims to discuss, with a practical approach, today’s developments and challenges regarding the International Sale of Goods and Financing Contracts and International Arbitration, through a comprehensive academic program, under the guidance of renowned national and international experts.
Specialized Course in Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration - Oct 11th - 12th, 2016
Oral Advocacy is considered as one of the most crucial skills for arbitration lawyers and those aiming to work in the field, which is why this two-day intensive course strives to explore and develop oral advocacy throughout all procedural junctures of an international commercial or treaty-based arbitration. Participants are expected to read some materials prior to the event and to participate actively in each of the practical exercises that will take place.
Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia, INC
Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia, INC. (FINJUS) is a Civil Society NGO with think tank functions that was established in 1990 in the midst of political and economical turmoil with the objective of promoting the rule of law in Dominican Republic.
More information: www.finjus.org.do
Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law at New York University School of Law
The Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law is an institution that has been established to advance the study and practice of international business transactions and the way to solve related disputes either through litigation or arbitration.
For more information: http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/transnational
Each activity will be in charge of an academic coordinator, who will design the academic program and the election of the international co-speakers
Academic Coordinator of the International Seminar ‘CISG and International Arbitration: Developments and Challenges’
Academic Coordinator of the Specialized Course in Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration
Franco Ferrari, Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law - New York University
Professor Franco Ferrari joined NYU on a full-time basis in September 2010, after serving as visiting professor for various years. Professor Ferrari is also chaired professor of international law at Verona University School of Law. He is now the Director of the Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law at the same university. Previously, he was chaired professor of comparative law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and Bologna University in Italy.
After serving as member of the Italian Delegation to various sessions of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) from 1995 to 2000, he served as Legal Officer at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, International Trade Law Branch (2000-2002), with responsibility for numerous projects, including the preparation of the UNCITRAL Digest on Applications of the UN Sales Convention (2004 edition).
Professor Ferrari has published more than 280 law review articles in various languages and 17 books in the areas of international commercial law, conflict of laws, comparative law and international commercial arbitration. He is a member of the editorial board of various peer reviewed European law journals (Internationales Handelsrecht, European Review of Private Law, Contratto e impresa/Europa, Revue de droit des affaires internationales) and also acts as arbitrator both in international commercial arbitrations and investment arbitrations.
Pedro J. Martínez-Fraga, Bryan Cave LLP
Pedro J. Martínez-Fraga is a partner in Bryan Cave LLP’s International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Group. Based in Miami, he is the firm's co-leader of the Arbitration and Litigation Practice Group globally. Mr. Martinez-Fraga is the co-founder of Bryan Cave’s Miami office. He has represented eight countries as lead counsel, and served as an arbitrator in major ICC and ICSID (World Bank) proceedings. Mr. Martínez-Fraga serves on the Advisory Council to the Restatement (Third) of International Commercial Arbitration for the American Law Institute.
He has written more than fifty articles published in fifteen countries and translated into five languages, and five books on public and private international law. Two of his books have been translated into Mandarin by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences of the People's Republic of China.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the New York University (NYU) School of Law and serves as a full Visiting Professor at the University of Navarra School of Law in Pamplona, Spain, and as an Honorary Professor of Law at the Universidad de San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, Peru. He served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law from 2002-2010.
He has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1999, a member of the Center for Human Rights Advisory Counsel of the American Bar Association, and an associate member of the Institute Hispano-Luso-Americano of International Law, which serves as an ad hoc consultative group to the U.N. on legal issues affecting Latin America.
Mr. Martinez-Fraga is a graduate of St. John's College (BA. 1984) (summa cum laude) and of Columbia University School of Law (J.D. 1987) (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). He also holds Licenciatura, Magister, and Ph.D. (cum laude) degrees from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Mr. Martínez-Fraga is admitted to the practice of law in Florida (USA), the District of Columbia (USA), and the Kingdom of Spain.
Marco Torsello, ArbLit.
Marco Torsello has been counsel at ArbLit since September 2014 in his capacity as practicing lawyer based in Milan and Bologna, in charge of litigation before Italian courts for national and international clients.
He is also Professor at the School of Law of the University of Verona, and Hauser Global Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. At Verona Law School Marco is a member of the scientific committee of the PhD program in European and International Legal Studies, and the Director of the post-graduate courses in International Commercial Contracts and in Transnational and Comparative Food Law. He currently teaches also Transnational Commercial Law at the School of Law of Università Cattolica in Milan.
Marco is the author and co-author of several books and papers on a variety of issues dealing with international contracts, international business transactions, comparative law, corporate law and others.
Kendra Daubner, Bucerius Law School
Lawyer and academic, Kendra Daubner graduated from Bucerius Law School, where she majored in International Public Law. She is a PHD candidate at the same university, focusing her research in the area of international investment law and international arbitration. Kendra has worked for various renowned legal firms, such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (2013) and Taylor Wessing (2014-2015), in the areas of commercial law, litigation and international arbitration.
Since 2014, Kendra has served as a research assistant for Prof. Stefan Kröll, in Bucerius Law, also in the area of international arbitration. She is an assistant to the Organization Committee of the renowned Willem C. Vis Moot competition, which takes place every year in Vienna.
Leidylin Contreras, Center for Alternative Dispute Resolutions
Doctor Contreras is the Executive Secretary of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolutions of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo. Previously she served as an attorney at the Office of the Legal Advisor to the Presidency of the Dominican Republic. Earlier she served as Coordinator for International Arbitration, Dispute Settlement and Trade Disciplines, at the Directorate of Foreign Trade, of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Dominican Republic, having among her responsibilities the legal implementation of Free Trade Agreements, the coordination of Investment and State to State arbitration, and WTO Dispute Settlement Procedures. Contreras graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana (Dominican Republic), Comparative Law from Sorbonne University, Paris, France; and International Law and International Relations from Complutense University of Madrid. In 2007, she attended the ICC´s International Court of Arbitration Internship Program, for the Latin American and the Iberian Peninsula team.
Doctor Contreras co-authored the book “International Trade Law and Trade Policy of the Dominican Republic”. She has been a lecturer on international arbitration at the Columbia University of New York, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University of Panamá, University of Externado (Colombia), University of La Habana, University of Miami, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Mexican Academy of International Private and Comparative Law, Mexican Bar, Florida Bar, Ecuador´s Attorney General Office, the Young Arbitration Forum of the ICC´s International Court of Arbitration, the ICC´s Annual Conference on International Arbitration in Latin America, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the US-Latin America Legal Summit, Latin-American Arbitration Conference, among others.
Furthermore, Contreras has taught the course on Institutional Aspects of Investment and Trade Law (Central Bank of the Dominican Republic); Dispute Settlement in Trade Law and Foreign Investment, and Commercial Arbitration (Gaceta Judidical).
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JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo
Winston Churchill Avenue No. 93,Ensanche Piantini Santo Domingo 10501 Dominican Republic
As the venue of our Seminar, the JW Marriott Hotel is the perfect choice amongst luxury hotels in Santo Domingo. Connected to the renowned Blue Mall Shopping Center, it offers access to the most exclusive shops of our country. The hotel is located in the financial and commercial heart of the city, just a quick walk away from the most important international corporations of Santo Domingo, and only 30 minutes away from Las Américas Airport.
Our activities will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel in Santo Domingo, which comfortably holds 230 guests. The Grand Ballroom combines a wonderful panoramic view of the city and an infrastructure designed to satisfy the needs of the most exclusive and sophisticated social events and bussiness meetings.
To make the best of your trip to the Dominican Republic, we encourage you to explore the most visited tourist attractions of our beautiful city. Santo Domingo (population 2.9 million), or ‘La Capital’ as it’s typically called, is to Dominicans what New York is to Americans, a collage of cultures and neighborhoods, or what Havana is to Cubans, a vibrant beating heart that fuels the entire country.
At the heart of the city is the Zona Colonial. At the heart of the Zona Colonial is Parque Colón. Across from the park is one of the oldest churches in the New World. A block from the church is one of the oldest streets in the New World. And on this street is the oldest surviving European fortress. And so on and so on. Amid the cobblestone streets reminiscent of the French Quarter in New Orleans, it would be easy to forget Santo Domingo is in the Caribbean – if it weren’t for the heat and humidity. The average temperature in Santo Domingo varies little. Due to the trade winds, Santo Domingo has a tropical climate but seldom experiences the oppressive heat and humidity that one may expect to find. December and January are the coolest months and July and August are the warmest.
It is an intensely urban city, home not only to colonial-era relics and New World firsts, but also to museums and cultural institutions, the best of their kind in the DR; and business people taking long lunches at elegant restaurants. Santo Domingo somehow manages to embody the contradictions central to the Dominican experience: a living museum, a metropolis crossed with a seaside resort, and a business, political and media center with a laid-back casual spirit.
The Week of Law and Business ~ 2015
1) Corporate Governance
2) Reestructuring Strategy and Insolvency Proceedings
3) International Sale of Goods and Financing Contracts
Catalogued by local authorities and experts as the most important legal and entrepreneurial event of the year, WLB-2015 took place on June 16-18th in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with the collaboration of the Centre for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law of the New York University, and Bucerius Law School and his Master of Law and Business.
This event was attended by more than 200 people, in representation of over 40 of the country's best legal offices and 42 national and international institutions and enterprises.
Arbitration Santo Domingo ~ 2014
International Seminar 'Convergence and Divergence of Investment and International Commercial Arbitration'
In November 2014, FINJUS and NYU had the opportunity of organizing its second International Arbitration Seminar. This event brought together 10 of the most renowned international experts in arbitration, like Andrea Carlevaris, Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Inka Hanefeld, Hanefeld- Rechtsanwälte; and José Carlos Fernández Rozas, Director of the Public and Private International Law Department of the Complutense University of Madrid. It attracted as well more than 250 practitioners and students from the entire Latin American Region, while being streamed live in more than 30 universities and institutions around the world.