• About Us

    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 '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.

  • Organizers

    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

  • Academic Coordination

    Each activity will be in charge of an academic coordinator, who will design the academic program and the election of the international co-speakers

    Franco Ferrari

    Academic Coordinator of the International Seminar ‘CISG and International Arbitration: Developments and Challenges’

    Pedro Martinez-Fraga

    Academic Coordinator of the Specialized Course in Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration

  • International Speakers

    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. Martinez-Fraga is a leading practitioner in the field of international litigation and transnational arbitration, including complex jurisdictional disputes concerning common law and civil law issues. Mr. Martinez-Fraga is a World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) arbitrator. On December 16, 2015, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Martinez-Fraga as one of four U.S. delegate members to the Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank), effective February 23, 2016. He is the first Hispanic to have been so appointed in the history of the Washington Convention of 1965.


    Pedro J. Martínez-Fraga is Bryan Cave LLP’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.

    Francisco Rodríguez, Akerman LLP

    Francisco Rodriguez is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group of Akerman LLP and focuses his practice on cross-border disputes and international arbitration and litigation. Francisco has represented parties in matters involving complex civil and common law issues before international arbitration panels and U.S. courts. His experience includes the bi-lingual representation of U.S. and Latin American multinationals in international arbitrations in both English and Spanish.


    In 2015, Francisco Rodríguez was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the "40 Under 40". He also serves as an Adjunct professor of the International LL.M. Program at Florida International University School of Law.

    David Ramos Muñoz, Senior Lecturer at the Universidad Carlos III, in Madrid

    David Ramos Muñoz, Senior Lecturer at the Universidad Carlos III, in Madrid. He has been a fellow, among other, at the Real Colegio de España en Bolonia (2007-2009), the London School of Economics (2010). His research has benefited from different grants, among other the Colegio de España grant (2007) or the José Castillejo programme (2010).

    His publications include the book The Law of Transnational Securitization (Oxford University Press, 2010) and a number of articles. Ramos Muñoz teaches Commercial Law and since 2005/2006 is the coach of the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team of Universidad Carlos III. He is also a coordinador of the Moot Madrid.

  • National Speakers

    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).

    Hon. Judge Edynson Alarcón, Civil and Commercial Chamber of the Court of Appeals of the Dominican Republic

    Edynson Alarcón obtained his Law Degree (Summa Cum Laude) at the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in 1993. Since the year 1998, he has served as a Judge of the Courts of the Dominican Republic, currently fulfilling his obligations in the First Hall of the Civil and Commercial Chamber of the Court of Appeals of the Dominican Republic.


    He holds a Master in Intellectual Property from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (2006-2007). In addition, he has a specialty in Commercial Law from the Escuela Judicial de Barcelona (2004) and a specialty in Integral Juditial Training from the Escuela Nacional de la Judicatura de la República Dominicana (2002-2004). He has taught Civil Procedure at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) and Universidad Central del Este (UCE), as well as the Master courses on Civil Procedure, Legal Practice, Civil Responsibility and Intellectual Property at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and the Escuela Nacional de la Judicatura (ENJ).


    In 2001 he was awarded with the distinction for the best work presented to the jury of the Juditial Essay National Contest, organized by the Supreme Court of Justice, as well as several national and international recognitions for his literary works, including the Premio Nacional de Ensayo given by the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic. In May 2013, he was awarded the annual prize of the Asociation of Intellectual Rights of the city of Buenos Aires (ASDIN) for his work “El Derecho de Autor como Instrumento Tutelar y de Desarrollo de la Industria Cultural”.


    Between 2013 and 2014 he formed part of the committee that redacted the Draft Law of Private International Law of the Dominican Republic. He is a columnist and member of the Editorial Board of the legal magazine Gaceta Judicial and is author of various publications which include: “Apuntes y Reflexiones Sobre la Contratación Por Adhesión en la República Dominicana”, “Los Recursos del Procedimiento Civil”, “Manual de Derecho de Autor Dominicano”, “Comentarios a la Ley de Arbitraje Comercial de la República Dominicana” and several articles on various legal isssues in magazines and newspapers.

    Lucas Guzmán López, Partner at OMG

    Lucas A. Guzmán López holds a degree in Law and a Masters in Civil Procedure Law, both from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM, Santo Domingo). He studied a post-graduate course on Constitucionalismo y Garantismo from the Universidad de Castilla - La Mancha (UCLM, Toledo, España) and is the Director of the Conflict Administration Team of the Law Firm, OMG (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic). He is an arbitrator of the Center for Alternative Resolution of Conflicts of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo and Santiago (Dominican Republic) and has been recognized by the editorials “Chambers & Partners” and “Legal 500” as one of the top lawyers in the practice of conflict resolutions of the Dominican Republic.


    He is a Professor of Civil Procedure Law and Arbitration Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and Professor of Private Judicial Law at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE). He is a facilitator in several Masters, graduate courses and seminars organized by the Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia, Inc. (FINJUS), Escuela Nacional de la Judicatura (ENJ), Data Cursos Gaceta Judicial (GJ), Instituto OMG (IOMG), Colegio de Abogados de la República Dominicana (CARD), Fundación Pellerano & Herrera (FPH), Fundación Justicia Sana (FUNJUSA), Comité de Estudiantes de Derecho de la PUCMM (CED-PUCMM), Centros de Resolución Alternativa de Controversias de las Cámaras de Comercio y Producción de Santo Domingo y de Santiago and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de España.


    He has published several articles in the magazines issued by Gaceta Judicial, Global Legal Insights, Global Arbitration Review and the newspaper Bávaro News. He served as a jury of the subcommittee of evaluation for the aspiring Justices of the Peace (process of 2011 & 2013) and has been co-author of several draft laws related to Civil Procedure Law. He was an Associate Lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs, Peña Prieto Gamundi, Assistant Attorney at the Fourth Hall of the Civil and Commercial Chamber of the National District and Secretary General of the Civil and Commercial Chamber of the Court of Appeals of the National District.


    Daniela Collado, Executive Director of the Dominican Society of Fuel Distributors

    Daniela Collado is an attorney at law, professor and is a listed arbitrator in the Center for Dispute Resolution of the Chamber of Commerce of Santo Domingo. She’s currently the Executive Director of the Dominican Society of Fuel Distributors. She focus her practice in corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, market access, foreign investment and economic regulations. She has relevant experience in international trade topics, application of WTO Law, market access and FTA's. Ms. Collado is the former head of the Legal & Regulatory Direction of Orange Dominicana, the second largest mobile telecom carrier in the Dominican Republic, and was a senior associate of Squire Patton Boggs for six years.


    She has been a speaker on international trade related issues in the Dominican Republic with UNCITRAL and the European Law Students Association (ELSA) in France. Ms. Collado teaches international economic law and is the former Director of the Master on International Relations at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in Santo Domingo.


    Fabiola Medina, Founding Partner at Medina Garrigó

    Fabiola Medina is a founding partner of the Law Firm Medina Garrigó Abogados. She has experience in the practice of the profession in the public sector and the private sector. She was the first assistant of the Legal Advisor of the Executive Branch (1982-1985) and has practiced law as an Associate Lawyer in several recognized Law firms of the Dominican Republic, concentrating her practice in litigation, Arbitration, Administrative Law, telecommunications and Tax Law. In 1992 she initiated her corporate career in Verizon Dominicana (today CLARO), the #1 Telecommunications Company in the Dominican Republic, becoming Vicepresident of the Legal and Regulatory division of Verizon Dominicana (1996-2004) and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Verizon Dominicana (1996-2004).


    Lic. Medina was a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (2005-2012) and has been recognized for her great leadership in the field of Arbitration in the Dominican Republic. Lic. Medina chaired the Center for Alternative Resolution of Conflicts of Santo Domingo (CRC) of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo and is the second Vicepresident of the Board of Directors of said Chamber. Lic. Medina is co-author of the Rules of Arbitration and Council of Conciliation and Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo and has had an outstanding participation in the elaboration and approval of the Law of Commercial Arbitration No. 489-08 and the modification of the Chapter of Arbitration of the Law 50-87 of the Chambers of Commerce.


    Additionally, Lic. Medina was President of the Disciplinary Court of the Colegio de Abogados of the Dominican Republic, President of the Asociación Dominicana de Abogados Empresariales (ADAE), of the Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia, Inc. (FINJUS) and the Board of Directors of the Universidad Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). She has been a Professor at leading universities of the Dominican Republic: Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE).


    Cristina Aguiar Quezada, Universidad APEC

    Cristina Aguiar Quezada studied her primary and secondary education in the Dominican Republic. Later on, she studied Law at the University of Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) where she specialized in International Law in the year 1996. She holds a Postgraduate degree and a Masters in Constitutional Law from the Universidad Castilla La Mancha. She is registered as a lawyer of the Bar Association, being the first Latin American to be admitted to the practice of Law in Paris. She has a diploma of doctoral studies of Superior Diplomacy and International Relations from the Center of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies of Paris. Since 1991 she is professor of International Law at the School of Advanced International Studies of Paris. Currently, she alternated her teaching with the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo.


    She began her public service in 1996 when she was designated a roving Ambassador to the European Union and Permanent Representative Ambassador to the United Nations in 1997. She has been Director of the Diplomatic and Consular School “Eduardo Latorre R.” and currently is Ambassador Advisor for Human Rights.


    She has given conferences in three continents: Europe, Africa and America, and has published a several articles. In March of 2010 she published a collection of essays in Comparative Law titled “El Código Procesal Penal: Los desafíos de la transculturación jurídica” in the UNAPEC collection for a Better World. This same year, she published “Guide Practique de la Negociation Internationale” in the prestigious university editor L´Harmattan in France, which will soon be published in Spanish.


    In 2005, the President Jacques Chirac awarded her the Order of the Legion of Honor in the rank of Knight. In March 2012 she received the Medal of Merit in the professional woman category. She is Honorary Professor at the Universidad Acción Pro-Educación y Cultura (UNAPEC).

    Hon. President Judge, Julio César Castaños Guzmán, Civil and Commercial Court of the Supreme Court of Justice

    Julio César Castaños graduated as a Lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in 1977. He received a Master's Degree in Political Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU) in 1987 and was a doctoral student of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in the program of “Derechos Fundamentales de la Democracia Contemporánea con Suficiencia Investigativa en el área de Derecho Constitucional”. He has been practicing Law for 34 years.


    He was designated First Substitute Judge of the President of the Supreme Court Justice by the National Council of the Magistracy on the 22nd of December of 2011, and later on, the full court chose him as the Presiding Judge of the Civil and Commercial Court.


    He is a doctrinaire and noted professor, being the author of several works, including “Discursos para la Democracia”, “Palabra y Poder: Abogados” y “Elecciones y Constitución”.


    He was President of the Junta Central Electoral, Sub Legal Consultant for the Executive Branch and Prosecutor of the National District.

    Juanita Canahuate Camacho, Jiménez Cruz Peña 

    Juanita Canahuate completed her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in 2003, Summa Cum Laude, at the University APEC in Santo Domingo. Later, she did a Master in Private Law at the University Panthéon-Assas, Paris II; where she received the honors Mention Bien. In 2005, as a Fulbright Scholar she completed an LL.M. in Taxation at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC, graduating with the grade of Distinction. As an Eiffel Scholar, she did a PhD in Law at the University Panthéon-Assas, Paris II, Mention très honorable avec les félicitations du jury.


    In 2008 she was admitted to the Bar of Paris. Prior to her return to the Dominican Republic, she worked in France as Deputy Counsel at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, as part of the Latin American Team. She also worked as lawyer in areas such as international contracts, intellectual property, international arbitration and commercial law. At present, she is an Associate attorney at the law firm Jimenez Cruz Peña, in Business and Alternative Dispute Resolution matters.


    She was a professor of Conflicts of Laws in the Master of French, European and International Private Law, of the Universities Panthéon-Assas and APEC. She has published several articles on arbitration.

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  • Venue

    JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo

    Winston Churchill Avenue No. 93,Ensanche Piantini Santo Domingo 10501 Dominican Republic

    http://www.marriott.com/sdqjw +1-809-955-3081

    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.

  • Past Events

    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.

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