• 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 arbitration. This year's event will focus on the intersections between International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, with the purpose of strengthening the knowledge and skills of arbitrators and practitioners in the region, with the support and participation of our main stakeholders in the United States and Latinamerica.


    The fourth edition of Arbitration Santo Domingo - 2017 will take place on November 13th- 14th. In this two-day event, international and national experts and practitioners will address the main topics and trends on Commercial and Investment Arbitration. This year’s format comprises eight key lectures by leading international speakers, followed by the comments of the most renowned experts on Arbitration in the Dominican Republic and Latinamerica, which will have the important task of contextualizing the international experiences to the local level.


    This event is aimed at academics, arbitrators, lawyers with experience and/or interest in international arbitration, graduate and postgraduate students. Space is limited.

  • 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

    The seminar is in charge of two academic coordinators, who are responsible for the design of the academic program and the election of the international and national speakers

  • International Speakers


    Andrea Bjorklund

    McGill University

    Professor Bjorklund, joined the Faculty of Law of McGill University in July 2013 as Full Professor and holder of the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law. In September 2014, she was named Scholar in Residence by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.


    A renowned expert in international arbitration and litigation, international trade and international investment, she was previously a professor at the University of California (Davis) School of Law and a Bigelow Fellow at the Chicago Law School.


    Prior to entering academia, Professor Bjorklund worked on the NAFTA arbitration team in the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser and worked for Commissioner Thelma J. Askey on the U.S. International Trade Commission.


    Professor Bjorklund holds a J.D. (Yale’ 94), as well as an M.A. in French studies (New York U., ’88) and a B.A. in History and French (U. Nebraska ’86). She is a member of the American Law Institute and is very active in the American Society of International Law. Her extensive list of publications includes the co-authored Investment Disputes Under NAFTA.

    As partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brian King is based in New York since 2007. Before, he headed the international arbitration group in the firm's Amsterdam office for seven years. Brian focuses his practice on commercial and investment arbitration and is recognized as a “global player” in the field. He has acted as counsel or arbitrator in more than 100 institutional and ad hoc arbitrations, including two of the largest investment arbitrations to date.He has particular expertise in the energy, construction and pharmaceutical sectors.


    Brian is a prolific writer and speaker at industry and government conferences. Among other professional affiliations, he is an Adjunct Professor at the N.Y.U. School of Law.Brian received his JD from New York University School of Law, first in class (1990), and his AB from Princeton University, summa cum laude (1985).

    Diego P. Fernández Arroyo

    Paris Institute of Political Studies

    Diego P. Fernández Arroyo is a professor at the School of Law of Sciences Po in Paris since 2010, as well as honorary professor of the Buenos Aires and Córdoba Universities (Argentina).


    Fernández Arroyo is the Secretary-General of the International Academy of Comparative Law since 2014, a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law since 2009, a former President of the American Association of Private International Law (ASADIP, 2007/2010), among other academic institutions. He is also a member of Argentinean Delegations before UNCITRAL (Working Group on Arbitration) and the Organization of American States. He has represented ASADIP before the Hague Conference of Private International Law and UNIDROIT as well.


    Professor Fernández Arroyo is actively involved in the practice of international arbitration as an independent arbitrator and an expert. He has developed several projects in the field of arbitration and international business law for the European Union, the Andean Community, the MERCOSUR, and the Latin-American Integration Association.

    Francesca Ragno

    Università di Verona

    Francesca Ragno is Researcher and Assistant Professor of International Law at the School of Law of Verona University. She has been awarded a Distinguished Fulbright Chair to teach at the University of Pittsburgh in the Spring Semester 2018.


    Prof. Ragno graduated in Law (J.D.) with honors at the University of Bologna and obtained her PhD degree from the University of Verona. Throughout her career she spent several research stays abroad, including at the University of Hamburg, University of Heidelberg and NYU. Her teaching and scholarship span Private International Law, International Commercial Arbitration, EU Law and International Commercial Law.

    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.

    Friedrich Rosenfeld

    Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte

    Dr. Friedrich Rosenfeld is partner with the arbitration boutique Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte in Hamburg, Germany. He acts as counsel in arbitration proceedings, expert and arbitrator. Before joining his current firm, Friedrich worked as a consultant for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia.

    Friedrich is also Global Adjunct Professor for arbitration at New York University (Paris program), Visiting Professor at the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki and lecturer for investment arbitration at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. In 2014, he was appointed Global Hauser Fellow from Practice and Government at New York University.

    Friedrich studied at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and Columbia Law School in New York. He earned his PhD in public international law summa cum laude and speaks German, English, French and Spanish.

    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.

    Stefan Kröll

    Rechtsanwalt Kröll

    Prof. Kröll is an internationally operating arbitrator based in Cologne (Germany), and an honorary professor at Bucerius Law School. He is one of Germany’s national correspondents to UNCITRAL for arbitration and international commercial law and regularly listed as one of the leading German Arbitration specialists.


    He is a Director of the Vis-Arbitration Moot Court and a visiting reader at School of International Arbitration, University of London. Additionally, he regularly lectures for the University of California (Davis) and is a member of the editorial or academic advisory board of several national and international journals. Educated at the Universities in Marburg, Geneva and Cologne, he holds a doctorate from the University of Cologne and a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics.

  • Venue

    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 Piantini of the JW Marriott Hotel in Santo Domingo, which comfortably holds 230 guests. The Grand Ballroom Piantini 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.

  • Registration

    Benefit from our Early Bird Special until September 9th, 2017

    International Commercial & Investment Arbitration Seminar

    Aimed at academics, arbitrators, lawyers with experience and/or interest in international arbitration, graduate and postgraduate students.


    Regular: USD$200.00

    Early Bird: USD$180.00 [Until September 9th, 2017]


    Includes: Materials – Coffee Breaks - Certificate – Parking Place – Simultaneous Translation [ENG-SPA/SPA-ENG]


    To register, please write to arbitration@finjus.org.do.

  • Accommodations

    The center of Santo Domingo offers a variety of accommodation options for those participating in Arbitration Santo Domingo 2017

    As the venue of our seminar, the JW Marriott hotel represent the most comfortable choice. Guests participating in the seminar can benefit from our special rate of USD 223 + tax (28%) per person, including breakfast and Wi-Fi.


    Please contact arbitration@finjus.org.do for more information.

    Located in the heart of Santo Domingo, this brand new hotel is just 7 minutes walking distance to the venue of the seminar. Price per person is USD 289 + tax (28%); including breakfast and Wi-Fi.


    For more information, please contact the hotel directly.

    Offering the most economic rate in the area, this hotel is located just 12 minutes walking distance from the venue of the seminar. Price per person is USD 167.5 + tax; including breakfast and Wi-Fi.


    For more information, please contact the hotel directly.

  • Past Events

    Arbitration Santo Domingo ~ 2016

    International Seminar 'CISG and International Arbitration: Developments and Challenges' and 'Specialized Course in Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration'

    The third edition of Arbitration Santo Domingo took place on November 2016, and distinguished itself for its unprecedented practical approach. The event was composed by two independent, yet complimentary events: the International Seminar ‘CISG and International Arbitration: Developments and Challenges’, coordinated by Dr. Prof. Franco Ferrari; and the Specialized Course in Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration’, coordinated by Prof. Pedro Martinez-Fraga.Once again, FINJUS partnered with the New York University to produce a high quality event.


    A success, Arbitration Santo Domingo - 2017 gathered around 180 participants, who assisted in representation of over 40 governmental institutions, enterprises and legal offices.


    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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