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With the promise of being more effective and efficient, arbitration has become the go-to method of dispute resolution, especially in Latin American countries.

As the number of international commercial arbitration cases rise, so does the need for experienced practitioners. In response, the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Advanced Arbitration Academy for Latin America aims to provide aspiring international arbitrators in the region with a comprehensive, practice-oriented training programme. The first of eight workshops is set to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 24 August 2016.

After its success in Eastern and Central Europe, this programme is dedicated to the Latin America region. Taking place over a two-year period, the eight one-day sessions will be held every three months and rotate between Sao Paulo, Miami, Bogota and Mexico City.

“The field of international arbitration has seen unparalleled growth and development in Latin America in recent years, creating a serious demand for highly skilled arbitrators in the region. The type of specialized training that the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy offers will enable practitioners to acquire the tools necessary for developing their skills in order to satisfy the needs and expectations of international arbitration users,” said Jose Ricardo Feris, programme moderator and Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

The type of specialized training that the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy offers will enable practitioners to acquire the tools necessary for developing their skills in order to satisfy the needs and expectations of international arbitration users.

Best suited for senior and upper mid-level arbitration practitioners interested in developing their legal career, this advanced course covers the main stages of the arbitration proceedings from an arbitrator’s point of view. From learning productive case management and drafting skills to the improvement of legal knowledge, participants will be able to confidently walk away fully capable of acting as arbitrators in international cases.

“As an arbitration practitioner having completed this programme, I am thankful for the insights and skills acquired through the eight workshops. Particularly valuable was having had the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn the ‘secrets of the practice’ from leading professionals in the field. Participation in the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy is the investment to make should you want a career as an arbitrator,” said Andreea Simulescu, a partner at Leaua & Asociatii in Romania.

Participation in the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy is the investment to make should you want a career as an arbitrator.

Each workshop will comprise the review and study of relevant topics on the basis of recommended materials. Speakers, who include high-level academics and leading practitioners, are chosen and change each time based on subject matter and specialization. They will provide participants with expert guidance on the most recent developments and current issues happening in the field today. Participants will also play key roles in mock hearings following a complex mock case, which will develop throughout the course’s duration. In using practical scenarios, participants will profit from an increased awareness of various situations one may encounter in practice as an arbitrator. Finally, this programme will provide the perfect venue for networking with fellow participants from the same area having a chance to connect, as well as gain priceless insight and advice from an elite group of speakers.

“With the support of the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy, I am now better positioned to serve my clients as a strategic legal partner in a challenging global business environment,” said Timur Sen, a senior partner at Sen Law Firm in Turkey.

In an effort to maintain a fulfilling and high-level educational experience, only a limited number of applicants will be accepted. The deadline for registration is Friday, 13 May 2016 and applicants must include a Curriculum Vitæ to be considered. Please note that nationals from Latin American countries will be given priority.

To learn more about the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Latin America, please visit our information page. For questions, feel free to contact the ICC Training and Conference team via email.

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