CIArb Americas Conference: Arbitration in the Americas – Views from the Profession, the Practice, the Providers, and the Parties We Serve.

Join the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ (CIArb) seven Americas Branches, Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, New York and North America in Miami on October 7th for its first-ever CIArb Americas Conference. And, immediately thereafter, attend The Americas Conference Networking Reception: hosted by CIArb, NAB and NAB’s Florida Chapter. No fee or separate registration is required to attend the networking reception. 

Join us for the Networking Event immediately afterwards, without separate registration or fee

Leading arbitrators, judges, institutions and corporate counsel will highlight the unique importance and efficiency ADR plays within the Americas which allows the world’s economy to remain operative and functional even during times of great economic uncertainty. Practitioners will discuss cutting-edge issues and share their journeys to the field, ADR provider organizations will offer insight on how they select their rosters, judges will highlight the unique interplay between the courts and ADR and users will share what they’re looking for in the selection of arbitrators.

The CIArb Americas Conference follows CIArb’s Miami Mediation Symposium, together, “CIArb Mediation Symposium and Americas Conference,” and is open to members and non-members of CIArb alike. Join CIArb in Miami, October 6th and 7th and register here today.

The panels for the Americas Conference on October 7 are as follows:


Panel Name Description Potential Speaker
A Conversation Among Leading Arbitrators: Best Practices and Perspectives Navigating the Current Economic and Political Landscape (The Practice) Some of the today’s top arbitrators will share their views on the best practices currently in use in the management of arbitral proceedings, including on issues such as the presentation of evidence, privilege, disclosure of information, arbitrator deliberations and drafting of the arbitral award. The speakers will also share their insights on the ethical dilemmas facing arbitrators, the evolving state of arbitration, the different elements necessary for successful advocacy, the importance of culture.  This program offers an inside view into the decision-making process of some of today’s leading arbitrators, and will be of great interest to those serving as arbitrators, as well as those, who as advocates, seek to persuade them.


AOC Moderator: Cristina Cardenas, FCIArb (North America Branch, Miami)


Cristina Mastrobuono, FCIArb (Brazil Branch, Sao Paulo)


Rose Rameau, FCIArb (North America Branch, Atlanta)


Hon. Barry Leon, FCIArb (Caribbean Branch, BVI)

Mark Morrill, FCIArb (New York)

Court-Connected ADR in the Americas (The Profession) CIArb’s Centenery Principles provide a blueprint for an effective, efficient seat for arbitration including an independent, competent, efficient judiciary with expertise in international commercial and construction arbitration. Learn some of the innovations, examples and areas for improvement between select Americas’ judiciaries and their relationship with ADR. AOC Moderator: Justice Anthony Gafoor, FCIArb (Chair, CIArb Caribbean Branch)


Courtney Abel (Belize/Guyana)


Caryl Lashley, FCIArb (Bahamas Branch)


Chidinma Thompson, FCIArb (Canada Branch, Calgary)


Counsels’ Criteria for Selecting Dispute Resolution Providers and Arbitrators (The Parties) Pre-eminent in-house counsel from a range of industries join us to discuss the criteria governing their most important arbitration decisions. This round table discussion will include topics such as the factors impacting in-house counsel’s selection of arbitrators and arbitration counsel, when and why they choose to arbitrate, and their priorities in drafting arbitration agreements. Arbitrators and counsel alike will gain key insight into client preferences and motivations in this client-focused industry. AOC Moderator: John Wasty, FCIArb (Appleby)(Chair, CIArb Bermuda Branch)


Peter Mason, FCIArb (UNICEF)(New York)


Effie Silva, FCIArb (Fresh Del Monte Produce)(North America Branch, Miami)


Violeta Longino (Caban Systems)(Miami)


William Fawcett (Allianz Global)(Chicago)


Josh Shwartz (Chubb)(Philadelphia)

ADR Providers’ Roundtable: An Opportunity to Broaden Your ADR Practice and Elevate Your Profile,. (The Providers) Join representatives from leading ADR provider organizations from across the Americas in discussions focused on the benefits and opportunities available to arbitrators interested in joining arbitrator panels outside their home country.  Following a brief presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a small-group roundtable discussion with one or more of the representatives.



AOC Moderators:


In-person: Myrna Barakat, FCIArb (New York)


Online: Rengin Johnson, FCIArb, Immediate Past Chair, CIArb Bahamas Branch


Lunch: “A Conversation with CIArb Americas Chairs” – “The Americas Conversation”

Panel 4: “ADR Providers’ Roundtable: An Opportunity to Broaden Your ADR Practice and Elevate Your Profile”

AOC Moderators:

In-person: Myrna Barakat, FCIArb, (New York) and

Online: Rengin Johnson, FCIArb, Immediate Past Chair, CIArb Bahamas Branch

CONFIRMED In-Person (Myrna):

  1. JAMS – Sherman Humphries (Miami)
  2. AAA-ICDR – Luiz Martinez (New York)
  3. Arbitration and Mediation Court of the Caribbean – Tanya Goddard, FCIArb (Caribbean Branch, Barbados)
  4. Arbitration Place – Jeffrey Mandell (Toronto)(final confirmation pending)

CONFIRMED Online (Rengin):

  1. Korean Commercial Arbitration Board – Steve Kim (Seoul)
  2. Tashkent International Arbitration Center – Diana Bayzakova (Uzbekistan)
  3. Chamber of Commerce Lima Arbitration Center – Marianella Ventura Silva, MCIArb (Peru)
  4. Arbitra – Dana McGrath, FCIArb (New York, London)