Intro to International Arbitration Associates’ Course

Intro to International Arbitration Associates’ Course

April 9 and 10, 2021
11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

This is a two-day program comprising virtual interactive workshops to introduce the practice of international arbitration from inception to enforcement, presented by the New York Branch in cooperation with the North America and Canada Branches.

Internationally Renowned Faculty

David BrennanDavid Brennan, FCIArb:  Professor of Practice, University of San Diego School of Law.  Prior to joining the USD School of Law faculty, Mr. Brennan was an Associate Professor of Law, Civil-Judicial-Appellate Externship director, and Moot Court Competition coordinator at Western State University College of Law. That experience was preceded by his thirty years’ experience as a civil litigator in both state and federal courts during which he tried dozens of civil trials.  Mr. Brennan was the founding and senior partner of two successive law firms and later served as of counsel to three Southern California litigation firms.  Following his military service in the U.S. Navy, he entered and completed law school under the G.I. Bill.  He is also a certified mediator, arbitrator and temporary judge and served in both the San Diego and Orange County Superior Courts for civil case resolutions.

Orlando Federico CabreraOrlando Federico Cabrera Colorado, FCIArb: Orlando F. Cabrera C. counsels interntional arbitration clients seamlessly across borders and languages at Hogan Lovells.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and former Board Secretary of CIArb’s North American Branch (NAB), a listed arbitrator by the Arbitration Center of the Lima Chamber of Commerce and the International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration, an associate at the Madrid Court of Arbitration, and Young ICCA Events Coordinator. He represents clients in ICSID, ICC, ICDR, LCIA, and UNCITRAL arbitrations throughout Latin America, North America, and Europe. He studied law in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, and he speaks fluently English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.


Cristina CárdenasCristina Cárdenas, FCIArb: Ms. Cárdenas is a partner at Reed Smith and focuses her practice on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation. She is a native Spanish speaker and has experience representing clients in a variety of complex international arbitrations and business disputes. Cristina has served as counsel, both in Spanish and in English, before many of the most important arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC). She also coordinates and oversees work of local counsel in connection with litigation proceedings in Latin America.


Anthony DaimsisAnthony Daimsis, FCIArb:  Prof. Daimsis has been teaching at the University of Ottawa since 2003 and is the Director of the BiJural (common law/civil law) National Program. He teaches Contracts law, International Sales law, International Commercial Arbitration and coaches the faculty’s Jessup, Vis and FDI moot teams. Prof. Daimsis is also Director of Education for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Canadian branch, and an associate Door Tenant at Littleton Chambers (London, England) and member of its international arbitrator group.  His experience includes serving as both counsel, arbitrator and as an expert witness on foreign investment disputes, telecommunications and underground resources, in addition to a international commercial contract and construction disputes resolved under the auspices of various international commercial arbitration institutions.

Gaela K. Gehring FloresGaela K. Gehring Flores, FCIArb: Ms. Gehring Flores is a partner at Arnold & Porter with over two decades of practice representing multinational corporations and foreign sovereigns in over 40 large, complex commercial and investor state arbitrations. Ms. Gehring Flores also provides legal services to private sector and sovereign clients on enforcement of arbitral awards, effective contractual dispute resolution clauses, and a variety of public international law issues. Ms. Gehring Flores is bilingual in English and Spanish and the author of GAR Know How – Investment Treaty Arbitration – Panama and serves as the Co-Chair of the DC Bar Interamerican Legal Affairs Committee and is co-host of the podcast The Tea on International Arbitration. 


Julie G. Hopkins, FCIArbJulie G. Hopkins, FCIArb: Ms. Hopkins is an independent arbitrator and member of Western Arbitration Chambers, Calgary, AB. For over 26 years, Ms. Hopkins has practiced litigation, arbitration, and administrative law at a national law firm where she advised clients on technical and complex issues arising in a variety of industries including electricity generation and transmission, oil and gas (including oilsands, pipelines and LNG), construction, aviation, trucking, real-estate development and health care. Ms. Hopkins is a Director and the Honorary Secretary of the Canada Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Deborah MasucciDeborah Masucci, FCIArb:  Ms. Masucci is a full-time mediator and arbitrator.  She is a global expert in alternative dispute resolution and dispute management with over thirty years’ experience in promoting the effective use of ADR by companies through her work at AIG.  She is a past Chair and current Honorary Board Member of the International Mediation Institute and former Chair of the Dispute Resolution Sections for the NYSBA and the ABA.  She is an adjunct at Fordham University’s School of Law where the student team she coached won the 2020-21 ABA Arbitration Competition for Law Students.  She is a recipient of the 2020 CPR James Henry Award for Distinguished Contributions in the ADR field and received the ABA Dispute Resolution Section 2020 Chair’s Award.


Merriann PanarellaMerriann Panarella, FCIArb:  Ms. Panarella, formerly a partner at WilmerHale, is an arbitrator and mediator focusing on complex commercial, international, and intellectual property matters.  She is co-chair of CIArb North America Branch’s Boston Chapter and is on the Board of Directors of the CIArb’s North American Branch.  Ms. Panarella serves on the arbitration panels of many leading dispute resolution institutions, including the AAA, ICC, WIPO, CPR, and is a member of the Tech List of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center. Ms. Panarella was involved in the founding of the Boston International Arbitration Council and currently serves on its board of directors.  She is a frequent lecturer and author on a broad range of arbitration topics.


John B. PinneyJohn B. Pinney, FCIArb:  John Pinney is the senior trial lawyer at Graydon in Cincinnati. His practice is focused on international business disputes, including litigation of such disputes in U.S. courts and international arbitrations in the United States and in many countries throughout the world.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, teaches International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Cincinnati and coaches the Cincinnati team that competes in the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot.  Mr. Pinney also fequently speaks on international arbitration at programs throughout the world, including most recently on use of Section 1782 to obtain evidence for use in private international arbitrations in the U.S. courts.  In addition, he is active with the American Bar Association and currently serves on its Standing Committee for the Federal Judiciary which evaluates and rates all U.S. federal judge nominees.

James ReimanProgram Director – James Reiman, FCIArb:  Jim Reiman is an arbitrator and mediator of complex domestic and international commercial disputes, and serves as a director on the boards of public and private companies.  He has 18 years experience as a trial and commercial transactions attorney practicing in Chicago, IL law firms followed by 20 years as CEO, chairman and board director of public and private companies in the US, UK and China.  In addition to his ADR and board work, Mr. Reiman is a member of the faculty of the University of Oxford’s Oxford Programme on Negotiation and a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.  He is the author of Negotiation Simplified, An Essential Framework for Understanding Negotiations and Achieving Improved Results to be published by Amplify Publishing, an imprint of Mascot Books in Q3, 2021

Venue:  Virtual Video Conference

The technology platform to be employed will be Zoom.  All participants will receive a Zoom link and information regarding Zoom use prior to the program.

Following successful completion of this course, candidates may apply for Associate status and use the designation ACIArb following their names in their professional listings and communications. For full details, please visit the CIArb website:

Who Should Attend

You are a practicing lawyer with up to 5 years litigation and/or dispute resolution experience.  For further information regarding one’s qualification to participate in the program, please contact Jim Reiman, Program Director (

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

In the United States, certificates for applying for continuing legal education (CLE) credit will be provided to candidates who request them.  Those requesting CLE credits in other jurisdictions should provide the Program Director with the appropriate forms and he will assist in their completion and sign appropriate affirmations.

Timing and Scheduling

The workshops will commence promptly at the times stated below.  Note that all times stated are United States Eastern Time (ET) (UTC -5:00).

April 9, 2021

11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

April 10, 2021

11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Registration fee:

US$100.00 – Attorneys in firms with less than 100 lawyers

US$200.00 – Attorneys in firms with 100 or more lawyers



We are anticipating strong demand for this program and would ask that you register at the earliest possible date. 


Registration is limited