Panel 1: Jurisdictional Overlaps Arising Out of Treaty Obligations
International Chamber of Commerce, New York
Rocío Digón is Counsel of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and is responsible for the administration of cases for the North America region. She is a former associate in the international arbitration practice of King & Spalding LLP's New York office and has experience in proceedings under the rules of the ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, and LCIA. In addition, Ms. Digón has published several articles on topics related to international arbitration. Ms. Digón received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College, where she graduated summa cum laude and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She also has an LL.M. in public international law from Leiden University in the Netherlands, which she received while on a J. William Fulbright fellowship. She is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts.
Manuel A. Gómez
Florida International University, Miami
Manuel A. Gómez is professor of international arbitration and complex litigation at Florida International University (FIU, Miami). He currently serves at the College of Law’s Coordinator of International Legal Projects and leads the Global Legal Studies Initiative at FIU. Before joining FIU, Professor Gómez was a Lecturer in Law and a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School, where he had academic responsibility for the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies. Professor Gómez has received several prestigious awards, including the Richard S. Goldsmith Award in Dispute Resolution at Stanford University. He has also served as expert in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, as well as in court proceedings involving foreign parties in the U.S. Professor Gómez has also been appointed as an international arbitrator under the rules of the ICC, and is a founding member of the Miami International Arbitration Society.
Professor Gómez obtained his J.S.D. and J.S.M. from Stanford University and his
J.D. (cum laude) from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas, Venezuela).
Miriam K. Harwood
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, New York
Ms. Harwood, a partner in the International Arbitration group at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, focuses her practice on investment treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration, particularly as counsel for foreign states, state-owned entities and governmental agencies. She has acted as counsel in arbitrations conducted in the United States and abroad, and under the auspices of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. In addition to international arbitration, Ms. Harwood has extensive experience practicing commercial litigation in U.S. federal, state and bankruptcy courts.
Ms. Hardwood obtained her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
Craig S. Miles
King & Spalding LLP, Houston
Craig Miles is a partner in King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Group, residing in the Houston office.
His practice focuses on representing foreign investors in disputes with host governments, primarily before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and private parties in commercial disputes before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and other domestic and international arbitral institutions. In 2011, Mr. Miles was named to Global Arbitration Review’s “45 Under 45” listing of the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners under the age of 45.
Ms. Rachel Thorn
Chadbourne & Parke LLP, New York
Rachel Thorn specializes in international commercial arbitration, international litigation and public international law. In her more than 15 years working in the industry, Ms. Thorn has successfully represented corporate clients, states and state-owned entities in proceedings conducted under all the major arbitration rules. Ms. Thorn has also advised in investor-state disputes, including expropriation claims and other claims involving state responsibility under public international law, in addition to advising clients on investment structuring and coverage under political risk insurance policies.