ITA established its Americas Initiative in 2003 to explore opportunities and develop activities by which ITA could better serve the international arbitration community in Latin America. Since then, ITA has teamed up with leading arbitral institutions and counsel throughout Latin America to offer an annual Americas Workshop, an annual Americas Roundtable for young lawyers and variety of other activities designed to increase awareness and promote excellence in the practice of international arbitration in the region. To date, conferences have been held in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Panama City, Santiago and São Paulo.
In recent years, ITA's collaboration with arbitral institutions in the region has expanded to include cooperation in new areas, including membership status for such institutions within ITA and collaboration on a first of its kind survey of the institutions themselves.
The Americas Initiative is now a standing practice committee of the ITA Advisory Board, open to all Advisory Board members in or interested in Latin America.
Chair, Americas Initiative, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
Astigarraga Davis, Miami
Vice Chair, Americas Initiative, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
Norton Rose, Caracas