ITA Latin American Arbitration Forum (ITAFOR)

ITA Latin American Arbitration Forum

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ITAFOR is a primarily Spanish-Portuguese language listserv designed to foster discussion on arbitration and ADR topics pertinent to Latin America.  As a listserv, it is an easy-to-use medium available to all who have email.  A subscriber simply sends an email to the listserv email address and the message is then automatically sent to all subscribers.  ITAFOR subscriptions are open to all.  To ensure quality, candid colloquy as well as respect for all, participants must adhere to published Guidelines (below).  Subscriptions are free for at least the first year.

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Fernando Cantuarias
Law School of Universidad Del Pacìfico, Lima, Peru

Lawyer (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) Yale University. Dean of the Law School, Universidad del Pacífico. Professor of Commercial and Investment Arbitration. Read full bio.
Francisco Gonzalez de Cossio
Francisco González de Cossío
González de Cossío Abogados, S.C., Mexico City, Mexico

Law Degree, Universidad Iberoamericana. Master’s (LLM) and Doctorate (JSD), University of Chicago. Business (OPM) degree, Harvard Business School. Read full bio.
Clifford J. Hendel
Clifford J. Hendel
Araoz & Rueda Abogados, Madrid, Spain

Clifford J. Hendel is a Partner in the Madrid law firm of Araoz & Rueda. Educated in the U.S., he commenced his career as judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the district of Connecticut, and subsequently practiced corporate and financial law in the New York and Paris offices of a leading global firm. Read full bio.
Elina Mereminskaya
Co-Managing Editor, Board of Reporters,
Wagemann & Cia.
Santiago, Chile

Elina Mereminskaya studied law at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (formerly known as State University of Kaliningrad, Russia). She later received an LLM degree from the Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany and the Ph.D. degree from the same University. Read full bio.
Elsa Ortega
Elsa Ortega
Ortega & Gomez Ruano, S.C., Mexico City, Mexico

Elsa Ortega is a lawyer and arbitrator with more than 15 years of experience in large and complex cases of international commercial arbitration. She has represented clients in domestic and international commercial arbitration proceedings both ad hoc and administered by several arbitral institutions, as well as been involved in investor-State proceedings under Chapter XI of the NAFTA. Read full bio.
André Albuquerque Abbud
Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão Advogados
São Paulo, Brazil
Cecilia Azar Manzur
DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano
México City, Mexico
Crina Mihaela Baltag
Secretary General & Associate Editor, KluwerArbitrationBlog
Arbitration Centre of the American Chamber of Commerce of Brazil (Amcham Brasil)
São Paulo, Brazil
Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. E Quiroga Advogados
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Alfredo Bullard
Bullard Falla Ezcurra +
Lima, Peru
Cesar Coronel Jones
Corones & Perez Abogados
Guayaquil, Ecquador
María Inés Corrá
M. & M. Bomchil
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Alfredo De Jesús O.
Transnational Arbitration, Litigation & Business Law
Paris, France
Prof. Katia Fach Gómez
Facultad de Derecho
Universidad de Zaragoza (España)
Zaragoza, Spain
Alejandro Flores
Loprena, Lerch & Martin Del Campo
Mexico City, Mexico
Carlos Suplicy Forbes
Center for Arbitration & Mediation - Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada (CAM-CCBC)
São Paulo, Brazil
Federico Godoy
Beretta Godoy
Buenos Aires, Argentina
David Gutiérrez
BLP Abogados
San Jose, Costa Rica
Roy Herrera
Muñoz Global
San Jose, Costa Rica
Juan Manuel Marchán
Perez, Bustamante & Ponce Abogados
Quito, Ecuador
Adrián Martínez Benoit
Deputy Director, Arbitration and ADR, Latin America
ICC International Court of Arbitration
Panama City, Panama
Nalleli I. Menéndez Cabrera
Secretary General
Mediation & Arbitration Center of the Mexico City National Chamber of Commerce (CANACO)
Mexico City, Mexico
Rafael Rincon
ZULETA Abogados Asociados S.A.S
Bogotá, Colombia
Roger Rubio Guerrero
General Secretary
Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Lima
Lima, Peru
Humberto Sáenz Marinero
Sáenz & Asociados
La Libertad, El Salvador
Pedro J. Saghy
Norton Rose Fulbright
Caracas, Venezuela
María del Pilar Vásquez Yanis
M. P. Vásquez & Asociados
Panama City, Panama
Alberto Zuleta-Londoño
Cardenas Y Cardenas Abogados
Bogota, Colombia
José Astigarraga
Astigarraga Davis
Miami, Florida, USA
Flávia Bittar Neves
Grebler Advogados
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Eduardo Damião Gonçalves
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados
São Paulo, Brazil

Elisabeth Eljuri
Andrés Jana L.
Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana
Santiago, Chile
Giovanni Ettore Nanni
Nanni Advogados
São Paulo, Brazil

Abby Cohen Smutny
White & Case LLP
Washington, D.C.

Guido Tawil
M. & M. Bomchil and University of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina

David B. Winn
Director, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
Vice President
The Center for American and International Law
Plano, TX

Eduardo Zuleta
Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S
Bogotá, Colombia

The Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), together with the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB) and the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr), has launched the ITA Latin American Arbitration Forum (to be known as “ITAFOR”) to foster discussion on arbitration and ADR topics pertinent to Latin America.

Subject to adherence to these Guidelines, ITAFOR welcomes participation by all. To preserve the purpose of ITAFOR, ensure quality, candid colloquy as well as respect for all, participants must adhere to the following guidelines.

  1. Welcome material:  Exchanging insightful comments and informed views on arbitration and ADR topics pertinent to Latin America, and sharing related informative materials (including relevant legislative, judicial and other developments) that may be of interest to fellow ITAFOR participants are the substance of ITAFOR. Participants may at their discretion send their messages directly to the ITAFOR subscribers (, or do so through the ITAFOR Moderators if they prefer that their names not be disclosed.
  2. Unwelcome material:  The following are not appropriate for dissemination on ITAFOR:
    1. Messages not having to do with arbitration and ADR topics pertinent to Latin America;
    2. Unsubstantiated responses, such as “that is wrong” or “I disagree” (without further comment);
    3. Responses during debates that are discourteous, unprofessional, unconstructive or otherwise inappropriate;
    4. Material causing embarrassment;
    5. Administrative queries or comments, such as requests to be “unsubscribed” from ITAFOR;
    6. Congratulatory messages not having a substantive component;
    7. Copyrighted material for which you do not have authority to publish.
    8. Promotional materials (including use deemed by the moderators to be excessive of links to, or attachments of, one’s own materials) or professional announcements including without limitation announcements of new partners or new offices; and
    9. Announcements of any events, conferences, seminars, courses and the like, absent prior authorization of ITAFOR.
  3. Disclosure of Interest: Persons submitting comments about cases in which they are or were involved should disclose their involvement in the case.
    1. Closed Cases: Persons submitting comments about closed cases in which they were involved should disclose that fact.
    2. Open Cases: Persons involved in open cases should either abstain from commenting or comment with a full disclosure of their role. Documents from open cases should not be submitted.
  4. Confidentiality:  Comments and messages posted in ITAFOR are personal and shall under no circumstances be made public or circulated outside the ITAFOR without express approval from the issuing participant and/or ITAFOR. All comments published on ITAFOR are subject to the Chatham House Rule, whereby "participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”
  5. Exclusion: ITAFOR reserves the right to exclude anyone from participation in ITAFOR with or without cause or notice in its sole discretion. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, note that repeated or grave failure to adhere to any guideline shall be grounds to exclude a participant from ITAFOR.
  6. ITAFOR participants:  By subscribing or participating in ITAFOR, participants agree to observe these guidelines, as they may be amended from time to time. Any matters not expressly addressed in these Guidelines shall be conclusively decided by ITAFOR in its sole discretion, and participants undertake to respect the same.
  7. Language: ITAFOR’s principal working languages are Spanish and Portuguese. However, ITAFOR participants are welcome to send their messages in English as well.
  8. "Reply All" and "Reply": To respond to an ITAFOR email received in your email Inbox, click "REPLY ALL" to send your response to all ITAFOR subscribers, or click "REPLY" to send your response only to the original sender.
  9. Amendments:  ITAFOR reserves the right to amend these Guidelines in its sole discretion without notice.
  10. Moderators: ITAFOR acts for purposes of these Guidelines via its moderators from time to time.
  11. Editorial Policy: ITAFOR does not take positions on any substantive issues. Instead, ITAFOR provides a forum for discussion of those issues by our subscribers.