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Miami Law / Young ICCA Annual Scholarship

Scholarship Winners

2018: Arundathi Venkataraman

2017: Ivan Ignacio Bracho Gonzalez

2016: Supritha Suresh

2015: Davide Schiavetti

2014: Lillia Iemchenko

2013: Erik Van Eyken

2012: Wamiq Chowdhury


2018: Arundathi Venkataraman

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of this year's Miami Law/Young ICCA Scholarship: Arundathi Venkataraman.

Get to know the new Miami-Young ICCA Scholar through her answers to the Young ICCA Proust Questionnaire. 

Name: Arundathi Venkataraman
Age: 24 years
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Current City: Bangalore, India
Current Employer: I have only recently finished a 2-year long tenure with Khaitan & Co., Mumbai and I am taking a break until I join UM.
Education: B.A. LL.B (Hons.) from National Law University, Jodhpur
If you had to give an acceptance speech for this scholarship, what would your first line be? I am honoured to be awarded the Young ICCA Scholarship and I am extremely excited to see where it will take me!
What is your favourite virtue? Open-mindedness
What are your favourite qualities in another person? Kind heartedness and the ability to laugh easily
What is your chief characteristic? Empathy
What is your main fault? Obsessing over the tiniest details.
What is your favourite occupation? I enjoy being a lawyer and I can’t think of an occupation that I’d like more. However, being a scuba instructor seems like a whole lot of fun!
What is your idea of happiness? Scuba diving in warm waters or playing with dogs!
What is your idea of misery? Rumination
If not yourself, who would you be? I can’t seem to think of anyone else’s life I’d be able to live as well as they do. 
Where would you like to live? I’m not sure where exactly on a map, but it will definitely be a small village by the sea. 
Who is your favourite prose author? Enid Blyton - despite all the controversy around how politically incorrect her writing is. When I was a child, her books introduced me to the joy of both reading and dissolving myself into another’s story. 
Who is your favourite hero/heroine in fiction? Atticus Finch.
Who is your hero in real life? There are too many people from whom I continuously learn and whose qualities I aspire to have. It would be difficult to call any one of them my heroes or, for that matter, call any of them heroes at all. Presently, however, I am awe-inspired by the work of Ms. Amal Clooney.
What historical person do you most dislike? Simone Gbagbo. 
What is your favourite name? I’ve never thought about it. 
What do you hate the most? When people are unkind and rude. 
What is your natural talent? Learning a new sport, any physical activity really, comes easily to me.
What is your favourite arbitration-related decision? BALCO v. Kaiser Aluminium of the Supreme Court of India. Flawed as it may be, I think that it was a decision that was almost necessary to put India back on the arbitration map. 
Who is your favourite arbitrator? Mr. Michael Hwang 
Who is your mentor? Ms. Aakanksha Kumar from my time in NLU Jodhpur. 
What is your motto? “Okay, so what’s next?”


2017: van Ignacio Bracho Gonzalez

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2017 winner of the University of Miami Law School Scholarship: Ivan Ignacio Bracho Gonzalez.

Get to know Ivan through his answers to the Young ICCA Proust Questionnaire:

Name: Ivan Ignacio Bracho Gonzalez
Age:
 29
Hometown: Maracaibo, Venezuela
Current City: Miami
Current Employer: Not working at the time
Education: I got my law degree from “La Universidad del Zulia” which is my state’s University in Venezuela; additionally, I studied at “Universidad Catolica Andres Bello” a Specialization in Procedural Law. More recently, I graduated from the Moritz College of Law of The Ohio State University where I obtained an LL.M degree with a concentration in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
If you had to give an acceptance speech for this scholarship, what would your first line be?
If somebody had told me ten years ago that I would be giving this speech today, I wouldn’t have believed it.
What is your favorite virtue? Perseverance
What are your favorite qualities in another person? Courage
What is your chief characteristic? Forward Thinking
What is your main fault?
 Impatience
What is your favorite occupation? Lawyer
What is your idea of happiness? Having the opportunity of working as a lawyer in a place where my work could have a positive impact in the field. Also, going back home to my family every night.
What is your idea of misery? Being “stuck” in a position doing things “automatically” without no love, passion or commitment.
If not yourself, who would you be? Luis Almagro, Secretary General of OAS
Where would you like to live? Miami Beach
Who is your favorite prose author? Romulo Gallegos
Who is your favorite hero/heroine in fiction? Batman
Who is your hero in real life? Simon Bolivar
What historical person do you most dislike? Adolf Hitler
What is your favorite name? Martina
What do you hate the most? Incompetence
What is your natural talent? Leadership
What is your favorite arbitration-related decision? ICC Case No. 10623: Stating that the Arbitral Tribunal has discretion as to whether or not to comply with orders from domestic courts staying arbitration proceedings.
Who is your favorite arbitrator? Jan Paulsson
Who is your mentor? Nancy Rogers; Mediator and Professor of the Moritz College of Law
What is your motto? “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t; you are right” – Henry Ford


2016: Supritha Suresh

Suresh's impressive background includes completing her undergraduate degree in May 2016 with a specialization in International Trade and Investment Law from the National Law University in Jodhpur, India. She was a member of the senior editorial board of Trade, Law & Development (a biannual trade-centric journal) and was recognized as the fourth best speaker in the global rounds of the 2014 Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot. Both experiences spurred her interest in cross-border trade and investment and provided her "with an exhilarating drive to be involved in the field of commercial as well as investment treaty arbitration.”

Suresh is the very first winner from India in the program. Without the Young ICCA Scholarship, her dream of attending Miami Law would not have been possible.

Her scholarship-winning essay was titled “The Arbitration & Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015 - The power of the Arbitral Tribunal to Grant Interim Relief.”

Suresh acknowledges, "This window of opportunity so early in my career would have been impossible if not for Young ICCA, founded by Marike Paulsson. I would like to thank both UM as well as Young ICCA for considering me worthy enough and investing in me.”

Marike Paulsson, Director of the International Arbitration Institute and a member of ICCA’s Judiciary Committee, said that she is “delighted to have an Indian national winning the UM/Young ICCA Scholarship competition. The goal of Young ICCA has always been to open the doors of international arbitration to all young arbitration specialists around the world, and that is what we are doing right now with UM opening the doors to that world by offering this elite program with a full scholarship.”

Get to know Suresh better and read her answers to the Young ICCA Proust Questionnaire.

The 2016 winner Supritha Suresh took some time to answer some questions for Young ICCA about winning the scholarship. Here's what she had to say:

Last year you were awarded the Young ICCA- Miami Law Scholarship. Take us back to the moment you learnt that you’d won; what were your first thoughts?

I was informed about the scholarship via a Skype call on a Friday evening (of what was a very long week at school). My first thought was disbelief. It did not help that the call occurred on April 1! It took a couple of hours for reality to finally sink in. There were still moments in the following week where I could not believe my good fortune.

Do you think that earning this scholarship has changed the course of your career?

Definitely! For the sake of full disclosure, at the time I was offered the scholarship, I had a standing offer from a top tier law firm in India. I desired to pursue an LL.M. because I wanted a solid academic foundation before I began my career. Being awarded the scholarship made that dream a reality. Not only has the past year at UM deepened my knowledge, but has also groomed my advocacy, research and inter-personal skills. Further, the invaluable tutelage and mentorship of Prof. Jan and Marike Paulsson and Prof. Sandra Friedrich has been an eye-opener to the best and worst practices of the field. Having such an informed perspective before I begin practicing will and already has taken me down a very different road.

What advice would you give to anyone applying for a Young ICCA Scholarship?

(I’m humbled that you ask me this. I consider myself too young and inexperienced to be giving out advice!)

To prospective applicants: I am not certain what the selection committee looks for, but a strong interest in the field and a passion to contribute to its development goes a long way. A well-rounded resume supported with good scores, editorial exposure, writing experience as well as a mooting record only helps.

To successful applicants: What worked for me during the past year is listening to my mentors and making the most out of every opportunity presented. UM has a plethora of activities one can get involved in ­- moot courts, internships, research assistant positions, conferences and options to attend J.D. classes. Make the most of the program and sign up for everything! You will not regret it!

What do you plan to do next?

I am currently pursuing an internship with ICSID. Parallelly, I’m preparing for the New York Bar Examination and looking forward to beginning my career. 


2015: Davide Schiavetti

Davide obtained both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Law at Universita Bocconi in Milan, Italy. He was offered a merit-based grant to participate in the University's Exchange Program and spent a semester at the University of Richmond Law School. There, he took an International Arbitration class and realized that it engendered everything he was passionate about in law.

Currently, Davide is doing an internship with Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C. in Washington D.C. Davide’s scholarship winning essay was entitled “Transparency in Investment Arbitration: will the Mauritius Convention cure its schizophrenia?”

“Practitioners, like me, willing to work in the field of International Arbitration face extremely diverse and complex issues, and are therefore required to master a multi-faceted set of skills. The high selectivity of the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. program gives students the chance to be in constant contact with the faculty, which counts some of the leading and most competent personalities in this subset of Law, and gain hands-on experience directly from world-class arbitrators. The personalized mentoring of the faculty combined with its outstanding competence provides participants with excellent tools to navigate the intricacies of the field,” said Schiavetti. “All of these factors were important to me and certainly distinguished this program as a top choice. Being selected as a winner of the Miami Law/Young ICCA scholarship created an incredible opportunity for me to specialize early on in my career and achieve my goals.”

Marike Paulsson, Director of the International Arbitration Institute, said that “Davide was a strong candidate despite being the youngest, and he fits the profile of the Young ICCA Member. Davide demonstrates a wide interest in rule of law ranging from international arbitration to the role of Westernization with respect to Shari'a and Marriage. ”

The scholarship was established in 2012 and is the only full-tuition scholarship to attend Miami Law’s one-year White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program. Miami Law partnered with the Young International Council for International Arbitration to launch this scholarship as Young ICCA is the world-wide network for young practitioners and students which promotes the international practice of arbitration and encourages them to acquire experience through relevant field research.



2014: Lillia Iemchenko

The Miami School of Law and the International Arbitration Institute together with Young ICCA are delighted to announce that the 2014 Young ICCA Scholarship winner is Liliia Iemchenko. A Ukrainian native, Liliia obtained both her Bacher’s and Master’s degree in International Law at the Yaroslav the Wise National Law University. After graduating Liliia worked as in-house counsel, providing her with opportunities to work on a number of cases which involved arbitration. Her winning essay was entitled “What are the ethical dimensions of the functions of international arbitral institutions.” Marike Paulsson, Director of the International Arbitration Institute, says that “Liliia was a strong candidate and fits the profile of the Young ICCA member.” In Liliia’s own words, winning the scholarship is a “dream come true”!



2013: Erik Van Eyken

Young ICCA Co-Chair Maria Lokajova interviews Eric for ICCA's December 2013 Member Newsletter:

1. What was the first thought that came to your mind when you learned that you had been chosen for the Young ICCA University of Miami Scholarship?

I was obviously very flattered. I was also concerned with the effect my departure would have on my firm and our clients. Thankfully I was able to accept this great opportunity to study in Miami.

 2. It seems like every arbitration lawyer has a “how I met arbitration” story.  What is yours?

I got my start through the Vis Moot. Professor Bergsten has done incredible work in promoting international arbitration and was the perfect first winner for the ICCA Lifelong Contribution award last March.  I’ll be returning for my 6th year to Vienna this spring!

3.  And how did you first meet Young ICCA?

Perhaps not surprising given the above, but through the Vis! Young ICCA is the clear leader in promoting arbitration amongst young practitioners. While other groups also provide excellent conferences and networking, Young ICCA goes beyond with programs such as the ICCA Mentorship program.

4.  If you were not an arbitration lawyer, would you be a lawyer?

 Very much so! We are incredibly lucky to be able to practice law. Every case is a cherished opportunity to learn a client’s business, earn their trust and solve a puzzle.

 5.  Investment or commercial- which of the two do you prefer?

 Investment Arbitration.

6.   Why?

Investment law brings together not just the cultural and procedural challenges of commercial arbitration, but adds in public law and policy considerations. Transparency in investment arbitration is important in setting up investment tribunals that decide not just the facts in dispute, but assist in crafting global norms of behavior for business and government. Participating in creating international law is incredibly rewarding.

7.  Any legitimate expectation that you hold for the upcoming year in Miami?

I’d like to say getting a tan, but so far the University has been keeping me otherwise busy!

8.       A serious question spared for the end: What do you think is the most interesting issue in the current world of arbitration and why?

The outcome of the Philip Morris – Australia tobacco advertising investment challenge is critical to the perpetual balance that needs to be drawn between government’s ability to advance legitimate policy goals and the legitimate expectations of international business. The growth of multilateral trading schemes such as the TPP and the US-EU and Canada-EU trade and investment negotiations depends on public and private stakeholders being committed to this balance.



2012: WAMIQ CHOWDHURY

A word from Wamiq

Six months ago, I was a recent law school graduate trying to figure out how new attorneys were supposed to navigate their way to successful careers in arbitration. Despite a stimulating and enjoyable job at a U.S. Circuit Court, the lack of arbitration in my life left me feeling somewhat unfulfilled. I had spent the bulk of my law school years developing a passion for arbitration, and now was finding the field to be professionally impenetrable. I was in need of a game changer.

Then I won the Young ICCA Scholarship, and six months later, my life has changed completely.

Prior to learning about the scholarship competition, I had not given serious thought about going back to school for an LL.M., only because after three years of a J.D. program, paying tuition for another year of law school was out of the question. In addition, having done so much arbitration as a J.D., I wasn’t sure how more arbitration courses would help me. The scholarship, of course, took care of the former concern. And Miami’s arbitration program has more than taken care of the latter. It’s not just that the Miami faculty is stocked with the biggest names in the field, like Jan Paulsson and Albert Jan van den Berg. It’s that as an arbitration LL.M., you get direct access to these minds inside and outside of class. In class, they expose you to arbitration issues from the point of view of the practitioner, which is far more useful than the academic perspective one gets at other schools. Outside of class, you get in on the ground floor of their research, and they help you network. These are the kinds of advantages one simply can’t get elsewhere, and they set the program apart. I can genuinely say that this is the only arbitration program in the U.S. that I find worth going back to school for. Now, I don’t just have a pathway to the arbitration world – I feel like I’m already there, and I feel that I’m poised to enter it professionally at a higher level than would otherwise have been possible.

This first semester has been incredibly rewarding for me, and I’m eternally grateful to Young ICCA. That this scholarship exists is something of a wonder. I’m looking forward to the next semester’s challenges and opportunities, and I’m looking forward to working with Young ICCA and Miami to help make this opportunity even better for those who come after me.