Alumni testimonials

The Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration is essential for any dispute resolution practitioner who must consider international public and private law. The course is well organised and delivered by experienced academics, professionals and other presenters who have a genuine interest in the topic and promotion of arbitration as a premium and determinative dispute resolution process. The course is delivered over 5 consecutive days by working through the core and critical elements of drafting arbitration clauses, initiating the arbitration process, having the dispute heard and an arbitral award written. The course material also deals with other aspects such as bilateral and multi-lateral trade treaties, award enforcement and the UN Convention. The course material is extensive and provides all participants with practical examples of arbitration and guidance for arbitrators and disputing parties. The networking events and opportunities are excellent and the University of Roma Tre is a great venue for the course. I would definitely attend the course again and encourage anyone who is a lawyer, dispute resolution practitioner or a contracting party that is exposed to disputes to attend the course.

Lyndon White - Determinative and Facilitative Dispute Resolution Practitioner – Australia, Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and Pacific Certificate ’19

I subscribed to the Certificate shortly after graduating in July 2019, just a few weeks into my legal traineeship in a boutique law firm focused on international arbitration. I wanted to join a program which would provide me a solid academic basis as well as a practical insight, in order to start off with the right foot. The Certificate served this purpose excellently. Even though I did not have a specific background on international commercial arbitration, I managed to follow all classes and learn both the basics and some of the insiders’ tricks.
What I perhaps treasured the most, however, was the possibility to engage with the speakers not only during their sessions, but also in more informal occasions, such as during lunchtime or coffee breaks. That offered me the inestimable chance to have one-to-one conversations with both Italian and international leading professionals in the field, and made the Certificate a program which I would recommend even to more experienced practitioners.

Benedetta Mauro - Trainee lawyer at D|R Arbitration & Litigation, Rome, Italy Certificate ’19

I attended the Arbitration Certificate in Commercial and Investment Arbitration in 2019 and I am delighted to share my experience. I was very pleased to find out that such a high-level program in international arbitration was held in Rome and moreover at University of Roma Tre, were I graduated one year ago.
The Certificate was very well structured. It was a five days experience where we attended excellent lectures which covered all the main aspects of the international arbitration: starting from the principles to the recognition and enforcement of the award, passing by the drafting of an arbitration clause, the appointing of the arbitral tribunal and the proceedings.
The lecturers were academics, international law firm practitioners, in house counsels and professionals of the main international organizations and this made the program both theoretical and practical.

Valerio Condemi - Trainee Lawyer at DLA Piper, Milan, Italy Certificate ’19

I attended the Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration in September 2019. It was an excellent experience. Over the course of five days, participants attended fascinating lectures given by world-class international practitioners who shared their unique knowledge, insights and practical experience over international arbitration. I particularly appreciated the fact that the Certificate was structured in such a way that all main aspects of international commercial and investment arbitration were touched upon. The organisation of the event was flawless and I can only thank the organisers and the tutors for making of this possible. I warmly recommend the Certificate to all practitioners interested in receiving an intensive (and comprehensive) course in international arbitration and connecting with other arbitration practitioners from all over the world.

Alessio Gracis - Associate Lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V., Amsterdam Certificate ‘19

The passion for international arbitration and for multicultural environments was born in me during my Erasmus experience in Germany and while I was taking part to the Willem C. Vis Moot during 2018. Nonetheless, I had the impression that my knowledge on the subject, acquired during these experiences, was only partial and not enough to guarantee me a complete understanding of international arbitration. Driven by the desire for knowledge and encouraged by the high quality of the faculty, I enrolled in the certificate and now I do can say I am extremely satisfied. I had the opportunity to learn new things and to deepen the knowledge of aspects I had already studied, both from theoretical and practical points of view, having furthermore the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, from Australia to America, passing through Sweden. Among the participants it has been created a great convivial and networking atmosphere that I will carry with me for a lifetime. Renowned professionals, final lecture at the Unidroit, Rome as landscape, the discussed topics and the exceptional organization carried out by the Certificate’s Tutors have made this experience unforgettable and I really recommend it to every professional who intends to appear in the world of ADR internationally.

Chiara Arena - Trainee Lawyer at Legance – Avvocati Associati, Milan, Italy Certificate ‘19

I attended the Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration in 2018. How to describe my experience? Few words are needed: outstanding and amazing. First of all, the Certificate is very well structured: it’s a one week crash course in which leading academics and practitioners, from all over the world, share their experience and their tricks in the field of international arbitration. Secondly, it is a great opportunity to interact with the other partecipants, lawyers and academics from several countries, in a friendly way. Last, but not least, the staff: they make you feel like at home. Reading the programme of the Certificate one could be doubtful: so many interesting topics, so many outstanding practicioners… over all in Rome… How is it possible? In fact, I was; but, I did not have to be: the Certificate is exactly like it seems.

Paolo Comoglio - Lawyer, Arbitrator, and Researcher, Italy Certificate ’18

I attended the Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration in September 2018. It was a marvelous experience and it really exceeded my expectations in every respect. First of all, we had the chance to receive world class lectures from domestic and international practitioners and in-house counsels, on various important aspects of international arbitration, academically and practically. Moreover, the perfect organization during the five days of the course also allowed the participants quality time for networking and socializing and it was a great and pleasant opportunity to meet professionals with very different backgrounds from all over the world in the beautiful context of Rome.
In short, an absolutely remarkable enrichment: professional, relational and human.
I recommend it without any doubt.

Gabriele Piccinini - Lawyer, Partner at SabelliBenazzo, Italy Certificate ’18

I attended the Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration in 2018 and I am delighted to share my personal experience. For me it was not only a unique opportunity to gain further knowledge in the field of International Arbitration but also to spend a wonderful week in the terrific city of Rome. The course curriculum was excellent and the panels were composed of true experts in the relevant areas, who had also exceptional teaching skills. In the mornings, we mostly had theoretical lessons that were always well prepared. These lessons gave us the knowledge we needed for the debates in the afternoon. Especially as a young practitioner this combination of theoretical and practical learning methods was the best part, because it gave us a good picture of what the daily work in the field of International Arbitration might look like. Moreover, the faculty organized various visits to local Arbitration law firms as well as events at the most amazing locations in Rome. The other participants were basically from all over the world and the group consisted of a well-balanced mixture of law school graduates and legal practitioners. To summarize, the program was simply amazing as there were great academic courses coupled with fantastic management and social networking. I can highly recommend the Certificate to anyone who is interested in learning more about International Arbitration, whether you are a beginner or a professional.

Sheila Milani - Associate at SCWP Schindhelm, Vienna, Austria Certificate ’18

I participated in the 2018 edition of the “Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration”, and have to acknowledge the well-framed contents of the course, able to meet the taste of international practitioners. A heart-felt thanks goes to the organizers. Arbitrators need not have law degree to arbitrate disputes, but this course. This is because the course offers technical preparation and provides the skills to handle any type of arbitration. I encourage all law and non-law degree holders to participate and reap the fruits of the work done by Roma Tre University and the panelists involved in the course.

Prakash Rasaily - Lawyer, Thimphu, Bhutan Certificate ’18

Going to Rome, gaining a deep insight into arbitration, learning from leading individuals of the field of arbitration and enjoying a great exchange of ideas with participants from all over the world. To you this sounds to be possible only in a dream? Think again! The outstandingly well-organized Certificate’s program follows a thought-out structure: understand the basics, then go into detail and connect the dots. Leading academics and practitioners of the Italian and worldwide arbitration scene provide not only the foundations for the understanding of the functioning of arbitration. Moreover, without exceptions, they give a deep insight into their daily work, experience and track record. This valuable inside view of the world of arbitration combined with exclusive side events and fellow participants from all over the world with multifaceted professional backgrounds make this experience a one of a kind.

Max Blüher - Research Associate at Seven Summits Arbitration, later intern at Legance Avvocati Associati, Bayreuth, Germany Certificate ’18

With the aim of further advancing my professional knowledge in the field of arbitration, with a specific focus on investment arbitration, I attended the 2018th edition of the Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration. What I found most rewarding about this experience is the in-depth knowledge gained on key material and procedural matters to be taken into account during an arbitral proceeding, so as to ensure an enforceable award. The vastly qualified, experienced and welcoming panelists created an advanced learning environment, which has undoubtedly aided me in my professional path. A single week’s worth of sessions is easily comparable to a whole semester of an LL.M. degree. The staff of Roma Tre is also surprisingly friendly and humble. Thus, I would highly recommend this Certification program, primarily for its substantial teachings, but also for the wonderful networking opportunity it offers with fellow arbitration practitioners, students and future colleagues around the world.

Rea Kryeziu - Lawyer, Arbitrator at the Kosovo Permanent Tribunal of Arbitration, Prishtine, Kosovo Certificate ’18

I am delighted to share my experience from the 2018 International Arbitration Certificate program. The content of the program was comprehensive and up to date. The management team, guest speakers and commentators were wonderful knowledgeable and had enormous theoretical and practical experiences. The participants were equally friendly and wonderful. We shared experiences from various countries and had the opportunity to socialize and interact with one another. Arbitration in my own country -Nigeria – is very much influenced by the common law perspective. The British Chartered Institute of Arbitrators has a strong presence and relationship with Nigeria. It was very interesting for me to see arbitration from the Italian and other civil law jurisdiction perspectives. The Certificate’s program was simple, comprehensive and up to date with new introductions to UNIDROIT Principles on International Arbitration. The Certificate’s program offered a good critique on international arbitration from developed and developing countries perspectives. I look forward to improving cooperation between Roma Tre University and arbitration organizations in Africa.

Achike Charles Umunna - Lawyer, founder of Achike Umunna and Associates, Lagos, Nigeria Certificate ’18

I attended the Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration in 2017.
Back from a studying and working experience in Paris, I was looking for a theoretical and
practical program in international arbitration in my hometown, Rome.
I found the Certificate well structured and rich: academics, international law firm practitioners and in house professionals imparting and sharing their knowledge in a very clear and dynamic way. All the speakers were really well prepared in arbitration: they convinced me! The other participants and I built a team really quickly thanks to the different activities, and today we are still in touch. What’s more the environment and the social moments were really pleasant and detailed. In Rome, this program is The arbitration
Certificate.

Giulia Stoppani - Trainee Lawyer at Maschietto Maggiore Besseghini Certificate ’17

I attended the Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration in the 4th edition, held in September, 2017. The course was structured in five days during which many high-skillful professionals and experts, coming from all over the world, dealt with, explained and deepened the most important issues of the international arbitration in a really interesting manner. All the lecturers were really well-prepared and helpful in answering to participants’ questions.
Participating at the Certificate was a really positive experience for me, because not only I had the chance to improve my knowledge on arbitration and to become aware about some particular aspects concerning contractual strategy and choices, but I also met many fantastic people coming from around fifteen different countries with their own experience and background, with the consequent important opportunity to compare myself to the other participants and to get possible business relationships and new friendships. I absolutely recommend the Certificate and I think that it may be suitable both for law students and legal practitioners who are interested in arbitration and wish to gain or deepen their knowledge and skills in this wide field.

Nicola Roni - Lawyer and Co-founder at Laward – Avvocati Associati Certificate ’17

I became interested in International Arbitration while undertaking my Master’s in International Commercial Law, in particular when I was writing my dissertation on “Dispute resolution in International Oil and Gas Industry” and eventually attended the Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration in September 2017 at the University of Roma Tre. I was very pleased with the course structure, topics covered, the materials provided, the excellent lectures and the very well-structured coordination. Moreover, the social events arranged during the course were wonderful opportunity of interacting with best academics and practitioners of International Arbitration world and also making many friends. I therefore, highly recommend interested students and professionals to participate and take the advantage of this great experience and enhance your knowledge and skills both theoretically and in practice.

Mafruha Murphy - Associate at The Legal Circle, Dhaka, Bangladesh Certificate ’17

I participated in the 4th edition of the Arbitration certificate in the year 2017.
Considering the fact that Roma Tre University organizes this event, I expected a certain quality of the lectures and I was prepared for more academic discussion than a practical one. What we eventually received was extraordinary… and far more that was my expectation… First, amazing faculty, both Italian and international experts. Second, great selection of the topics, covering many important aspects of international arbitration. Third, there was very interesting mix of the participants, from students to experienced lawyers (often already active in the field of arbitrations). Next, fantastic organization of the course, all lectures on time, quite a lot of space for socializing during breaks, lunches and evening (official and unofficial) events. Last but not least, nice environment of the Rome Tre University and UNIDROIT. I can recommend this event to everyone who is active or is about to be active in arbitrations and who wants to spend one week with the professionals in the field in the beautiful city of Rome.

Jiri Hrabovsky - Attorney-at-law, Prague, Czech Republic Certificate ’17
Lukas Innerebner - Associate at Legance – Avvocati Associati Certificate ’15
Federica Maiorana - Trainee Lawyer PhD Candidate in Mediation Certificate ’16

I attended the Certificate in international commercial and investment arbitration in September, 2015. It was a fascinating event! In their lectures, speakers gave highly professional and very detailed information. As part of the program, participants had the opportunity to visit Italian law firms, which was also very exciting. As a practicing lawyer, in 2014 I handled an arbitration before the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Participating in the Certificate, kindly hosted by “Roma Tre University” in Rome, helped me to improve my knowledge of international arbitration, domestic arbitration in Italy, and to get new information concerning investment arbitration. Also, I want to thank the Coordinators who organized this program for a great opportunity to take part in such interesting and educational event. I highly recommend Certificate for potential participants – you will obtain detailed and very structured information about arbitration. In addition, you will see one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

Olga Karban - Lawyer Certificate ’15

My experience with the Certificate was splendid. During the five days a great many of well-known and very well prepared experts from all over the world covered skillfully many big issues and in a short period of time. The practice-oriented lectures were very interesting, instructional and offered the possibility to learn from experience. The lecturers fed us with both substantial and in-depth knowledge and involved us also in stimulating case studies. Thanks to a well-balanced composition of participants we had some interesting and focused discussions and exchanges. It needs to be underlined that the lecturers were always available and more than glad to answer our questions. I would like to thank the coordinators and the whole team for the great course you have provided. While the Certificate was limited in time, friendships and social networks still remain.

Lukas Innerebner - Junior Associate at Legance – Avvocati Associati Certificate ’15
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