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Netherlands Arbitration Institute

Established as a foundation in 1949, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (Stichting Nederlands Arbitrage Instituut; “NAI”) operates on a non-profit basis and performs its duties entirely independently and impartially. The NAI aims to promote a number of different types of alternative dispute resolution: arbitration, binding advice and mediation, in particular by providing trade and industry with soundly regulated arbitral, binding advice and mediation procedures. The NAI is the largest general arbitration institute in the Netherlands, a solid and innovative organisation with by far the most experience with and knowledge of different forms of ADR. The NAI is located in the centre of Rotterdam, the vivacious trading centre of the Netherlands with one of the largest ports of the world. The legal relation between the arbitrators and the parties, between the arbitrators and the NAI and between the NAI and the parties is governed by Dutch law. read more >


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17 August 2020


The Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) cordially invites you to the

following live webinar, scheduled on Thursday 27 August 2020 1700-1800 hrs CET:


In conversation with: Juan Fernandez Armesto and Albert Jan van den Berg on:


“The Examination of Fact Witnesses and Expert Witnesses Through Virtual Means”


This first session of a series of live webinars brings personal stories and sharing of best practices of NAI guests. Expect a fireside chat and a dialogue between leading figures on the latest topical issues. The discussion is intended to be insightful and useful to arbitration practitioners around the globe.


Participants are encouraged to send in questions in advance to help ensure their topics get covered during the session. Please send in questions to the NAI Secretariat via: secretariaat@nai-nl.org.


Moderator: Camilla Perera de Wit, Secretary General / Director General, NAI


About our guests:


Professor Albert Jan van den Berg is a partner at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels, Belgium. He is and has been sole, presiding and party-appointed arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations (ad hoc, AAA/ICDR, CRCICA, DIAC, DRCAFTA, ECT, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, NAFTA, NAI, OHADA, SCAI, SCC, SIAC, and UNCITRAL). Professor van den Berg also frequently acts as counsel in international commercial arbitration matters.


Professor van den Berg is Honorary President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), having served as its President in 2014–2016. He is also Honorary President of the NAI, having served as its President and Secretary-General. He is Professor Emeritus of Law (arbitration chair) at Erasmus University, Rotterdam and is currently a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, University of Miami Law School, and Tsinghua University Law School, Beijing and a member of the Faculty of the Geneva University Master of Laws in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), Geneva.


He has extensively published and lectured on international arbitration and has founded and maintains a website on the New York Convention on the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (www.newyorkconvention.org).

Professor van den Berg was awarded “Arbitration Lawyer of the Year Award” by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers in 2006, 2011, and 2017, and “Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator” by the Global Arbitration Review in 2013.


Juan Fernández-Armesto is a professional arbitrator. He has acted as chairman, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in more than 180 proceedings, including investment, commercial and construction arbitrations. The commercial and construction arbitrations in which he participated include cases administered by the ICC, plus cases administered by AAA, LCIA, VIAC, DIAC and ad hoc procedures under UNCITRAL Rules.


He is a current Vice President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Governing Board. He has been President of the Spanish Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV) (1996-2000), partner of Uría Menéndez (1983-1996) and Chaired Professor of Commercial Law (1988-2009). In 1978 he started to teach commercial law as Assistant Professor at Comillas University – ICADE in Madrid. He was designated Chaired Professor in 1988 and continued teaching until 2009.


He has published two books, various chapters in collective publications, numerous articles and participated as speaker in more than two hundred public events. Spanish national, born in New York in 1953, he lived for 10 years in Germany, obtained the Abitur at the German School in Madrid (1972), and then received Degrees in Law (ICADE, Madrid, 1977) and in Business Administration (ICADE, Madrid, 1978) and an Iuris Doctor (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1983 summa cum laude).


Registration is free of charge.


Login details to join the webinar will be sent to you upon registration. Thank you.


3 July 2020

Honored and excited about our Secretary General, Mrs. Camilla Perera-de Wit, winning 
a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Award 2020 – Commercial Arbitration - the Netherlands!


The Women in Law Awards are a global celebration of excellence in the profession across private practice, the public sector, commerce and industry, and the Bar.


In recognition of your outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Commercial Arbitration”;


The research team has highlighted a number of your achievements over the last 18 months”;


Points awarded included the criteria below:

  • Raising awareness in relation to equality and gender issues faced by women in the legal sector
  • Amount of documented activity in 2019/20 when compared to industry peers
  • Involvement in significant legal cases and legal activity
  • Peer recognition and personal achievement
  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Published articles and journals
  • Client care and innovation

Thank you to those who have supported this nomination!


11 juni 2020


The Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) and Young NAI cordially
invite you to join them on 
Thursday 18 June 1700-1800 hrs CET 
for the following webinar:


‘Commercial Arbitration In Times of COVID-19: The Ability to Adapt’


This event is aimed at sharing best practices and experiences on COVID-19 related consequences in commercial arbitration.

A panel of experts will explore several topics such as:

  • The ability to adapt - doing what needs to be done: views from the institute, arbitrator and counsel
  • Virtual hearings: key considerations
  • Challenges and opportunities that emerge from COVID-19
  • Looking beyond COVID-19

The panel will discuss these topics from different angles (e.g. private practitioner, arbitrator, institute). The webinar will be in English.


We are very excited to announce the following speakers will participate:



  • Melanie van Leeuwen, partner, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
  • Bregje Korthals Altes, Board member, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute; partner, Ysquare (Amsterdam)
  • Pauline Ernste, senior associate, NautaDutilh (Rotterdam)
  • Max van Leyenhorst, partner, Legaltree (Leiden)


  • Prof. dr. Gerard Meijer, President, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute; partner, Linklaters (Amsterdam)
  • Camilla Perera de Wit, Secretary General, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute

Registration is free of charge. Participants are eligible for 1 PO-point (Dutch Bar Association).


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