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24 August 2020

The Netherlands Arbitration Institute hires Director Business Operations and appoints new Administrator


The Netherlands Arbitration Institute is delighted to announce the hire of Tomas Vaal as its Director Business Operations and the appointment of Mirjam Trouw as the new Administrator. Mirjam succeeds Charlotte van Maanen in this position, who recently stepped down as Administrator.


Tomas Vaal currently is a senior associate at a highly reputable law firm in the Netherlands. Tomas has specialized in international arbitration and has been involved in arbitration proceedings under a variety of rules (NAI, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, UNUM, and the Arbitration Board for the Construction Industry) as well as in arbitration related state court proceedings, in particular regarding the enforcement and setting aside proceedings of arbitral awards. Tomas is individually mentioned in The Global Arbitration Review 100 - The Guide to Specialist International Arbitration Practices 2019 and 2020, and described as strategic and smart. Tomas will also be Acting Administrator. He will join the NAI as per 1 November 2020.


Mirjam Trouw joined the NAI in 2009 as Legal Counsel. Since then, Mirjam has taken the position of Deputy Administrator. She will now take the position of Administrator.


 Professor Gerard Meijer, President of the Board of the NAI:

“The NAI Board is extremely proud to be able to make the above announcements. The Board made a conscious choice to further professionalize the NAI in order to optimally serve the users of arbitration further in the future. Camilla Perera de Wit, our Secretary General, has enormously contributed to make this happen. The increase of the number of cases, including cases with a higher value, justifies our decision to further expand.


We are grateful to Charlotte van Maanen for her tremendous contribution to the NAI in her role as Administrator and will greatly miss her. We are very happy that Charlotte may hand over to Mirjam Trouw, who is already highly familiar with the work in her role as Deputy Administrator. The hire of Tomas Vaal as Director Business Operations, will certainly also contribute to the further professionalization as mentioned earlier.”


Camilla Perera de Wit, Secretary General and Director General of the NAI:

This is very exciting news and I could not be more delighted. The NAI has made tremendous strides in the past year and we are now ready to expand the team with talented lawyers. Tomas brings the right experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to the NAI and is the right fit to help us implement our strategic objectives and realize our potential.


Mirjam has a wealth of knowledge regarding the administration of NAI arbitrations and I am delighted to see her make this step up. I also want to take this opportunity to give a sincere and heartfelt thanks to Charlotte van Maanen. Charlotte has been one of the anchors of the NAI for the past years and she will be missed. We wish her all the very best for the future.”


The Board of the NAI

Professor G.J. Meijer NAI (President of the  board), partner and attorney-at-law, Linklaters Amsterdam; professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam; board member

Professor C.J.M. Klaassen NAI (Vice-President of the board), professor, Radboud University Nijmegen

B.J. Korthals Altes NAI (board member, Secretary), partner and attorney-at-law, Ysquare Amsterdam; board member

E.J. Reuver RA RV NAI (board member, Treasurer), director, Travel Guarantee Fund/Calamity Fund

E.W. Dorrestijn NAI (board member, Portfolio ICT/operations), general counsel commercial, KPN


Honorary board members

Professor A.J. van den Berg (NAI, honorary President of the NAI Board), partner and attorney-at-law, Hanotiau & van den Berg Brussels; professor emeritus, Erasmus University, Rotterdam;

Professor H.J. Snijders (NAI honorary board member), honorary professor, Leiden University


About the NAI

The Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) is a leading forum for dispute resolution. Based in the Netherlands and established as a foundation in 1949, it has an acknowledged reputation in offering qualitative and cost-efficient ADR case management. Its highly experienced Bureau has administered thousands of domestic and international disputes. The NAI operates on a non-profit basis and performs its duties independently and impartially. It provides tailored and flexible administration services through its innovative and specialist arbitration and mediation rules. The hearings can take place anywhere in the world and parties are free to choose the applicable law. The NAI has recently co-founded a specialist Court of Arbitration for Art, CAfA, offering parties to global art disputes access to specialist adjudication, under the auspices of the NAI.


In the context of COVID-19, the NAI follows the guidelines of the WHO, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (in Dutch: RIVM) and the national government. The NAI Bureau remains operational and works remotely in order to guarantee the continuity of our services. The health and safety of our staff and users is most important. Within the imposed restrictions with which we show solidarity, we make every effort to ensure the continuation of our services. We hereby inform you that we strongly prefer electronic and telephone communication only, until further notice. Hearings and meetings that would take place at the offices of the NAI have been relocated or will take place via virtual means. If you need to send awards and ADR decisions in hard copy by post, we kindly ask that you inform us timely in advance (prior to dispatch). We thank you in advance for your understanding and trust.


For more information about this press release and the NAI, please contact the NAI Bureau at:

telephone: +31-10-281 6969 or email:


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:


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 (

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 juli 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!


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