The David D. Caron Praelium 2023 will take place in person at The Harmonie Club in New York City on Thursday November 16.

At this year’s event, leading international advocates Caline Mouawad  and Elliot Friedman will deploy their advocacy skills before a three-member tribunal comprising Carolyn LammThe Honorable Charles N. Brower and Professor George A. Bermann. The event will take place as part of New York Arbitration Week.

An application requesting MCLE and CLE credit for this activity is pending for approval by, respectively, the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Texas and by the State Bar of New York. This activity is designed to provide 1.5 hours of “general credit” toward the California MCLE requirement, Texas CLE requirement and the New York CLE requirement, respectively.


Guests should plan to arrive by 5:00pm as the event will begin promptly at 5:30pm. A canapés and drinks reception will follow the advocacy segment.

While registration is currently at capacity, we invite you to join our waitlist to be informed of seats that become available.

Please click here to register.



Carolyn Lamm is Chair of International Arbitration of the Americas at White & Case. She serves as lead counsel in international arbitrations in ICSID, ICC, and other fora and in related litigation in U.S. Courts for foreign states, foreign state-owned companies, and foreign corporate entities. Carolyn is an arbitrator on the ICSID List, first nominated by the United States, then the Government of Uzbekistan, and has served as arbitrator in ICSID proceedings, ICC proceedings, SAIC proceedings, ICDR proceedings, and AAA proceedings. She is the Distinguished Faculty Chair for the White & Case LLM in International Arbitration at the University of Miami School of Law; immediate past President of the American Bar Endowment; member of the Advisory Council and previously the Governing Board of ICCA; Emeritus member of the Council of the American Law Institute (elected 1999); past President of the DC Bar and the American Bar Association; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami.


Judge Brower has recently served as Judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice in three active contentious cases, as a result of which he is the most-appointed of the only five Americans ever so appointed, has been a Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal since 1983, and in the past served as Judge ad hoc of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He is a member of Twenty Essex Chambers in London and has served as Distinguished Visiting Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. Previously, Judge Brower served as Acting Legal Adviser of the United States Department of State, as Deputy Special Counsellor to the President of the United States, and as a partner at White & Case LLP, where he co-founded the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Among other honors, Judge Brower has been awarded the ASIL Manley O. Hudson Medal, U.C. Berkeley Law School’s Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award, the ABA Section of International Law’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the ITA-CAIL’s Pat Murphy Award, GAR’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award of the Center for American and International Law.


Professor George A. Bermann is the Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law, and the director of the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA) at Columbia Law School. He principally teaches courses in transnational dispute resolution (international arbitration and litigation) and European Union law. George is an active international arbitrator in commercial and investment disputes; chief reporter of the ALI’s Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration; co-author of the UNCITRAL Guide to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards; chair of the Global Advisory Board of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC); co-editor-in-chief of the American Review of International Arbitration; founding member of the governing body of the ICC Court of Arbitration; chair of the advisory board of the Center for International Investor-State and Commercial Arbitration (CIICA) (Lahore, Pakistan), and the Thai Arbitration Center (Bangkok, Thailand); and member of the board of the Tehran Regional Arbitration Center (Tehran, Iran).



Caline Mouawad is a partner at Chaffetz Lindsey in New York. She has over 20 years of experience representing clients in international commercial arbitrations and in investment treaty disputes, as well as related litigation matters. She counsels clients in an array of multi-jurisdictional disputes that span from Europe to Latin America and from Africa to Asia, and concern such sectors as oil and gas, mining, consumer goods, and telecommunications. She accompanies her clients in arbitrations conducted in English and French before all major arbitral institutions, and regularly serves as an arbitrator. Among other leadership roles, Caline serves as Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and the Steering Committee’s liaison to the ICC Task Force on Addressing Corruption Issues. Caline also serves as Co-Chair of the IBA Investment Arbitration Subcommittee. She is a Director of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), as well as a Member of its Executive Committee. Caline was recently awarded the Twelfth Annual Smit-Lowenfeld Prize by the International Arbitration Club of New York for outstanding article published in the previous year on any aspect of international arbitration. The article, published by Arbitration International and titled “The Illegality Objection in Investor-State Arbitration,” methodically reviews investment awards that involved an illegality objection.


Elliot Friedman is a partner in Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer’s international arbitration group in New York and heads the firm’s international arbitration practice in the Americas. His practice focuses on international arbitration (commercial and investor-state), and he has particular expertise in the tech, energy, financial services, and pharma sectors. Elliot has handled arbitration proceedings before virtually every major arbitral institution, and his experience includes disputes involving long-term energy contracts, bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, joint venture agreements, construction contracts, licensing and distribution agreements, and intellectual property. Elliot also represents companies in transnational litigation in U.S. courts, including the enforcement of arbitral awards, and was part of the team that successfully represented BG Group in its landmark international arbitration case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Elliot is a member of the Executive Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) and of the Executive Committee of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC).

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