Vice President, The Center for American and International Law
Director, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
David Winn is Vice President of the Center for American and International Law and Director of its Institute for Transnational Arbitration. He is also the founding Director of CAIL’s Institute for Law and Technology (2000-2008) and past Director of CAIL’s Institute for Energy Law (1999-2016).
Before joining CAIL in 1999, he was a trial lawyer in Dallas, active in international affairs and international law. During this period, he led or was otherwise involved in a variety of international leadership activities with counterparts in Mexico, the Soviet Union, Europe, China and the Middle East. During the Soviet Union’s perestroika opening from 1987-1991, when it appeared that law might form a new bridge between the US and USSR, he led US-Soviet lawyer programs for the American Center for International Leadership, and the American (Young Lawyers Division), Texas and Dallas Bar Associations. He is a past Director of the American Center for International Leadership and the Council on US-Mexico Relations, and Fellow of the Amundsen Institute for US-Mexico Studies.
Closer to home, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Friends of the Katy Trail, member of the Trinity River Corridor Citizens Committee, Barrister in CAIL’s Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Chairman of the Dallas Council for International Visitors and member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas World Affairs Council. He received his undergraduate degree in history at SMU and his law degree at the University of Texas School of Law.
Staff Assistant, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
Monique Sasson is the Co-Managing Editor of the ITA Arbitration Report and the ITA Board of Reporters. Ms. Sasson is also the Co-Managing Editor of World Trade and Arbitration Materials (also published by Kluwer International), Co-Managing Editor of the ITA Scoreboard of Adherence to Transnational Arbitration Treaties and a Member at Large of the ITA Advisory Board and its Executive Committee.
Ms. Sasson initially qualified as an Italian Avvocato and practiced at Chiomenti Studio Legale in Rome, where she appeared before arbitral tribunals and Italian courts. In 2000 she joined Herbert Smith’s international arbitration and litigation practice group in London. She qualified as an English solicitor (and subsequently as a solicitor advocate), and acted in a number of international commercial arbitration cases as well as litigation matters. In 2006 Monique began a doctoral programme in public international law at the University of Cambridge, with a concentration on investment treaty arbitration. Her doctoral thesis studied the roles of municipal law and international law in investment treaty awards. In 2009 she obtained her Ph.D. and in 2010 she published a monograph titled Substantive Law in Investment Treaty Arbitration: the Unsettled Relationship between International law and Municipal Law (Kluwer).
She currently resides in New York City and is scheduled to be sworn in as a member of the New York Bar in September 2012.
Elina Mereminskaya studied law at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (formerly known as State University of Kaliningrad) where she graduated from with the highest distinction (1996). She later received a LLM degree with highest distinction from the Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany (1998) y the Ph.D. degree with the magna cum laude distinction, from the same University (2001).
In 2013 she joined the International Arbitration Group at the leading Chilean law firm Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana. Between 2007 and 2013 she worked as Special Counsel for International Arbitration of the Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CAM Santiago).
Since 2003 she has been a lecturer at the Law School of the University of Chile, on the undergraduate and postragrudate levels, teaching conflict of laws, international contracts and international arbitration. Elina Mereminskaya is the Co-Managing Editor of the ITA Arbitration Report and the ITA Board of Reporters. Ms. Mereminskaya is also the Co-Managing Editor of World Trade and Arbitration Materials (also published by Kluwer International), Co-Managing Editor of the ITA Scoreboard of Adherence to Transnational Arbitration Treaties and a Member at Large of the ITA Advisory Board and its Executive Committee. Elina Mereminskaya has authored numerous publications on international arbitration.