The IBL Center extends its congratulations to Iowa Law Professor Maya Steinitz on her recent appointment to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) List of Neutrals.

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center provides alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options—including mediation, arbitration, expedited arbitration, and expert determination—for private parties to settle domestic and international commercial disputes involving intellectual property and technology.

The WIPO List of Neutrals contains approximately 1,500 arbitrators, mediators, and experts from around the world who are available to assist private parties in their WIPO ADR proceedings. Members include highly specialized practitioners, intellectual property experts, and experienced commercial dispute resolution professionals, and they are selected based on their legal and technical qualifications and experience.

Professor Steinitz joins this list as an expert in dispute resolution. She has over 20 years of experience in international dispute resolution and regularly serves as an arbitrator and expert in international and domestic arbitrations. She is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and she served on the inaugural bench of the Israeli-Palestinian ICC Jerusalem Arbitration Center. She is also a member of the rosters of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, the ICC Court of Arbitration, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Singapore International Arbitration Center, the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

In addition to her appointment to the WIPO List of Neutrals, Professor Steinitz will work with Ignacio De Castro Llamas, Director of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, to develop a conference about resolving international intellectual property disputes through international arbitration. This conference will be directed to members of the Israeli bar, judiciary, and high-technology and biotechnology companies. As an Israeli-trained lawyer, Professor Steinitz will assist in bridging the gap between how international practitioners and the Israeli bar think about arbitration.

Professor Steinitz observed that this conference is particularly timely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is changing the way parties are resolving disputes because they cannot meet in person as easily as before. Unlike the courts, international arbitration has long provided a dispute resolution forum where it is not necessary for the parties to meet in person. Parties to international arbitration are often geographically distant, so arbitration hearings are commonly conducted over the phone or virtually. In Israel specifically, as Professor Steinitz points out, many intellectual property disputes are piling up due to the pandemic and limited access to the courts. This conference aims to show these parties that there is another, more efficient, option they can use—international arbitration.

Congratulations to Professor Steinitz on this well-deserved honor!


Sources:

Alternative Dispute ResolutionWorld Intell. Prop. Org., https://www.wipo.int/amc/en/.

WIPO NeutralsWorld Intell. Prop. Org., https://www.wipo.int/amc/en/neutrals/index.html.

-Madison Murhammer Colon