Miami Law & Young ICCA Scholarship

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The University of Miami School of Law and Young ICCA award one full-tuition scholarship ($61,100) to an outstanding Young ICCA member to attend the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program.

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Scholarship Application Process: Essay Competition

The Young ICCA Scholarship winner is chosen on the basis of an essay competition and an assessment of academic and professional achievements and skills. To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must submit a written essay of no less than 2,000 words. Essays should address recent developments in the area of international arbitration in the applicant’s home jurisdiction, such as:

  • Passage or entry into force of a new arbitration law;
  • Establishment of a specialized court for matters related to arbitration;
  • Recent court case on enforcement of or challenge to arbitral awards, interim measures, etc.;
  • Recent, prominent arbitral award rendered (if available); or
  • Other recent developments in the area of international arbitration, such as opening of a new arbitral institution.

Absent such recent developments in the applicant’s home jurisdiction, applicants may detail their passion for the study and practice of international arbitration in their written essay. Applicants also may choose to address other topics related to international arbitration in their submission.

Applicants who would like to be considered for the Young ICCA Scholarship must submit a complete application for admission to the International Arbitration LL.M., including all required supporting documentation, as well as their scholarship essay by the December 15 priority deadline. Applicants should submit their scholarship essay via this form by the December 15 deadline.

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Darejan Beridze"It is a great responsibility for me to be the first student from the country of Georgia to receive the Young-ICCA full-tuition scholarship at the University of Miami, which attracts so many highly qualified individuals from all over the world. My motivation to pursue an LL.M. in the U.S. was driven by the outstanding academic program of the University of Miami and practical opportunities offered during and after completion of the LL.M.  The law school supported me in the process of selecting the courses specifically tailored to my interests and professional goals. I gained valuable feedback and recommendations with respect to my career plans. Significant research tools and training are being offered in the law library. Apart from the above, the University of Miami has a beautiful campus, which makes the study environment very comfortable and pleasant."

Darejan Beridze (Georgia)
LL.M. in International Arbitration ‘23

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  • Past Miami Law/Young ICCA Scholar Winners

    Azubike Okoye“I was completely stunned. It was like winning a case at the Supreme Court after a circuit split. It is a further reminder that I am bound to give back in the no distant future to the ICCA and the society that made me today.”

    Azubike Okoye (Nigeria)

    LL.M. International Arbitration '22
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    Cristian ZannierI was extremely happy and very grateful to Miami Law for awarding me the scholarship. It meant that I could fulfill my dream to do the prestigious White & Case LL.M. in International Arbitration and attend Miami Law. One of the things that I enjoy most about studying at Miami Law is the law library because it has incredible quantity and quality of resources. I also like that the professors, who are extremely qualified and prestigious, are dedicated to their students. They really want their students to learn.”

    Cristian Zannier (Chile/Bolivia)
    Intensive Legal English + LL.M. International Arbitration '22
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    Edgar Andres Bustamante Sierra ("I’m grateful to be here. I’ve met various prominent professionals and people that I now call friends. Also, the University gives me the opportunity to engage in forward-thinking discussions about arbitration and the new economy – something that is quite difficult to achieve anywhere else."

    Edgar Andres Bustamante Sierra
    LL.M. International Arbitration '20
    Associate, Corall Rosales, Guayaquil (Ecuador)
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    Arundathi Venkataraman"The sheer number of opportunities associated with the Program make it a well-rounded experience in the law. To work as a Research Assistant with the International Arbitration Institute helps me keep in touch with the academic side of the field. And being a member of Miami Law’s team for this year’s Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the rigorous work in the International Moot Court Program ensures that my advocacy skills are constantly sharpened.”

    Arundathi Venkataraman
    LL.M. International Arbitration '19
    Legal Intern, Three Crowns, London (UK)
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    Ivan Bracho"Receiving the scholarship has been a blessing; it has given me the opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream. The International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) is the biggest arbitration organization in the world, which assembles the best arbitration practitioners and scholars from around the globe. While I was deeply honored to be selected, I also realized from that moment on that it represented a great responsibility to assume."

    Ivan Bracho
    J.D./LL.M. International Arbitration '19
    Associate, Hogan Lovells, Miami, FL
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    Supritha Suresh"The White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program is the best program in the market for anyone seeking to pursue a career in and contribute to the field of International Dispute Resolution. Its reputation precedes it for providing excellence in academics and research."

    Supritha Suresh (India)
    LL.M. International Arbitration '17
    International Associate, Three Crowns, Manama (Bahrain)
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    "The personalized mentoring of the faculty combined with its outstanding competence provides participants with excellent tools to navigate the intricacies of the field. All of these factors were important to me and certainly distinguished this program as a top choice. Being selected as a winner of the Miami Law/Young ICCA scholarship created an incredible opportunity for me to specialize early on in my career and achieve my goals."

    Davide Schiavetti (Italy)
    LL.M. International Arbitration '16
    Associate, Rothwell Figg, Washington, D.C. 
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    "When I decided to enhance my academic knowledge and know-how on international arbitration during my postgraduate studies and come up as a high-class specialist, there was no doubt that the University of Miami is an excellent place for achieving my goals. The International Arbitration LL.M. Program at the University of Miami is probably the best one in the world.”

    Liliia Iemchenko (Ukraine)
    LL.M. International Arbitration '15
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    "Miami is clearly a growing center of international arbitration. Florida's courts understand their role in facilitating the resolution of international disputes. Arbitral tribunals are choosing Miami as the seat of arbitration for American arbitration. The opportunity to learn and study in such an not to be missed!"

    Eric van Eyken (Canada) 
    LL.M. International Arbitration '14
    Senior Associate, Clyde & Co, Montréal (Canada) 
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    "It became clear to me fairly quickly that Miami was the best option for me. The program is probably the best in the country, if not the world. Also, it's significant for me at this stage of my education to be able to work closely with practitioners. Since finishing my J.D., it has become clear to me just how much of one's legal education comes from practical experience."

    Wamiq Chowdhury (U.S)
    LL.M. International Arbitration '13
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