Thevenin Serves as Arbitrator at Annual Vis Moot Practice Session

USCIB/ICC USA held it’s 12th Annual Vis Moot Practice Session earlier this month. The practice moots help law school students hone their advocacy skills in preparation for competing in one of the premier events in international arbitration – the Willem V. Vis Moot Competition in Vienna, Austria — which brings together over 300 law schools competing before hundreds of the world’s best international arbitration experts.

The Practice Session was co-organized with the ICC International Court of Arbitration’s North America office, and included eight law schools (Brooklyn, Cardozo, Fordham, Heidelberg University, New York, New York University, Pace University and the University of Bucharest) with over 30 New York-based arbitration professionals serving as mock arbitrators.

This year’s problem involved the sale of bakery goods under the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods and applied the UNICTRAL Rules of Arbitration to the parties’ dispute.

“USCIB/ICC USA is proud to help support this effort to help train tomorrow’s law leaders in international arbitration,” said Nancy M. Thevenin, general counsel of USCIB/ICC USA, who also served as a mock arbitrator at the practice session. “We thank Javier H. Rubinstein of member firm Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, for hosting this event and for serving as a mock arbitrator.  We also thank Seoun “Nikole” Lee, deputy director, Alexandra Akerly, manager, strategy and development; and Mehr Kaur, promotion, officer of the ICC Court in North America for taking on the oars of organizing the practice session this year.”

USCIB Arbitration Committee Program – Boston

Boston Bar Association

16 Beacon Street

Boston, MA

USCIB Arbitration Subcommittee for the Northeast region in partnership with the Boston Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and the Silicon Valley International Arbitration & Mediation Center, have organized a discussion with the ICC Court Secretary General, Alexander Fessas, and corporate counsel from Waters Corporation, Carbonite, Inc. and General Electric about different aspects of international dispute resolution including specific ICC Court practices. Click here for more information about this program and how to register.

USCIB Arbitration Committee Luncheon, New York

Our first committee luncheon of the new year will provide an update on the activities of the committee and the ICC Court. Registration information was provided in the December 15th email from the USCIB Arbitration Committee.  Alternatively, please click here to register. Or contact Crys Won at for further details.


USCIB Arbitration Committee Luncheon – DC

Shearman & Sterling LLP

401 9th Street, NW

Washington, DC  20004

USCIB Arbitration Subcommittee in DC have organized a roundtable discussion featuring ICC Court Secretary General, Alexander Fessas, who will discuss, inter alia, the 2016 ICC Court statistics and recent ICC developments. Click here to register.  Please contact Crys Won at for further information.

5th ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration, Houston, Texas

The ICC International Court of Arbitration (ICC) is co-organizing along with the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) and the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) of the Centre for American and International Law the 5th edition of their joint conference on international arbitration in the energy sector. Procedural issues such as arbitrator selection and emergency arbitrators will be explored, and the new era of disputes in the Mexican energy industry examined.

Please click here to register and don’t forget to use your USCIB code for the member discount.

ICC YAF: Battle of the Seats, Miami, Florida

Organized as part of the ICC Miami conference, this ICC YAF program will feature a debate on the advantages and considerations of seating your arbitration in Latin America and North America, specifically in the following cities: Buenos Aires, Miami, Mexico City, New York, Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo.

Contact Nancy Thevenin ( for details.

15th ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration

15th ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration

Kindly use code USA-9728 when registering

  • The ICC Institute training taking place on Sunday is sold-out! As places to the Conference are also limitedregister now to reserve your seat.
  • Two new optional sessions in the program:
    • ICC YAF session:“Battle of the seats”, 07:30-08:45, November 6
    • ICC/Arbitral Women session:“Expertise: a woman’s no man land?”,  8:00-9:15, November 7
  • 15% discount on Copa Airlines flights from destinations in the Americas to Miami. A special promotion code for online bookings will be sent upon registration.

October 13 is the last day to benefit from the preferential room rates at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Latin America – Workshop VI, Miami, Florida

This course is organized over two years, divided into 8 one-day workshops that take place every three months.

Each workshop will consist of:

  • Review and study by the participants of relevant topics on the basis of recommended materials;
  • Analysis of practical situations based on ICC cases;
  • Drafting procedural documents (correspondence with the parties, Terms of References, Procedural Orders, Awards etc.);
  • Colloquia where key-note speakers discuss practical situations with the participants.

This program is now sold-out.

Thevenin Joins USCIB as General Counsel

Nancy Thevenin

New York, N.Y., October 11, 2017Nancy M. Thevenin has joined the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America’s leading global companies, as general counsel. USCIB serves as the U.S. affiliate of several global business bodies, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the world business organization whose International Court of Arbitration is the world’s leading forum for the settlement of cross-border commercial disputes.

Thevenin’s portfolio will include supporting USCIB’s Arbitration Committee and coordinating the work of the U.S. Nominations Committee to the ICC Court. Additionally, she will coordinate amicus requests and responses from USCIB members and other interested parties. Further, Thevenin will work closely with USCIB’s business development team to ensure more comprehensive membership recruitment outreach to both law firms and corporations.

“Nancy Thevenin brings extensive experience to this important position within USCIB,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “Our members, including both companies and law firms, have broad experience and knowledge of global arbitration and other legal matters. I am confident that Nancy will be able to fully leverage those relationships to drive further organizational growth and improved services to members.”

Thevenin previously served as deputy director of the ICC Court’s North American marketing office, which at that time also managed USCIB/ICC-USA’s Arbitration Committee. During her tenure, the group helped launch the ICC International Mediation Competition and developed USCIB’s Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF), which Thevenin helped develop and wrote the proposal to turn into a global organization under the ICC umbrella. She later joined Baker & McKenzie as a special counsel and global coordinator of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group. Thevenin left Baker in 2014 to start her own practice as arbitrator and mediator. She is the chair of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association and an adjunct professor of the international commercial arbitration course at St. John’s Law School.

A graduate of Tulane Law School where she obtained certificates in European legal practice and in commercial arbitration, Ms. Thevenin also attended the University of Paris at Panthéon-Assas in France, where she studied the French legal system and European Community law. She is a graduate of Cornell University, where she obtained a double major in history and Spanish literature. While at university, Ms. Thevenin lived in Madrid, Spain and studied international relations, Spanish law and Spanish literature. Thevenin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is licensed to practice law in New York and Florida.

About USCIB:

USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. As the U.S. affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and Business at OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at

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