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Luis M. Martinez

American Arbitration Association/ International Centre for Dispute Resolution
Vice President
New York, NY, USA


Vice President of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, (ICDR) the international division of the American Arbitration Association, (AAA). Luis M. Martinez is also an Honorary President of the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, (IACAC).

Luis M. Martinez is the Vice President of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution located in New York. Mr. Martinez serves as an integral part of the ICDR's international strategy team and is responsible for international arbitration and mediation business development for the North-East (from Washington, D.C. to Maine, including New York City) and Central and South America.

Mr. Martinez in his capacity as President of the IACAC was responsible for the oversight of its network of arbitral centers throughout the Americas and as the only institution that is expressly included in the Inter-American Convention on International Commercial Arbitration conducted numerous arbitration and mediation initiatives throughout the hemisphere aimed at developing the ADR culture.

Mr. Martinez joined the AAA in 1996 as the first attorney hired to staff the newly created ICDR and later served as the ICDR's first director. For the last several years Mr. Martinez worked as the Vice President responsible for the ICDR's international administrative services and prior to that he held the position of a staff attorney for the AAA's Office of the General Counsel before assuming his current position.

Mr. Martinez received a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgian Court College and a Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law. He has had numerous articles published on international arbitration and has appeared as a speaker in programs throughout the world. Mr. Martinez is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the State of New Jersey. He is a dual citizen of Spain and the United States and is fluent in Spanish and has a functional understanding of Portuguese.

PUBLICATIONS (Available on the ICDR Website at www.ICDR.ORG click on education and then White Papers)

  • Editor and Co-Author of the ICDR Newsletter, Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • The ICDR’s Arbitrator Appointment Process," ABA Section of International Law 2013.
  • Introduction for the Americas 2012," Global Arbitration Review.
  • A Guide to ICDR Case Management,” International Centre for Dispute Resolution – Awards and Commentaries,” JuristNet LLC, 2012.
  • ICDR/AAA’s System and International Conflict Management Efficiencies,” American Arbitration Association Handbook on International Arbitration & Adr, JuristNet, LLC in 2011.
  • Review of the ICDR System,” Chapters 43 and 55, Co-Author, Horacio A. Grigera Naón and Paul E. Mason, International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives, LexisNexis in 2010.
  • The ICDR's Mediation Practice, Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers 2010,” Co-Author, Marinus Nijhoff Publishers in 2010.
  • Introduction for the Americas 2009," Global Arbitration Review.
  • Introduction for Asia 2008," Global Arbitration Review.
  • Numerous ADR articles over 17 year period.
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