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EDUCATION

Harvard Law School, LL.M.
Australian Federation of University Women Fellowship 2004-2005

University of Queensland, LL.B., first class honors
University Medal for Law

University of Queensland, B.A.

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

New York
Australia

LANGUAGES

English
Spanish
French
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Kate Brown de Vejar
Partner
Mexico City
PHONE: +52 55 9138 49 35
FAX: +52 55 5282 0061
MOBILE:+ 52 1 55 9138 4935

Kate Brown de Vejar specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration.  She has represented private corporations, sovereign states, and state-owned entities in connection with international arbitrations under the leading institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules, including those of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Mexican Chamber of Commerce (CANACO), and the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA). 

Ms. Brown de Vejar has experience in disputes across a wide range of sectors, including aeronautical, construction and engineering, financial services, maritime, mining and resources, oil and gas, tax, transport, telecommunications and water treatment.  She regularly deals with cases of a highly technical nature, involving complex issues of civil and mechanical engineering, and specializes in disputes requiring root cause analysis of delay and disruption, as well as defective design and construction works.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre of Arbitration for the Construction Industry (CAIC) in Mexico.  

Since 2008, Ms. Brown de Vejar has been a member of the Australian Delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group II, charged with revising the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and  developing the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in treaty-based investor-State arbitration, as well as the corresponding Convention on Transparency.  She is a member of the Executive Committee of YAWP, the under-40 branch of ArbitralWomen.  From 2015 to 2016, she was co-Chair of Young ICCA, which operates under the auspices of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration.  In 2015, she was nominated by the IBA’s Arbitration Committee to advise the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization in connection with the development of a dispute resolution mechanism for a global harmonized system of carbon pricing to mitigate climate change.  In addition to regularly publishing and speaking on international arbitration topics, she has guest lectured on international dispute resolution at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), Mexico City, and the Tecnológico de Monterrey, in the State of Mexico.

COURTS

U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia

MEMBERSHIPS

Member, ICC Australia (ADR Taskforce)
Member, LCIA
Member, ICDR-CANACO Joint Committee
Member, ICCA
Member, International Bar Association, Arbitration Committee
Fellow, ACICA

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Roster of International Arbitrators (Juris Arbitration Law)
Registered arbitrator, ICDR International Panel of Arbitrators (the international division of the American Arbitration Association)
Registered arbitrator, Centro de Arbitraje de México (CAM)
Panel of Arbitrators, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
Former intern, Secretariat of the ICC Court of Arbitration

AWARDS

Featured in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2017: Analysis as “one of the foremost arbitrators in Mexico for investor-state work.”
Nominated in Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders – Arbitration 2017
Featured in  Who's Who Legal: Mexico as one of the two most Highly Regarded Practitioners for arbitration
Named one of Latin America's Top 100 Female Lawyers (Latinvex 2016)
Ranked in the Expert Guides 2016 list for Commercial Arbitration.
Cited as a top lawyer in Legal 500 Mexico Dispute Resolution (2016)
Recognized by Chambers Global 2015 (Latin America-wide: International Arbitration)
Recognized by Chambers Latin America 2015 (Latin America-wide: International Arbitration)

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