The World Arbitration and Mediation Review (WAMR) provides its readers with a thorough assessment of contemporary developments in the worldwide regulation and practice of arbitration and mediation. WAMR addresses, through scholarly and practical articles, comments, notes, and other sources, both the international and domestic aspects of arbitration and mediation.
WAMR is a journal that provides value to arbitrators, mediators, and counsel who have many demands on their time and thus seek a professional publication that is trustworthy, succinct, and current. WAMR provides both timely viewpoints, as well as special groupings of articles that focus on issues of concern to the arbitration and mediation community. The goal is to provide a resource for practitioners that addresses often difficult and complicated subjects, but presents them in a quick-to-search and easy-to-read format. In doing this, WAMR's Editorial Board seeks, as a point of perspective, both the global reach of international arbitration and mediation, as well as the viewpoint and needs of those practicing in this area from the United States.
It is therefore our pleasure to announce that Florida International University College of Law has assumed the editorship of WAMR. FIU Law is a top-tier academic institution committed to the advancement of research, policy-making, education, training, and the practice of national and international dispute resolution. Accredited by the ABA and AALS, it is a dynamic, young, and fast-growing institution of academic excellence, attuned to the challenges of globalization and devoted to serving the local, national, and international communities. Miami's first and only public research university, and among the largest public universities in the United States, FIU has also been recognized as among the most diverse and best-value law schools in the United States. Its energy, fast growth, commitment to research, diverse student body and faculty, and forward-looking, global focus make FIU Law a fitting and exciting choice to take the helm at WAMR.
The following are two examples of FIU initiatives that speak to its bridge-building, global vision:
International Arbitration and Mediation Policy Lab (IAMPL)
IAMPL is an effort launched in partnership between FIU Law and other universities, prominent arbitral institutions, non-governmental organizations, and other relevant entities, geared to design and carry out hands-on educational programs for law students from different parts of the world with little or no access to traditional opportunities, on matters related to policies affecting international arbitration and mediation. The goal of IAMPL is to provide students interested in international arbitration and mediation access to opportunities to learn, participate in, and observe the processes of policy- and treaty-making in the field of international arbitration, and also to allow them to interact with and learn from experts, practitioners, and other key actors.
Global Legal Studies Initiative (GLSI)
The primary purpose of GLSI is to support applied research and to foster educational outreach; to design and offer intellectual engagement and networking to students and practitioners through conferences, workshops, seminars, and executive education courses focused on current legal issues related to domestic and international arbitration and mediation. Events sponsored by GLSI include the Annual Summit on International Arbitration in Latin America (in March-April), the Annual Roundtable on Current Issues in International Arbitration (co-organized with the Miami International Arbitration Society and the Instituto Latinoamericano de Arbitraje) (in November), and the Miami International Commercial Arbitration Pre-Moot (in February). Regarding its applied research projects, GLSI’s team is currently conducting an empirical study on the regulation and use of commercial arbitration and mediation in the Americas. It is also evaluating Miami’s potential as an international dispute resolution hub.