About CyberArb

We are a non-profit organisation with a multidisciplinary and international legal & tech team at the intersection between cybersecurity and international arbitration. Our team is committed to:

  • Raising awareness and providing practical guidance in mitigating cyber-risks.
  • Developing practical tools such as roadmaps, annotated procedural order templates, workshops, blog articles, podcasts, and others. 
  • Promoting a proactive debate to develop best practices and foster an alternative dispute resolution system aligned to the digital era.

Our Team

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Sophie Nappert

Is an arbitrator in independent practice, based in London. She is dual-qualified as an Avocat of the Bar of Quebec, Canada, and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. She is commended as “most highly regarded” and a “leading light” in the field by Who’s Who Legal.

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Mihaela Apostol

Is a civil law qualified lawyer with over 5 years of experience (PQE) in international and commercial arbitration acting as counsel and arbitral assistant/tribunal secretary.  She has a diverse professional background: she studied and worked in Romania, France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Mihaela holds two Masters Degrees in European and International Business Law (Paris 1 Sorbonne University) and International Commercial Arbitration (Stockholm University). Mihaela is involved in various legal tech initiatives (ArbTech, CyberArb, and Delos Tech Channel) and has written an LL.M. Thesis on “Enforcement of Online Arbitration Awards”. She has also acted for almost two years as Y-OGEMID Rapporteur on Legal Tech.

Wendy Gonzales

 Is the founder of CyberArb. Based in the Netherlands, she is a Spanish qualified lawyer and  LL.M in International Business Law with a major in International Arbitration from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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Carolina Mauro

 Is a qualified Italian lawyer and member of the Udine bar association. In September 2020 she successfully completed an LL.M in International Business Law at Queen Mary University of London, while advising start-ups pro bono as a student adviser with qLegal. Determined to pursue a career in international arbitration, she is currently based in London, where she works as a paralegal for Vario Pinsent Masons on a variety of projects. She is particularly intrigued by data protection related issues and willing to explore the universe of IT/IP disputes. She is a member of Young ICCA and London VYAP.

Karina Albers

Is part of the Committee of the London Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). She practices as an international arbitrator and mediator in London, Hamburg and Singapore. She acts as NGO representative at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and is an accredited expert. Karina has extensive international experience in commodity & derivative markets for shipping, fertiliser and in the energy sector. She is a Fellow of the CIArb and an aspiring full member of the LMAA. She is a panel member of the SCMA Singapore, committee member of Maritime UK Women in Shipping, a member of the Baltic Exchange and a Role Model in the ‘Maritime and Me’ campaign.

RAPPOURTERS

Edgar Bustamante

Has an LLM in International Business Law and International Commercial & Investment Arbitration, he used to work in General Electric Europe as legal counsel, where he got introduced to automatization and artificial intelligence. Now he works at a corporate law firm as head of the Corporate/Arbitration division in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is part of the Ecuadorian Association of Data Protection, he loves technology and has certificates in blockchain and cryptocurrencies from the University of California. Additionally, he gives workshops on law & tech in different law firms in Ecuador and in different seminars.

Eric Maciá Lang

Has +10 years of experience an in-house IT and IP lawyer at Indra. He is a member of the Bar Association of Madrid and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a qualified Spanish mediator. Eric holds a master in Cybersecurity at ISDE and a certificate in privacy and data protection from Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.

Mauricio Duarte

Is a lawyer from Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala) with an LL.M. from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). Mauricio worked for 4 years in international arbitration before devoting himself to issues related to technology and legal innovation. Mauricio is the Chief Operating Officer with A2J Tech, a Denver Colorado company that builds legal technology solutions to improve access to justice. Besides, Mauricio serves as an Of Counsel Partner of Legal Plus; a law firm focused on advising entrepreneurs, technology startups, and technology companies. In addition, Mauricio is one of the hosts of the Legal Hackers Podcast (In Spanish).

Graciela Gonzales

Is an Intellectual Property and ICT Lawyer, admitted to the Spanish bar since 2019 , speaks Spanish, English, and Dutch. Graciela gives legal advice related to IP & ICT law such as the registration and protection of marks, copyright, artificial intelligence and privacy and data protection, cybercrime, cybersecurity, and ADR. Master in Law (currently studying in Dutch) (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Master in IP & ICT Law (KU Leuven), International and Business Law (summer course) (Bucerius Law School), International and European Legal Study Program (Erasmus) (University of Antwerp), Bachelor and Master in Law (University of Oviedo).

Stefanie Efstathiou

 Is an alternative dispute resolution and IP lawyer with a particular focus on domain name arbitration. Stefanie holds 3 LL.M. titles, she serves as a Panelist/Arbiter in UDRP and .eu disputes for the Czech Arbitration Court and has worked in various law firms in Greece and Germany, as well as as a legal consultant for a big insurance company. She is currently based in Munich, Germany and is a great supporter of innovative projects which have the best interest of ADR’s future in mind, such as CyberArb.

Veronika Pavloskaya

Is a Senior Associate at Arzinger Law Offices (Minsk, Belarus) and the Chief Coordinator at Young ADR – Belarus, the project for young arbitration practitioners. Veronika specializes in dispute resolution and technology law. Veronika advises transnational corporations, “unicorn” companies and start-ups regarding their day-to-day activity, government relations and data protection. Veronika is a legal-tech enthusiast; her particular interest includes the use of technology in dispute resolution, she often takes part in legal-tech hackathons as a mentor and a participant. Veronika attended the advanced course in Investment Arbitration at the Arbitration Academy in Paris, did an internship at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and did her LLM at Queen Mary University of London (Chevening scholar). Veronika is also involved in various educational and mooting activities; in particular, she has been participating in the Vis Moot and multiple pre-moots as a mootie, arbitrator and coach since 2015.

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We partner with different organisations and institutions of the International Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution community to provide tailor-made dynamic training session and conferences.

Toolkit

We elaborate practical material to guide you, such as Roadmap on cybersecurity measures, Procedural Order models, myth-buster interviews/podcasts, a radar of attacks,  among others.

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We aim to keep you updated and analyse the recent news and developments in the field of Cybersecurity that impact International Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution systems.

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The CyberArb Journal

The CyberArb Journal aims to provide relevant information and updates on international arbitration. The CyberArb team endeavours to pragmatically provide you in-deep insights on cybersecurity that impact international arbitration and alternative dispute mechanisms. 

CyberArb is a non-profit initiative at the intersection between cybersecurity and international arbitration aiming to become the first point of reference for the community of users and practitioners of international arbitration and ADR. 

CyberArb is committed to raising awareness and providing practical guidance in mitigating the most pressing cybersecurity threats faced by arbitration stakeholders. Particularly, by developing practical tools such as roadmaps, annotated procedural order templates, workshops, blog articles, podcasts, and others. As well as to address the role of ODR platforms, arbitral institutions, arbitrators, legal counsels, and users in protecting the confidentiality of all types of data handled before, during and after arbitration/ADR proceedings. 

Drawing inspiration from the landmark 2020 Cybersecurity Protocol by ICCA | New York City Bar Association | CPR,  CyberArb has a multidisciplinary and international team of lawyers, arbitrators, and in-house counsels orientated to dispute resolution mechanisms. As well as security information experts outside the legal field who unveil the technical aspects and provide a deeper input. This dynamic team is willing to contribute and support the best technological innovation and take the edge off the critical cybersecurity problems in the arbitration field.

CyberArb welcomes a proactive debate and encourages interested stakeholders to share their ideas, experiences, and opinions, to develop best practices and foster a digital age-ready arbitration system, to everyone’s benefit.

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