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Netherlands Arbitration Institute

Established as a foundation in 1949, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (Stichting Nederlands Arbitrage Instituut; “NAI”) operates on a non-profit basis and performs its duties entirely independently and impartially. The NAI aims to promote a number of different types of alternative dispute resolution: arbitration, binding advice and mediation, in particular by providing trade and industry with soundly regulated arbitral, binding advice and mediation procedures. The NAI is the largest general arbitration institute in the Netherlands, a solid and innovative organisation with by far the most experience with and knowledge of different forms of ADR. The NAI is located in the centre of Rotterdam, the vivacious trading centre of the Netherlands with one of the largest ports of the world. The legal relation between the arbitrators and the parties, between the arbitrators and the NAI and between the NAI and the parties is governed by Dutch law. read more >


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3 July 2020

Honored and excited about our Secretary General, Mrs. Camilla Perera-de Wit, winning 
a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Award 2020 – Commercial Arbitration - the Netherlands!


The Women in Law Awards are a global celebration of excellence in the profession across private practice, the public sector, commerce and industry, and the Bar.


In recognition of your outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Commercial Arbitration”;


The research team has highlighted a number of your achievements over the last 18 months”;


Points awarded included the criteria below:

  • Raising awareness in relation to equality and gender issues faced by women in the legal sector
  • Amount of documented activity in 2019/20 when compared to industry peers
  • Involvement in significant legal cases and legal activity
  • Peer recognition and personal achievement
  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Published articles and journals
  • Client care and innovation

Thank you to those who have supported this nomination!


11 juni 2020


The Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) and Young NAI cordially
invite you to join them on 
Thursday 18 June 1700-1800 hrs CET 
for the following webinar:


‘Commercial Arbitration In Times of COVID-19: The Ability to Adapt’


This event is aimed at sharing best practices and experiences on COVID-19 related consequences in commercial arbitration.

A panel of experts will explore several topics such as:

  • The ability to adapt - doing what needs to be done: views from the institute, arbitrator and counsel
  • Virtual hearings: key considerations
  • Challenges and opportunities that emerge from COVID-19
  • Looking beyond COVID-19

The panel will discuss these topics from different angles (e.g. private practitioner, arbitrator, institute). The webinar will be in English.


We are very excited to announce the following speakers will participate:



  • Melanie van Leeuwen, partner, Derains & Gharavi (Paris)
  • Bregje Korthals Altes, Board member, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute; partner, Ysquare (Amsterdam)
  • Pauline Ernste, senior associate, NautaDutilh (Rotterdam)
  • Max van Leyenhorst, partner, Legaltree (Leiden)


  • Prof. dr. Gerard Meijer, President, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute; partner, Linklaters (Amsterdam)
  • Camilla Perera de Wit, Secretary General, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute

Registration is free of charge. Participants are eligible for 1 PO-point (Dutch Bar Association).



4 June 2020

The Netherlands Arbitration Institute is proud to have one of its senior staff members join the ERA Pledge Young Practitioners Subcommittee. Deputy Administrator and Senior Legal Counsel Mirjam Trouw has been invited to join this illustrious group.

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