Adjunct Professor of Law
Josefa Sicard-Mirabal has vast experience in international arbitration and international business
transactions. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law in New York
City. She teaches Introduction to Investor-State Arbitration since 2010 and International Business
Transactions since 2017. She has been a guest lecturer on international commercial and investment
arbitration at several law schools including, Harvard University, Columbia University, Boston
University, Northwestern University, the Law School at the Università degli Studi di Firenze, and La
Sapienza–UniversitàdiRoma, Italy, and theUniversidad deMontevideo,Uruguay, among others.
Since 2011, she serves as an External Member of the Sanctions Committee of the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB). The Sanctions Committee is the second-tier of the IDB Sanctions System.
The Committee reviews and makes final decisions on cases concerning fraud and other Bankprohibited
practices committed by beneficiaries of IDB Bank loans for IDB-sponsored projects.
From 2006-2015, Ms. Sicard-Mirabal was the Executive Director (formerly, Regional Director) of
Arbitration and ADR for North America for the ICC International Court of Arbitration/SICANA,
Inc. In this capacity, she represented and promoted ICC dispute resolution services in North
America. She advised companies, States, and attorneys on all phases of commercial and investorstate
arbitration, including negotiation of arbitration clauses, requests for arbitration, procedural
issues and enforcement of arbitration awards. During the same period, she served as Director of
Dispute Resolution Services of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB). The
USCIB is the U.S. National Committee of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. In such
capacity, Ms. Sicard-Mirabal assisted the ICC Court in the nomination of arbitrators, mediators, and
experts; made referrals to parties seeking arbitrators or counsel; organized seminars, conferences,
and corporate roundtables to discusstopics on arbitration; and, answered questions regarding the
arbitration process, and other ICC dispute resolution services.
Ms. Sicard-Mirabal commenced her legal career as a Judge of a Small Claims Court and subsequently
as Chief Justice of the Civil, Commercial and Labor Court in La Vega, Dominican Republic where she
rendered numerous decisions on commercial, civil, and labor matters. She also had stint sittings as
substitute judge at the Court of Appeals of the Judicial Department of La Vega. During her tenure as a
judge, Ms. Sicard-Mirabal was a Professor of Law at the Universidad Tecnológica del Cibao, teaching
International Public Law and Comparative Law. She continued her legal practice in the United States,
first as an associate at the law firm of Thelen, Reid & Priest and then as a Of Counsel at Winston &
Strawn and Greenberg Traurig.
Ms. Sicard-Mirabal received a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y
Maestra, Santiago, Dominican Republic. She continued her legal studies at Fordham University
School of Law in New York. She is admitted to the New York State bar and the Dominican Republic
bar. She speaks English, French, and Spanish.
Ms. Sicard-Mirabal was named one of the “20 Leading Latinas in Business” by Hispanic Enterprise
magazine in its 2007 issue and one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business
Magazine in its 2006 issue. In addition,she hasreceived the following awards:
- 2013 “Latino Trailblazer’s Award” from LatinoJustice
- 2013 “Award for Excellence in Professional Achievements” from Dominican Week
- 2011 “Professional Achievements Award” from the Presidency of the Dominican Republic
- 2009 “Award for Professional Achievements” from APEC University and Dominican Week
- 2008 “Award for Service to the International Legal Community” from the Dominican Bar Association
- 2007 “Corporate Leadership Award” from the Dominican Women’s Development Center
- 2006 “Latino Trendsetters Award” from DTM Magazine.
Ms. Sicard-Mirabal is part of the USCIB Arbitration Committee leadership. She chairs the USCIB
Sole Practitioners’ Subcommittee. She is also a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and
ADR and a member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law.
Ms. Sicard-Mirabal is founder and president of Dominicans on Wall Street, Inc. (DOWS), a nonprofit
organization created primarily to serve as a liaison between Dominican companies seeking
access to the U.S. and international capital markets and U.S. companies wishing to invest in the
Dominican Republic. She has authored many articles, appeared on numerous television programs,
domestic and foreign newspapers, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars.