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Rita M. Kaufmann

Associate 

Rita specializes in public international law and investment and commercial arbitration. She has been a member of the counsel team and has acted as tribunal secretary in proceedings under various institutional arbitration rules (ICSID, ICC, VIAC, FAI and sui generis). Rita has specific experience in disputes relating to energy, international employment, manufacturing and shareholder agreements.

She started her career in The Bahamas diplomatic service where she was engaged in International Human Rights Law and sat on The Bahamas National Committee for Trafficking in Persons. Later, specialized as an International Trade Advisor, she established and led a Trade Agreement Implementation Unit and negotiated agreements bilaterally and multilaterally.

Rita is Vice-Chair of R.E.A.L. (Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers) Newsletter & Blog Committee and an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Along with a legal internship at UNCITRAL, Rita holds an MBA and has experience in International Trade Policy and Law.

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Specializations
  • Investor-State Arbitration
  • Public International Law
  • Investment Protection
  • Commercial Arbitration
Languages
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
Memberships and Positions
  • Vice-Chair of R.E.A.L. (Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers) Newsletter & Blog Committee
  • Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Member of Energy Related Arbitration Practitioners (ENERAP)
  • Member of Young ICCA
  • Member of Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP)
  • Member of Young ICSID
Career

Before joining AKG ADVISORY, Rita was an International Trade Advisor to The Bahamas government and then transitioned into her legal career via a legal internship at UNCITRAL.

Education
  • 2020: Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), University of London, UK
  • 2014: Diploma, WTO Regional Trade Policy Course, Barbados
  • 2013: Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), University of Bradford, UK
  • 2012: Diploma in European and International Affairs, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria
  • 2007: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies – Economics / Political Science (B.A.), Vassar College, USA
  • 2006: Year Abroad, Middle Eastern Politics & Economic Development, American University in Cairo, Egypt