Karima Sauma

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Karima Sauma serves as the Executive Director of the International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of the American Chamber of Commerce in Costa Rica, an adjunct professor at ULACIT University and LEAD University in San José, and of Counsel at DJ Arbitraje. She regularly publishes and speaks about international law and arbitration. 


Previously, she worked as an Advisor with the Dispute Settlement Team of the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade, where she was part of Costa Rica’s defense team in claims filed under various treaties and free trade agreements. She was also a member of the negotiating team for treaties involving investment and dispute settlement provisions. Prior to joining the Ministry of Foreign Trade, she worked with the International Arbitration Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Washington, DC.


Karima received her J.D. with honors from the University of Costa Rica. She also holds an LL.M from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She is admitted to practice law in Costa Rica and the State of New York.