is a Partner at the firm’s New York office, practises in the international litigation and arbitration group, and is listed as a key contact for investment and commercial arbitration. Her expertise covers international arbitration and related litigation with a focus on investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration involving energy, infrastructure, and construction. Mélida also has expertise in international trade policy issues, and was named to the indicative list of panellists of the World Trade Organization. She has experience as an arbitrator under various rules, including the AAA/ICDR and NAFTA Chapter 19, and is on the roster of arbitrators for Chapter 19, the AAA/ICDR, as well as the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre. She has been elected to the Council of the American Arbitration Association, the Council of the Institute of World Business Law of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (and member of its BASIL Task Force). She is a founding member of Washington Women in International Arbitration. Mélida has published widely, and is frequently invited to speak on, the subject of arbitration. She was recently ranked in Chambers Latin America 2019, and has also been named by Latinvex to its list of the top 100 lawyers, and for several years as one of the top 50 female lawyers, whose practice is focused on Latin America. Ms. Hodgson has taught as an adjunct professor of investment arbitration at the Washington College of Law at the American University in Washington, D.C.