Calvin A. Hamilton, a native of Guyana, received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School and his master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is admitted to practice in New York and Spain, as well as before the United States Court of International Trade and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Calvin’s practice deals primarily with alternative dispute resolution: arbitration, litigation and mediation. He is specialised in mergers and acquisitions; distribution, agency, franchise and transfer agreements; contract negotiations; corporate law. He has extensive experience in the following sectors: technology, automotive, manufacturing, real estate, construction, energy, including oil and gas and renewable energy. hamilton abogados is consistently considered among the one-hundred top practices by Global Arbitration Review. Mr. Hamilton is also included in the Who’s Who of arbitration practitioners.
Calvin is currently focusing his attention on the English-speaking Caribbean, the birthplace to which he had long looked forward to returning. He is actively promoting arbitration law reform in Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Bahamas, where he frequently addresses conferences and makes both formal and informal presentations to ministers, judges, lawyers and chambers of commerce.
As a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, Calvin is developing a comprehensive ADR curriculum as part of a plan to further position the University as an institution of excellence. He also serves as the Secretary to the Barbados branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is one of the founding members of the Caribbean ADR Chambers (The “Chambers”). Moreover, as a lawyer admitted to practice in New York, he regularly counsels Caribbean clients on NY Law and/or acts on their behalf to manage local counsel there.
Calvin is one of the most prominent arbitration practitioners in Europe. As the second non-European lawyer admitted to the Madrid Bar Association, he has more than twenty-five years of experience, sixteen of which were as a partner in two of the leading international law firms there. In 2008 he founded his own boutique arbitration firm: hamilton abogados.
Calvin is included on the list of arbitrators of the following institutions: the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Madrid Arbitration Court, the Spanish Arbitration Court, the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), the Association for International Arbitration (AIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Comité Arbitragem Brasileiro de Arbitragem (CBAr) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).
He acts as counsel or arbitrator in arbitrations throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, the US, Africa and Europe. In addition, he has served as Secretary to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration panels and currently acts as an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) panellist in domain name disputes before the National Arbitration Forum.
His articles have appeared in publications such as Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, Spain Arbitration Review and the New York Law Journal.
Calvin recently signed a book contract together with Chris Malcolm and Shan Greer, 2 colleagues of the Chambers, to produce Commercial Arbitration in the Commonwealth of the Caribbean, which will examine critical aspects of the law and practice of arbitration in the area within the context of broader economic development objectives. It is being written for both students and practitioners and will, to this end, consider the nature and function of the elements of arbitration, regulatory framework issues, domestic as well as international, and practical questions, such as the taking of evidence, the general conduct of proceedings, etc.
Calvin is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French and Portuguese.