Reflecting on our internship at WagArb


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Reflecting on our internship at WagArb

16 October 2018

Anna, Claudia, Munique and Thiago, LL.M. graduates in International Dispute Resolution from Humboldt University of Berlin, were interns at WAGNER Arbitration. Upon the conclusion of their internships, they wanted to share their experience and explain what an internship at WagArb looks like.

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What does it mean to be an intern at WagArb?

In essence, it means to be welcomed to a warm and highly professional work environment. We clearly remember the cordial invitation of Philipp Wagner on behalf of WagArb to the “Saint Nicolas” event. We, the LL.M. students, gathered at the firm office around Glühwein and traditional German Christmas pastries. We met the entire WagArb team and were introduced to renowned professionals in a very friendly and cozy atmosphere. This feeling lived on when we started our internships: from day one, we immediately felt as part of the team. We continue to carry this kindness and warmth with us to this day.

Our internship was special.

From the very beginning, we were assigned our tasks and had the opportunity to work autonomously, although always under the guiding wing of our respective supervisors. It allowed us to gain invaluable practical experience in international commercial and investment arbitration law while experiencing work within a firm with a genuine team spirit. Upon completion of the internship, we had a hands-on understanding of both an arbitrator as well as a counsel’s role in an arbitration proceeding. We were pleased to participate in the majority of the firm’s events, including the “Firmenlauf” 2018. Sharing anecdotes and getting to know each other in an amiable way during the Friday lunches always made us feel at home. Additionally, the jour fix meetings on Monday mornings to discuss the weekly tasks as well as the after-work conversations on Wednesday evenings enabled us to genuinely experience the enriching working routine at WagArb. To our minds, it is clear that the firm is not only about law: it encompasses art, fine cuisine, jazz, sports and companionship. All these features make WagArb a daily source of inspiration for all of us.

Our internship was full of academic insights.

During our time at WagArb, we had the pleasure to attend the Second Wagner Arbitration Lecture with Prof. Stephan Breidenbach on “Dispute Resolution 4.0”. Furthermore, we were given the opportunity to participate in oral advocacy training sessions with John Faulk. Whilst having tons of fun, we were taught the importance of communicating in a clear and professional manner. Our oral presentation skills improved during the course of the workshop already. We look forward to applying this wealth of experience in our respective practice.

Our internship at WagArb left us with one of the most beautiful memories of the LL.M. program.

We sincerely miss the time shared with this great team. We will continue to carry several unforgettable memories with us and draw from the invaluable professional experience we gained. The internship will stay in our memories as one of the best times of our LL.M. program in Berlin. We can proudly say we became – albeit for a short time – four true members of the WagArb team.






About the authors

Munique Mendes, LL.M.

Munique is a Brazilian lawyer and holds an LL.M. degree in International Dispute Resolution from Berlin Humboldt University. She has previously studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and participated in the Vis Moot competition both as a team member and twice as a coach. After graduating from law school, Munique started working at the law firm Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados, which is specialized in litigation and arbitration proceedings in a maritime context.

Thiago Stüssi Neves, LL.M.

Thiago is a Brazilian lawyer and holds an LL.M. degree in International Dispute Resolution from Berlin Humboldt University. He has studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio and has previously spent a semester abroad studying in the University of Cologne. He represented his university at the Vis Moot Competition in 2013 and, following his studies, took up a position as associate with the law firm Stüssi-Neves Advogados, which is specialized in litigation and arbitration.

Claudia Pillosu, LL.M.

Claudia has studied law at the University of Cagliari with a specialization in international law and holds an LL.M. degree in International Dispute Resolution from Berlin Humboldt University. She previously interned at the Embassy of Peru in the Hague and was a visiting professional in the legal department of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica. Claudia was also a Robert Schuman Trainee at the legal affairs committee of the European Parliament in Brussels in 2017.

Anna Polubaryeva, LL.M.

Anna has studied law at the Tomsk State University and holds an LL.M. degree in International Dispute Resolution from Berlin Humboldt University. She has particular expertise in the construction sector. She worked as in-house legal counsel for construction and engineering companies in Russia for more than 10 years. Before that, she was engaged as head of the legal department of a logistics provider in Saint Petersburg.


About Wagner Arbitration

The law firm WAGNER Arbitration has its offices in Berlin and specializes in dispute resolution with a focus on arbitration. In addition, the firm offers comprehensive counseling services related to domestic and international business disputes and transactions.