Mary Helen Mourra is a practicing attorney with over twenty years of experience in international law and US domestic law. She is the former Executive Director of the Institute for Arbitration Law and Practice at the Pennsylvania State University School of Law. She is the principal author of Latin American Investment Treaty Arbitration: The Conflicts and Controversies (Kluwer 2008) which serves as a guide for governments signing international investment treaties. Her experience includes extensive work in the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States. She has provided international legal consultancy to various governments and/or government entities. In November 2009, she was part of the Chilean delegation to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); an inter-governmental organization established to promote the sharing of information, science, and technology for civilian/humanitarian purposes. From 2000 to 2005 she represented non-governmental organizations in the plenary sessions of the United Nations in New York and Geneva, Switzerland. She has received various awards for her legal work including a ‘Constitutional Rights Award for Outstanding Legal Service Against the Use of Secret Evidence’ presented by the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom (Washington D.C. 2001) and a ‘Pro Bono Award’ from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (Washington D.C. 2001). In 1995 and 1996, as the director of the legal department of a US civil rights organization, she presented expert testimony in legislative hearings in the United States Congress. She was editor of various academic books and international legal journals on arbitration and mediation, including The World Arbitration and Mediation Review and The Latin American Arbitration Review. She received her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University in 1988 and has been licensed to practice law in the United States since 1989. She speaks English, French, Spanish, and Haitian Creole and she has knowledge of Arabic.