Graciela Dixon Caton
Graciela J. Dixon Caton, Attorney at Law, after 19 years of legal practice as an Advocate and Barrister, served for 10 years as Justice for the Panamanian Supreme Court from January 1998 to December 2007. During her last two years as the President of Panama’s Supreme Court, sensitive improvements to the judiciary modernization program were introduced, among which was the “Paperless Justice” (online procedures) as a step to reduce time and enhance effectiveness in judicial procedures as well as to increase transparency.
At present, she is an active National and International Commercial Arbitrator for the Panamanian Center for Dispute Resolutions (CESCON) and the Panamanian Conciliation and Arbitration Center (CECAP), operating under the Panamanian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture. She has been on the Madrid Official Chamber of Commerce Arbitrators roster. Justice Dixon has lectured in numerous international and national arbitration conferences adding practical experience as she has served as an Arbitrator (individually and as part of a panel) in construction and commercial arbitration procedures. She has also served as an Expert Witness before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (CIADI) in Washington D.C., as well as in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Miami, USA.
Justice Dixon Caton was Vice President and member of the Authority for the Inter Oceanic Region in the Republic of Panama which was in charge of the transition process and development of territories and infrastructure reverted to Panamanian Jurisdiction from the former Canal Zone in compliance with International treaties signed between the Republic of Panama and the United States of America.
Justice Dixon has taught Political Science, Social Security Law and Human Rights at the University of Panama, Latin American University of Science and Technology, visiting professor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and has given numerous lectures in many countries around the world, including Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Medgar Evers College in New York, University of Santo Domingo, City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, and also in the Republic of Panama.
At an international level since 2011 until present, Justice Dixon Caton is a member of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (UN organism).
Justice Dixon Caton is fluent in Spanish and English and also reads, writes and speaks French, moderately.