Maryam Salehijam is a Canadian/Iranian BOF funded PhD researcher at the Transnational Law Center of the University of Ghent as well as a visiting scholar at the MPI for Comparative and International Private Law and the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. Maryam was awarded her LL.M. in International Laws and LL.B. in European Law by Maastricht University (exchanges in Glasgow and McGill University). She focuses her current research on the legal issues pertaining to the use of ADR in commercial disputes. Her specific research questions address the validity and enforceability of ADR agreements and whether these legal questions can be regulated at the international level. Maryam finds it important to build strong connections with the dispute resolution community and the legal community. She has been appointed the Young-OGEMID Rapporteur for Europe and the Head of Blog Content at Resolve Disputes Online. She moreover regularly speaks at international conferences and publishes to further build her connection with the wider legal community. Lastly, due to her international background, she is a native speaker of English and Persian, intermediate in Spanish and French, and beginner in German and Dutch.