Berkeley Global Society - Gabriela Karaivanova

Gabriela Karaivanova

France, Bulgaria

About Gabriela

Gabriela is an international lawyer about to be sworn in the New York Bar in 2020. She is currently working in the field on international arbitration as a legal consultant in international arbitration cases led by the Arbitration Chambers in San Francisco, California.

Prior to that Gabriela worked as an Antitrust & Competition lawyer at an international law firm in Paris, the Council of the European Union in Brussels, the French Competition Authority and the French multinational automobile manufacturer Renault.

During her studies at Berkeley Law School, she was providing pro-bono legal services for the Superior Court of California in the County of Alameda where Gabriela was involved in some major cases in the field of product liability and commercial litigation.

Her current research is focused on AI Governance and Blockchain with particular focus on blockchain applications in Fintech & Law.



• University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.), May 2019, Highest Distinction.

– While at Berkeley Law she was Associate Editor at the Berkeley Journal of International Law;

– Member of the Executive Board of Blockchain at Berkeley Law;

– Case Rapporteur in Transnational Dispute Management, Oil, Gas & Energy Law

– Member of the team selected to represent Berkeley Law at the International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition at the American University, Washington College of Law.

• Prior to her LL.M. at Berkeley Law School, Gabriela obtained two master’s degrees in France:

– Master’s degree in European Business Law, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, with a master’s thesis entitled “Anti-competitive leveraging of market power on related markets”;

–  Master’s degree in Business Law, University Paris X, with a focus on international business and trade law.

In addition, Gabriela co-founded the European Law Students’ Association in Nancy, France and served as a delegate to the United Nations Economic and Social Council in New York in 2015.

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust & Competition Law
  • Blockchain
  • International Arbitration
  • International Disputes