Lord Neuberger is a leading arbitrator, member of One Essex Court. From 2012 to 2017, he served as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He was a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary until the House of Lords' judicial functions were transferred to the new Supreme Court in 2009, at which point he became Master of the Rolls. Since 2010, Lord Neuberger has been a Non-Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society, and an honorary member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Dr Michael Pryles is a leading independent arbitrator. Chambers Asia-Pacific has consistently rated him as one of the “star individuals” who are most in demand in the Asia-Pacific region. He was previously the chairman of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and then President of its Court of Arbitration. He has also served as a court member of the LCIA; board member of DIAC; President of ACICA and Chairman of ICC Australia. For over 8 years, he was a Commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission, adjudicating claims against Iraq following the first Gulf War, and he was also a Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission. Prior to becoming a full-time arbitrator he was a partner in the Australian law firm Minter Ellison, and before that he held the Henry Bournes Higgins chair of law at Monash University in Melbourne.
Toby Landau QC is a member of the Delos Board of Advisors. He is a barrister and arbitrator, and a member of the Bars of England & Wales, Singapore, New York, the BVI and Northern Ireland, and is registered in the DIFC. He was the first QC to be admitted as a full member of the Singapore Bar, and practices from Essex Court Chambers in London, and Essex Court Chambers Duxton in Singapore. As Counsel he has argued hundreds of major international commercial and investor-State arbitrations, as well as many ground-breaking arbitration cases in the Courts of England, Singapore, Pakistan and the Caribbean. As Arbitrator, he has extensive experience sitting in commercial and investor-State disputes worldwide. He is Visiting Professor at Kings College London; Court Member of the LCIA and the SIAC; Fellow of the CIArb; UK delegate to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration (1994-2013); and a draftsman of the English Arbitration Act 1996; the Pakistan Arbitration (International Investment Disputes) Ordinance, 2006; the Mauritius International Arbitration Act 2008, as well as many institutional rules. He holds a first-class law degree and a first class BCL from Oxford University (Eldon Scholar), and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (Kennedy Scholar).
Wendy Miles QC is a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, in London, and a member of the firm's International Dispute Resolution Group. With over 20 years of experience, Ms Miles has acted as counsel in arbitrations under all the major institutions, as well as ad hoc arbitrations and significant public international law cases. She has advised a wide range of multinationals, sovereign states and state entities in public and private international law and international dispute resolution, including commercial and investor state arbitration. Ms Miles is currently a Vice President of the ICC Court of Arbitration and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. She co-chaired the ICC Task Forces on Costs Allocation in Arbitration (report published in 2017) and Climate Change Related Disputes (report published in 2019). She is also active on various other professional bodies including the IBA, ICCA, Stockholm Arbitration Association, FIAA and the gender diversity initiative Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge. She regularly teaches and publishes. Ms Miles is admitted to practice in England & Wales, and New Zealand. She became Queen’s Counsel in 2015.
Lucy Reed joined Arbitration Chambers in New York in January 2020 as an independent arbitrator. She returned to the US after over seven years in Asia, first in Hong Kong and Singapore as head of the Freshfields global international arbitration group, and then as Director of the Centre for International Law and Professor of Practice on the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore. Lucy is President of ICCA and a Vice-President of the SIAC Court, having formerly served as President of the American Society of International Law and a Vice President of the ICC Court. Over her career, Lucy has represented private and public clients in investment treaty and complex commercial arbitrations, and sat as arbitrator in some 50 cases, including on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission (a Geneva Convention tribunal). Her earlier positions include Co-Director of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland (the first Holocaust tribunal), general counsel of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (dealing with North Korea nuclear issues) and, while with the US State Department, the US Agent to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal. A New York qualified lawyer, she was educated at the University of Chicago Law School and Brown University.
Prof. Bernard Hanotiau is a member of the Brussels and Paris Bars. Since 1978, He has been actively involved in more than 500 international arbitration cases as party-appointed arbitrator, chairman, sole arbitrator, counsel and expert in all parts of the world. Prof. Hanotiau is professor emeritus of the law school of Louvain University (Belgium). He is a member of the ICCA Governing Board and of the Council of the ICC Institute and a member of the ICC International Arbitration Commission. He is also a former vice-president of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration (Dallas) and a former vice-president of the LCIA Court. He is a member of the Court of Arbitration of SIAC and of the Governing Board of DIAC (Dubai). He is the author of Complex Arbitrations: Multiparty, Multicontract, Multi-issue and Class Actions (Kluwer, 2006) and of more than 120 articles, most of them relating to international commercial law and arbitration. In March 2011, Prof. Hanotiau received the GAR “Arbitrator of the Year” award. In April 2016, he also received the Who’s Who Legal “Lawyer of the Year” for Arbitration award.
Sir Bernard Rix is a leading arbitrator, member of Twenty Essex. He retired in 2013 as a Lord Justice of Appeal with 20 years’ experience in the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal. He is also an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court and a member of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. He is also Professor of International Commercial Law at The Centre of Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London.
Loretta Malintoppi is an arbitrator with 39 Essex Chambers, based in Singapore. She is dually qualified (Paris and Rome Bars) and her company is registered as a Foreign Law Practice in Singapore. She specializes in international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration and public international law. She sits as arbitrator in proceedings under a variety of arbitration rules, including ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, LCIA and DIAC. Loretta also appears as counsel and advocate in State-to-State disputes before the International Court of Justice and in ad hoc arbitrations.
She was a Member for Italy of the ICC International Court of Arbitration from 2000 to 2009 and served as a Vice-President of the ICC Court from 2009 until 30 June 2015. She currently is a member of the Governing Board of ICCA, and a member of the Governing Board of the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
Loretta is one of the co-authors of The ICSID Convention – A Commentary published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. She is also a member of the Editorial Boards of The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals and of the Singapore Arbitration Journal, editor of the International Litigation in Practice Series, and a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of World Investment and Trade and The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals.
Professor Julian Lew QC is a full-time arbitrator in international commercial and investment disputes. He has been involved with international arbitration for more than 40 years as an academic, counsel and arbitrator. Before 2005, Julian was a partner and, for some years, the head of the international arbitration practice group of Herbert Smith. He is Professor of International Arbitration and Head of the School of International Arbitration, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. He has held these positions since the School’s creation in 1985. Prof. Lew received the GAR Award for Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator in 2015.
Professor Emmanuel Gaillard founded and heads Shearman & Sterling’s 100-lawyer International Arbitration practice. He is also the Firm’s Global Head of Disputes. A Professor of Law in France, he serves as a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Harvard Law School. Professor Gaillard is universally regarded as a leading authority in the fields of both commercial and investment treaty arbitration.
Over the course of his career, Professor Gaillard has acted on many international arbitration landmark cases. In addition to the USD 50 billion award secured for the majority shareholders of the former Yukos Oil Company, he acted on the ICC arbitration brought by The Dow Chemical Company against Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait, which led to a USD 2.47 billion award in favor of Dow Chemical.
Professor Gaillard is widely regarded as one of the top practitioners worldwide. He is one of the only two lawyers recognized as a ‘star individual’ in international arbitration worldwide by Chambers. He is also distinguished as the number one thought leader globally in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2020.
Professor Gaillard has written extensively on all aspects of arbitration law, in French and in English. Co-author of a leading treatise in the field (Fouchard Gaillard Goldman On International Commercial Arbitration), he authored the first published essay on the legal theory of international arbitration. The volume, originally published in French (Aspects Philosophiques du droit de l’arbitrage international), was subsequently published in English (Legal Theory of International Arbitration), as well as in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and a number of other languages. He co-authored, as expert acting for UNCITRAL, the UNCITRAL Secretariat Guide on the New York Convention, published in the six official languages of the United Nations.
Professor Gaillard also served as member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, appointed by France (2006–2018). He chairs the International Arbitration Institute (IAI) and was the first President and one of the co-founders of the International Academy for Arbitration Law (AIDA).
Professor Jan Paulsson is a founding partner of Three Crowns LLP, and has practised exclusively as an advocate and arbitrator in international cases since 1975. A member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, he has notably served as President of the London Court of International Arbitration, President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), and a Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. A graduate of Yale Law School and the University of Paris II (law), he is an avocat honoraire of the Paris Bar and a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
Professor Brigitte Stern is an Emeritus Professor of International Law at the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and former Professor at the Geneva Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (IHEID). She has also been invited as a visiting Professor in many universities or schools around the world. She is the author of numerous books and articles focusing on different areas of international law. She is a former member and Vice-President of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal (UNAT), and of the Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank. She has also served as President of the French Commission for the Elimination of Landmines. Brigitte Stern is one of the world’s leading arbitrators, having acted as arbitrator in numerous international arbitration proceedings, ad hoc (including UNCITRAL), under the rules of the ICC, SCC, SIAC, ICSID as well as in PCA and NAFTA proceedings.
Judge Brower's 55-year career in the law has combined extensive practice at the bar with distinguished public service, both national and international. For nearly 40 years he has focused on public international law and international dispute resolution. As counsel or arbitrator he has handled cases on all six continents, principally under the rules of the ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, AAA, United Nations Compensation Commission, ICSID, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Insurance and Reinsurance Arbitration Society and LMAA.
Charles started his career with White & Case LLP in New York, before serving for four years in the United States Department of State in Washington, DC, concluding as its Acting Legal Adviser. He then rejoined White & Case LLP, co-founding its Washington, DC office, where his practice came to be comprised almost exclusively of substantial international arbitrations.
He has served continuously since 1983 as a judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands. That service was interrupted for some months in 1987 by White House service as Deputy Special Counsellor to President Reagan. Charles resumed partnership in White & Case LLP from 1988 until joining 20 Essex Street in 2001. Since 2014 he has also served as a Judge ad hoc at the International Court of Justice.
Dame Rosalyn Higgins was a member of Essex Court Chambers from 1975 up until her election to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 1995. She was the first female judge elected to the ICJ, and was elected President in 2006, a position she held until the expiry of her term of office in 2009. She has also served on the UN Human Rights Committee, as Honorary President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), as President of the British Institute of International Comparative Law (BIICL) and as Vice President of the Institut de Droit International. She was previously a Professor of International Law at the University of Kent and at the London School of Economics (LSE).
J. Christopher Thomas QC practices in the field of international trade and commercial law with an emphasis on trade and investment regulation and dispute settlement. After six years at the National University of Singapore’s Centre for International Law, he returned to Vancouver where he continues to practice as an international arbitrator. He has been counsel in many international disputes, in domestic administrative law procedures (anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases), and in contentious proceedings before the superior courts of Canada. From March 1993 until June 2008, he ran the law firm of Thomas & Partners. Since that time, he has been a sole practitioner, acting primarily as an arbitrator in international investment, trade and commercial disputes. He is Editor of Investor-State LawGuide, an on-line legal research database on investment treaty arbitration law.
With the support of Arbitral Women, the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA), Careers in Arbitration (CiA), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), LONDAP, the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).
Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS is a member of the Delos Board of Advisors. He has been a full-time practising arbitrator since 1995. He has been involved in several hundred arbitrations as arbitrator. Called to the Bar of England in 1965, Mr. Kaplan has practiced as a barrister, Principal Crown Counsel at the Hong Kong Attorney General’s Chambers, and served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong in charge of the Arbitration List. He was Chair of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) for 13 years and President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in 1999/2000. Since 2017 he has been the President of the Court of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arbitration and Mediation Centre (MARC).
Prof. Doug Jones AO and Prof. Janet Walker were 'tagged' by Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS. They discussed what comes after Procedural Order No. 1, i.e. "PO1 – The beginning or the end?", with Dr Kabir Duggal and Amanda Lee. The recording is available here.
Prof. Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator with over 40 years' prior experience as an international transactional and disputes project lawyer. Doug is a door tenant at Atkin Chambers London, an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto, and has an office in Sydney. Doug is also an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). He has been involved in over 120 arbitrations spanning over 30 jurisdictions in disputes of values exceeding some billions $US. In addition, Doug has held appointments at several international professional associations, including as President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA).
Prof. Janet Walker is an independent arbitrator with chambers at Arbitration Place, Toronto; Int-Arb Arbitrators, London; and Sydney Arbitration Chambers, Australia. Janet has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair in ICC, ICDR, DIAC, HKIAC, KCAB and SIAC-administered, and in ad hoc arbitrations in a variety of seats. Her matters range from construction, M&A, shareholder, intellectual property, pharma and environmental. She has a good working knowledge of Spanish and French. Janet is professor of law (past associate dean) at Osgoode Hall Law School, a member of the Ontario Bar, and a licensed legal consultant of the New York State Bar. She authors Canada’s main text on private international law, cited in more than 350 judgments. She is chair-elect of ICC Canada.
Sir Bernard Eder was 'tagged' by Professors Doug Jones AO and Janet Walker. He discussed "Issue Estoppel under the New York Convention", with Dr Kabir Duggal and Amanda Lee. The recording is available here.
Sir Bernard Eder is an international arbitrator/mediator based at 24 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. He previously practised as a barrister at Essex Court Chambers for almost 35 years – between 1976 and 2010 - specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991. During his practice at the English Bar, he acted as Counsel in over 100 reported cases (including in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the Privy Council) and over 200 international arbitrations. In 2011, he was appointed a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He resigned from the Bench in April 2015. During that time, he sat mainly in the Commercial Court in London where he presided over a number of high-profile trials. In 2015, he was appointed an International Judge at the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). He was formerly Chair of ARIAS (UK). Over the years, he has been appointed as arbitrator in over 300 international arbitrations.
About the topic: the ability to enforce an award in different jurisdictions is an important part of the arbitral process. In that context, an important issue arises as to whether the decision of a Court in Country A as to the enforceability of an award under the New York Convention can give rise to an issue estoppel in Country B – and, if so, when. That issue has been considered in a number of cases in the English High Court including most recently (31 March 2020) in Carpatsky Petroleum Corp v PJSC Ukrnafta  EWHC 769 (Comm). In this TagTime webinair, Sir Bernard Eder will review the English authorities (including his own earlier decision in Diag Human SE v Czech Republic  EWHC 1639 (Comm)).
Meg Kinnear discussed "Tracking the Evolution of the ICSID Rules" with Dr Kabir Duggal and Amanda Lee. The recording is available here. This episode was also supported by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Meg Kinnear is a Vice President of the World Bank Group and the Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Ms. Kinnear was formerly the Senior General Counsel and Director General of the Trade Law Bureau of Canada. In November 2002, Ms. Kinnear was also named Chair of the Negotiating Group on Dispute Settlement for the Free Trade of the Americas Agreement. From October 1996 to April 1999, Ms. Kinnear was Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Justice of Canada. Prior to this, Ms. Kinnear was Counsel at the Civil Litigation Section of the Canadian Department of Justice (from June 1984 to October 1996). Ms. Kinnear is currently Editor-in-Chief of the ICSID Review, and a co-author of Investment Disputes under NAFTA (published in 2006 and updated in 2008 & 2009), Federal Court Practice (1988-1990, 1991-1992, and 1993-2009 annually) and 1995 Crown Liability and Proceedings Act Annotated (1994).
About the topic: the ICSID Rules and Regulations have evolved since they first took effect in 1968, reflecting a continuous effort to modernize and improve upon the most commonly used procedural rules in investor-State dispute settlement. In this webinar, Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General of ICSID, will highlight key changes to the rules over time. She will also outline the amendments currently under consideration as part of the fourth amendment of the ICSID rules, as well as the newly published Code of Conduct for Adjudicators developed with UNCITRAL.
Gourab Banerji SA was 'tagged' by Sir Bernard Eder. He discussed "Recent Developments in the Enforcement of New York Convention Awards in India" with Dr Kabir Duggal and Amanda Lee, and reviewed the history of enforcement of foreign awards of India. The recording is available here. This episode was also supported by Young MCIA (MCIA being the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration).
Gourab Banerji is a Senior Advocate, practicing mainly before the Supreme Court of India. He is an Overseas Associate of Essex Court Chambers. Graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1989 with First Class Honours, he was called to the Bar from Lincolns Inn in 1990. He was designated as a Senior Advocate in 2003 and served as the Additional Solicitor General of India from July 2009 to May 2014. In this capacity, he represented the Government of India in a number of landmark cases. His practice before the courts is mainly in commercial matters, particularly relating to arbitration and contractual disputes. Gourab sits as an arbitrator in domestic and international commercial arbitrations, apart from appearing as counsel. He has represented the Republic of India in its investment treaty arbitrations. He has been a part of various governmental and inter-governmental committees and assisted the Law Commission in its reports relating to arbitration.
About the topic: the discussion retraced the history of enforcement of New York Convention awards in India before turning to the recent Indian Supreme Court judgments in Vijay Karia & Ors. v. Prysmian Cavi E Sistemi S.r.I. (2020) and National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. (NAFED) v. Alimenta S.A. (2020). For a write-up of this webinar, see Sahil Tagotra & Ishita Mishra, "Recent Developments in the Enforcement of New York Convention Awards in India" (Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 6 July 2020).
Funke Adekoya SAN was 'tagged' by Gourab Banerji SA. She discussed "Damages and Costs: Can Fair Compensation Be Too Much?" with Dr Kabir Duggal and Amanda Lee, reviewed the manner in which damages were pleaded and addressed in certain particularly large awards, and the practice of allocation of costs, both in commercial and investment arbitration. The recording is available here. This episode was also supported by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) - Nigeria Branch, CRID-LawNet, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) and the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA).
Funke Adekoya SAN is a founding Partner at Nigerian law firm ǼLEX, one of the largest full service commercial law firms in Nigeria where she heads the Dispute Resolution practice group. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, also a Chartered Arbitrator, a past Chairman of its Nigerian Branch, and a member of the ICCA Governing Board. Funke has over 45 years’ experience in Litigation and Arbitration. Funke received her legal education at University of Ile, Nigeria and Harvard Law School (LL.M.). She was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2001. She has been a member of Nigeria’s Body of Benchers since 1999 and was elevated to Life Bencher in March, 2007. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences in the fields of litigation and arbitration.
Dr Yas Banifatemi was 'tagged' by Meg Kinnear. She discussed "Arbitration as a means of improving human rights protections at sea" with Dr Kabir Duggal and Amanda Lee. The recording is available here and Yas Banifatemi's presentation is available here.
Dr Yas Banifatemi is a partner and Co-Head of the International Arbitration practice at Shearman & Sterling. She also leads the firm’s Public International Law practice, and co-heads the firm’s Energy practice. She is widely recognized as one of the most prominent international arbitration and public international law specialists worldwide. Yas Banifatemi is a Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, a member of the LCIA Court and a member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration. She is also a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, appointed by the Chairman of ICSID’s Administrative Council. Yas Banifatemi teaches at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School and Panthéon-Sorbonne University. In the Summer 2019, she gave a course at The Hague Academy of International Law on the powers of the arbitrator. She researches in the areas of public international law and international arbitration, and has authored numerous publications in, and regularly speaks about, both these fields.
To find out more about the topic, you can download the White Paper of 5 May 2020 (updated) from the website of Human Rights at Sea (HRAS), which also has it in French. This initiative was reported here by Global Arbitration Review, as reproduced here (free access) with permission by HRAS.
Cecilia Azar was 'tagged' by Funke Adekoya SAN. She discussed "Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration: Debates and dilemmas surrounding third-party funding and party representation" with Dr Kabir Duggal and Amanda Lee. The recording is available here. This episode was also supported by Women Way in Arbitration - Latin America (WWA LatAm).
Cecilia Azar is a partner at Galicia Abogados, specializing in arbitration, mediation and legal proceedings relating to arbitration. She has specialized in the energy, infrastructure, construction and family/commercial mediation sectors over the past 10 years. Her clients include national and international companies involved in energy or construction and infrastructure projects. Her recent cases have covered complex legal disputes relating to distribution, technology transfer and international purchase and sale contracts. She was Secretary General and Counsel at the Arbitration Center of Mexico (CAM). She is currently Vice-President of the ICC Mexico Arbitration Commission and Chair of the Mexican Arbitration Institute (IMA). She has international experience as counsel for the Mediation in Mexico Project, sponsored by the American Bar Association and USAID. She has been recognized by Who’s Who and Chambers Latin America over the last 5 years.
Prof. Diane Desierto was 'tagged' by Yas Banifatemi. She discussed "Invoking Climate Change, Environmental Law and Human Rights Law in International Arbitration: Utopia or Opportunity?" with Dr Kabir Duggal and Amanda Lee. The recording is available here. This episode was also supported by the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb).
Prof. Diane Desierto (JSD, Yale) is tenured Associate Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, where she is also a Faculty Fellow in five of the University's institutes and centers (Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and Pulte Institute on Global Development), focusing on the teaching of international law, human rights, maritime security, and ASEAN Law. Concurrently, she is also Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the Philippines Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, External Executive Director and ASEAN Law Visiting Professor for the University of the Philippines Graduate LLM Program in the Bonifacio Global City campus.
Prof. Desierto is active as international counsel on Philippines and Southeast Asia matters before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Human Rights Committee, the International Criminal Court, ASEAN, Philippine courts and regulatory agencies. She serves as a member of the editorial boards of European Journal of International Law and EJIL:Talk!, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Law Journal, and the Indonesian Journal of International and Comparative Law. She is a Member of the Academic Council of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration and the UNCITRAL Academic Forum on ISDS Reform, a listed Arbitrator at the British Virgin Islands Arbitration Centre. Prof. Desierto has served as Expert for the drafting of the 2012 ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, the draft 2020 UN Convention on the Right to Development, and the 2019 Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration, and authored over 100 publications (4 books, 50 law review articles, 20 chapters, essays and book reviews) with leading publishers in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Prof. Mohamed Abdel Wahab was 'tagged' by Cecilia Azar. He discussed "Good Faith and Neighbouring Doctrines: Conceptual Considerations and Practical Applications in International Arbitration" with Dr Kabir Duggal and Amanda Lee. The recording is available here. This episode was also supported by the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) and the DIFC-LCIA.
Prof. Mohamed Abdel Wahab is the Chair of the Private International law Department and Professor of International Arbitration at Cairo University. He is also: Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Member of the ICCA Governing Board; Vice- Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum; Member of the CRCICA Advisory Committee; Member of the Advisory Board, Mauritius International Arbitration Centre (MIAC); Member of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb); Vice Chair, Academic Forum for Investor-State Dispute Settlement; Court Member of the CIMAC; Dean and Member of the Advisory Council of the Africa Arbitration Academy; and Member of the Governing Board of the International Council on Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR).
He is listed in all major legal directories as a star practitioner and a thought leader. He is listed in AFRICA’s 100 list of leading African arbitration practitioners, was selected by Africa Arbitration as the African Personality of June 2018 and by LACIAC (Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre) as the Arbitration Personality in May 2019. He Received the LAW Magazine 2017 Award for the Best Legal Practitioner in Egypt, the 2018 ASA International Arbitration Advocacy Prize, the AYA Hall of Fame Award in London for the African Arbitrator of 2019, and, in February 2020, he received Lexology’s Client Choice International Award. He regularly writes and speaks on issues of international arbitration, and the leading treatise which he co-edits: ‘Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice’ (2012), received the CPR Award for the Best Published Dispute Resolution Work (2013).
Prof. Catherine Rogers was 'tagged' by Prof. Diane Desierto. She discussed "Does International Arbitration Enfeeble or Enhance Local Legal Institutions?" with Dr Kabir Duggal and Amanda Lee. The recording is available here and Catherine's presentation is available here. To find out more about the topic, it is based on an article of same title by Catherine and Christopher Drahozal, which is available for download here. This episode was also supported by Arbitrator Intelligence.
Prof. Catherine Rogers is a scholar of international arbitration and professional ethics at Penn State Law, with a dual appointment as Professor of Ethics, Regulation, and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary, University of London, where she is also Co-Director of the Institute for Ethics and Regulation. Her scholarship focuses on the convergence of the public and private in international adjudication, the intersection of markets and regulation in guiding professional conduct, and on the reconceptualization of the attorney as a global actor. Catherine teaches, lectures, and publishes on these topics around the world, including as an invited participant at two Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Fora.
Catherine is a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. Before entering academia, Catherine clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practised international litigation and arbitration in New York, Hong Kong, and San Francisco.
Vladimir Khvalei was 'tagged' by Prof. Mohamed Abdel Wahab. He discussed "Corruption in international arbitration: red flags, burden and standard of proof" with Dr Kabir Duggal and Amanda Lee. The recording is available here. This episode was also supported by the CIS Arbitration Forum.
Vladimir Khvalei is a partner in the Moscow office of Baker & McKenzie and heads the firm’s CIS Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Mr. Khvalei is Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Vladimir is Chairman of the Board of the Russian Arbitration Association and Chairman of the Arbitration Commission of the Russian National Committee of the ICC. Vladimir serves as a Member of the Board of the International Arbitration Court at the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Member of the Board of the Ukrainian Arbitration Association, Member of the Polish Arbitration Association, Member of the Austrian Arbitration Association, Member of the Governing board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). Vladimir is a former Vice-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee (2013-2014).
Yemi Candide-Johnson SAN was 'tagged' by Prof. Catherine Rogers. He discussed "Intra-Africa trade and the future of commercial dispute resolution on the continent" with Dr Kabir Duggal and Amanda Lee. The recording is available here. This episode was also supported by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) - Nigeria Branch, CRID-LawNet, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) and the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA).
Charles Adeyemi (Yemi) Candide-Johnson SAN is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a former chairman of the Section on business Law of the Nigeria Bar Association, a past president of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, the chairman of the Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Corporation, and the convenor of the Nigerian Justice Reform Project. He is also a commercial litigator and international commercial arbitrator who has chaired, co-arbitrated and conducted arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA and LMAA Rules, in addition to domestic and ad hoc arbitrations in the construction, oil and gas, banking and Islamic banking industries.
Dr Michael Hwang SC currently practices as an international arbitrator and mediator based in Singapore. He was the Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts from 2010 to 2018. He sits as arbitrator in domestic and international disputes, including investment treaty disputes, under a wide variety of arbitral rules. Michael was called to the Singapore Bar in 1968, when he joined Allen & Gledhill. He became a partner in 1972 and retired from the firm in 2002 after serving as head of its Litigation and Arbitration Department for 10 years.
Michael’s past appointments include: a former Vice Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), a former Vice President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), a former member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), a former Court Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), a former panel member on the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Panel, and a former Trustee of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). He has also served as a United Nations Compensation Commissioner (adjudicating claims against Iraq arising from the First Gulf War) and a Vice-Chair of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Arbitration Committee, as well as a Council Member of International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS). He is on the Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), and is also a Board Member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and the Hainan international Arbitration Court. Michael has also previously served as Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Switzerland and Argentina, as a Judicial Commissioner (fixed-term High Court Judge) of the Supreme Court of Singapore, and as President of the Law Society of Singapore.
Michael has published two books of essays on international arbitration, which are available for download from http://www.mhwang.com/.
He was educated at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Oxford University, where he was a college scholar by open competitive examination. He has also been conferred an Honorary LLD by the University of Sydney where he commenced his legal career as a Teaching Fellow.
With the support of Arbitral Women, the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA), Careers in Arbitration (CiA), LONDAP and the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC).