- 26 March 2024
- 19 h 00 min - 22 h 40 min
ROAP AMERICAS 2023/4 FINALS – 26 March 2024
The ROAP Americas Finals bring to a close our advanced remote oral advocacy and cross-examination courses, by featuring the most persuasive and skilled participants on each course.
The outcome of the finals will be determined by a panel of world-class arbitrators consisting of Doak Bishop (President) to whom the ROAP Americas 2023/4 edition is dedicated, Isabel Fernández de la Cuesta, and Baiju Vasani.
The event will take place live on 26 March 2024 from 2pm to 5.40pm ET. Provisional event programme:
- 2pm ET – Welcome from the ROAP Americas Chairs Kate Brown de Vejar and James Hosking, and introduction by ROAP Americas 2023/4 Dedicatee, Doak Bishop
- 2.10pm ET – CROSS-EXAMINATION FINALS
- 3.35pm ET – ORAL SUBMISSIONS FINALS
- 5.20pm ET – Tribunal decisions for both Finals
- 5.40pm ET – Word of thanks from the ROAP Americas co-convenor Sharmistha Chakrabarti
Short bios of our finalists (forthcoming) and tribunal members below.
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TRIBUNAL FOR ROAP AMERICAS 2023/4 FINALS
Doak Bishop specializes in international arbitration, with a focus on Latin America. A partner in our International Arbitration practice, Doak represents companies in arbitration and litigation of disputes in the oil and gas, energy, construction, environmental and foreign investment sectors. With extensive experience in litigation and international arbitration, Doak has served both as an arbitrator and counsel. He represents clients in disputes concerning oil and gas and energy, foreign investment, construction and environmental matters. Doak has served as Chairman of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration and as a Director of the American Arbitration Association (AAA). He is also a member of the U.S. delegation to the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes. As an arbitrator, Doak has led or participated in more than 70 arbitrations under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), AAA, the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC) and the Center for Public Resources (CPR), as well as in ad hoc arbitrations. A frequent author and speaker, Doak is listed by Chambers USA in Tier 1 as a top seven U.S. arbitration counsel, and by Chambers Global in Tier 1 of the top 11 international arbitration counsel globally. He is also listed as a top 20 arbitration specialist by Cross-Border Quarterly, published in the UK.
Isabel Fernández de la Cuesta has 20 years of experience in the field of international arbitration. As independent arbitrator, Isabel has served in different capacities in a variety of commercial disputes. She brings her two decades of experience as counsel in a leading international arbitration law firm to her independent arbitrator practice. She is efficient and detail oriented. She understands the importance of being prepared and learning the case in depth. As counsel, Isabel’s practice covers every stage of an international dispute, from drafting arbitration agreements and providing pre-dispute advice, to representing parties in arbitration proceedings and counseling clients through the final phases of award recognition, enforcement, and set-aside. Isabel has significant experience negotiating settlement agreements for international disputes.
Baiju Vasani is a renowned leader in ISDS, international commercial arbitration, and public international law as both counsel and arbitrator. Before he joined the Bar in November 2022, Baiju spent 20 years in international law firm practice, including 12 as partner, leading large teams of lawyers in dozens of international arbitration disputes worth several tens of billions of dollars in aggregate. His treaty practice has encompassed representation of States and investors under both ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. Until February 2022, he split his time between Moscow and London leading the Russian Federation’s defence in six major investment treaty arbitrations. He has also advised States on the negotiation and drafting of investment treaties. Prior to that he led the international arbitration practices of major American law firms in London and Washington DC. In those roles, he won several high-profile treaty awards, with particular experience in creating and managing winning global strategies for investors in high-stakes, sensitive disputes involving geopolitical issues or major criminal allegations. His international investment law experience has also been at the forefront of the intersection of international arbitration and public international law, having acted as lead counsel on seminal cases on treaty succession, disputed territories, and the effect of alleged illegality on arbitral jurisdiction. His commercial arbitration record is equally robust. He is often called on to lead cases involving English law or a London seat, but has equally led cases seated elsewhere involving laws ranging from those of India, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, UAE, Brazil, various US states, to Russia and the FSU, among others. Baiju also regularly sits as arbitrator in treaty and commercial arbitrations, and welcomes such appointments through Chambers. Finally, Baiju is a Senior Fellow of International Law at SOAS, University of London, where he teaches international arbitration to postgraduates from around the world. He also has an active pro bono practice using international dispute resolution techniques to further the global rule of law, and is passionate about bringing diversity into the international arbitration field.