Drawn from jurisdictions around the world, the Arbitrator Intelligence Board of Advisors is comprised of premier experts and thought leaders in the field. Collectively, the Board represents a wide range of viewpoints and stakeholders groups—in-house counsel, leading arbitrators, arbitral institutions, government parties, private lawyers and barristers, academics, and judges. The Board of Advisors will function as brain trust to guide AI’s project development.
Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab
Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab
Professor of Private International Law and International Arbitration (Cairo University)
Founding Partner, Zulficar & Partners (Egypt),
Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration,
Vice-President, LCIA Arab Users’ Council – LCIA
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab has broad and extensive experience of commercial and investment arbitration proceedings across the economic and business spectra, including: construction, telecommunications, oil & gas, energy, information technology, pharmaceuticals, hospitality and hotel management, real estate, sale of goods, banking, insurance, transport and finance sectors. Abdel Wahab holds a number of academic visiting posts in Egypt, the EU, and the USA, where he teaches Comparative Commercial and Investment Arbitration, English Contract law, Comparative Law, Online Dispute Resolution, and Conflict of Laws. He is an Adjunct Professor of Arbitration at the American University Construction Law and Arbitration Course (CLAC 045), a Fellow of the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, and Associate Member of the Centre for Private International Law at Aberdeen University, UK.
Abdel Wahab is Chair of the CIArb’s Technology Committee, and a member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (“ICCA”), the ICCA-QMUL Third Party Funding Task Force, the International Arbitration Institute (“IAI”) and the CIArb’s Practice and Standards Committee. He is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (“CEDR”) Accredited Mediator, and a dispute resolution consultant to the World Bank Group (WBG) and the United Nations (UN).
Abdel Wahab is recognized as a world leading dispute resolution practitioner and expert on international arbitration, Egyptian and Arab Laws, Islamic Shari’a, and online dispute resolution. He holds over fifty five prizes for academic achievement, and is regularly published in learned international journals on issues of private international law, international commercial and investment arbitration, and project finance. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on International Commercial & Investment Arbitration, Construction Law and Practice, Oil & Gas, Online Dispute Resolution, and Private International Law.
Abdel Wahab regularly prosecutes international arbitral proceedings and accepts arbitral appointments as a sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, and chairman in ad hoc and institutional proceedings. Abdel Wahab’s expertise in cross border multi- jurisdictional and highly complex transactions and disputes is broad and he has handled disputes governed by Egyptian, English, French, New York, Swiss, Italian, Spanish, United Arab Emirates, Saudi, Bahraini, Kuwaiti, and Omani law(s), as well as the general principles of law.
Abdel Wahab features in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration and is regularly recognized and ranked as a leading dispute resolution practitioner. The Legal 500 (2013) stated that “Head of international arbitration Mohamed Abdel Wahab ‘distinguishes himself through his sharpness, highly professional input, and performance befitting of a world-class arbitration practitioner”; Chambers & Partners Global (2013) stated that Abdel Wahab is “commended by clients for his impeccable language skills and efficient manner”; and in Chambers & Partners Global (2014) clients stated that the “very strong arbitration practice” of the Firm is headed by the “very knowledgeable” Mohamed Abdel Wahab.
Legal 500 (2014) stated that Mohamed Abdel Wahab is “one of the brightest of his generation, a strong thinker and excellent advocate who knows arbitration inside out”, and in Chambers & Partners Global (2015) clients say that the “terrific” Mohamed Abdel Wahab is considered one of Egypt’s premier arbitration lawyers. Sources say: “He prepares his case meticulously and comprehensively, and he is a superb cross- examiner.”
Recently, Abdel Wahab has been nominated twice in two successive years by a panel of judges for the Global Arbitration Review Award for Best Arbitration related Speech in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, his nomination was for his presentation on the “Domestic Law Basis for International Arbitration” at the Milan Chamber of Arbitration, Milan – Italy on 29 November 2013, and in 2014 for his presentation on “Glocalizing International Arbitration: An African Perspective” for the LCIA-MIAC Users’ Council Guest Lecture in Port Louis, Mauritius on 2 October 2014.
Abdel Wahab is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution (IJODR), and Co-Editor of the leading treatise on entitled ‘Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice’ (2012), which received the CPR Award for the Best Published Dispute Resolution Work (2013).
Abdel Wahab is listed on the rosters of many arbitral institutions including the CRCICA, DIAC, BCDR-AAA, and CIETAC, and has served as ‘Sole Arbitrator’, ‘Presiding Arbitrator’, ‘Party Appointed Arbitrator’, and ‘Counsel’ in more than 140 cases, including complex, high value institutional and ad hoc arbitral proceedings involving parties from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States. Abdel Wahab has appeared in cases under the auspices of the AAA, CRCICA, DIAC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, LCIA-DIFC, LMAA, SIAC, as well as ad hoc UNCITRAL proceedings. Throughout his appointments as arbitrator or counsel, he has acted in multi-hundred million dollars cases in the telecommunications, construction, oil and gas, investment, hotel management, transport, insurance, and financial sectors. He has also acted in mega disputes involving State and State-owned entities from different countries.
Asia Pacific Counsel, Skadden, Hong Kong, China
Chiann Bao focuses on international commercial disputes arising from Asia.
Prior to joining Skadden, Ms. Bao served as the secretary-general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), where she managed hundreds of arbitrations before tribunals in Asia, with a specific focus in China. During her tenure, HKIAC was recognized as the most frequently used arbitral institution outside of Europe, the most improved institution and the third best arbitral institution worldwide by the 2015 International Arbitration Survey, conducted by Queen Mary University of London.
Ms. Bao was instrumental in overseeing key initiatives such as the revision of the HKIAC
Administered Arbitration Rules, the establishment of the tribunal secretary accreditation
program, and the opening of the HKIAC Seoul and Shanghai offices. Ms. Bao worked at an international law firm in New York before joining HKIAC in 2010 where she advised clients in ad hoc and administered arbitrations. She was an adjunct professor at Hong Kong University (2014-2016) and is a frequent lecturer and author on international arbitration. In 2016, Ms. Bao was named to Asian Legal Business’ “40 Under 40” list. Ms. Bao was named as one of the Most Highly Regarded Individuals by Who’s Who Legal in its “Future Leaders – Arbitration 2017” report, in which they quoted her as being a “leading light in the local arbitration community” and “one of the superstars of Asian arbitration.”
Gary B. Born
Chair, International Arbitration Group, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
President, Singapore International Arbitration Center
Gary Born, Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, is one of the world’s preeminent authorities on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. He has served as counsel in over 600 arbitrations, including several of the largest arbitrations in ICC and ad hoc history, and has sat as arbitrator in more than 200 institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. He is ranked by peers and clients as one of the leading international arbitration practitioners in the world. Among many accolades, he received the GAR inaugural “Advocate of the Year” award, the Client Choice award for “Best International Arbitration Practitioner” in 2012 and 2014 and the inaugural Best Lawyers “London Arbitration and Mediation Lawyer of the Year” award. He is one of only two practitioners globally to achieve “star” status for international arbitration in Chambers and Partners’ guides.
Mr. Born has published a number of leading works on international arbitration, international litigation and other forms of dispute resolution. He is the author of International Commercial Arbitration (Second Edition, Kluwer 2014), the leading treatise in the field, which has received the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship and OGEMID’s Book of the Year award for 2009. He is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Tsinghua University, Beijing, and teaches regularly at law schools in Europe, Asia and North America. He is President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Court of Arbitration. He is also a member of the Global Advisory Board of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), the International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the International Arbitration Committee of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), and the Jerusalem Arbitration Center’s Court of Arbitration.
Professor in International Arbitration and Commercial Law
Centre for Commercial Law Studies Queen Mary University of London
Stavros Brekoulakis is a Professor in International Arbitration and Commercial Law at Queen Mary University of London, as well as an attorney-at-law. He teaches courses in International Commercial Arbitration, International Construction Contracts and Arbitration, International Commercial Litigation and Conflict of Laws, International Commercial Law. His academic work includes the leading monograph on Third Parties in International Commercial Arbitration (OUP 2010), the book Arbitrability: International and Comparative Perspectives (Kluwer 2009) and numerous publications in leading legal journals and reviews. He is currently writing (with Audley Sheppard) a book on Public Policy and Mandatory Rules in International Arbitration: a Common Law Perspective (OUP 2016). He is the Director of the Institute for Regulation and Ethics at Queen Mary, and the Co-Chair (with Professor Rusty Park and Professor Catherine Rogers) of the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third-Party Funding. He also is a member of the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings.
Brekoulakis has been involved in international arbitration for more than 15 years as counsel, arbitrator and expert. Having practiced commercial law, arbitration and litigation as an in-house counsel and private practitioner, he currently serves as arbitrator and expert. He has been appointed in more than 20 arbitrations, as chairman, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Danish Institute of Arbitration, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. His professional expertise focuses on arbitrations in the context of international business and trade transactions, including construction projects, sales of goods and distribution agreements, IP contracts, shipping and insurance contracts, financial transactions.
He holds an LL.B. degree from the National University of Athens, an LL.M. degree in International Business Law from King’s College London and a Ph.D. degree in Arbitration and Conflict of Laws from Queen Mary, University of London.
Charles N. Brower
Charles N. Brower
20 Essex Street Chambers
Judge, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal
Distinguished Visiting Research Professor
George Washington University Law School
The Hague, The Netherlands
Charles N. Brower has been a Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal for 32 years, has served as Judge ad hoc of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and currently sits as Judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice. He is a member of 20 Essex Street Chambers in London, and a Distinguished Visiting Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. Previously, Judge Brower served as Acting Legal Adviser to the United States Department of State, as Deputy Special Counsellor to the President of the United States, and as a partner at White & Case LLP, where he co-founded the firm’s Washington, DC office. Among other honors Judge Brower has been awarded the American Society of International Law’s Manley O. Hudson Medal (2009), the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) and the Global Arbitration Review’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2015).
Associate Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
Co-Director, Centre for Small States, Queen Mary University of London
Wellington, New Zealand
Dr. Petra Butler is Associate Professor at the Victoria University of Wellington School of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Small States at Queen Mary, University of London. Petra specialises in domestic and international human rights, public and private comparative law, and private international law with an emphasis on international commercial contracts. In addition, she teaches and consults on the law of unjust enrichment. She has published extensively in those areas, including, together with Andrew Butler, The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990: a commentary (2nd ed, Lexis Nexis, 2015) and, together with the late Professor Peter Schlechtriem, UN Law on International Sales (Springer, 2008, 2nd edition forthcoming 2016). Petra advises public and private clients in her areas of expertise and has been involved in some of New Zealand’s recent high profile cases. She is a member of a number of advisory boards of human rights NGOs.
Petra is a graduate of the University of Göttingen and was a clerk at the South African Constitutional Court. Before joining Victoria University, she worked for the Ministry of Justice’s Bill of Rights/Human Rights Team. She was a member of the National Advisory Council to the Human Rights Commission for the National Plan of Action for Human Rights. In 2004, she was the Holgate Fellow, Grey College, Durham University and in 2008 she held a Senior Fellowship at the University of Melbourne.
Petra is New Zealand’s CLOUT correspondent for the CISG and the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts. Petra has held visiting appointments at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law (Beijing), the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide, Bucerius Law School (Hamburg), Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona), and Northwestern University Law School (Chicago). She also has been involved in various roles in the Vis Moot for over 10 years.
Alan R. Crain
Alan R. Crain
Mr. Alan R. Crain, is an independent arbitrator. He has provided legal and business advice throughout the world for over 40 years, including serving as an executive officer of three Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Crain has been appointed as an arbitrator in over 60 proceedings addressing a broad range of domestic and international matters under the rules of the ICC, ICDR, AAA, UNCITRAL, and certain securities organizations. He served as the senior legal officer of three multinationals: Baker Hughes Incorporated (2000-2016), Crown Cork & Seal (1998-1999) and Union Texas Petroleum (1996-1998). He also held legal positions at Pennzoil and El Paso Energy. At Baker Hughes, Mr. Crain had global responsibility for all legal matters, including governance and compliance, as well as risk management, intellectual property, insurance, crisis management, security and government relations. Mr. Crain has extensive experience in all facets of the international oil and gas business from E&P to refining, transportation (including LNG) and related areas. Mr. Crain has been the member of the board of directors of numerous commercial and non-profit organizations, including a multibillion dollar NYSE company, Mariner Energy, Inc. (2006-2010), a venture capital backed high-tech company, Accend, Inc. (2011-2015) and non-profits including the American Arbitration Association, The World Affairs Council of Houston, The Asia Society Texas Center, the Philadelphia World Affairs Council, the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, where he is on the Advisory Board and serves as a Vice Chairman. He is a regular speaker on issues facing boards of directors at numerous forums including the Stanford University Directors College. Mr. Crain was an adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Houston Law Center for 10 years, where he taught International Business Transactions and a seminar on international conflicts of law. Mr. Crain is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds JD and MBA degrees in addition to B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering.
Hon. Delissa A. Ridgway
Delissa A. (“Lisa”) Ridgway is a Judge on the U.S. Court of International Trade, based in New York. The nine-member Court has exclusive nationwide jurisdiction over cases involving the customs and international trade laws of the U.S. Before joining the Court in 1998 (following appointment by President Clinton and confirmation by the U.S. Senate), she served for nearly four years as Chair of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the U.S. (“FCSC”), presiding over a three-member international tribunal responsible for adjudicating claims by U.S. nationals against foreign sovereigns. During her tenure as FCSC Chair, she adjudicated, inter alia, claims against Iran (referred from the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal) and Albania, as well as claims against Germany by U.S. survivors of Nazi concentration camps. In addition, she advised on both the status of claims against Cuba in conjunction with the controversial Helms-Burton Act and the reopening of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam, and established a registry of claims by U.S. nationals against Iraq arising out of the first Gulf War. Before joining the FCSC in 1994, she practiced international commercial arbitration at the Washington, D.C. firm now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where, inter alia, she served as counsel in what were then two of the largest arbitrations in the history of the ICC.
One of the original founding members of ArbitralWomen, Judge Ridgway has served as counselor arbitrator in proceedings under the rules of a number of the major international arbitrations, and has been an Adjunct Professor on the international law faculties of Cornell Law School and American University’s Washington College of Law, teaching International Arbitration and International Business Transactions. A frequent speaker on international arbitration and other topics in international law, she has served as one of three arbitrators for the final round of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and has been a panelist at two annual ICC/AAA/ICSID Colloquia. Although, as a federal judge, she is barred from sitting as an arbitrator or serving as counsel, she spends two to four weeks a year abroad (principally in the Middle East, and often in conflict zones, including Iraq and Afghanistan), consulting with foreign officials and educating judges on international arbitration and the New York Convention.
Judge Ridgway is past Chair (2008-2009) of the ABA Judicial Division’s National Conference of Federal Trial Judges (“NCFTJ”), representing federal trial judges all across the U.S. A Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, she is also a member of the American Law Institute (“ALI”) and the ALI’s Members Consultative Group developing the forthcoming Restatement on the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. In addition, she currently serves as Co-Chair (2015-2018) of the International Arbitration Committee of the ABA Section of International Law, as well as ABA Liaison to the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration, and the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law (“ACPIL”). She also sits on the ABA Section of International Law’s Council, the governing body of the Section. Judge Ridgway’s numerous awards and distinctions include her 1997 recognition by the national Federal Bar Association as one of four “Distinguished Women in International Law,” an honor that she shared with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Singleton McAllister (then-General Counsel of the U.S. Agency for International Development). Judge Ridgway also was honored as Washington, D.C.’s “Woman Lawyer of The Year” for 2001.
Head of City and International
The Law Society of England & Wales
Stephen Denyer is Head of City and International at The Law Society of England & Wales.
Prior to joining the Law Society, Stephen spent more than 36 years with Allen & Overy. During his career with that firm he was responsible for establishing, expanding or managing 11 of the firm’s international offices and had management responsibility for teams comprising several hundred fee earners and support staff from many different countries. His experience with the firm encompassed downsizing and spin offs as well as growth and integration. He oversaw mergers and associations with other law firms some of which involved multiple offices comprising large legal teams.
Throughout his career Stephen has been at the forefront of the globalisation of legal services. With an extensive track record of creating bonds with lawyers and law firms from different jurisdictions and cultures, he played an instrumental role in the internationalisation of both Allen & Overy and of legal practice. He is also an author, commentator and strategic advisor as well as a respected manager and leader.
Chief Legal Counsel and Chieff Negotiator, Sierra Oil & Gas
Elisabeth is a member of the executive team of Sierra Oil & Gas, Mexico’s first independent oil company. She holds the position of Vice president, Chief Negotiator and Chief Legal Counsel. She is a senior energy negotiator and lawyer with significant experience in the upstream and midstream business in Latin America. Until recently, Elisabeth was Head of Latin America of the global firm Norton Rose Fulbright.
In Latin America, Elisabeth focused most of her career on corporate and transactional work involving high-end sophisticated transactions for major energy companies as well as international dispute work related to energy, projects and infrastructure. Elisabeth has worked in Mexico since the early 2000s and has been very active in the upstream sector in particular. She regularly advised oil and gas producers and service companies engaged in high level transactions across the region. She has extensive experience in profit/production sharing agreements, licenses, JOAs, JSBAs, farm-outs, upstream joint venture companies as well as midstream and downstream related and major projects. On the dispute side, she acted as co-counsel in international arbitrations, including ICC and ICSID procedures. She has spoken and published extensively in the area of energy and resources investment disputes and investment treaty law as well as political risk management in such industries.
Elisabeth was President worldwide of the Houston-based Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and is co-chair and an instructor of the prestigious International Oil and Gas Law, Contracts and Negotiation Course held in Houston each year. Elisabeth is an officer of the Oil & Gas Committee of the IBA.
Elisabeth received her law degree from Universidad Católica and an LLM from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice in New York and Venezuela.
Babatunde Fagbohunlu SAN
Babatunde Fagbohunlu SAN
Partner, Aluko & Oyebode
Babatunde J. Fagbohunlu, S.A.N., FCI.Arb is a partner and head of the Litigation, Arbitration and ADR Practice Group in Aluko & Oyebode. In December 2008, Tunde was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Nigerian Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (a Nigerian equivalent of Queen’s Counsel).
He regularly represents Nigerian as well as foreign and multinational clients in Ad Hoc arbitrations and arbitrations administered by arbitral institutions. Tunde has also served on the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Committee on the Reform and Harmonization of Arbitration/ADR Laws.
He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, the London Court of International Arbitration (African Users Council), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK and a member of the International Arbitration Institute (IAI) in Paris. He presently serves on the ICCA/Queen Mary University Task Force on Third Party Funding in International Arbitration. He is a member of the LCIA Court and the Board of Directors of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, and he chairs the Management Board of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC). He is also the Africa Regional Advisor on the IBA Arbitration Guidelines.
His writings on arbitration include: (i). “Are Maritime Arbitration Clauses Valid?” – “The Arbitrator”, Vol 2, No 1, at pages 2 – 5; (ii). The Nigerian Chapter on International Arbitration – The International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration 2005 – 2007; (iii). “A Case for a Different Analytical Approach to the Enforcement of International Arbitration Agreements: The M.V. Lupex in Perspective” (2009) Vol. 1 Appellate Review page 81; (iv) “The Principle Of Limited Court Intervention Survives In Nigeria … But How Far Will The Courts Go?” – Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2 August 2013 http://kluwerarbitrationblog.com/blog/author/tundefagbohunlu/ and (v). Nigerian Chapter – GAR Know-How on Investment Treaty Arbitration http://www.globalarbitrationreview.com/know-how/topics/66/jurisdictions/18/nigeria.
Armesto & Asociados
Juan Fernández-Armesto is a professional arbitrator. He has been President of the Spanish Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV) (1996-2000), partner of Uría Menéndez (1983-1996) and Chaired Professor of Commercial Law (1988-2009). Since 2001 Juan F.-Armesto has acted as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or chairman in more than 130 proceedings, including investment, commercial and construction arbitrations.
General Counsel, International Expertise and Group Litigation, ORANGE
Member, ICC International Arbitration Court
A member of the Paris Bar, Isabelle Hautot has an in-depth experience of complex international litigation especially in the fields of civil works, industry, nuclear industry, engineering, banking, insurance and telecommunications. She has gathered a large experience of arbitration having conducted a number of international institutional and ad hoc arbitrations as a counsel and as a sole or co-arbitrator, mainly in conflicts between parties from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Far East, including States. She has developed a managerial and integrated vision of conflict resolution so that in 2005, she was entrusted with the conflict portfolio of Orange, a French telecommunications group and former France Telecom.
Prior to that change in role and in parallel, she taught international commercial law and international arbitration at Sciences Po Paris, Paris V University René-Descartes, l’Ecole Française des Barreaux, Bologna University, and participated to the development of international arbitration actively through conferences and articles, especially in collaboration with the ICC Institute of World Business Law as a member of its Council.
Isabelle Hautot is a Member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, a member of the Advisory Board of Arbitrator Intelligence, a director of IMI (International Mediation Institute), a director of ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association), a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR and of several transnational task-forces, the immediate past Chair of the CCIAG (Corporate Counsel International Arbitration Group).
She works for a stronger implication of firms in the current evolutions in conflict resolution, for a renewed efficiency in international arbitration, for setting up the proper conditions for mediation to develop.
She acts as an arbitrator and is a certified mediator.
Her working languages are English, French and Italian.
Partner, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler Professor of Law, University of Geneva
Partner, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva; Professor, Geneva University; Director, Geneva LL.M in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) and Co-Director, Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS) (Geneva University and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies). Teaches international arbitration. Practices in international commercial and investment arbitrations. Over 200 international arbitrations, mainly as arbitrator and in particular president.
Appears on numerous institutional arbitration panels (including ICC, ICSID, AAA, LCIA, SIAC, CIETAC. Numerous publications in the area of her specialization (list available www.lk-k.com). Honorary President of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA); Member of Governing Board of ICCA; Chair of the Board of Trustees and co-founder of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA).
Assistant Legal Adviser
U.S. Department of State
(serving in personal capacity)
Jeffrey Kovar has been with the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State since 1986, and has led or participated in numerous international arbitrations at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and ICSID. He led the U.S. delegation in the negotiations that resulted in the 2006 amendments to the UNCITRAL Model Law on Commercial Arbitration, and in the 2002 UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Conciliation. He led the U.S. delegation to the successful conclusion of the Hague Choice of Court Convention in 2005, and led negotiations for the United States on the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Currently Assistant Legal Adviser for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Mr. Kovar has been an architect of the historic legal changes in the U.S.-Cuban relationship. In his career Mr. Kovar has worked in a variety of public international law areas, including human rights and refugees, armed conflict, environmental protection, outer space, Antarctica, investment claims and disputes, and East Asian and Pacific affairs. He was formerly an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he conducted a graduate seminar on international human rights law.
A graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan Law School, Mr. Kovar began his legal career as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Mr. Kovar lives in Washington, DC.
Arbitrator and Mediator
Chair, International Mediation Institute, Netherlands
Deborah Masucci is currently a full time arbitrator and mediator as well as Chair and Board Member of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). She is a former Chair of the ABA Section for Dispute Resolution. Deborah was also recently head of American International Group Inc.’s (AIG) Employment Dispute Resolution Program. She was recruited to AIG in 2003 to establish its Office of Dispute Resolution in the Litigation Management Division where she was responsible for the strategic use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and increasing the effective methods of appropriate dispute resolution used within the Claims Organization. In June 2005, the AIG Companies were honored by Dispute Resolution Services of Los Angeles with the Corporate Achievement Award for establishment of the Office of Dispute Resolution. In June 2011, Deborah was honored by the Association for Conflict Resolution, Greater New York Chapter with its ADR Achievement Award. Deborah is an expert in the subject of ADR with over thirty years’ experience in promoting and effectively using ADR as an educator, corporate user, ADR Provider, and administrator. She is a published author on ADR issues and frequently speaks on the topic at legal and bar association meetings.
Global Chief Litigation Counsel
GE Oil & Gas
Michael McIlwrath is Global Chief Litigation Counsel for GE Oil & Gas, a global division of the General Electric Company in Florence, Italy. Michael is co-author, with John Savage, of International Arbitration and Mediation: A Practical Guide (Kluwer Law International 2010), as well as a contributing editor to the Kluwer Arbitration Blog. Michael is a member of the board of directors (and past chairman) of the International Mediation Institute (IMImediation.org), a non-profit based in the Netherlands that promotes quality, transparency, and ethics in mediation, and he is currently chair of the Global Organizing Committee for the Global Pound Conference Series 2016, a multi-city global conference held under the auspices of IMI to create a dialogue among stakeholders over the future of civil justice. Michael was also the host of International Dispute Negotiation, a podcast of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, featuring leading professionals and cutting-edge topics in dispute resolution (recipient of the CEDR Award for Innovation in ADR).
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Singapore
Mr. Menon studied law at the National University of Singapore in 1986 and later obtained a Masters degree from Harvard Law School. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1987 and as an Attorney and Counsellor-at-law of the Bar of the State of New York in 1992. He was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2008.
As a private practitioner, Mr. Menon appeared before as well as in arbitration tribunals in various jurisdictions. He has also served as the Deputy Chairman of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and has represented Singapore at the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration.
From April 2006 to March 2007, Mr. Menon served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court and presided over several prominent criminal and civil cases in the High Court. After completing his term on the Bench, he returned to Rajah & Tann becoming its Managing Partner in August 2009. He was appointed as the Attorney-General of Singapore on 1 October 2010. He stepped down as the Attorney-General on 24 June 2012, was appointed as a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court on 1 August 2012 and as the Chief Justice on 6 November 2012.
Professor of Comparative and Transnational Business Law
Co-Director, Australian Network for Japanese Law
University of Sydney
Dr. Luke Nottage specialises in international arbitration, contract law, consumer product safety law and corporate governance, with a particular interest in the Asia-Pacific region. He is Professor of Comparative and Transnational Business Law at Sydney Law School, founding Co-Director of the Australian Network for Japanese Law (sydney.edu.au/law/anjel), and Associate Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney. Luke’s 11 books include International Arbitration in Australia (Federation Press, 2010) and Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia (Routledge, 2011). He is an ACICA Special Associate and founding member of the Rules drafting committee, the Australasian Forum for International Arbitration council’s Japan Representative, and on the panel of arbitrators for the BAC, JCAA, KCAB and KLRCA. Luke has also consulted for law firms world-wide, ASEAN, the EC, OECD, UNCTAD, UNDP and the Japanese government, and is Managing Director of Japanese Law Links Pty Ltd (www.japaneselawlinks.com).
Maria Irene Perruccio
Maria Irene Perruccio
Associate, International Arbitration Practice, Paris
Maria Irene Perruccio is an associate in the International Arbitration Practice in Paris. She has experience in commercial arbitration in the construction and energy sector.
Maria Irene’s recent experience includes:
Representing/advising a construction consortium in an ICC arbitration regarding a major infrastructure project in Central America,
Representing/advising an Italian company in an ICC arbitration regarding a contract of sale of natural gas,
Representing/advising an Eastern European country in an ICC arbitration regarding an infrastructure project in Eastern Europe,
Representing/advising an Italian company in an SCC arbitration regarding a contract of sale of natural gas,
Representing/advising a Swiss company in an ICC arbitration regarding a contract of sale of natural gas,
Representing/advising a French company in an ICC arbitration regarding a contract of sale of natural gas,
Representing/advising a French company in an ICC arbitration regarding a construction contract of a gas plant and sale of natural gas,
Representing/advising a French company in an UNCITRAL arbitration regarding a construction contract of a gas plant and a sale contract of natural gas,
Representing/advising a Japanese company in an ICC arbitration regarding a contract of distribution of Home Appearance.
Prior to joining White & Case, Maria Irene interned at a French boutique law firm based in Paris, where she specialized in international commercial and construction arbitration and energy investment arbitration.
She has been an Oralist in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, and later involved both as coach and arbitrator.
Special Counsel, Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration,International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris, France.
Mirèze Philippe is Special Counsel at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and has joined the ICC in 1984. She is a French lawyer of French and Lebanese origin. She holds a post-graduate degree in Business law and a master in Business Administration. She speaks English, French, Arabic, German and understands Spanish.
After having administered several hundreds of procedures including scrutinizing awards within one of the arbitration teams, Mirèze was promoted to Special Counsel. Alongside IT engineers she helped develop the NetCase platform to conduct arbitration procedures in a secure online environment. She has since then specialized in online dispute resolution. Additionally, she has helped foster ICC Arbitration in the Middle East by traveling throughout the region giving lectures and teaching workshops; she has drafted mock cases and moderated numerous arbitration workshops; she has contributed to an ICC arbitration online training and to a training programme for ICC National Committees. She is currently mainly in charge of oordinating internal practices, overseeing a legal training program and is in charge of the internship programme at the Secretariat of the Court.
She taught arbitration at the Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et Métiers (Paris, France) and at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) (Rome, Italy). She teaches online dispute resolution at the MOOC diplôme universitaire en ligne Droit de l’Arbitrage (Montpellier, France) and at the Swiss International Law School (SiLS) (Basel, Switzerland). She participates to the Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot as evaluator or arbitrator.
Mirèze speaks and writes on arbitration and online dispute resolution (ODR). She also speakson unconscious bias and diversity (articles available on www.arbitralwomen.org).
She is founding co-president of ArbitralWomen (www.arbitralwomen.org), member of the Steering Committee of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge (www.arbitrationpledge.com), member of the Board of Advisors of Arbitrator Intelligence (http://www.arbitratorintelligence.org), member of the Advisory Board of Association Arbitri (http://associationarbitri.com), Member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution, fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (“NCTDR”) (http://odr.info/), Founder of the ICC Court’s Secretariat Amicale. She was also member of the UNCITRAL Working Group III on ODR.
Director, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sundra Rajoo, PJN, FCIArb, FMIArb, FSIArb, FICA, FACICA, FRICS, MAE, FCABE, FPAM, APPM, is currently the Director of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA). He is also the present Deputy President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and will assume the Presidency post of CIArb in 2016. Sundra’s roll of honour also includes being Founding President of the Society of Construction Law, Malaysia and the Past President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Grouping (APRAG), which is a federation of nearly 40 arbitral institutions in the Asia Pacific region.
Sundra is a Chartered Arbitrator with extensive arbitration experience that includes over 200 appointments locally and internationally. He serves on the panel of numerous international arbitral institutions and organisations. Sundra is also an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya (non-practising), a Professional Architect and a Registered Town Planner. He is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Built Environment, University of Technology Malaysia and a visiting professor and external examiner at the Faculty of Law, National University of Malaysia. In July 2015, Sundra was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from the Leeds Beckett University in England.
Peter Rees QC
Peter Rees QC
39 Essex Chambers
Peter is an arbitrator and counsel at Thirty Nine Essex Chambers. Prior to joining Thirty Nine Essex Chambers, Peter was Legal Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc for just over 3 years where he was responsible for the global legal function of Shell as well as being a Member of the Executive Committee of the company. Before Shell, Peter had spent 27 years at Norton Rose, including 8 years as Head of Global Dispute Resolution, and 5 years as a litigation and arbitration partner at Debevoise & Plimpton.
Peter is a Fellow of the CIArb, a Chartered Arbitrator, a Member of the Board of Trustees of the CIArb, a Member of the Court of the LCIA, a Board Member of CPR, a Former Member of the Governing Body of ICC Court of Arbitration, a Member of the ICC UK Committee for Arbitration and ADR, a Member of the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of World Energy Law and Business.
Cecilia Flores Rueda
Cecilia Flores Rueda
Head of the Mediation and Arbitration Commission of CANACO, Basham, Ringe y Correa, Ciudad de México.
Cecilia Flores Rueda is head of the Dispute Resolution Practice in Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. She regularly handles complex and high-stake international and domestic arbitration cases both as party representative and an arbitrator.
Cecilia’s experience both in arbitration and litigation matters enables her to appear before courts in proceedings requesting and enforcing interim measures as well as proceedings seeking the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards. Cecilia’s value to clients lies in her ability to frequently draw upon experience in order to formulate creative solutions to complex issues. She advises clients on ethics and compliance matters.
Focuses her practice on issues related to cases involving governmental entities, shareholders’ disputes, infrastructure projects, trusts, energy, construction, joint ventures, international sale of goods, distribution, insurance and reinsurance, e-commerce, intellectual property, and commercial transactions in general.
She has been recognized as one of the best arbitration lawyers, in Chambers Latin America 2013, 2014, and 2015 in the International Arbitration category; in 2015 was hailed as “an extremely dedicated and very capable lawyer, already known in the Mexican community” for her work in international arbitration. She has also been lauded as member of the Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration in 2015. It should come as no surprise that Dispute Resolution, Mexico, recently recognized Cecilia as “a dispute resolution lawyer with a great future,” and predicted that “her name will almost certainly be up in lights in the arbitration world.” In 2014, was awarded by IACAC, for her outstanding career in arbitration.
Stockholm University, Department of Law
Vice-Chair of the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
Patricia Shaughnessy directs the Master of International Commercial Arbitration Law Program (LLM) at Stockholm University and teaches and researches in related fields. She chairs the “Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Section” of the Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law. Patricia is the Vice-Chair of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and has served on its Board since 2006. She has been an active member of the SCC committees that have drafted the SCC Rules. Recently she has served as a government-appointed expert in the committee that has proposed revisions to the Swedish Arbitration Act. She has acted as an arbitrator and expert, and as a consultant, she has led numerous projects related to commercial law and dispute resolution in a number of countries.
Prior to her academic career, Patricia practiced law for ten years in a Honolulu law firm, specialised in civil litigation, was an Adjunct Professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law, at the University of Hawaii, and was a member of the Board of Continuing Education of the Hawaii Bar Association.
Frederico José Straube
Frederico José Straube
Former President, Arbitration and
Mediation Center of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada (CAM-CCBC)
São Paulo, Brazil
Frederico Straube is a lawyer and regularly acts as arbitrator and mediator. He has been the president of CAM -CBCC (the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce) since 2007, having previously held the same position from 1993 to 1995, as well as the the office of executive vice president from 1999 to 2006.
He is a member of the ITA’s Advisory Board, a member of the Committee on Rules and Arbitration Rules of the Latin American Arbitration Association and a member of the Brazilian Institute for Construction Law. As arbitrator, he is a member of the roster of the following arbitral institutions: CAM-CCBC; Arbitration and Mediation Chamber of Euro chambers-CAE; CA-CCIP (Portugal); CBMA (Brazil); CAMERS-CIER GS Brazil); and CAM-FIEP (Brazil). He is also a member of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee: the International Council for Commercil Arbitration -ICCA; the Société de Legislation Comparée – SLC; and vice president of the Brazilian Section of the Club Español de Arbitraje.
He is speaker and participant in several arbitration and mediation events worltlwidt and founding partner of the Straube Advogados law firm. He graduated in law froin the University of São Paulo in 1963 and in classical languages and literature from the Philosophy, Science and Literature College of the same University in 1961. He is a specialist in tax and financial law at the University of São Paulo: in public law at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo; and in mediation at Windsor University, Ontario, Canada.
Albert Jan van den Berg
Albert Jan van den Berg
Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg President, ICCA
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Professor Albert Jan van den Berg (Netherlands) is President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and a partner in Hanotiau & van den Berg (Brussels, Belgium). He is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and Emeritus Professor at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Professor van den Berg is presiding and party-appointed arbitrator in numerous international commercial and investment arbitrations. He also acts as counsel in international commercial arbitrations. He is a former President of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) and Vice-President of the London Court of International Arbitration. Professor van den Berg has published extensively on international arbitration (see www.hvdb.com), in particular the New York Convention of 1958 (see www.newyorkconvention.org). His awards include: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Arbitration: Lawyer of the Year in 2006 and 2011; Global Arbitration Review, “Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator” in 2013.
David B. Wilkins
David B. Wilkins
Lester Kissel Professor of Law
Director, Center on the Legal Profession
Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession
Harvard Law School
Professor Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession and the Center for Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.
Professor Wilkins has written over 80 articles on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals and the popular press and is the co-author (along with his Harvard Law School colleague Andrew Kaufman) of one of the leading casebooks in the field. His current scholarly projects include Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies (where he directs over 50 researchers studying the impact of globalization on the market for legal services in rapidly developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe); After the JD (a ten-year nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers’ careers); The Harvard Law School Career Study (examining, among other things, differences in the experiences of male and female graduates and the careers of lawyers who do not practice law); and The New Social Engineers (charting the historical development and current experiences of black lawyers in corporate law practice).
Professor Wilkins has given over 40 endowed lectures at universities around the world and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and law firm and corporate retreats. His recent academic honors include the 2012 Honorary Doctorate in Law from Stockholm University in Sweden, the 2012 Distinguished Visiting Mentor Award from Australia National University, the 2012 Genest Fellowship from Osgoode Hall Law School, the 2010 American Bar Foundation Scholar of the Year Award, the 2009 J. Clay Smith Award from Howard University School of Law, and the 2008 Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor Fellowship. In 2012, Professor Wilkins was elected as a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
General Counsel Legal, Tax, Insurances
Wintershall Holding GmbH
Honorary Professor Clausthal University of Technology
Until 1992, Dr. Wolkewitz studied at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen law, economics and political science. In 1992 Wolkewitz graduated successfully (First State Examination) and was admitted to the bar (Second State Examination) in 1997. His academic career included research and teaching at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle as well as the State University of Kaliningrad, Russian Federation. Wolkewitz worked in particular on legal questions relating to the GATT/World Trade Organisation, researched on aspects of transboundary emissions and was involved in the advice on a proceeding in front of the International Court of Justice regarding environmental matters. Also, he dealt with questions of the German participation in peacekeeping measures of the United Nations as well as in the setting up of the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia Herzegovina following the Dayton Agreement.
Wolkewitz focuses on German and international law of energy and natural resources, German and international environmental law, international investment protection law as well as commercial and corporate law including aspects of structuring and financing. Particular his work includes complex international transactions on natural resources (oil and gas) in North Africa, South America, South Eastern Europe and Russia mostly as negotiation leader. He also advised on approval procedures for infrastructure in exploration and production of oil and gas nationally and internationally. Furthermore, Wolkewitz was responsible for arbitration proceedings under the rules of the dispute settlement mechanism of the World Bank (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) as well as national arbitration rules.
Supervisory Board member of VNG Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig/Germany (2012-2014), member of the Board of Directors of ZAO Gazprom YRGM Trading, Moscow/Russian Federation (since 2007); Managing Director of various companies in the E&P, gas transportation business and asset management; member in various legal committees including the German Industry Association (BDI) and the German Association of the Gas and Water Industry (BDEW).