HIALSA Masterclass Workshop-Inaugural Session: International Arbitration Agreements: Pathological or Not?

HIALSA Masterclass Workshop-Inaugural Session

International Arbitration Agreements: Pathological or Not?

Thursday, December 2, 2021

12:30pm – 2:00pm ET


HIALSA is delighted to launch a new stream of virtual programming: the Masterclass Workshop series! Our new series will be educational, inclusive and interactive. 

Educational: Each session will begin with a lecture on the titled theme from a thought leader before the interactive ‘problem’ by way of a case study is introduced.

Inclusive: We aim to cater to both beginners and those who have some experience in arbitration through our multilayered problem scenarios and simulations. Our expert panelists are diverse and will range from different sectors, levels of expertise and geographic regions. For participants in the audience who want to simply watch and not speak, there is room for all. This aims to be a safe space where all are welcome.

Interactive: Our new ‘problem’ by way of case study component will allow for the audience to get creative and problem-solve in breakout rooms with the panelists, other participants, and members of HIALSA’s board. 

Prizes: We are thrilled to be awarding prizes through an electronic lottery on the day. Prizes include: a signed copy of the new third edition of Gary Born’s ‘International Commercial Arbitration’, other signed books and a one-on-one 30-minutes mentorship session with the eminent authority on arbitration himself!

We are honored to be joined by a stellar panel of speakers who will lead the inaugural session.  

Our speakers: 

Prof. Gary Born 

Gary Born is the chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at WilmerHale. Mr. Born is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. He has been ranked for more than 20 years as one of the world’s leading international arbitration advocates and the leading arbitration practitioner in London. Mr. Born has participated as counsel in more than 675 international arbitrations, including four of the largest ICC arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations in recent history. 

Mr. Born is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Tsinghua University, Beijing. He has also taught at Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Stanford Law School and many other universities across the globe.

Ms. Rina See

Rina See is a member of the firm’s international arbitration practice and focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. She has represented clients in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations seated in common law and civil law jurisdictions, including in Europe and Asia, under various arbitral rules (including the ICC, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL rules), governed by a broad variety of substantive and procedural laws. Her practice covers a wide range of industries, including in the financial services, technology, pharmaceutical, energy, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. Ms. See regularly advises on issues of conflict of laws and on cross-border enforcement of arbitral awards and judgments. 

Ms. See is a former clerk for the High Court of Auckland, a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Auckland. She is a registered lawyer in the England and in New Zealand.

Dr. Nudrat E. Piracha

Dr. Nudrat E. Piracha is leading the legal team of Pakistan’s first global law firm, Samdani & Qureshi, which is a collaborating firm of Andersen Global. She has served both as counsel and arbitrator in international investment arbitrations. She is also serving on the 8 member committee constituted by Pakistan for advising on International law and 12 member committee constituted to advise on invest state arbitration regime in Pakistan. She is also the founder of International Centre for Appropriate Dispute Resolution and prevention (I-CADRP).

She is a Fulbright scholar, a Weinstein JAMS International Fellow, and the first  lawyer from Pakistan to become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (FCIArb). She is the first woman in Pakistan to have qualified as an S.J.D. She is an alumna of the London School of Economics and Political Science. In a career stretching over seventeen years, she worked as counsel in the field of ADR in arbitrations before ICSID, ICC, SCC, DFIC-LCIA, She is a Solicitor of England and Wales besides being a Member of the High Court Bar of Pakistan. She was nominated to the panel of arbitrators of ICSID by Pakistan in 2018 and served as a member of an Ad Hoc Committee of ICSID in relation to annulment proceedings. Dr. Piracha has extensive experience and training in ADR, mediation, negotiation, and arbitrations from most prestigious universities and organizations.

Mr. Richard Allemann 

Introducing and hosting the event is Mr. Richard Allemann, Harvard Law School LL.M. ‘22, Vice-President of HIALSA.

Lunchtime Talk Series

Forging a Career in International Trade Disputes

Friday, December 3, 2021

12:30pm – 1:30pm ET

HIALSA Is delighted to welcome renowned thought-leader, Mr. Andrew ‘Andy’ Shoyer to Harvard Law School for HIALSA’s first on-campus lunchtime talk of the year: ‘Forging a Career in International Trade Disputes’

About the speaker:

Mr. Shoyer co-leads Sidley’s Global Arbitration, Trade and Advocacy practice. He focuses on the implementation and enforcement of international trade and investment agreements. Mr. Shoyer also advises companies on compliance with sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and export controls and anti-boycott rules administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), as well as proceedings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Drawing on his experience at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and with the World Trade Organization (WTO), Andy advises companies, trade associations and governments on the use of WTO, USMCA and other treaty-based trade and investment rules to open markets and resolve disputes.

Mr. Shoyer’s leadership in the international trade and dispute settlement arena is widely recognized. He is consistently ranked among the nation’s top international trade lawyers by Chambers USA and Who’s Who Legal. He was recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Trade & Customs as a “Global Elite Thought Leader.”

Joined by Mr. Shoyer will be our esteemed moderators, Ms. Maria Laura Pessarini LL.M ’22 (Vice-President, HIALSA), and Mr. Prakhar Bhardwaj LL.M ‘22.

This event is kindly sponsored by Sidley. Grab and go lunch at Room WCC 1015 will be provided.




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