Speaker Profiles

Please kindly find below select profiles from our esteemed speakers. Please see here for the most recent speakers’ list.

Keynote Speaker

Judge Stephen M. Schwebel

Stephen M. Schwebel served as a Judge of the International Court of Justice 1981-2000 and as Court President 1997-2000. He has been President of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Monetary Fund since 1994 and currently is active as an international arbitrator and counsel.

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Navigating a Shifting Terrain in International Arbitration: The In-House Counsel’s Perspective

Ms. Suzana Blades (ConocoPhillips, Associate General Counsel)

Suzana Blades is an Associate General Counsel – Commercial Litigation and Arbitration in the Legal Department of ConocoPhillips in Houston.  Suzana currently manages a team of lawyers that handles U.S. commercial litigation, including oil & gas and environmental disputes, litigation in foreign courts (for example, in China and Australia), and international arbitrations around the world, including investment treaty arbitrations and international commercial arbitrations involving parties from Algeria, Angola, Canada, Senegal, Indonesia, Vietnam etc.  Suzana was part of the team that won the largest ICSID award to date, an $8.5B award against Venezuela, and was also involved in an ICSID arbitration against Ecuador that resulted in an award and collection of $340MM for the expropriation of the Company’s assets.  Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, Suzana worked at the Hess Corporation in Houston and at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.  At Arnold & Porter, Suzana was involved in the representation of the Republic of Hungary in the landmark Electrabel v. Hungary case, and also represented investors and States in investor-state arbitrations involving Peru, Argentina, Panama and Canada.  Suzana is Chair of the ITA In-House Counsel Task Force and of the IBA In-House Counsel Committee.  Suzana is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.), New York University School of Law (LL.M.) and State University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil (J.D. and LL.M).

Ms. Stephanie Fine  (Apple, Legal Counsel, Commercial Litigation)

Stephanie I. Fine is Legal Counsel in the Commercial Litigation group at Apple.

Before going in-house, Ms. Fine was an associate at Arnold & Porter, where she represented clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, including in the areas of antitrust, securities, consumer product safety, and human rights.

Ms. Fine graduated as a James Kent Scholar from Columbia Law School, where she was a member of the Human Rights Law Review.

Prior to law school, she worked as a Schedule C Political Appointee in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Education.

Ms. Fine earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Theatre from Northwestern University.

Ms. Sharon Jones (Raytheon, Senior Counsel – Litigation)

Sharon S. Jones is Senior Counsel – Litigation in Raytheon’s Office of the General Counsel. Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), with 2019 sales of $29 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets. With headquarters in Waltham, MA, Raytheon serves the needs of its customers in more than 80 countries.

As Senior Counsel – Litigation, Jones advises on litigation matters throughout the company. She develops and implements successful strategies to resolve commercial matters, government and international contracts disputes, class actions and tort claims, patent and trade secrets litigations, as well as administrative and federal appeals. Jones also represents the company in international arbitrations.

Before joining Raytheon in 2009, Jones was Counsel at Wilmer Hale LLP in Boston, where she successfully represented clients in securities matters, government investigations, IP litigations and commercial disputes. Jones began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Daniel J. O’ Hern of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

In 2018, Jones served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Bar Foundation of Massachusetts, which provides free legal assistance to low-income women and families. She is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, and the American Bar Association. Jones also serves on
the Advisory Board of the Boston International Arbitration Council.

Jones earned her JD from Harvard Law School and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs at Princeton University.

Mr. Govert Coppens (Volterra Fietta)

Govert is dual qualified in civil and common law as a solicitor of England & Wales and a member of the Brussels Bar. He advises and represents sovereign States, international organisations and corporate clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious public international law issues, in particular disputes arising from the protection of foreign investments. His experience further includes other matters of public international law, such as treaty drafting and State and diplomatic immunities.

He is listed as a Future Leader in international arbitration by Who’s Who Legal.

Prior to joining Volterra Fietta, Govert worked at the international disputes department of a global law firm. In this role, he worked on arbitrations under ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC Rules, WTO dispute settlement proceedings and a variety of commercial, administrative and criminal matters in domestic court litigation. He has also acted as arbitrator in commercial disputes.

Before entering private practice, Govert was a researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Leuven, where he is currently still a guest lecturer on investment arbitration. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University and a Junior Academic Visitor at the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford.

Rising Stars: Perspectives from a New Generation of Practitioners

Ms. Diora Ziyaeva (Senior Managing Associate, Dentons)

Diora Ziyaeva is an international arbitration specialist with over a decade of experience handling complex investor-state arbitration cases and representing clients from around the world from diverse industries under all major international arbitration rules.  Her practice focuses on representing sovereign States and investors in investor-state arbitrations, commercial arbitration and cross-border enforcement of arbitration awards. Licensed in New York and Uzbekistan and fluent in seven languages, Diora Ziyaeva represents parties in disputes governed by the laws of more than thirty nations across Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia, the Americas, Oceania and North Africa. Highlights of her representations include winning multi million dollars landmark awards in favor of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. She was recognized as one of the American Bar Association “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers.” Diora Ziyaeva is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School where she is teaching a course on Investor-State Arbitration.

Mr. Christopher Harris QC (3VB)

Christopher Harris is an experienced advocate specialising in complex commercial disputes under English and international law across a range industry sectors from banking and finance, through energy and natural resources, to infrastructure projects and corporate finance.  Christopher’s practice focuses on advising and appearing as counsel in disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals in England and internationally.

Christopher is commonly retained as the lead advocate and has substantial experience of court and arbitration advocacy, as well as multiple appearances before the English Court of Appeal.  He is particularly sought after for his “razor-sharp mind and great oral advocacy” and his “highly effective” cross-examinations, as well as being “extremely good with clients”.  Christopher is equally at home as part of a larger team, and has been instructed in a number of the largest cases to come before the English courts in recent years including: Yukos v. Russia, Cherney v. Deripaska, the Ablyazov dispute, the Liverpool FC litigation, and the Algosaibi litigation.  He was runner-up as Commercial Litigation Junior of the Year at the 2016 Chambers Bar Awards.

Christopher is ranked by the directories as a leading junior across five areas of practice: banking and  finance; commercial litigation, energy and natural resources, international arbitration; and public international law.  The international nature of his practice is reflected in his rankings in the Global and Asia Pacific directories and as one of the small group of junior barristers in the Who’s Who of Global International Arbitration practitioners.

Christopher has been identified by the market for many years as a leading expert in commercial and investment arbitration.  In the 2018 Who’s Who UK Bar guide, he is identified as the third most highly regarded individual practising in arbitration at the UK Bar (after Toby Landau QC and VV Veeder QC). In December 2017 Christopher won International Arbitration Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 Awards, following on from his success in being awarded International Arbitration Junior of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards in 2014. In Chambers & Partners directory he has been ranked in a category of his own as “Star Individual” for International Arbitration for several years.

Christopher is increasingly sought after as an arbitrator across commercial and investment disputes, with multiple appointments from leading institutions and firms as wing, chair and sole arbitrator (further details of which can be found in the drop-down below).

Christopher speaks French and German and studied French and Swiss law during his academic training.

Ms. Lilia Vazova (Partner, Latham & Watkins)

Lilia Vazova is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Ms. Vazova is a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations, Complex Commercial Litigation, and International Arbitration Practice. She focuses her practice on cross-border, multi-jurisdictional government investigations and complex business disputes.

Ms. Vazova has extensive experience in criminal and civil litigation, internal investigations, and commercial disputes — particularly matters involving concurrent criminal and civil proceedings or parallel litigations in multiple jurisdictions in the US and abroad. She litigates business disputes in federal and state courts, as well as under the arbitration rules of all major international arbitration institutions.

Mr. Maanas Jain (Barrister, Three Crowns)

Maanas Jain is an English qualified barrister.  He has advised, represented and conducted advocacy for corporations in complex, high-value commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in a broad range of sectors, including energy, finance, technology, and infrastructure, under all major arbitration rules.  He has extensive experience handling disputes involving States or State entities.

His recent experience includes: (a) representing several infrastructure funds in an ICSID arbitration against Spain arising from State measures adversely affecting renewable investments; (b) acting for a global financial institution in an LCIA arbitration arising from a Middle-East joint venture dispute; (c) representing an oil major in an ad-hoc treaty arbitration with a Southeast Asian State concerning adverse tax measures; and (d) successfully representing a leading Korean distributor against its upstream supplier in a multi-million dollar ICC arbitration.

Maanas also maintains an active practice advising and representing parties in arbitration-related court matters.  Most recently, he appeared as counsel in the UK Supreme Court on behalf of the ICC in Halliburton v Chubb (the leading English authority on apparent bias in cases of multiple arbitral appointments in related cases).

Maanas is a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University, and speaks regularly on arbitration.  He is an emerging thought-leader in the field and his recent publications have appeared in the European International Arbitration Review and Practical Law.

Ms. Preeti Bhagnani (Partner, White & Case)

Preeti Bhagnani is a partner in White & Case’s International Arbitration Practice. She represents international corporations and states in commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings in a wide range of industries including oil and gas, electricity, mining, telecommunications, construction, insurance and financial services. Preeti has represented clients in arbitration proceedings conducted under the ICSID, ICC, ICDR, SIAC, KLRCA and UNCITRAL rules. Her experience includes disputes involving privatizations and contracts with states and state-entities.

Formerly, Preeti worked as Legal Counsel for a major international oil company, where she served as project-counsel in the negotiation of joint venture arrangements for energy infrastructure projects in Asia.

Preeti holds a Master of Laws degree from Columbia Law School, where she was an Editor of the Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy and recipient of the Edwin Parker Prize for international or comparative law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mr. Shouvik Bhattacharya (Associate, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP)

Shouvik maintains a broad international disputes practice, with a focus on arbitrations in the energy sector.

He advises clients from diverse industries, including luxury goods, oil and gas, and manufacturing, at all stages of arbitration proceedings. He has extensive experience of successfully representing clients at merits hearings. His cases are sited in both common law and civil law jurisdictions, and are governed by various institutional and ad hoc rules.

In addition to his arbitration practice, Shouvik has represented clients before the European Court of Human Rights and has advised on cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union. He also advises on issues of international law and U.S. federal and state law.

Mr. Emmanuel Gaillard (Partner, Shearman & Sterling)

Professor Emmanuel Gaillard founded and heads Shearman & Sterling’s 100-lawyer International Arbitration practice. He is also Global Head of the Firm’s Disputes Unit.

He advises and represents companies, States and State-owned entities in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations and is universally regarded as a leading authority and a star practitioner in both these fields. He also acts as arbitrator and expert witness.

Over the course of his career, Professor Emmanuel Gaillard has acted on many of the cases that have marked the history of international arbitration. In addition to the $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 $2.47 billion award in favor of Dow Chemical.

Professional directories and publications have noted Professor Gaillard’s “tremendous reputation in the market as a leading arbitration expert”, “standout reputation”, “incredible wealth of knowledge and experience” and “fantastic record in the field”. He is “lauded as an outstanding personality in the arbitration community and is praised for his understanding of multiple perspectives to a case” and “universally recognised as one of the stars of international arbitration”. Who’s Who Legal: Commercial Arbitration 2018 comments that he is “absolutely outstanding” and “a real star in the field”. A previous edition of the same guide had stated that “There is no one in this profession better or even equally formidable. He eclipses everyone”.

A Professor of Law in France and a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Harvard Law School, he 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 five 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).

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Ms. Hilary Heilbron QC (Brick Court Chambers)

Hilary Heilbron QC now focuses principally on international arbitration, sitting frequently as an international arbitrator all over the world, but also acting as counsel both in arbitration and arbitral related court work. As leading counsel she has a wealth of experience of major commercial disputes and many foreign laws with appearances in the highest courts in the land including the Supreme Court, House of Lords and Privy Council.

For arbitration, Hilary Heilbron’s primary focus is now international arbitration where she regularly sits as an international arbitrator in a large variety of jurisdictions and involving many different foreign laws as well as English law. She still continues to act as counsel principally in international arbitration and arbitral related court cases.

She speaks regularly to international audiences and writes on the subject. Recent prestigious lectures include the keynote lecture at Fordham University School of Law, New York and the annual Clayton Utz lecture in Sydney, Australia.

She has accepted over 100 appointments as party nominated arbitrator, institution appointed and sole arbitrator and also as an emergency arbitrator. She has increasingly chaired many tribunals of leading international arbitrators. Her appointments have been under ICC, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, HKIAC and ICDR as well as ad hoc appointments. Many of these relate to substantial claims including in excess of US 1 billion. She also has experience of arbitrations in many foreign laws: both civil and common law.

She is a former member of the LCIA Court and current member of the ICCA/IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in International Arbitration Proceedings and of the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages; a member of the ICC UK Arbitration and ADR Committee and of the International Advisory Committee of the ICDR.

She is the author of a book on international arbitration in London.

She has been described recently as having a “stellar reputation” and being an “amazing arbitrator”.

The range of claims in which she sits as arbitrator is wide and includes: share purchase and subscription agreements including related tax sharing agreements; joint ventures; distributorship agreements; telecommunications issues; pharmaceutical issues; power, water and energy issues including pricing issues; banking issues; guarantees; put and call options; securities issues; international sale of goods cases; oil exploration; cargo issues; geophysical services; and a host of various other contractual issues.

Notable cases relating to arbitration  where she has appeared as counsel include: Dallah Real Estate Tourism Holding Co v Government of Pakistan [2010] UKSC 46; La Societe pour la Recherche, la Production, le Transport, la Transformation et la Commercialisation des Hydrocarbures SpA (Sonatrach) v Statoil Natural Gas LLC (Statoil) [2014] EWHC 875 (Comm), SulAmerica Cia Nacional de Seguros & 5 others -v- (1) Enesa Engenharia S.A – Enesa (2) Energia Sustentavel do Brasil – ESBR (3) Construcoes e Comerica Camargo Correa [2012] EWHC 42 (Comm).

Mr. Luke Sobota (Three Crowns, Founding Partner)

Luke is a founding partner of Three Crowns and is active in investor-state, inter-state, and commercial arbitrations.  He previously worked in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advised and prepared formal legal opinions for executive branch officials on a range of constitutional, international, and administrative law issues.  His monograph on General Principles of Law and International Due Process was recently published by Oxford University Press.  Luke teaches a course on investment disputes at American University and a course on the forensics of international arbitration at the University of Miami.  He earned his law  degree from the University of Chicago Law School, after which he clerked for the late Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, William H. Rehnquist.

Ms. Kathleen Paisley (Ambos Law, Partner)

Kathleen Paisley is a US national who has been practicing in Brussels, London and The Hague for more than 25 years. She combines a degree from the Yale Law School with an MBA in Finance and has passed the Certified Public Accountancy exam. As member of the New York bar, Kathleen specializes in: International business transactions, especially technology-related; Regulatory compliance; International dispute resolution; EU competition law.

International business transactions. Kathleen advises on all aspects of international business transactions particulars involving the commercial exploitation of technology and intellectual property. Kathleen is co-head of the firm’s technology practice and has extensive experience in IP/IT matters in the United States, Europe and Asia, including a recent licensing transaction with estimated value of € 1 billion.

Regulatory Compliance. Kathleen counsels clients with respect to international regulatory compliance related to technology, intellectual property, securities, foreign corrupt practices, and money laundering issues. Her multinational clients find her cross Atlantic experience of these issues to be particularly helpful in understanding their needs for regulatory compliance, which given the increasing importance of regulatory compliance in both the US and the EU are becoming core business priorities for our clients.

Arbitration and mediation. Kathleen is a leading international arbitration expert and has acted in arbitrations and mediations of commercial and investor-State disputes under all the major international arbitration rules related to: Technology; Telecommunications; Healthcare, biotech, pharma; Intellectual Property; Construction and infrastructure projects; Upstream and downstream energy projects of all types; Commercial and contractual matters; Banking and financial services; Shareholder and accounting disputes.

LitigationKathleen’s litigation experience spans the Atlantic from handling pan-European patent disputes between the world’s largest semiconductor and telecommunications companies to trying major cases in the US courts. She also manages European litigation matters and provides litigation support in Europe for US litigation matters.

Antitrust and Competition Law. Kathleen is an expert in US antitrust and EU competition law and particularly the intersection between technology, intellectual property, and competition. She has been involved in some of the most high profile competition matters decided by the European Union institutions over the last two decades and has succesfully counseled clients in all aspects of EU competition law.

Sector Focus. Given her business background, Ms. Paisley finds it key to understand the drivers behind her clients businesses. She focuses her practice primarily on technology, including ICT and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and biotech, consumer goods and energy. By focusing on these areas, she is able to keep up-to-date on the legal, economic and regulatory issues facing these business internationally.

Mr. Pablo Lopez Zadicoff (Compass Lexecon, Senior Vice-President)

Pablo D. López Zadicoff is a Senior Vice President with Compass Lexecon with testifying experience in Treaty and Commercial Arbitrations. Mr. López Zadicoff has been involved in more than 60 commercial and treaty arbitration proceedings. Mr. Lopez Zadicoff has and has been recognized as an Expert Witness by Who’s Who Legal Arbitration.

Previously with LECG’s International Arbitration practice, Mr. Lopez Zadicoff has 13 years of experience consulting and providing economic, regulatory and financial analysis used in amicable and non-amicable dispute resolution mechanisms. He has designed and led teams in charge of implementing customized valuation models for more than 70 assets from diverse industries (commodities, consumer goods, financial products, industrial products, hospitality and real estate, telecommunications and regulated utilities) located all over the world, with emphasis in emerging markets.

Mr. López Zadicoff has a Master in Arts in Economics (UNLP) and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business (specialized in finance, marketing and economics). He has been an independent researcher in the Labor market in Argentina and has been an economics lecturer in Economics at Universidad del CEMA and Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Ms. Devony Schmidt (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)

Arbitral Institutions in Ten Years: Regional Challenges and Opportunities

Ms. Meg Utterback (HKIAC, Council Member)

Meg Utterback is a disputes and compliance partner in the KWM New York office.  Meg represents Chinese and multinational companies in cross-border disputes, US litigation, international arbitration, and regulatory investigations. 

Meg has represented numerous Chinese companies in US litigation and assisted them to understand the process while helping them to devise winning strategies. Meg understands Chinese companies and culture, having come to China in 1985 and most recently resided in Shanghai for fourteen years. As a US litigator, Meg also understands the expectations of courts and counsel in the US. For US litigation matters, Meg uses teams in China and the United States with bilingual capability. Having a team that can read and communicate in Chinese reduces costs and facilitates US discovery tasks such as document production and witness preparation

She also represents US and multinational companies in cross-border disputes, often overseeing PRC domestic litigation in combination with international arbitration or US litigation. Meg has guided foreign companies in China for the past 20 years and understands the challenges foreign companies face in the China market.

Meg has represented numerous companies in investigations into bribery, insider trading, and embezzlement and related labor contract issues under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Chinese law. Meg advises Chinese and multinational clients in dealing with foreign regulators when they face problems with their overseas construction and investment projects. She also represents clients in disputes that stem from these issues.

Meg works with Chinese and multinational companies to devise compliance programs and internal controls to effectively address risk-management issues and stay current on regulatory developments in the areas of sanctions, anti-bribery, and export controls. Meg has represented companies before US regulatory agencies, including the Departments of Commerce and Treasury.

She also represents Chinese and multinational companies in arbitrations administered under the rules of the CIETAC, HKIAC, ICA, ICC, SIAC, and UNCITRAL and in litigation before US courts. Meg has been involved in a number of high-profile disputes in China and has assisted with asset tracing and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. She has written numerous book chapters and articles regarding management of evidence and the conduct of negotiations and hearing procedures for Chinese civil proceedings and China-related cross-border disputes.

Meg joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2010, prior to which she was a managing partner at a US firm’s Shanghai office as well as a leading partner with their international dispute practice.

She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law with honors (1991), having studied law as a graduate student at China Renmin University for two years (1985-1987) following her undergraduate degree at McGill University where she graduated with honors (1985). She is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Her working languages are Chinese and English.

Ms. Paula Hodges QC (LCIA, President)

Paula is the head of the global arbitration practice and has over 30 years’ experience advising clients in international disputes, particularly in the energy, telecommunications and technology sectors.

Based in London, Paula specialises in international arbitration and has helped clients in many jurisdictions, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada,  France, Russia and the CIS, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA  in ad hoc arbitration and proceedings under the auspices of all the major arbitral institutions. Paula also sits as an arbitrator.

Paula has acted for clients as lead counsel and advocate in a substantial number of high profile arbitrations. She has also been closely involved in several cases before the High Court in London, and has appeared before the Court of Appeal and House of Lords (now the Supreme Court). Her advocacy skills were formally recognised in 2014 when she was awarded the title of QC.

Paula plays an active role in the international arbitration community. She was appointed President of the LCIA in May 2019. She is also involved with the ICC, BIICL, IDRC, ASA, ILA, and the Energy Institute. She has served as an officer of the IBA Arbitration Committee and is included on the AAA’s Energy Arbitrators List.

Her expertise in international arbitration, the energy sector and Africa-related disputes is  consistently recognised by local and global legal directories. According to Chambers & Partners, sources describe Paula as “brilliant” and the “most complete arbitration practitioner in London.”

Mr. Luis Martinez (ICDR, Vice-President)

Luis Martinez directs the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)® in the region including the East Coast of the United States, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain and Portugal.

Mr. Martinez recruits and maintains the highest qualified panel in those areas for the ICDR’s International Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators. He is responsible for the ICDR’s cross-border arbitration and mediation in the region, providing executive oversight of large cases.

Luis was the first attorney hired for the newly created ICDR in 1996, also its first director. Honorary president of the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC), he is a prolific contributor to publications on international arbitration and a frequent speaker at worldwide programs.

Luis received at J.D. degree from St. John’s University School of Law.

Ms. Yas Banifatemi (ICC, Vice-President)

Dr. Yas Banifatemi is a partner and Co-Head of Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice and heads the firm’s Public International Law practice. She also co-heads the firm’s Energy practice.

She advises and represents States, State-owned entities and companies on both public international law and international arbitration issues. She acts as both counsel and arbitrator in arbitrations conducted pursuant to the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, HKIAC, CRCICA, DIS and the Swiss Arbitration Rules, with particular focus on investment treaty arbitration and energy matters.

In addition to being a Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Dr. Banifatemi is 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.

Dr. Banifatemi researches in the areas of public international law and international arbitration. She has authored numerous publications in, and regularly speaks about, both these fields. She is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School and Yale Law School, and a Lecturer in Law at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris I). In the Summer 2019, she gave a Course at The Hague Academy of International Law on the Powers of Arbitrators. She co-founded and was the first Secretary General of the International Academy for Arbitration Law (Arbitration Academy).

Dr. Banifatemi has been repeatedly praised in all leading professional directories, which have described her as a “brilliant lawyer with a sharp intellect”, who “quickly grasps the problems of the file, even on complex and very technical subjects”, a “leading figure in the investment treaty and energy arbitration areas”, having “acute knowledge of arbitration and [being] very valuable when it comes to the psychology of disputes”, and “an outstanding lawyer in every possible respect” who is “well known for her assertive litigation style” and has “strong cross-examination skills”. In 2014, she was an honoree of Harvard Law School’s “Women Inspiring Change” (2014 inaugural year). Earlier in 2011, she had also praised in an article highlighting “The Best and the Brightest” 45 female lawyers under 45 worldwide, published by The American Lawyer (July 2011).

Mr. Garth Schofield (PCA, Senior Legal Counsel)

Ms. Ndanga Kamau (ICC, Vice-President)

Ndanga Kamau is an international lawyer specialising in all forms of international dispute settlement, public international law, and private international law.

She advises and represents clients in international disputes and sit as arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

Prior to setting up the practice in the Hague, she worked in international law firms, an arbitral institution, government, and international organisations. She has been based in Geneva, Houston, London, Mauritius, and Nairobi.

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Mr. Mark Beckett (Cooley LLP, Partner)

Mark Beckett focuses on international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, public international law, and cross-border and multi-jurisdictional legal issues and disputes, as well as international corporate social responsibility. His practice involves resolving controversies relating to a variety of cross-border transactions and long-term relationships including disputes under joint venture and joint development agreements, long-term supply and purchase agreements, post-sale and acquisition disputes, and infrastructure and project disputes.  Mark also provides advice to clients on mitigating commercial and country risk, contract drafting, and international legal issues, including investment protection.  He also handles disputes relating to the responsibility of states toward foreign investors under investment treaties and international law.