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  • Prof. James ClaxtonIndependent Arbitrator and Mediator (Tokyo)

    James Claxton has more than 15 years of experience in international dispute resolution including roles as mediator, arbitrator, attorney, and academic. He is currently Associate Professor of Law at Waseda University and Mediation Training Expert at the Office of the Ombudsman for United Nations Funds and Programmes. James is a committee chairman of the International Mediation Institute and an officer of the the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association. He has worked with the United States Agency for International Development and the International Finance Corporation on mediation capacity-building projects. His recent publications on mediation appear in the Asian Journal on Mediation, the Journal of World Trade, and the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal. A Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, James began his career as an attorney specializing in international arbitration in Paris and was legal counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank in Washington.

  • Dr. Christopher ToGilt Chambers, Independent Mediator, Adjudicator and Arbitrator (Hong Kong)

    Dr. Christopher To is an independent mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator who is on the panels of various leading global alternative dispute resolution bodies. He has arbitrated a variety of domestic and international cases involving both ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations; mediated and adjudicated many international and domestic cases and has represented clients as Counsel in cases at the Magistrate, District, High Court, the Commission of Inquiry, disciplinary proceedings as well as in international arbitrations and mediations. He is an accredited mediator, accredited adjudicator, chartered arbitrator, chartered engineer, chartered information technology professional and a barrister-at-law. As former Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Dr. To managed to elevate Hong Kong’s status as the regional dispute resolution hub of Asia by increasing the number of international dispute cases being referred to Hong Kong for amiable resolution as well as creating the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (one of six entities internationally approved and the only one in Asia), a body that has gain international prominence within the dot.com community as a reliable, trustworthy, independent, and reputable entity that manages domain name disputes globally. In recognition of his outstanding leadership and his contribution to the community in 2001 he was honored as a Director of the Year in Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, in 2007 he was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, in 2014 was awarded Alumni of the Year and was conferred the honorary doctorate degree in Engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University as well as being named in 2019 by the Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center as one of the top ten mediators in Asia Pacific. He is listed as one of the Whos Who of international arbitrators and mediators. Christopher was appointed as one of sixty mediators (only one from China) globally by the Court of Arbitration for Sports by the International Council of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland and was appointed to the panels of arbitration and mediation of the Court of Arbitration for Art at the Hague, the Netherlands. He was also appointed as an inaugural panel member of international mediators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association (the only one from Hong Kong).

    From 2008 to 2016, he was the Executive Director of the Construction Industry Council, a statutory body that has gain prominence under his leadership in terms of sustainability, innovation, safety and setting standards in corporate governance. In 2013, the organisation was award Director of the Year by the Hong Kong Institute of Directors under the category of Statutory/Non-profit-distributing

    Organisations. During his tenure, he managed to build the first Zero Carbon Building that was and still is the talk of the town, locally and internationally as a building of the future incorporating environmentally sustainable concepts, design and materials into its construction. Being an academic on a part-time basis, Christopher lectures extensively on the subjects of arbitration, adjudication, mediation, negotiation and construction law and has written substantially on the subjects of international arbitration and mediation in particular has written the handbook on Arbitration Law in Hong Kong by Lexis Nexis Butterworths and the handbook on Mediation in Hong Kong Law and Practice by Wolters Kluwer Law and Business.

    List of publications can be found here: https://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw/about-school/our-people/dr-christopher

  • Prof. Janet Walker CMIndependent Arbitrator (London, Sydney, Toronto)

    Janet Walker, CM is an independent arbitrator with chambers in London, Toronto and Sydney, and a distinguished research professor at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. She has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair in ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations administered by the ICC, ICDR, DIAC, HKIAC, KCAB, PCA and SIAC.

    Janet chairs the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee and is a board member of CIArb Canada. She is co-chair of CanArbWeek, executive editor of Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration and co-author of Commercial Arbitration in Australia under the Model Law. She authors Canada’s main text on the conflict of laws. For publications see www.janet-walker.com

  • Prof. Doug Jones AOInternational Commercial Arbitrator (London, Sydney, Toronto)

    Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator with over 40 years’ prior experience as an international transactional and disputes project lawyer. Doug is a door tenant at Atkin Chambers London and has Chambers in Sydney and Toronto. Doug is also an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court.

    Doug has been involved in over 160 arbitrations which include construction, infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning over 30 jurisdictions around the world, and of values exceeding some billions of USD.

    For a list of publications, please see https://dougjones.info/wp/publications/

  • Prof. Dr. Alexander J. BelohlavekLaw offices Belohlavek (Prague)

    Academic profile and academic qualifications:

    1987-1988: Faculty of Law, J.E.P. University (today Masaryk University), Brno

    1988-1991: Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague, Institute of International Relations and International Law at the Faculty of Law of Charles University (where A. Belohlavek first attained a master’s degree – “Mgr.” – and, upon completing postgraduate studies in 1993, his Doctor of Law). Fully qualified as a lawyer since 1991.

    1989-1992: Faculty of Economics, Foreign Trade Relations (“inženýr” / “inženýr ekonomie” [graduate economist – Dipl. Ing. (oec)])

    1991-1993: postgraduate studies, Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague, subject: Civil Law I (defense of doctoral thesis: December 1993)

    1996: “Associate Professor“.

    “University Professor” appointed by the state president of the Czech Republic effective as of 1 April 2001.

    1992: Honorary doctorate (dr.h.c.), awarded based upon a joint proposal by the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics, Kiev, Ukraine

    2012: Appointed Professor in Poland (“Prof. zw.” / “Profesor zwyczajny” for international law and international relations at the Faculty of Law and Public Administration of WSMW University (Warsaw / Poland), effective as of 1 October 2012. (See also the section “Academic work” below).

    2015: Honorary Professor in Poland (“Profesor Honorificus”) for international law. (See also “Academic work” below)

    Academic work:

    1991-1996: Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague / Czech Republic, research assistant (Institute of Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights and Competition Law; Department of Commercial and Economic law – subjects: commercial law, private international law, international commercial law). Currently a member of this faculty’s examination board for doctoral state exams of postgraduate students.

    1992 – present: Department of Law, Faculty of Economics at the VŠB Technická univerzita Ostrava / Czech Republic (since 1 April 2001: professor at the Department of Law, 1996 to March 2001: lecturer at the Department of Law, 1992-1996: research assistant at the Department of Law; scientific supervisor in the field of international commercial law, member of the specialist board for doctoral studies, scientific supervisor in the field of international trade and legal regulations of economy and business, scientific supervisor for accredited postgraduate and doctoral study programs in Czech and German, among others)

    2009 – present: Department of International and European Law, Faculty of Law, Masaryk University (visiting professor, member of the examination board for doctoral state exams in the field of private international law and European law; in addition, the visiting professor at the Department of Civil Law at the same faculty)

    2012 – 2018: Professor (“profesor zwyczajny“) and Chair of the Department of International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law and Public Administration, Warsaw Academy of Management, Poland

    2018 – present: Professor („poesor zwyczajmy“) and Chair of the Institute of International Law Collegium Humanum University, Warsaw, Poland

    2015 – present: Department of International Law, Faculty of Law, West Bohemia University (professor, private international law, also member of the examination board for doctoral state exams in the field of private international law and EU law; in addition; supervisor of Ph.D. students).


    More than 500 publications since 1989, among them approx. 150 monographs (as the sole author or co-author). About one third of the entire output of published works has been published abroad.

    A detailed list of publications is also available in a separate part of this profile.

    Publications (incl. monographs) have been published in the following languages: English, Czech, French, German, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.

    Citations (domestic and abroad): approx. 2,000 citations on record.

    Domestic and foreign reviews of own published papers: more than 50 published book reviews.

  • Sophie NappertIndependent Arbitrator (London)

    Sophie Nappert is an arbitrator in independent practice, based in London. She is dual-qualified as an Avocat of the Bar of Quebec, Canada and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Before becoming a full-time arbitrator, she pursued a career as an advocate and was Head of International Arbitration at a global law firm. She is commended as "most highly regarded" and a “leading light” in her field by Who’s Who Legal.

    Sophie is highly sought-after in complex energy, investment and natural resources disputes. She is a pioneering practitioner at the intersection of arbitration and Legal Tech. In 2019, she completed the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School Programme on Blockchain Strategy. In 2021, she co-founded ArbTech, a worldwide, online community forum fostering cross-disciplinary dialogue on technology, dispute resolution and the future of justice. In its first year of existence, ArbTech was shortlisted at the 2022 GAR Awards.

    Sophie is trained and has practised in both civil law and common law jurisdictions. She holds degrees in both common law and civil law from McGill University and a Masters’ Degree in Law from King’s College London. For over a decade she served as the peer-nominated Moderator of OGEMID, the online discussion forum on current issues of international investment law, economic law and arbitration.

    Sophie is an award-winning lecturer and the first female recipient of the Global Arbitration Review Award for Best Speech in 2016 for her Inaugural EFILA Lecture on the future of ISDS. She delivered the 2018 Proskauer Lecture on International Arbitration, ‘Disruption Is The New Black’, which was also shortlisted for Best Speech at the 2019 GAR Awards.

    Sophie is the author of a Commentary on the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on issues of international arbitration, international investment law and dispute resolution. She is a guest lecturer at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and McGill University Faculty of Law. She created the Nappert Prize in International Arbitration, open to young scholars and practitioners worldwide, administered under the auspices of McGill University.

  • Prof. Emilia OnyemaSOAS University of London (London)

    Emilia Onyema is a Professor of International Commercial Law at SOAS University of London where she teaches international commercial arbitration, international investment law and commercial law in a global context. She is qualified to practice law in Nigeria, as a Solicitor in England & Wales, Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and independent arbitrator. She is a member of the Cairo Regional CICA Advisory Committee, LACIAC Court member, among others. She convenes the SOAS Arbitration in Africa conference series and leads the SOAS Arbitration in Africa biennial survey research project; she co-authored the African Promise and founded the Arbitration Fund for African Students (AFAS) a registered charitable organisation in England. Her research interests focus on the development of international arbitration in Africa and the engagement of Africans in international arbitration. She publishes widely in her areas of expertise. She has experience as presiding, co and sole arbitrator, and acts as legal expert witness in international arbitration.

    Some recent publications:


    • Emilia Onyema (ed) Rethinking the Role of African National Courts in Arbitration, Kluwer Law International, 2018, 417 pages.
      • (ed), The Transformation of Arbitration in Africa: The Role of Arbitral Institutions, Kluwer Law International, 2016, 209 pages.
    • -, International Commercial Arbitration and the Arbitrator’s Contract, Routledge Cavendish, 2010, 257 pages.

    Articles in Refereed Journals:

    • “Commercial Disputes under the AfCFTA: the case for regional African arbitral centres”, IBA Arbitration Committee Newsletter special issue on Arbitration in Africa (2021).
    • “African Participation in the ICSID System: Appointment and Disqualification of Arbitrators”, ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal (2020).
    • “Reimagining the Framework for resolving Intra-African Commercial Disputes in the Context of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement”, World Trade Review (2019), pp 1-25.
    • “Supportive attitude of English courts towards international commercial arbitration” (2019) Journal of Arab Arbitration, Vols 31 & 32, pp 5-11
    • “Regional Arbitration Institution for ECOWAS: Lessons from OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration” (2014) Int’l ALR Issue 5, pp 99-111.
    • “The Multi-door Court House (MDC) Scheme in Nigeria: a case study of the Lagos MDC”, (2013) vol 7 No 2 Apogee Journal of Business, Property & Constitutional Law, pp 96-129.
    • “The New Ghana ADR Act 2010: A Critical Overview”, (2012) vol 28 no 1, Arbitration International”, pp 101-124.
    • “A critique of the New 2009 Arbitration Law of Lagos State”, (2010) vol 2 no 5, Apogee Journal of Business, Property & Constitutional Law, pp 1-24.
    • “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Sub-Sahara Africa’, (2010) vol 26 no 1, Arbitration International, pp 115-138 – translated into Chinese for a Chinese Journal in 2010.

    Chapter in Books/collections:

    • Emilia Onyema & Isaiah Bozimo, “Nigeria”, in Lise Boseman (ed.,) Arbitration in Africa: a Practitioner’s Guide, 2nd ed., Kluwer, 2021.
    • Emilia Onyema & Isaiah Bozimo, “International Arbitration in West African States”, in Lise Boseman (ed.,) Arbitration in Africa: a Practitioner’s Guide, 2nd ed., Kluwer, 2021.
    • Emilia Onyema, “OHADA Arbitration and Common Law African Countries”, in A. Ngwanza (ed), Vingt ans d’arbitrage OHADA: bilan et perspectives, LexisNexis, 2019, pages 427-441.
    • -, “Shifts in Dispute Resolution Processes of West African States” in Moscati A, Roberts M, & Palmer M (eds) Comparative Dispute Resolution Research Handbook (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020).
    • -, “The Role of African Courts and Judges in Arbitration” in Onyema E (ed) Rethinking the Role of African National Courts in Arbitration, Kluwer Law International (Wolters Kluwer, 2018).
    • -, “The Jurisdictional Tensions Between Domestic Courts and Arbitral Tribunals” in Menaker, Andrea (ed) International Arbitration and the Rule of Law: Contribution and Conformity, ICCA Congress Series No 19, Kluwer (2017) pp 481-500.
    • -, “Arbitration Institutions in Africa” in Emilia Onyema (ed), The Transformation of Arbitration in Africa: The Role of Arbitral Institutions, Kluwer Law International (2016), pp 15-43.
    • -, “Introduction” in Emilia Onyema (ed), The Transformation of Arbitration in Africa: The Role of Arbitral Institutions, Kluwer Law International (2016), pp 1-11.
  • Joe LiuIndependent Arbitrator (Hong Kong)

    Joe Liu is an independent arbitrator and domain name panelist with significant experience in international dispute resolution spanning commercial, banking & finance, corporate, investment, energy and technology disputes. He is described as “a treasure chest of proven skills, talent and experience” and “an impressive practitioner on many levels”.

    Joe has experience in major arbitral institutions and an international law firm. He served in multiple senior roles including the Acting Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). During his tenure at HKIAC, he oversaw the administration of thousands of arbitration, mediation and domain name cases, was instrumental in the development of HKIAC’s numerous rules, practices and initiatives, and acted as tribunal secretary assisting some of the world’s most eminent arbitrators. He is also a key contributor to Moser & Bao, A Guide to the HKIAC Arbitration Rules – a commentary to the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules.

    Prior to HKIAC, Joe was a member of the Global Arbitration Group of Allen & Overy in Hong Kong, representing parties in high-value and complex disputes under a range of governing laws and procedural rules. Before moving into private practice, he was an Assistant Counsel at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

    Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Joe has spoken and published extensively on international dispute resolution.

    List of selected publications:

    • Key contributor, Moser & Bao, A Guide to The HKIAC Arbitration Rules, Oxford University Press, First Edition (2016) and Second Edition (2022)
    • Contributor, Ma & Brock, Arbitration in Hong Kong – A Practical Guide, Sweet & Maxwell, Fifth Edition (2021)
    • Co-author, “BRI Project Disputes at HKIAC: The Story So Far”, CDR – The Belt and Road Initiative, 2021
    • Contributor, International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives, LexisNexis, 2021
    • Author, “A Case Study on the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules 2018”, Asian Dispute Review, 2019
    • Co-author, “A Comparative Overview of the 2018 HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules”, New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, 2019
    • Contributor, Arbitration World, Sweet & Maxwell, 2018
    • Co-author, “Russia Turns East: The Use of Hong Kong Arbitration for Russian Disputes”, Kutafin University Law Review, 2017
    • Co-author, “Innovation in Asia”, The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review, 2016
    • Author, “Use of Arbitration in Cross-Border M&A Disputes”, Corporate Disputes, 2015
    • Co-author, “Enforcement of Foreign Awards in Mainland China: Current Practices and Future Trends”, Journal of International Arbitration, 2014
    • Author, “The suitability of HKIAC arbitration for derivative disputes”, Asian-Mena Counsel, 2014
    • Contributor, Choong & Weeramantry, The Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance, Commentary and Annotations, Sweet & Maxwell, 2011
  • Cecilia Azar ManzurGalicia Abogados, S.C., Partner (Mexico)

    Cecilia is a lawyer specialized in arbitration, mediation and judicial procedures related to alternative means of dispute resolution with more than 25 years of experience.

    She joined Galicia as a partner in 2018, where she focuses her practice on complex domestic and international commercial disputes. Acting as arbitrator, counsel, mediator or expert in Mexican law, she has developed a broad experience, particularly in cases related to the energy, infrastructure, construction and commercial mediations.

    Among its clients are national and foreign companies that have entered into agreements related to energy or construction and infrastructure matters. Her recent cases involve complex disputes arising from PPA and public and private work agreements. She has participated in matters related to distribution agreements, technology transfer and international sales.

    Cecilia is recognized for her expertise and record of accomplishment in complex judicial proceedings related to arbitration before Mexican courts, such as set aside and enforcement of awards, interim measures, amongst others. In close collaboration with other practice areas of the Firm, she advises clients in Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) matters, specifically by analyzing investment protection provisions in Investment Treaties to which Mexico is party.

    She teaches arbitration and mediation in undergraduate and graduate courses at UNAM, ITAM and CIDE.

    From 2019 to 2021, Cecilia served as president of the Mexican Institute of Arbitration (Instituto Mexicano de Arbitraje) (IMA). She is currently vice-president of the Arbitration Commission of the ICC Mexico. She is on Mexico’s list of conciliators in ICSID proceedings and is a member of the International Arbitration Court of the ICC. Previously, she served as Secretary General and Counsel of the Mexican Arbitration Center (CAM). She also served as a consultant for the Mediation Project in Mexico sponsored by the American Bar Association and USAID.

    She regularly publishes and speaks on alternative dispute resolution.

    Cecilia is recognized by different international publications. Chambers and Partners has ranked her in Band 2 in the Arbitration practice. In 2021, due to her trajectory, her name was incorporated to the list of Most in Demand Arbitrators of the same publication, being the first Mexican woman to belong to such list. The Legal 500 named her “Leading Individual” in the practice of Arbitration; and the French publication Leaders League ranked her as “Leading” in the same practice. Recently, Who’s Who Legal has named her “Most Highly Regarded”, due to her experience, both nationally and internationally, and the recognition of her clients.

    She is member of the Galicia’s Talent Committee.

  • H.E. Justice Shamlan Al SawalehiDIFC Courts, Court of Appeal Judge and Judge in Charge of the Arbitration Division (Dubai)

    H.E. Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi has over 23 years of experience in international commercial and financial litigation in common law, civil law and Sharia’ legal systems. He has experience in arbitral practice in civil and common law systems, and has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and Chairman of arbitral tribunals. He frequently speaks and writes on topics involving the DIFC Courts and international arbitration.

    He joined the DIFC Courts in 2010 as a Judicial Officer before becoming a Small Claims Tribunal Judge and then a Court of First Instance Judge. In 2017, H.E. Justice Shamlan was appointed as a Court of Appeal Judge. In 2020, H.E. Justice Shamlan was appointed by the DIFC Courts’ Chief Justice as Judge in Charge of the Arbitration Division of the DIFC Courts. He was also appointed as member of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) Courts of Arbitration in March 2022. In May 2022, he was appointed as a member of the Executive Committee of the Oman Commercial Arbitration Centre (OAC).

    Prior to joining the DIFC Courts, H.E. Justice Al Sawalehi was the founder of Shamlan Law firm, where he represented governments and private clients on complex commercial and financial disputes in the UAE and MENA region. Prior to that, he served as Director of Strategic Affairs at The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai where he was involved in number of strategic legal cases.

    H.E. Justice Al Sawalehi was also a manager of the Enforcement Department of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) wherein he supervised the International Financial Services Institution Compliance with the international best practice and DFSA regulations. Prior to joining the DFSA, H.E. Justice Shamlan served for five years as a Public Prosecutor with the Dubai Public Prosecution Department in both criminal and civil departments, wherein he was involved in investigations of high profile commercial and financial crimes and represented the Government departments on several high-value litigation cases before the Dubai Courts.

    H.E. Justice Al Sawalehi holds a bachelor’s degree in Shari’a and law from the UAE University, as well as a master’s degree in International Commercial Law from Westminster University in the UK. H.E. Justice Al Sawalehi also holds a Higher Diploma in Advanced Legal and Judicial Studies from the Dubai Judicial Institution.

  • Prof. Aleksandar JakšićUniversity of Belgrade (Belgrade)

    Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Jakšić is a full time Professor of Law at University of Belgrade. Prof. Jakšić is a legal expert, lecturer and scholar in the fields of civil procedural law, organisation of justice and the alternative dispute resolution. He is also actively engaged in the fields of legal reforms, legislative drafting and strategic development. He has extensive experience in international commercial arbitration, both in the capacity of administrator, arbitrator and the legal counsel.

    Prof. Jakšić has also authored several books and academic articles published in English and German, including the book Arbitration and Human Rights (2002).

  • Prof. Dr. H. Ercüment ErdemErdem & Erdem, founder and senior partner (Istanbul)

    Prof. Dr. H. Ercüment Erdem is the founder and senior partner of Erdem & Erdem. He has more than 35 years of experience in arbitration, international commercial law, competition & antitrust, mergers & acquisitions, privatizations and corporate finance. He serves international and national clients in a variety of industries including energy, construction, finance, retail, real estate, aviation and aerospace as well as healthcare and insurance.

    He has acted as chairman and sole or party-appointed arbitrator in many international and national arbitrations under different rules including ICC Arbitration, Swiss Arbitration, Moscow Arbitration, UNCITRAL Arbitration, Tehran Arbitration and ad hoc arbitrations and is, furthermore, distinguished in this field.

    He is a commercial law professor lecturing in leading universities such as Galatasaray University in Turkey and Fribourg University in Switzerland. He has over 35 years of experience as a scholar and is the author of reference books on international trade law, competition law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial enterprise law, CIF sales, bonds, contracts etc. He is fluent in English, French and Turkish.

    He has been a long-time active member of the ICC CLP Commission, participating in many working groups over the years before taking on the role of vice chair in 2010, the co-chair in 2016 and chair since 2018.Moreover, Professor Erdem is an esteemed member of International Bar Association, Istanbul Bar Association, ICC Arbitration Commission, ICC International Court of Arbitration, ICC Institute Council, ICC Turkish National Committee Arbitration Council and Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage (ASA). Also, he is advisory board member of Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC).

    He has been selected as one of the leading individuals in dispute resolution by Legal 500 since 2016.

  • Peter AytonCentre for Decision Research at the University of Leeds, director (Leeds)

    Peter Ayton is the director of the Centre for Decision Research at the University of Leeds. His research is concerned with theoretical and empirical investigations of human judgement - including risk perception and decision-making under uncertainty. His work has appeared in leading journals in Psychology and Economics with applied studies appearing in a wide range of journals and leading conferences in Medicine, Law and Computer Science. His applied research includes studies of radiologists’ cancer-screening; magistrates’ bail decisions and the misconceptions of professional footballers.

    Recent publications:

    • Ayton, P., Weiss-Cohen, L., & Barson, M. (2022). Magical contagion and commemorative plaques: Effects of celebrity occupancy on property values. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 79, 101723.
    • Weiss-Cohen, L., Newall, P. & Ayton, P. (2022). Persistence is futile: Chasing of past performance in repeated investment choices. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.
    • Weiss-Cohen, L., Ayton, P., Clacher, I. & Thoma, V. (2022). Pension scheme trustees as surrogate decision makers. Finance Research Letters,102043.
    • Silas, J., Jones, A., Weiss-Cohen, L., & Ayton, P. (2021). The seductive allure of technical language and its effect on covid-19 vaccine beliefs and intentions. Vaccine, 39(52), 7590-7597.
    • Weiss-Cohen, L., Ayton, P. & Clacher, I. (2020). Extraneous menu-effects influence financial decisions made by pension trustees. Economics Letters, 187, 108895.
    • Ayton, P., Bernile, G., Bucciol, A. & Zarri, L. (2020). The impact of life experiences on risk taking. Journal of Economic Psychology, 79, 102274.
    • Ayton, P., Murray, S. & Hampton, J.A. (2019) Terrorism, dread risk and bicycle accidents. Judgment and Decision Making, 14(3), 280–287.
    • Weiss-Cohen, L., Ayton, P., Clacher, I. & Thoma, V. (2019) Behavioral biases in pension fund trustees' decision-making. Review of Behavioral Finance, 11, 128-143.
  • Myriam GicquelloNewcastle University (Newcastle upon Tyne)

    Myriam is a Lecturer in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University (UK). Her research focuses on the influence of extra-legal factors in courts and tribunals. Her work has been published in the Journal of International Dispute Settlement and the Oxford Handbook of International Arbitration. Myriam has been a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London. She teaches European Union Law, Legal Institutions, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Online Dispute Resolution, and Arbitration.

    The list of published work related to the topic of the lecture includes:

    • Tony Cole, “The Roles of Psychology in International Arbitration” (Wolters Kluwers 2017)
    • Two chapters in the Oxford Handbook of International Arbitration, edited by Thomas Schultz and Federico Ortino (Oxford University Press 2020):
    • Tony Cole, Pietro Ortolani, Sean Wright “Arbitration in Its Psychological Context: A Contextual Behavioural Account of Arbitral Decision-Making”
    • Myriam Gicquello “Artificial Intelligence in International Arbitration”
    • Two articles in the Journal of International Dispute Settlement:
    • https://doi.org/10.1093/jnlids/idac005
    • https://doi.org/10.1093/jnlids/idz017
  • Francis Xavier S.C. PBMRajah & Tann, Regional Head (Singapore)

    Francis is Rajah & Tann’s Regional Head of Disputes Group; he practises cross-border commercial litigation and international and treaty arbitration.

    A veteran in the field, Francis has 33 years of legal practice and has a track record of being involved in novel and unprecedented cases. He has appeared before the SICC on numerous occasions (at both trial and appellate levels) and was in fact involved in the very first case heard before the SICC.

    Francis is recognised as a leading disputes lawyer – Asia Law Profiles (2017-2021); Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2014-2019, 2021); Ranked Lawyers Chambers Global (2016-2021); Dispute Resolution Chambers Asia-Pacific (2016-2021); Best Lawyer in Litigation Practice, Best Lawyers International (2015-2020); Global Arbitration Review (2010); Best Litigation Lawyers in Singapore (2013); Asia Law Leading Lawyers (2009). He was recently named as one of Asia’s Top 15 Litigators by Asian Legal Business (2021).

    Francis was also recognised by Asia Business Law Journal 2018 as amongst Singapore’s top lawyers and is the winner of a Business Excellence Award (2019) issued by Corporate Insider, the Gateway to the World of Business; named as a dispute resolution star by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific (2019-2020). He was recently ranked as a leading disputes lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific (2020); Labour, Employment & Benefits, Who’s Who Legal (2016, 2018, 2019); Who’s Who Legal : Thought Leaders – Labour & Employment (2020); Who’s Who Legal : Arbitration (2020, 2021); The Best Lawyers (2020 Editions) Singapore; the 5th Annual Global Business Edition of Best Lawyers (2020); Who’s Who Legal : Litigation (2020).

    He is a Chartered Arbitrator and also a Past Chairman of the Singapore branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is the immediate past global President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and also the immediate Past President of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.

    He is the General Editor of two major publications - “Civil Litigation in Singapore” (Sweet & Maxwell, 2017) and “Arbitration in Singapore: A Practical Guide” (2nd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2018).

  • Viktoria KhandrimayloHKIAC (Hong Kong)

    Victoria Khandrimaylo is Counsel at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). She regularly sits as the tribunal secretary for HKIAC arbitrations. Prior to joining HKIAC, Victoria worked for three years at one of the leading international law firms in Moscow, practicing in the areas of arbitration, corporate and real estate transactions.

    Victoria graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the MGIMO-University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) majoring in private international law and international commercial arbitration. She has also obtained LL.M. degree in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS, Geneva), the joint program of University Geneva and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Victoria is qualified to practice law in Russia. She is fluent in English and Russian and has a good command of Spanish.

  • Evgeniya GoriatchevaPCA (The Hague)

    Evgeniya Goriatcheva is Senior Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), an intergovernmental organization established by treaty in 1899 which provides services for the resolution of disputes involving various combinations of states, state entities, intergovernmental organizations and private parties.

    In this post, Evgeniya has acted as registrar and institutional secretary in numerous contract-based, investment and inter-State arbitrations, and assisted the PCA Secretary-General with the appointment of arbitrators and the resolution of challenges. Evgeniya has also represented the PCA at various intergovernmental fora such as the UN Sixth Committee, UNCITRAL Working Groups II (Dispute Settlement) and III (ISDS Reform) and the UNCLOS Meeting of States Parties. She frequently presents on issues of dispute resolution and public international law and is a co-author of the Guide to the PCA Arbitration Rules (Oxford University Press, 2014, with B. Daly and H. Meighen).

    Evgeniya earned her B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees from the McGill Faculty of Law (2010) and is a qualified lawyer in Quebec, Canada. She is fluent in English, French and Russian.

  • Ksenia KoroteevaLévy Kaufmann-Kohler (Geneva)

    Ksenia Koroteeva specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration, with a focus on the CIS region. She has specific experience in disputes relating to joint ventures, shareholder agreements, construction contracts, as well as contracts related to the energy industry, loans and pledge agreements. She has been involved in proceedings conducted ad hoc, as well as under many of the leading institutional arbitration rules (including the SCC, ICC, LCIA, ICSID and RAC rules).

    Prior to joining Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Ksenia worked as a legal counsel at the Russian Arbitration Center (RAC) in Moscow, where she administered commercial arbitrations and acted as a tribunal secretary.

    Ksenia was also a researcher for the International and Comparative Law Research Center (ICLRC) in Moscow, where she prepared reports on the proposals for reforming the ISDS system discussed within UNCITRAL Working Group III.

    Ksenia is admitted to the Moscow Bar and holds an LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), where she was ranked third out of a class of 35. She graduated from Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO) with high honours.

  • Eugene ThongThe Arbitration Chambers (Singapore)

    Eugene Thong serves as tribunal secretary at The Arbitration Chambers, where he assists arbitrators in both international commercial and investment arbitration cases, which may be institutional or ad hoc.

    Eugene was previously Deputy Counsel at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He worked at the Secretariat's Hong Kong office before forming part of the team that launched and established its Singapore office. Across both offices, he managed hundreds of cases including those where English was not the language of arbitration, and to date remains the only Deputy Counsel to have administered a significant docket of cases from each of the following regions: East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Oceania and the Middle East. Before the ICC, Eugene worked at the Singapore and London offices of a major international law firm.

    Eugene is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, as well as a graduate of Sciences Po Paris. Trilingual in English, Mandarin and French, he is also conversant in Russian and Japanese.