The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Centenary Celebration

The CIArb held its Centenary celebrations in 2015. CIArb is the only international ADR professional body that combines membership and training of ADR practitioners on a global basis. The Institute is Chartered to deliver its Golden Thread by:

• Education, training and awarding qualifications
• Developing the learned society
• Facilitating ADR.

The CIArb Centenary provided an unprecedented opportunity for the Institute to celebrate and for key industry decision makers to interact with experts and users in the field of ADR.

Our Institute at that time had about 13,000 members in 125 countries and 37 branches. CIArb members and guests were invited to participate in a series of exciting events, which were organised at the international, regional, national and branch level and took place throughout 2015.

In Hong Kong, the celebrations included the Centenary Conference, held from 19-21 March 2015. This opened with a Cocktail Reception and Centenary Book Launch at Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, followed by a 2 day conference at the JW Marriott, Hong Kong. Refer to the Programme, Speakers and Speeches tabs for more information about the Conference, which was hailed as an unqualified success. This was the one of a series of “flagship” events held to celebrate the Institute’s Centenary in 2015. Other flagship events were held in Birmingham, London, Singapore and Zambia.

The CIArb London Centenary Principles for an effective and efficient seat in international arbitration were drafted at the 2015 Centenary Conference in London to mark the 100th anniversary. A Centenary book was also published entitled “A History of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators”.

About Us

CIArb (East Asia Branch) provides a regional organisation for members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators who are resident in the geographical areas of Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan and Indonesia.

The objectives of the Branch are to promote, encourage and facilitate the practice of settlement of disputes by arbitration and other means of dispute resolution, and generally to support and promote the status and interests of the Institute.

Supporting Organisations:

March 19 at 18:00: Opening Cocktail Reception and Centenary Book Launch is at Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
March 20-21: 2 day conference will be held at the JW Marriott, Hong Kong
March 20 (Friday) Programme
8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:40 (40 mins) Opening Remarks
  • Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • The Hon Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma, Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal
9:40-10:25 (45 mins) Keynote Speech
  • Lord Neuberger, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
10:25-10:45 (20 mins) Morning Refreshment Break
10:45-12:20 (95 mins) Debate: This House Does Not Consider That International Arbitral Tribunals Take Sufficient Note Of Cultural Differences When Reaching Their Decisions


  • Teresa Cheng SC, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre


  • Matthew Gearing QC, Allen & Overy
  • John Rhie, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
  • VV Veeder QC, Essex Court Chambers
  • Alvin Yeo SC, WongPartnership


  • Malcolm Holmes QC, Eleven Wentworth
  • Prof Joongi Kim, Yonsei Law School
12:20-13:40 (80 mins) Conference Luncheon
  • Rimsky Yuen SC, Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong
13:40-15:15 (95 mins) The Psychology of the Decision Making Process


  • Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


  • Prof Shari Diamond, Northwestern University


  • Toby Landau QC, Essex Court Chambers
  • Lucy Reed, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
15:15-15:35 (20 mins) Afternoon Refreshment Break
15:35-17:05 (90 mins) Panel Discussion: Effective Business Models for the Provision of Legal Services in International Arbitration – Evolution or Revolution


  • Prof Doug Jones AO, Independent Arbitrator, Atkin Chambers


  • Paul Bruno, Fluor Corporation
  • Cedric Chao, DLA Piper
  • Susan Dunn, Harbour Litigation Funding Limited
  • Paula Hodges QC, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Nick Longley, Holman Fenwick Willan
17:05-18:05 (60 mins) In House Perspective on Current Arbitration Practices - Diagnosis and Therapy


  • Dr Michael Moser, 20 Essex Street


  • Victoria Ashworth, JP Morgan Chase Bank
  • Kelly Austin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher


  • Elliot Polebaum, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
  • Richard Tan, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore Branch)
19:30 Gala Dinner (Dress Code: Lounge Suit/Cocktail Dress)

Keynote Remarks

  • The Hon Mr Justice Frank Stock NPJ, Non-permanent Judge of Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal


Day Two Programme
9:00-9:45 (45 mins) Keynote Speech
  • Chief Justice Robert French AC, High Court of Australia
9:45-10:55 (70 mins) Debate: This House Believes That Unless The Method Of Appointment Of Arbitrators Is Radically Altered The Whole Arbitral Process Will Lose Credibility


  • Louise Barrington, Aculex Transnational


  • Sir Vivian Ramsey, Keating Chambers
  • Peter Rees QC, 39 Essex Street
  • Sir Bernard Rix, 20 Essex Street
  • Prof Brigitte Stern, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne


  • Dr Gavan Griffith QC, International Arbitrator
  • Wendy Miles QC, Boies Schiller & Flexner
10:55-11:15 (20 mins) Morning Refreshment Break
11:15-12:45 (90 mins) Panel Discussion: Mediation and Adjudication; Where Asia Stands Now
(Singapore; Malaysia; Korea; China; Hong Kong; Japan)


  • Dr Christopher To, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch)


  • Vincent Connor, Pinsent Masons
  • Edwin Glasgow QC, 39 Essex Street
  • Sae Youn Kim, Yulchon
  • Vinayak Pradhan, Skrine
  • Yoshimi Ohara, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
  • Helen Shi, Fangda Partners
12:45-13:45 (60 mins) Conference Luncheon
13:45-14:55 (70 mins) Investment Arbitration in Asia: The State of Play as Asian Economies Become Net Exporters of FDI


  • Nils Eliasson, Mannheimer Swartling


  • Dr Diane Desierto, The William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii
  • Karen Mills, KarimSyah Law Firm
  • Promod Nair, Arista Chambers
  • Christopher Thomas QC, National University of Singapore’s Centre
14:55-15:45 (50 mins) How Are Seats Chosen - An Inside View
Law, judges, institutions, facilities, legal profession, language and logistics


  • Prof Janet Walker, Outer Temple Chambers


  • Paul Bruno, Fluor Corporation
  • Mtre Daniel Desjardins, Bombardier
  • Jun Hee Kim, Hyundai Heavy Industries
15:45-16:45 (60 mins) Advocacy Demonstration – Cross Examination – The Right And Wrong Way
  • Peter Scott Caldwell, Caldwell Ltd
  • Anthony Houghton SC, Des Voeux Chambers
  • Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Christopher Moger QC, Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong
  • Prof Jeffrey Waincymer, Monash University
16:45-17:00 (15 mins) Closing Remarks
  • Salim Moollan, UNCITRAL



Guests of Honour include Lord Neuberger, President of UK Supreme Court; Robert French, CJ of Australia; Geoffrey Ma, CJ of HKSAR; Mr Rimsky Yuen SC, Secretary for Justice; and The Hon Mr Justice Frank Stock NPJ.

Other speakers include:

  • Lord Neuberger
    Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

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    Lord Neuberger becomes the second President of the Supreme Court since it was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in October 2009 to replace the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords. He previously held the post of Master of the Rolls from 1 October 2009.

    Born on 10 January 1948, Lord Neuberger was educated at Westminster School, later studied Chemistry at Christ Church, Oxford. After graduating he worked at the merchant bank, N M Rothschild & Sons from 1970-1973 until he entered Lincoln's Inn and was called to the Bar in 1974.

    Lord Neuberger was made a Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1987 and became a Bencher for Lincoln's Inn in 1993. His first judicial appointment was as a Recorder from 1990 until 1996 when he was appointed a High Court judge in the Chancery Division and was then the Supervisory Chancery Judge for the Midland, Wales and Chester and Western Circuits 2000 - 2004.

    In 1999 Lord Neuberger chaired the Advisory Committee on the Spoliation of Art (in the Holocaust). Since 2000 he has been a governor of the University of Arts London and in 2003 became the Chairman of the Schizophrenia Trust.

    In January 2004 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. He also led an investigation for the Bar Council into widening access to the barrister profession. In 2007 he was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and created a life peer as Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury in the County of Dorset.

  • Chief Justice Robert French AC
    High Court of Australia

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    Robert French was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia on 1 September 2008. At the time of his appointment he was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, having been appointed to that office in November 1986. He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia in science and law. He was admitted in 1972 and practised as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia until 1983 when he went to the Independent Bar. He was an associate member of the Trade Practices Commission (now the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) from 1983 to 1986 and Chancellor of Edith Cowen University from 1991 to 1996. From 1994 to 1998 he was President of the National Native Title Tribunal. At the time of his appointment he was an additional member of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and a member of the Supreme Court of Fiji. He was also a Deputy President of the Australian Competition Tribunal and a part time member of the Australian Law Reform Commission. From 2001 to January 2005 he was President of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law. In 2010, he was made a Companion in the Order of Australia and made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

  • The Hon Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma
    Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal

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    Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li was appointed Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal on 1 September 2010.

    Chief Justice Ma joined the Hong Kong Judiciary as Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court in 2001. He was appointed Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of the High Court in 2002, and Chief Judge of the High Court in 2003.

    Chief Justice Ma graduated with an LL.B from Birmingham University in 1977. He completed his Bar Finals in 1978. He was called to the English Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1978, the Hong Kong Bar in 1980, the Bar of the State of Victoria in Australia in 1983 and the Bar of Singapore in 1990. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993 and made an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2004. He was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the University of Birmingham in 2011. He was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal by the Government in June 2012 and was conferred an Honorary Fellowship by Harris Manchester College of the University of Oxford in November 2012.

  • Rimsky Yuen SC
    Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong

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    Mr Rimsky Yuen, SC, was appointed Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on 1 July 2012.

    Before joining the Government, Mr Yuen was a barrister in private practice, specializing in commercial disputes. He also acted as arbitrator and mediator in domestic and international commercial disputes. Mr Yuen was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003 and a Recorder of the Court of First Instance of the High Court in 2006. Apart from professional commitments, Mr Yuen had also been involved in various public duties of both legal and non-legal nature.

    As Secretary for Justice, Mr Yuen takes a keen interest in the promotion of dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. Amongst others, he is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Promotion of Arbitration and the Steering Committee on Mediation, which are committees established for the purpose of enhancing Hong Kong’s position as a centre for international legal and dispute resolution services in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Justice Frank Stock
    Non-permanent Judge of Hong Kong's Court of
    Final Appeal

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    The Honorable Justice Frank Stock is a Non Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong. Previously he has been Vice President of the Court of Appeal in Hong Kong and served as a Justice of Appeal. Previously he was the first instance judge in charge of the Constitutional and Administrative Law List and was Chairman of the Insider Dealing Tribunal.

    Justice Stock was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1968 and became a Queen’s Counsel in Hong Kong in 1985. He was made Honorary Bencher at Lincoln’s Inn in 2004.

  • Victoria Ashworth
    Dispute Resolution Attorney
    JP Morgan Chase Bank

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    Victoria Ashworth is a dispute resolution attorney with J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, specializing in cross-border disputes, international arbitrations and regulatory investigations in the United States and across Asia.  Ms. Ashworth has acted as counsel in ad hoc arbitrations, as well as matters conducted under the auspices of the HKIAC, the ICC, the AAA and the ICDR.

    Ms. Ashworth received her juris doctor from The George Washington University Law School and her LL.M in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from the University of Hong Kong.  She has also been awarded a Diploma in International Arbitration by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a Fellow of that organization (FCIArb).  While in law school in Washington D.C., Ms. Ashworth was also a law clerk with the U.S. State Department, specializing in international investment disputes (arbitrations under Chapter 11 of the NAFTA and before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal).

  • Kelly Austin
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

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    Kelly Austin is the Partner-in-Charge of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Hong Kong office and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Austin’s practice focuses on government investigations, regulatory compliance and international disputes. She has extensive expertise in government and corporate internal investigations, including those involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and anti-money laundering, securities, and trade control laws. Ms. Austin also regularly guides companies on creating and implementing effective compliance programs.

    From 2001 to 2010, Ms. Austin served as the Compliance and Litigation Counsel for General Electric in Asia. In that role, she coordinated litigation, alternative dispute resolution proceedings, government and internal investigations, and compliance matters for the GE businesses throughout the region.

    Before moving to Hong Kong in 2001, Ms. Austin practiced in Washington, DC, representing individuals and entities in a wide variety of criminal and civil matters in federal and state courts around the United States. Her practice focused on government investigations, including a host of Congressional and Independent Counsel investigations. She also served as general counsel to non-profit organizations, providing guidance on a variety of legal, regulatory, and strategic matters, and regularly counseled individuals on government ethics and regulatory issues.

  • Louise Barrington
    Chartered Arbitrator
    Aculex Transnational

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    Louise Barrington is a chartered arbitrator and accredited mediator, legally qualified in Ontario, New York and England. A multicultural Canadian, she also holds a British passport. Ms Barrington is principal of Aculex Transnational Inc. She frequently acts as sole arbitrator in “smaller” arbitration cases (under $10 million). She also lends her expertise to the legal profession, both by teaching and by discreetly advising law firms on international arbitration practice. She has taught international, commercial and arbitration law at University of Ottawa, King’s College London, City University of Hong Kong, LaTrobe in Melbourne and Georgetown in Washington. She has arbitrated or advocated in cases under ICC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Rules, including wrongful dismissal, international sales, banking, licensing, construction and shareholder disputes.Ms Barrington established ICC Asia in Hong Kong, the first-ever regional office of the International Chamber of Commerce. In that role she acted as an arbitration resource for businesses from Pakistan to New Zealand. She founded and continues to direct the annual Vis East International Arbitration Moot ( and is the founder and honorary president of ArbitralWomen ( She is active in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, having held elected office for years in Asia, and currently serves on the Education Committee in London. She is a member of ICC’s arbitration committees in Canada and Hong Kong, participates regularly in the Paris Commission meeting and chaired its Small Claims Guidelines committee. Ms Barrington speaks English and French fluently, plus conversational Spanish and a little German and Mandarin.

  • Paul Bruno
    Managing General Counsel
    Fluor Corporation

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    Paul Bruno is Managing General Counsel that leads the dispute resolution function for Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR), the largest U.S. publicly held ECPM company operating in 25 countries across six continents. His primary function includes leading a team of professionals (lawyers and the Corporate Claims Management Group) whose responsibility is management of all dispute resolution activities for the Company on a global basis. Additional duties performed by Mr. Bruno include the preparation of reports for the Audit Committee, liaison with external audit on dispute matters, liaison with internal audit, liaison with insurance providers (both underwriters for placement and claims), and the internal insurance department, assistance in preparation of public reports. Before joining Fluor in 2001, Mr. Bruno was a member of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges (Thelen, Reid & Priest) for 19 years. Mr. Bruno’s experience in global dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration) in civil and common law jurisdictions spans 34 years.

  • Peter Scott Caldwell
    Arbitrator & Mediator
    Caldwell Ltd

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    Regularly appointed as an arbitrator, mediator, conciliator, dispute resolution advisor and dispute board member since 1985.

    Acted as a mediator or arbitrator in a wide variety of cases in Hong Kong and in other Asian jurisdictions relating to disputes between parties from Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.

    Practised as an engineer in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and in Asia before being appointed as Secretary-General of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre in 1990. Since 1998, has been in practice as an arbitrator, mediator, conciliator, dispute resolution advisor and dispute board member.

  • Cedric Chao
    DLA Piper

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    Cedric Chao is a trial partner and co-head of the international arbitration practice of DLA Piper, a 4,200 lawyer global firm, resident in San Francisco. He has first-chaired numerous high stakes U.S. jury and court trials, and international arbitration disputes. Mr. Chao is listed in Best Lawyers in America (for business litigation, arbitration, and mediation), Global Arbitration Review’s International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, and San Francisco Magazine’s Northern California SuperLawyers. Chambers USA recommends him as "a rigorous, creative, problem-solving thinker," and notes that "market commentators praise [him] for his broad capabilities as a passionate advocate." He is a U.S. member of the ICC Arbitration Commission, and a Director of the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Chao was educated at Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

  • Teresa Cheng SC
    Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

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    Teresa Cheng SC is a Senior Counsel, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator, with a distinguished record of public service in Hong Kong. Ms Cheng specialises in areas of law in construction and international commercial joint venture contracts and investment arbitration, and is an experienced practitioner in international arbitration and mediation. She is frequently engaged as counsel or arbitrator in complex international commercial disputes. 

    Her current appointments (amongst many others) include the Chairperson of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), and a Vice President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). In 2008, she was the first Asian woman elected through a global election as President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). She has sat as a Deputy Judge in the Court of First Instance of the High Court of Hong Kong, and is currently a member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) panel of Arbitrators, designated by the Chairman of the ICSID Administrative Council.

    Ms Cheng is a Fellow of King’s College in London, and the Course Director of the International Arbitration and Dispute Settlement Course at the Law School of Tsinghua University in Beijing. Ms Cheng has co-authored numerous books and articles in journals and seminars. Some of her recent publications include “Construction Law and Practice in Hong Kong” and “Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide”, published by Sweet & Maxwell, as well as papers in the “International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress Series”, published by Kluwer Law International.

    In 2011, Ms Cheng was awarded the Hong Kong Gold Bauhinia Star by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR in recognition of her public service. She is currently the Chairperson of the Financial Dispute Resolution Centre and Air Transport Licensing Authority.

  • Vincent Connor
    Pinsent Masons

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    Vincent Connor is head of the Pinsent Masons Hong Kong Office and Head of Sectors – Asia. He specialises in construction law, providing clients with strategic advice during projects and representing them in arbitration and litigation. Vincent is a member of The Lighthouse Club’s Hong Kong and Asia Pacific Region Committees; and is a member of both the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong’s Construction Industry Group and of the Steering Committee of the NEC User’s Group in Asia and the Construction Industry Council’s Taskforce on NEC.  He was appointed as a GlobalScot by Scotland’s First Minister in 2007.

  • Dr Diane Desierto
    Assistant Professor of Law
    The William S. Richardson School of Law,
    University of Hawaii

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    Dr. Diane A. Desierto is Assistant Professor of Law at University of Hawai’i Richardson School of Law. Her teaching and publication interests are in international economic law (international investment, trade, finance, law and development), international human rights law, international humanitarian law, ASEAN Law, and international dispute settlement. She holds a J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law) degree and L.L.M. (Master of Laws) degree from Yale Law School, where she was Howard M. Holtzmann Fellow in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Lillian Goldman Perpetual Scholar, YLS Public Interest Fellow, Editor at the Yale Journal of International Law, awardee of the Ambrose Gherini Prize in International Law, and Law Clerk (2010-2011) to H.E. Judge Bruno Simma and H.E. Judge Bernardo Sepulveda-Amor at the International Court of Justice, the Hague, Netherlands. She was Shearman and Sterling Scholar and Runner-Up Laureate of the Academie du droit de l’arbitrage in Paris, France (2011); Grotius Fellow (2012) at the University of Michigan Law School, and Postgraduate Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany (2008 and 2013). In addition, she holds an LLB (renamed J.D.) cum laude class salutatorian degree and a B.Sc. Economics summa cum laude class valedictorian degree from the University of the Philippines, where she was Chairman of the Philippine Law Journal, Prime Minister of the Law Moot Union and President of the University Debate Society, Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society Distinguished Scholar, Pi Gamma Mu International Social Science Honor Society Most Outstanding Scholar, holder of the Justice Irene P. Cortes Prize for Constitutional Law as well as the Gerardo P. Sicat Award (1st) for Best Economics Thesis, Champion of the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition, the All-Asian Intervarsity Debate Championships, and ASEAN Debate Championships.

  • Mtre Daniel Desjardins
    Senior Vice President

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    Mtre Daniel Desjardins is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Bombardier Inc. and is a member of the Management Committee of the Corporation. He joined Bombardier Inc. in April 1998. As General Counsel, Mtre Desjardins manages a legal department of 175 lawyers in 17 countries. Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. With a workforce of 76,000 employees, 79 production and engineering sites in 27 countries and a worldwide network of service centres, Bombardier posted US $18.2 billion in revenues for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.

    As Corporate Secretary of Bombardier Inc., Mtre Desjardins is responsible for the corporate governance matters.

    Mtre Desjardins also has the responsibility of all of the insurance and risk management programs at Bombardier and he is the Chairman of DBB Insurance, the wholly owned captive of Bombardier managing all insurance matters for the Corporation and he has the corporate responsibility for environmental and health and safety matters.

    Mtre Desjardins also has served as Chairman of the Bombardier’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee from 2007 to 2014.

    Mtre Desjardins received the “Lifetime Achievement” honor at the 2013 Canadian General Counsel Awards in June 2013. In August, 2011, he was recognized by Canadian Lawyer as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential” in the justice system and legal profession in Canada. In April, 2010 in Montreal, he was also presented with the 2010 Robert V.A. Jones Award by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. In June, 2007 in New York, Mtre Desjardins was presented with the General Counsel of the Year Award by the International Law Office, Global Counsel Awards and the Association of Corporate Counsel. He is the author of articles and has presented at many conferences on various topics including in-house practice.

    Mtre Desjardins obtained his Law Degree (LL.L) in 1977 from University of Montreal and his Master’s Degree (LL.M) in 1983 from McGill University.

  • Prof Shari Diamond
    Howard J Trienens Professor of Law
    Northwestern University

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    Shari Seidman Diamond is the Howard J. Trienens Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University and a research professor at the American Bar Foundation. She has published more than a hundred articles on legal decision-making in law reviews and behavioral science journals, including the Reference Guide on Survey Evidence in the Manual on Scientific Evidence. Professor Diamond practiced law at Sidley Austin in Litigation and Intellectual Property. She has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard, and the U. of Illinois at Chicago; was editor of the Law & Society Review and president of the American Psychology-Law Society; and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has lectured widely to scholarly and judicial audiences, and testified in American and Canadian courts. Her publications have been cited by federal and state courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Diamond received the 2010 Harry Kalven, Jr. Award from the Law and Society Association for Contributions to Research in Law and Society. She is Special Advisor to the ABA Commission on the American Jury Project. Her PhD in social psychology is from Northwestern University and her JD is from the University of Chicago.

  • Susan Dunn
    Head of Litigation Funding
    Harbour Litigation Funding Limited

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    An English solicitor and Harbour co-founder, Susan has been described by Litigation Funding Magazine as the ‘Grand Dame’ of litigation funding because of her extensive experience in funding. She has overseen 150 funded cases totalling over £3bn in claim value, since 2002. She has featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for her work in developing the use of litigation funding. Harbour recently won Company of the Year 2015 in the City Wealth awards where Susan won Inspirational Woman of the Year for 2015.

    In May 2012 Harbour raised an additional fund of £120 million for the funding of commercial litigation, taking its funds to £180 million, with a further expansion of the funds expected in March 2015, making it one of the world’s largest funders. Harbour funds large commercial litigation and arbitrations in 12 jurisdictions which has led to the acceptance of funding in those jurisdictions.

  • Nils Eliasson
    Mannheimer Swartling

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    Nils Eliasson is a partner at  Mannheimer Swartling.  Based in Hong Kong, Nils is heading the firm´s Dispute Resolution practice group in Asia. Nils specializes in international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. He is a Council member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). He has acted as counsel or arbitrator in disputes encompassing energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, construction, engineering, license disputes, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, professional services, telecommunications, real estate, insurance, and other areas. Nils has represented clients before arbitral tribunals in various jurisdictions, and has experience in conducting arbitrations under the auspices of most major arbitration institutes (including, inter alia, the HKIAC, ICC, SIAC, LCIA, DIS and SCC) as well as ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules. He has also acted as counsel for investors and States in a number of investment arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties as well as under the Energy Charter Treaty. Nils sits as an arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. He is listed on HKIAC:s panel of arbitrators.

    Nils holds a PhD in Law from the University of Lund and has written many articles on international arbitration and investment arbitration. He is a frequent speaker at international arbitration conferences and a guest lecturer on international arbitration and international investment law at universities in Lund, Stockholm and Hong Kong.

  • Matthew Gearing QC
    Allen & Overy

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    Matthew Gearing is Global Co-Head of the International Arbitration Group and partner of the Hong Kong office. He is widely regarded as a leading arbitration practitioner; in particular he was appointed Queen's Counsel (England & Wales) in February 2014.

    Matthew has been based in both London and Hong Kong offices and has acted in a large number of complex and high profile arbitrations around the world. His experience includes arbitrations under the ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC, KLRCA, SCC, LCIA and ICSID Rules.

    As well as being a Queen’s Counsel (England & Wales), Matthew is a Solicitor-Advocate qualified in Hong Kong.  He routinely appears as advocate in his cases.

    Matthew is a joint editor of "Russell on Arbitration" a leading text book on arbitration in England & Wales.

  • Edwin Glasgow QC
    39 Essex Street

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    Edwin has extensive experience in commercial and general litigation, as counsel, arbitrator and mediator. In addition to his UK practice he has been involved in commercial cases in USA, Hong Kong, Africa, Australia and the Caribbean; professional negligence in Singapore and USA; and Human Rights cases in a number of jurisdictions.

    With more than 45 years of legal experience, Edwin Glasgow has served as a judge on several prestigious panels and lectured on law and advocacy around the world. He is renowned for his advocacy and forensic skills but also as a popular and approachable international arbitrator and mediator, and is the Chairman of the Singapore International Mediation Centre.

    He accepts appointments in ad hoc arbitrations and has been appointed by the leading arbitral Institutions as Chairman or Co-arbitrator. These include the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Rules) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA Rules) as well as UNCITRAL rules.

  • Dr Gavan Griffith QC
    International Arbitrator

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    Dr Gavan Griffith QC has practiced as an international commercial and investments disputes arbitrator since leaving office as Solicitor-General of Australia in 1997. Prior to his appointment in that office he practiced as counsel in Australia and London and elsewhere. He has chaired many Tribunals administered by institutional Rules, including by the ICC, LCIA, KLRCA, HKIAC add by the Permanent Court of Arbitration and also ad hoc commercial arbitrations with seats in Singapore, Hong Kong, India, PNG and Malaysia and the Pacific region as well as in England and Europe. He also has sat frequently as a sole arbitrator. He also holds many appointments as Chairman of Tribunals and Annulment Committees administered by ICSID at the World Bank.

    The subject matter of disputes has included infrastructure and energy, including water, electricity, oil and gas, coal, roadways, power stations and commercial buildings (on and offshore), intellectual property, acquisitions, mining, licencing, domain names, pollution, acquisitions, guarantees and indemnities, marine and insurance, shipping and cargo claims, and other contractual claims.

    Dr Griffith has experience as counsel in regional issues and has given expert evidence on the subject to the ASEAN treaty, and also has appeared as counsel in the Court if Appeal and the High Court of Malaysia and other regional and Pacific Appeal Courts.

    He was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn by Lord Denning and after completing his D.Phil at Magdalen College Oxford, has kept chambers in Melbourne and at Essex Court Chambers, London. He has led many international delegations, including to the United Nation 6th Committee and to UNCITRAL upon the adoption of the Model Law. He led Australia’s delegation to the Hague Conference, and he was Chairman of the Intelsat Panel of Legal Experts. He was a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration for 14 years and been agent and counsel at the International Court of Justice and also frequently a member of treaty based Tribunals. He has been a Member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators for 20 years.

    He is a Chartered Arbitrator.

  • Paula Hodges QC
    Herbert Smith Freehills

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    Paula heads Herbert Smith Freehills' Global Arbitration Practice and has over 25 years' experience of advising on international disputes, particularly in the energy, telecommunications and technology sectors. She specialises in international arbitration and has represented clients in many jurisdictions (including London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Stockholm, the US, Canada, Dubai, Africa, Asia, Russia and the CIS) in ad hoc arbitration and proceedings under the auspices of the major arbitral institutions. She also sits as an arbitrator.

    Paula has been closely involved in several high profile cases before the High Court in London, and has also appeared before the Court of Appeal and House of Lords (now the Supreme Court).

    Paula is a member of the LCIA Court and a director of the LCIA Board. She became a QC in 2014.

  • Malcolm Holmes QC
    Chartered Arbitrator
    Eleven Wentworth

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    Malcolm Holmes QC is a Chartered Arbitrator and senior counsel at Eleven Wentworth Chambers in Sydney and an arbitrator member of 20 Essex Street in London and Singapore.

    He is an experienced international arbitrator and is a member of a number of regional arbitration panels including panels maintained by the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), the Indonesian Arbitration Institute (BANI), the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). He is an arbitrator member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

    He is the co-author of “The International Arbitration Act; A Commentary” published by LexisNexis in 2011, and also teaches International Commercial Arbitration at UQ and other Australian universities.

    He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the UK and is a Past President of the Australian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow and a director of the Australian Centre for International Arbitration and a Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.

  • Anthony Houghton SC
    Des Voeux Chambers

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    Anthony Houghton SC has a practice encompassing both advocacy in courts and in arbitrations, and acting as an arbitrator. These roles are undertaken primarily in general commercial disputes, but with a particular specialism in construction and engineering matters that derives from his dual professional qualifications as a lawyer and as a surveyor.

     Mr. Houghton began his professional career as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in the UK and practised in that field in Asia also for some years in the mid - 1980's. Mr Houghton read law and gained his LLB from London University, and was called to the Bar in 1989. He has practised as a barrister, in Des Voeux Chambers, since 1989.

    He has acted as counsel on on a wide variety of commercial and property related disputes before courts at all levels in Hong Kong and in arbitrations.

    He has acted as arbitrator on disputes up to claimed values of approximately US$ 650 million, and has acted as a sole arbitrator on many cases, primarily in Hong Kong. He has also been a tribunal member or chairman of arbitral tribunals on a variety of disputes, mainly seated in Asia outside Hong Kong, with disputes and proceedings subject to several different legal systems.

    His advocacy practice has been recognised by leading independent directories in Asia and the UK, and he gets mention among “Leading Silks” in one such directory as “a highly civilised and fair-minded arbitrator and effective counsel”.

    Mr. Houghton is a regular speaker at academic and professional conferences and a frequent tutor at courses organised by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for whom he is an approved Course Director, as well as the Hong Kong Bar Association, and the Law Society.

    Mr. Houghton is a Panel Member on many regional arbitration panels.

  • Prof Doug Jones AO
    Independent Arbitrator, Atkin Chambers

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    Professor Doug Jones AO graduated from the University of Queensland with a combined Bachelor of Arts and Laws degree in 1974, followed by a Master of Laws in 1977. Doug is an independent international arbitrator based in London, Sydney and Toronto. He is a door tenant at Akin Chambers, London and a member arbitrator at Arbitration Place, Toronto. Doug has extensive experience as an arbitrator in international and domestic arbitrations under the AAA, ACCL, ACICA, AMINZ, CCCL, DIAC, HKIAC, IAMA, ICC, ICDR, KLRCA, LCIA, SIAC, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. He is the Australian government nominee on the ICSID panel of arbitrators. Doug regularly sits as an arbitrator in London, in addition to many other jurisdictions including Singapore, Dubai, California and Kuala Lumpur. He has also acted as counsel and mediator in numerous ADR procedures in infrastructure related disputes.

  • Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS
    Honorary Chairman
    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

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    Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS has been a full-time practising arbitrator since 1995. During this period he has been involved in several hundred arbitrations as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator or chairman. These arbitrations have included a wide range of commercial, infrastructural and investment treaty disputes under the rules of the ICC, HKIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC, SCC, ICSID and CIETAC. Mr. Kaplan has also presided over ad hoc arbitrations as well as bilateral investment treaty cases administered by the PCA.

    Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1965, Neil has practised as a barrister, Principal Crown Counsel at the Hong Kong Attorney General’s Chambers and served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong in charge of the Construction and Arbitration List.

    In June 2001 Neil was awarded a CBE for services to international arbitration. In 2007 he was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR.

    As a result of his contribution to the development and growth of arbitration in Hong Kong, Neil is often described as “the father of Hong Kong arbitration”. (See C. Bao and F. Lautenschlager (eds.), Arbitrators’ Insights – Essays in Honour of Neil Kaplan, Sweet & Maxwell 2012, at p. 17, and V. Chong, “The Father of Hong Kong Arbitration”, The Hong Kong Lawyer, December 2012, at pp. 15-24.)

    From 1991 until 2004, he was Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and in 1999-2000 he was President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  Since 1995, he has been a Council Member and now Governing Board Member of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and in 2012 he became a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.  Additionally, he is a panellist of several other arbitral institutions including CIETAC.

  • Jun Hee Kim
    General Counsel
    Hyundai Heavy Industries

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    Jun Hee Kim is the General Counsel of Hyundai Heavy Industries where he is responsible for overseeing all international legal matters for Hyundai Heavy, including the company's international dispute resolution and overseas legal risk management.  He is also currently serving as a member of the HKIAC Council.

    Prior to joining Hyundai Heavy, Mr. Kim was an arbitration partner with Korea's largest law firm, where he served as counsel in numerous international arbitrations in Asia, Europe, South and North America, under arbitration rules including the ICC, AAA, SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA, KCAB, SCC, NAI, and UNCITRAL. He previously also practiced in the areas of international trade disputes and arbitration with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Perkins Coie LLP in Washington, DC.

    In addition to his work as counsel, Mr. Kim has served as sole, presiding, and co-arbitrator in domestic and international arbitration cases and is a member of the panel of arbitrators for SIAC, KCAB, CAA, and KLRCA; as well as Vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-Korea Chapter.

  • Prof Joongi Kim
    Yonsei Law School

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    Joongi Kim is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International Affairs at Yonsei Law School. His research focuses on international dispute resolution, international trade, corporate governance and good governance and has appeared in the ICSID Review, Journal of International Economic Law, Journal of World Trade, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, Asian Journal of Comparative Law and Fordham International Law Journal. Recent contributions can also be found in International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives (LexisNexis, 2013) and Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia (Routledge, 2011). A former attorney at Foley & Lardner in Washington, D.C. and Scholar-in-Residence at WilmerHale’s International Arbitration Group, he also served as the Founding Executive Director of the Hills Governance Center in Korea, which was established under the joint auspices of the World Bank, CSIS and Yonsei University. He has acted as a presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, mediator or counsel in institutional and ad hoc proceedings under the rules of the ICC, JAMS, KCAB, LMAA and UNCITRAL and sits on the Panel of Arbitrators of CAA, CIDRA, CRCICA, DIAC, HKIAC, ICSID, JCAA, KCAB, KLRCA, SCIA, SIAC and the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement. A previous visiting professor at Georgetown Law, the University of Florida, the National University of Singapore, and University of Hong Kong, he holds academic degrees from Columbia, Yonsei, and Georgetown.

  • Sae Youn Kim

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    Sae Youn Kim is vice-chair of the International Dispute Resolution Practice at Yulchon. Ms. Kim practices primarily in the areas of litigation and arbitration with an emphasis on commercial and international law. Before joining Yulchon, she served as a judge atvarious Korean district courts including the Seoul District Court, the Daejeon District Court, and the Suwon District Court. She was also an attorney at Lee & Ko for many years.

    Ms. Kim is currently an arbitrator at the KCAB, SIAC and the KLRCA and is licensed topractice in Korea and New York. She is regularly selected as a leading lawyer by publications such as Chambers Global and Asialaw.

  • Toby Landau QC
    Barrister and Arbitrator
    Essex Court Chambers

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    Toby Landau QC is a barrister and arbitrator, and a member of the Bars of England & Wales, New York, British Virgin Islands, and Northern Ireland (and licensed to practise in the DIFC).

    Both as counsel and arbitrator, he has extensive experience in Foreign Investment; International Trade; Joint Ventures; Power and other large scale infrastructure projects; Oil & Gas; Telecommunications; Shipping; Sports law; Agency and distribution; Conflict of Laws; and Public International Law.

    He has argued over 280 major international arbitrations worldwide, as well as appearing regularly before the English Courts at all levels. In particular, he has argued many of the leading cases under the Arbitration Act 1996 (which he co-drafted), including several ground-breaking cases before the UK Supreme Court (Jivraj v Hashwani, and Dallah v Govt of Pakistan). He has also appeared before a number of foreign Courts, including the Pakistan Supreme Court (Hubco v WAPDA) and the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean (BVI). In April 2012, he was appointed to the Panel of Counsel of the Attorney-General of Singapore.

    As Arbitrator, he has sat in over 80 major international cases, including appointments as President and Co-Arbitrator in numerous ICSID, NAFTA and ad hoc investor-State disputes (e.g. Impregilo v Pakistan; Biwater v Tanzania; GEA v Ukraine; Gustav Hamester v Ghana; Cambodia Power v Kingdom of Cambodia; Hussain Sajwani, Damac & ors v Egypt; Apotex v USA; Renta 4 / Rovime Investments v Russian Federation) and institutional and ad hoc commercial arbitration cases worldwide (including ICC; LCIA; Stockholm Chamber of Commerce; Netherlands Arbitration Institute; International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber; ARIAS; CCIG (Swiss Rules); UNCITRAL).

  • Nick Longley
    Holman Fenwick Willan

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    Nick advises on construction and construction insurance law, focusing particularly on arbitration relating to major infrastructure and energy-related projects. He advises governments, employers, main contractors, specialist subcontractors, construction professionals and insurers on all aspects of construction law, including procurement, contract production and negotiation, claims preparation and dispute resolution. He also advises insurers and insureds on policy interpretation, claims and subrogated claims.

    He is a fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (and an ex Honorary Secretary of the East Asia Branch), the Law Society of Hong Kong's Insurance Law Committee and The Society of Construction Law. Nick is on the list of arbitrators at the HKIAC, an IAMA Grade 3 arbitrator as well as being on the list of arbitrators held by the KL International Arbitration Centre. Nick is admitted in England & Wales, Hong Kong and Victoria, Australia.

  • Wendy Miles QC
    Global Head of Arbitration
    Boies Schiller & Flexner

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    Wendy Miles is global head of arbitration at Boies, Schiller & Flexner and an experienced lawyer qualified in England and New Zealand. She concentrates on international arbitration, including under the auspices of the ICC, LCIA, PCA, HKIAC, SIAC, SCC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitration and public international law.

    Ms. Miles has acted as advisor and advocate for a number of international companies and states or state parties in arbitration proceedings conducted in various jurisdictions. Key sectors include manufacturing, financial services, pharmaceutical, licensing, telecommunications, insurance, construction and energy. She was lead co-counsel for South Sudan in the Abyei Arbitration, a major boundary delimitation proceeding conducted under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

    Ms. Miles is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration and regularly sits as an arbitrator in commercial disputes. Ms. Miles regularly teaches in the field of arbitration.

  • Karen Mills
    Chartered Arbitrator
    KarimSyah Law Firm

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    Karen Mills, a founder of the KarimSyah Law Firm of Jakarta, has practiced in Indonesia for over 30 years. A Chartered Arbitrator, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“CIArb”) and of the Singapore and Hong Kong Institutes, Ms. Mills founded and co-chairs the Indonesian Chapter of CIArb, is on the panel of arbitrators of most arbitral institutions in the region, including those in Indonesia, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, and the Philippines, as well as the AAA/ICDR panel. Ms. Mills has long been a Board Member of ArbitralWomen, sits on the first appointing authority of the Chinese-European Arbitration Institution, the IBA/IMI task force on investor-state mediation, as well as others, is an approved tutor for all CIArb courses and teaches and speaks widely on arbitration and ADR related topics throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

    Ms. Mills’s substantive fields of specialization include financing and restructuring, oil, gas, mining and energy matters, hotel and leisure management, insurance, maritime law, information technology and general cross-border investment and transactions. In recent years she has successfully represented the Indonesian Government in a number of investor-state disputes. Karen has published over 130 papers in international professional books and journals.

  • Christopher Moger QC
    Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong

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    Christopher Moger QC
    specialises in international commercial arbitration and has considerable experience of disputes involving Chinese parties and the law of the PRC.

    He practices from 4 Pump Court in London and from Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong. He led a group of barristers from London as Pump Court International to join Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong in 2012.

    He is a Deputy Judge of the High Court of England and Wales and a Chairman of the Lloyd’s of London Insurance Market’s Disciplinary Tribunal.

    He is regularly appointed as arbitrator and is a panel member at HKIAC, CIETAC (Beijing), and KLRCA.

    He has frequently been instructed in complex international commercial disputes as lead counsel in arbitrations seated in Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden and London.

  • Salim Moollan
    Chairman of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Working

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    Salim Moollan has been in private practice as a barrister since 1998, specialising in international and commercial law, and in particular international and commercial arbitration.

    He is called to the English and Mauritian Bars. He regularly advises and appears as Counsel before the English Courts, the Mauritian Courts, and international arbitral tribunals in numerous jurisdictions. He also regularly acts as arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. He holds a five-year mathematics degree from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, a political science and economics degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and a double first degree in law from Downing College, Cambridge.

    He is a past Chairman of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the current Chairman of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Working Group and a current Vice-Chairman of the Commission, a Vice-President of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, a member of the LCIA Court, a Senior Visiting Lecturer in International Arbitration Law at King’s College London, and a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators.

  • Dr Michael Moser
    International Arbitrator
    20 Essex Street

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    Michael Moser is an international arbitrator with 20 Essex Street Chambers. He is Honorary Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, a past Court Member of the LCIA and Board Member of the Stockholm Arbitration Institute and current board member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre. He is also a Commission Member of CIETAC. Mr Moser is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He received his law degree from the Harvard Law School and holds a PhD (With Distinction) from Columbia University. He is the author of many books and articles, co-editor of The Asia Arbitration Handbook (Oxford U Press, 2011) and General Editor of the Journal of International Arbitration. Mr Moser works from offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and London. He has been consistently rated as being one of the “very best” and “most in demand arbitrators” globally.

  • Promod Nair
    Arista Chambers

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    Promod is admitted as both an Advocate in India and as a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience in England and Wales. He is a dispute resolution specialist, with extensive experience in commercial litigation and arbitration. He has appeared as Counsel and Advocate (often as amicus curiae) in a broad range of commercial litigation and public law matters before the Supreme Court of India and the Karnataka, Bombay and New Delhi High Courts.

    Promod regularly sits as arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations. He also has extensive experience in acting as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, having conducted arbitrations in various jurisdictions in Europe and Asia, and under various institutional rules such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of Arbitration (LCIA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

    Promod is a Vice President of the Indian Arbitration Forum and a member of the IBA Asia Pacific Arbitration Group (APAG) Working Group on Harmonizing Arbitration Laws in the Asia Pacific Region. He teaches modules on commercial and investment treaty arbitration at the National Law School of India University, and regularly lectures at law schools and universities in India and abroad. He is currently working on a commentary on the law and practice of arbitration in India.

    Promod holds degrees in law from the National Law School of India and was a DFID-Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge where he was a recipient of the Clive Parry (Overseas) Prize in International Law and the Pegasus Scholarship.

    In May 2013, Promod was appointed as a Member of the LCIA Court.

  • Yoshimi Ohara
    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

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    Ms. Ohara is a Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. Her practice focuses on international arbitration, international complex litigation and mediation. She represents both domestic and foreign clients in international arbitration in various venues under the rules of the ICC, AAA/ICDR, SIAC and JCAA. With a strong corporate and IP background, she has extensive experience in dealing with disputes covering a wide range of subjects, including joint ventures, M&A, energy, construction, technology transfer, intellectual property, shipping, sales and distribution. Ms. Ohara also serves as an arbitrator in international arbitration. She has contributed to shaping soft law in international arbitration through IBA activities.

  • Elliot Polebaum
    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

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    Elliot Polebaum leads Fried Frank's International Arbitration practice from the Firm’s Washington and Paris offices.

    Mr. Polebaum regularly serves as arbitrator in administered and ad hoc cases, and acts as counsel before tribunals throughout the world.

    He is Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches international arbitration.

    He is the author of the forthcoming treatise International Arbitration: Commercial and Investment Treaty Law and Practice.

    Mr. Polebaum is recognized by Chambers in International Arbitration as “a lawyer with superb writing skills,” “outstanding on his feet,” “always meticulously prepared,” and “bring[ing] a wealth of experience to the table.”

    Before joining Fried Frank, Mr. Polebaum was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and U.S. Circuit Judge James Oakes.

    He received his BA from Middlebury College, his MPA from Harvard University, and his JD from The New York University School of Law.

  • Vinayak Pradhan
    Chartered Arbitrator

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    Vinayak Pradhan is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Consultant in Skrine, Malaysia. He is a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Vinayak is currently Vice Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration.

    He was President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2013 and a Commissioner with the UN Compensation Commission from 1998 to 2003. He has also sat as presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations conducted ad hoc, as well as under various rules including the ICC Rules, the SIAC Rules, the KLRCA and UNCITRAL Rules, the LCIA Rules and the HKIAC Rules. Vinayak has contributed a number of articles and chapters on arbitration and construction law.

    Vinayak is also a Commissioner with the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, Malaysia.

    Vinayak is ranked in Band 1 as a leading individual for Construction Dispute Resolution by Chambers Asia 2010 and cited as a “tremendous lawyer to work with in every way – an excellent arbitrator, a top counsel and a skilled litigator”. He is also cited as being one of “the two best arbitrators when it comes to Malaysian work.´ He has been consistently nominated by the Who’s Who Legal (The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers) as a leading individual in commercial arbitration. In the Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2013, Vinayak was described as ‘a doyen of the arbitration circuit’, and ‘one of the finest advocates Malaysia has ever known’.

    Vinayak is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.

  • Sir Vivian Ramsey
    Keating Chambers

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    Joining chambers in 1981, Vivian Ramsey had previously enjoyed a notable earlier career in civil engineering. Gaining a degree in Engineering Science from Oriel College, Oxford, he went on to work with Ove Arup in both London and Libya. Following his move to the Bar, Vivian Ramsey quickly established his expertise in construction and engineering disputes. Showing a particular affinity for international cases, he was soon practising in many parts of  the world, including appearances before courts in the Far East and West Indies and arbitrations in four continents

    Sir Vivian Ramsey became a Queen's Counsel in 1992, rapidly consolidating his practice as a global leader, and including appearances in the House of Lords in Lafarge Redland v Shepherd Hill Civil Engineering [2000] BLR 385 and in the Court of Appeal, in AMEC Civil Engineering v Secretary of State for Transport [2005] BLR 227.

    Appointed to the High Court Bench in 2005, Sir Vivian Ramsey was voted Construction Silk of the Year by Chambers Directory. He served as Head of Chambers from 2002 until his appointment to the Bench, where he is a Judge in  the Technology and Construction Court. He continues as joint editor, with Stephen Furst QC, of the seventh, eighth and ninth editions of Keating on Construction Contracts.

  • Lucy Reed
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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    Lucy Reed, now based in Asia, is the global co-head of the international arbitration and public international law groups at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She represents private and public clients in arbitrations, and selectively sits as arbitrator, under all the major institutional and ad hoc rules.  Consistently at the top of league tables, Lucy is rated Band 1 for international arbitration by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific.  In her more unusual arbitration roles, Lucy sat on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission and directed the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland.  Before joining the firm, she was the first General Counsel for the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization and, while with the US State Department, the US Agent to the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.

    Lucy serves on the ICC Court Governing Body, the LCIA Court, the ICCA Governing Board and the advisory board of the Investment Treaty Forum.  She formerly was chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and president of the American Society of International Law.  A frequent writer and speaker, Lucy is co-author of A Guide to the SIAC Arbitration Rules (OUP), the Guide to ICSID Arbitration(Kluwer) and The Freshfields Guide to Arbitration Clauses in International Contracts(Kluwer).

  • Peter Rees QC
    39 Essex Street

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    Peter specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation and is widely recognized as one of the leading construction disputes lawyers in the world. He has been recommended as a leading expert in commercial arbitration and litigation by, amongst others, the Euromoney Guides to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers and Experts in Commercial Arbitration and in the Legal Business Report on Legal Experts as an Expert in Arbitration, Commercial Litigation and Construction and in the Chambers “Leaders in their Field” as an expert in construction.

    He has extensive experience of large scale and complex disputes in many industrial and commercial sectors and diverse jurisdictions and subject to a wide variety of governing laws, including Bahraini, Bulgarian, German, Irish, Laotian, Libyan and Turkish in addition to the many cases he has handled subject to English law.

    Peter advised CERN over a period of 10 years on the construction and procurement aspects of the particle accelerator, The Large Hadron Collider, drafted all the civil engineering consultancy and construction contracts for that project and represented CERN in resolving the disputes which arose from its construction.

    Peter has extensive expertise and experience in anti-bribery and corruption law and led one of the teams in the largest and most extensive corporate internal investigation into bribery and corruption, namely the investigation into Siemens, which resulted in that company paying over $1 billion in fines to regulators.

    Peter Rees QC was Legal Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc from 1 January 2011 until he stepped down at the beginning of 2014. In that role he had ultimate responsibility for the Shell global legal function and for advising the Shell Group management on all legal matters of group-wide importance.

    Prior to joining Shell Peter 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.

    In 2009, Peter was appointed Queen’s Counsel, one of very few Solicitors to have been so appointed.

  • John Rhie
    Managing Partner
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

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    John Rhie is Managing Partner of Quinn Emanuel's Hong Kong office and the Head of the International Arbitration practice in Asia. John specializes in international arbitration, both commercial and investment treaty, as well as cross-border/international litigation and white collar crime.

    In relation to international arbitration, John has acted as counsel in arbitrations under most arbitral institutions such as the ICC, ICSID, HKIAC, KCAB, LCIA, SIAC as well as ad hoc arbitrations around the world.

    John is recognized as a leading expert in the field of international arbitration and is ranked by all major legal publications.  Legal 500 says that "the 'highly sought after' John Rhie is 'brilliant and lucid'" (2013).  Chambers and Partners says that "Clients benefit from his strong international background and add that he is 'very astute and commercially savvy'".  John is rated as a leading practitioner in Who's Who Legal (2014) and in 2011 John was chosen as one of the "Hot 100" figures in the Asian legal Industry by Asian Legal Business and was the youngest practitioner to be named in Global Arbitration Review’s “45 under 45” leading arbitration practitioners.

  • Sir Bernard Rix
    20 Essex Street

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    Educated at New College Oxford and Harvard Law School, Sir Bernard was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1970 (bencher 1990) and became Queen’s Counsel in 1981. As a barrister, he specialised in international commercial and arbitral disputes, appearing before courts in Hong Kong and Singapore. From 1993-2000, he was a judge of the High Court of Justice (Queen's Bench Division) and from 2000 to 2013, he served as Lord Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal. In the Court of Appeal, he gave a wide range of judgments in commercial law, banking, insurance, shipping, energy disputes and public international law. He now practises as an arbitrator and accredited mediator at 20 Essex Street. He is a member of the HKIAC Panel of Arbitrators, sits on the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands and is a Professor of International Commercial Law at Queen Mary, University of London.

  • Helen Shi
    Fangda Partners

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    Helen H. Shi is a partner in Fangda Partners. Having previously practised in a U.S. firm for 6 years, Helen Shi  utilises her extensive international experience to advise on cross-border disputes of all kinds and has been constantly recognized as an arbitration expert by various organizations, such as Global Arbitration Review Who’s Who and Chambers and Partners.

    Helen Shi has a proven track record for handling complex and high-profile commercial arbitration cases. She has dealt with more than 200 cases concerning disputes arising from joint venture contracts, equity acquisition, international trade, loan and guarantee transactions, as well as construction projects before various arbitrations institutions such as CIETAC, ICC, and HKIAC.

    In addition to her role as counsel, Helen sits as an arbitrator, and speaks regularly on a variety of topics relating to arbitration. She has also testified as a Chinese law expert in various China-related litigation or arbitration abroad.

  • Prof Brigitte Stern
    Professor Emeritus
    Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

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    Brigitte Stern is Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne. She was also a Member and the Vice-President of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal (UNAT) from 2000 to 2009.

    She has served and serves as a Consultant and Expert for international organisations. She is active in international dispute settlement, acting as Counsel before the International Court of Justice and as Arbitrator (Sole Arbitrator, Member or President) in numerous ICSID, ICC, NAFTA, Energy Charter Treaty, SCC and UNCITRAL arbitrations. She passed the Paris Bar exam and is "Agrégée" of the Law Faculties (1970).

    She has published many books, among others, Le préjudice dans la théorie de la responsabilité internationale, Paris, Pedone, 1973, 20 ans de jurisprudence de la Cour internationale de Justice. 1975-1995, La Haye, Nijhoff, 1998, La succession d’Etats, Lecture at The Hague Academy of international law, RCADI, tome 262, La Haye, Kluwer, 2000, as well as numerous articles.

  • Richard Tan
    Chartered Arbitrator
    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore Branch)

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    Richard has more than 30 years’ experience in dispute resolution work. He is a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. A past president of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and board member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, most of his career has been in international arbitration. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in international and domestic arbitrations under the SIAC, ICC, HKIAC, LCIA and other institutional rules as well as in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Richard lectures frequently on arbitration and as an adjunct associate professor at the National University of Singapore, taught at the Kings College-NUS MSc programme on Construction Law and Arbitration. He is an advisory board member of UNCTAD and a board director of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Singapore Branch and council member and is the chair of its professional development committee. His practice areas include construction and engineering law, infrastructure projects, energy, commercial law, joint ventures, IP, technology and media. He has been recognised as an expert and a leading individual in the field of arbitration, dispute resolution and projects work.

  • Christopher Thomas QC
    Senior Principal Research Fellow
    National University of Singapore’s Centre

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    J Christopher Thomas is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Centre for International Law and editor of Investor-State LawGuide, an online research tool on investment treaty arbitration. At NUS, he oversees the annual Singapore International Arbitration Academy, an intensive training program for lawyers from the private and public sectors. Prior to joining NUS, he practised for many years in the area of international dispute settlement (in the investment, trade, and commercial areas). He now acts as an arbitrator in international investment and commercial arbitrations.

  • Dr Christopher To
    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch)

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    Dr. Christopher TO is an independent mediator and arbitrator who is on the panels of various leading global alternative dispute resolution bodies. He has handled a variety of complex international cases as mediator and arbitrator (sole, chair and co-arbitrator, under various institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules).

    He was previous the Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre is currently the Chairman of the East Asia Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an At-Large Council Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, an Executive Committee Member of the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association, a Council Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre. He is also an Advisory Board Member of India International ADR Association.

    In 2001-2002 he was awarded Director of the Year by the Hong Kong Institute of Directors for his strive towards excellence in Corporate Governance and is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Institute. In 2007 he was awarded Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is actively involved with the Forum’s affairs.

    Christopher holds qualifications in the areas of computing, engineering and law. He is an accredited mediator, chartered arbitrator, chartered engineer, chartered information technology professional and a law professor. He has written substantially on the subject of international arbitration and mediation in particular has written the leading handbook, Arbitration Law in Hong Kong, published by Lexis Nexis Butterworths as well as the leading textbook on Mediation, Mediation in Hong Kong: Law and Practice by Kluwer Law.

  • VV Veeder QC
    International Arbitrator
    Essex Court Chambers

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      V V Veeder practices as an international arbitrator.
      INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION - International Arbitration, including commercial arbitration and investment arbitration
      Call: 1971 Inner Temple (Bencher)
      Silk: 1986
      Neuilly, Paris; Clifton College, Bristol
      Jesus College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Prof Jeffrey Waincymer
    Monash University

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    Jeff Waincymer is a Professor of International Trade Law at the Faculty of Law, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Jeff’s research is primarily in the fields of international trade and investment law, international dispute settlement, arbitration and taxation. He is the author of Procedure and Evidence in International Arbitration; WTO Litigation: Procedural Aspects of Formal Dispute Settlement; and Australian Income Tax: Principles and Policy (2nd ed) and is a joint author of A Guide to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules; A Practical Guide to International Commercial Arbitration; and also International Trade Law: Commentary and Materials (2nd ed).

    Jeff is also a qualified legal practitioner. He is an Australian Government Nominee as a non-governmental panellist for the WTO and has acted as a panellist. He has also been a nominated ICSID panellist and has been an ICC, SIAC and HKIAC as well as ad hoc appointed arbitrator.

  • Prof Janet Walker
    Outer Temple Chambers

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    Janet Walker is an international dispute resolution specialist based in Toronto at Arbitration Place and London at Outer Temple Chambers. Janet has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair in numerous arbitrations for the ICC, ICDR and DIAC and she is a founding member of organisations such as ICC Canada, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, CIArb (Founding Chair, Toronto Chapter), Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, and Arbitralwomen. She is a member of the rosters for CIETAC, SHIAC, ICDR and KLRCA. Janet authors the main private international law treatise in Canada and she has served as consultant and expert in many significant transnational dispute matters. She is Professor of Law and former Associate Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, and the common law advisor to the Federal Courts Rules Committee. Janet is the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’s Academic Advisor. For more, see

  • Alvin Yeo SC
    Senior Counsel

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    Alvin YEO, Senior Counsel, is the Senior Partner of WongPartnership LLP. His main practice comprises corporate, commercial and infrastructure disputes, both in litigation and arbitration. Alvin has also acted as arbitrator in various disputes under ICC and SIAC Rules, involving projects in South-East and South Asia.

    Some notable arbitrations he has been involved in include acting for the Astro group of companies in a dispute relating to a proposed joint venture for satellite pay television services in Indonesia, with claims totalling over US$1.75 billion; the liquidator of one of the largest steel manufacturers in South East Asia in a dispute with an Indian purchaser involving claims of over US$600 million; a U.S. investor in an ICSID dispute with a South East Asian government in respect of gaming concessions valued at over US$800 million; and a foreign government defending an ICSID claim in relation to assets in excess of US$1.5 billion.

    He is a member of the Court of the SIAC, the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the Court of the LCIA, a Fellow of the SIArb and on the panel of arbitrators of the ICDR, HKIAC, KCAB, KLRCA and SCIA. Alvin has also served on various public committees which undertook comprehensive reviews of the legal services sector.



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Day 1 (20 March)

  • Opening Remarks by the Hon Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma, Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal
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  • Keynote Speech by Lord Neuberger, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
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  • Keynote Luncheon Speech by Mr Rimsky Yuen SC (Secretary for Justice)
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Day 2 (21 March)

  • Keynote Speech by Chief Justice Robert French AC, High Court of Australia
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  • Closing Remarks by Salim Moollan, UNCITRAL
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