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New Rules for a New World: Will COVID-19 Make International Arbitration Better, Faster and Cheaper?

Start Date: Wednesday 30 September 2020

Start Time: 9:00 AM EDT / 02:00 pm BST

Duration:75 minutes


Innovation and improvement often arise in the wake of global crises. Will the same be true for COVID-19 and international arbitration? On 30 September 2020, NYIAC will host the authors of the 2019 book, The International Arbitration Rulebook: A Guide to Arbitral Regimes, to discuss the dramatic innovations that have become commonplace in international arbitration since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic—and whether those innovations will continue after the crisis subsides. Will international arbitration be changed on a permanent basis, and if so, will the changes be for the better? Topics will include virtual hearings, expedited procedures, and the increased use of submission agreements to commence international arbitration cases and dispositive motions to resolve them. The panel will also discuss the recent revisions to the LCIA Rules in this context.

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Arif H. Ali

Dechert LLP, Washington, DC and London

Arif Hyder Ali is the co-chair of Dechert's International Arbitration practice, which consists of some 50 partners and associates across the firm's 26 offices. He splits his time between the firm's Washington, D.C. and London offices. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University, where he teaches international commercial and investment arbitration. From 2007 to 2012 he was an Honorary Lecturer and Global Faculty Member of the University of Dundee's Centre for Energy, Mining and Petroleum Law and Policy. In 2001, he was decorated with the Order of Bahrain (II) for his role in the resolution of Bahrain's maritime and territorial boundary dispute with Qatar before the International Court of Justice. Mr. Ali has served as lead trial counsel in international investment, commercial and construction arbitrations under many of the major international and regional arbitral regimes and covering a broad range of industries and economic activity, including foreign direct investment; privatization; the construction, operation and commercialization of thermal, nuclear, and hydro power plants; oil and gas pipeline construction and concession-related matters; mining concessions; gas pricing disputes; natural resource exploitation projects and contracts; the development and operation of tourism and hospitality projects; project finance and development agreements; contract stabilization and renegotiation issues; patents and trademarks; Internet governance and top-level domains; and information technology-related disputes. He has represented parties from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and across Asia. Mr. Ali is consistently rated as one of the world's leading international arbitration and public international law specialists by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in Public International Law, The Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Experts in Commercial Arbitration, Lawdragon, PLC Which Lawyer?, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Washington Super Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.

Chiann Bao - Moderator

Arbitration Chambers, Hong Kong

Chiann Bao, a member of Arbitration Chambers, practices as an arbitrator and mediator. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR-accredited mediator. In addition to private practice experience both in Hong Kong and New York, Chiann has significant institutional experience and currently serves as a Vice President of the ICC Court of Arbitration. She is also the chair of the ICC Commission’s Task Force on ADR and Arbitration and a member of the ICC’s Belt and Road Commission. From 2010 to 2018, she served as the Secretary General of the HKIAC and was subsequently appointed as a Council Member of the HKIAC. She has or is currently serving as a member of the Rules Revision Committees of AFSA (Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa), SCCA (Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration), and PRIME (Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance). Chiann is an honorary senior fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Alexandre de Gramont

Dechert LLP, Washington, DC

Alexandre de Gramont focuses his practice on investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration matters across a broad range of industries, arising from nearly every corner of the globe. He has been recognized as a leading international arbitration lawyer in publications such as Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and Washington, DC's Best Lawyers. Mr. de Gramont's practice involves arbitrations before the ICSID, PCA, ICC, SCC, LCIA, ICDR, and AAA as well as ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL and other procedural rules. He represents parties in disputes across multiple industry sectors, including energy and natural resources, life sciences, financial services, hospitality, aerospace and Internet governance. Mr. de Gramont has extensive experience with transactions and investments involving multiple jurisdictions, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central, North and South America. He has handled cases arising under numerous bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and multi-lateral treaties (including the Energy Charter Treaty, NAFTA, and CAFTA-DR), investment agreements, foreign investment laws, and commercial contracts. He has also successfully represented a number of clients in disputes against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), including ICM v. ICANN - the landmark arbitration that established new precedent for Internet governance.

Ryan Mellske

Flex Arbitri PLLC, Washington, DC

Ryan is the Founder of Flex Arbitri PLLC in Washington, DC, focusing on the resolution of international commercial and investment disputes. He works on treaty- and contract cases in diverse industries and jurisdictions. Ryan is also a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School and co-author of The International Arbitration Rulebook: A Guide to Arbitral Regimes. He is professionally fluent in Spanish, having studied and worked in Spain, Argentina, and Costa Rica. Ryan is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and the District of Columbia.

Jane Wessel

Arnold & Porter LLP, London

Jane Wessel focuses her practice in the areas of antitrust litigation and international commercial and investor state arbitration. Ms. Wessel has extensive experience handling competition damages litigation in the English High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). Her work in this area has included acting for the claimants in one of the earliest claims in the CAT, Emerson Electric Inc. v. Morgan Crucible plc, and for one of the defendant airlines in the air cargo cartel litigation, Emerald Supplies Ltd v. British Airways plc. She also has many years' experience in investor state arbitrations under International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and international commercial arbitration under United National Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and major institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules. Ms. Wessel also regularly advises on structuring dispute resolution provisions in international commercial agreements and on many aspects of cross-border litigation. Ms. Wessel is admitted to practice law in England and Wales, Republic of Ireland, and the State of Illinois. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited Mediator.

Rekha Rangachari

Executive Director

New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), Inc.

Rekha Rangachari is the Executive Director of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC). Founded in 2013, NYIAC is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes and enhances the conduct of international arbitration in New York. In her role at NYIAC, Rekha collaborates with stakeholders and thought leaders in the space to advance scholarship and best practices; offers educational programming, events, and trainings; and operates world-class hearing facilities in Midtown Manhattan. Rekha is actively engaged with the arbitration community at the city, state, national, and global levels. At the New York city and state levels, Rekha serves as Member of the New York City Bar’s Inter-American Affairs Committee and Chair of its Arbitration Subcommittee. At the state level, Rekha is Member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Dispute Resolution Section’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of its International Dispute Resolution Committee; Member of the NYSBA International Section's Executive Committee and Co-Chair of its International Contracts and Commercial Law Committee; and Member of the NYSBA House of Delegates. Rekha is also Board Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York and the New York Coalition of Women’s Initiatives. At the national level, Rekha is Co-Chair of the Private International Law Interest Group (PILIG) at the American Society of International Law; and Member of the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution and interlocuter for its Podcast Series; and Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. On the global level, Rekha is Board Member of ArbitralWomen and its Diversity Toolkit Training, Cooperation, and Events Committees; Member of the Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA) Pledge Young Professionals Subcommittee; and Steering Committee Member of the Pledge for Greener Arbitration. Rekha also maintains an active connection to academics as Associate Editor of the Juris Investment Arbitration Conference Volumes, Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School, and Peer Review Board Member of the American Review of International Arbitration (ARIA) at Columbia Law School.
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