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International Arbitration 2020


Speaker(s): Albert Bates, Jr., Annette Magnusson, B. Ted Howes, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, Daniel Tan, Edna Sussman, Ibrahim Shehata, Isabel Yishu Yang, Jackwell Feris, Janet Walker, Jason Fry, John Fellas, Julie Bédard, Lawrence W. Newman, Noella Lubano, Professor Doug Jones AO, Professor William W. Park, Rachel W. Thorn, Rekha Rangachari, Esq., Richard Harding QC, Stephen L. Drymer, Steven Skulnik
Recorded on: Jun. 8, 2020
PLI Program #: 276245

Lawrence Newman practices mainly in the areas of international litigation and arbitration. He represents clients in courts and before arbitration tribunals, and has served as arbitrator in cases under the rules of the American Arbitration Association (the International Centre for Dispute Resolution) and the International Chamber of Commerce. He is co-editor of several publications including International Arbitration Checklists and The Leading Arbitrators' Guide to International Arbitration. Mr. Newman has also lectured on international litigation and arbitration before bar and law school audiences in the US and abroad. He founded the New York Litigation Department together with the late Professor Henry de Vries.

Practice Focus
Mr. Newman has represented clients in trial and appellate courts across the US in a variety of matters involving contract and fraud disputes, as well as violations of federal securities law and the RICO Act. He is highly regarded for leading the New York Litigation Department in representing more claimants against the government of Iran arising out of the revolution there than any other law office in the world.

Representative Legal Matters
- Represented clients in over 25 claims before the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague and brought first law suit against Iran in the United States in the Southern District of New York, for client Reading & Bates Drilling Corporation.
- Successfully represented all oil service company claimants before all nine members of the Hague Tribunal against the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) in a test case to determine the liability of NIOC for contracts entered into by the Oil Service Company of Iran, which had been owned by a consortium of foreign oil companies before being taken over by Iran.
- Successfully represented BellSouth International in fraud claim in arbitration against Compagnie Generale des Eaux.
- Lead counsel in successful arbitration by Swiss nuclear power company against US supplier of uranium fuel. terminating long-term supply contract on basis of frustration and mutual mistake.
- Defended Latvian bank in lawsuit brought by thousands of alleged victims of what was claimed to be the largest internet fraud in history, with damages sought of over USD200 million.

Professional Associations and Memberships
- College of Commercial Arbitrators - Fellow
- American Law Institute - Members Consultative Group for International Commercial Arbitration
- New York City Bar Association
- Chair, International Commercial Disputes Committee, 2004-2008)
- International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) - Chair, Arbitration Committee
-l American Bar Association
- International Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Union Internationale des Avocats
- American Society of International Law
- American Branch of the International Law Association - Chair, Committee on
- International Judicial Integrity
- American Foreign Law Association

Admission
District of Columbia~United States (1961)
New York~United States (1965)
U.S. Supreme Court~United States (1976)

Education
Harvard Law School (J.D.) (1960)
Harvard University (B.A.) (1957)


Daniel Tan

Daniel Tan is a senior associate in the International Dispute Resolution practice in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on international litigation and international arbitration. He acts as counsel in arbitrations under various institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, AAA, BANI, SIAC) seated all over the world (New York, California, London, Paris, Geneva, Indonesia, and Singapore). 

He was named a “future litigation star” in New York by Benchmark Litigation (2010 Edition).

Mr. Tan is also Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration (2008/2009 and 2009/2010). He was formerly Lecturer in Law at Oxford University (2002/2003 and 2003/2004).  Previously, he trained and practiced in an international city law firm in London.

He writes prolifically in the areas of international litigation and arbitration and has published law review articles in leading academic journals in the United States and England. These articles have been cited in cases and prominent textbooks and commentaries, and have been called “ground-breaking thinking.”


Edna Sussman, full time independent arbitrator and mediator, is the Distinguished ADR Practitioner in Residence at Fordham Law School. She was formerly a litigation partner at the law firm of White & Case LLP and of counsel at Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP. Ms. Sussman serves as an arbitrator and mediator on commercial disputes, both international and domestic, and has successfully handled numerous complex arbitrations and mediations in many business settings, including matters involving contract interpretation, financing and banking transactions, energy, environment, franchises and distributorships, partnership and joint venture, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, accounting, intellectual property, construction, securities, real estate, pharmaceuticals, aviation, professional liability and bankruptcy.

Ms. Sussman is a member of the arbitration panel of several of the leading dispute resolution institutions including the AAA, ICDR, CPR, ICDR's Energy Arbitrators List, Hong Kong, Singapore, Swiss, Dubai, Vienna and Kuala Lumpur International Arbitration Centres, FINRA, FedArb, CEAC, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution and is listed as an arbitrator by the ICC, WIPO and the LCIA. As a court certified mediator, Ms. Sussman serves on the mediation panels of the federal, state and bankruptcy courts in New York.  She is certified as a mediator by the International Mediation Institute.

Ms. Sussman serves on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association and trains the new AAA arbitrators. She co-chairs the Arbitration Committees of the American Bar Association's Sections of International Law and of Dispute Resolution and is a member of the Board of Directors of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and serves on the executive committee of the New York Chapter. Ms. Sussman is immediate past Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association and serves as co-editor-in-chief of the New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer. Ms. Sussman was ranked Tier 1 in New York City by U.S. News & World Report 2010 (1 of 7 so ranked) for 2011, selected based on peer reviews as the "Lawyer of the Year 2012" by Best Lawyers for the New York Metro area for mediation, listed in the 2011 first edition of The International Who's Who of Mediation Lawyers, listed annually by SuperLawyers and BestLawyers for ADR and named an Outstanding Woman in Energy Law by Energy Law 360.
 
A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School, Ms. Sussman has lectured and published widely on arbitration, mediation, energy and environmental issues. Her recent publications include Reflections on the Use of Dispositive Motions in Arbitration, NY Dispute Res. L. Spring 2011, Combinations and Permutations of Arbitration and Mediation: Issues and Solutions in ADR in  Business (Kluwer); An International Code of Ethics for Counsel in Arbitration, forthcoming in American Review of International Arbitration; A Multilateral Energy Sector Investment Treaty, Time for a Call for Adoption by all Nations, International Lawyer 2011; Arbitration Agreements and Bankruptcy, NABTalk, 2010. Copies of publications and additional background can be found at www.SussmanADR.com


John Fellas is a partner in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, and co-chair of the Arbitration Practice and co-chair of the International Practice of that firm.

Mr. Fellas has practiced in both the U.S. and England, and as well as being a member of the New York Bar, he is also a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.  He has served as counsel, and as chair, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator, in arbitrations under the AAA, ICC, LCIA, UNICTRAL, ICDR, SIAC and ad hoc rules.  He also serves on the Mediation Panel of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.  He has also been retained to act as an expert witness on U.S. law in proceedings in other countries.

He has been recognized for his practice in international arbitration by:  Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who Of Business Lawyers; Chambers USA - Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers; Chambers Global; The Best Lawyers In America; Euromoney Expert Guides -- Best of the Best USAChambers Global and Chambers USA  have noted that he is “a wonderful lawyer with very thorough legal knowledge,” and that he is “one of the best--his reputation is phenomenal and deserved.”

He has also been recognized for his practice in commercial litigation by:  Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers; New York Super Lawyers.

He is co-editor of International Commercial Arbitration in New York (Oxford University Press 2d edition 2016).

He received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Durham, England, and both an LL.M. and an S.J.D. from the Harvard Law School.


Albert Bates, Jr., FCIArb, is a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, and leads the Group’s International Construction Projects practice. While Mr. Bates focuses his practice on U.S. and international construction disputes, particularly in the areas of power generation, energy, infrastructure and heavy industrial process facilities, he also regularly advises clients on project planning, project execution, and change management strategies on large engineering, procurement, and construction projects. Mr. Bates has advised clients on more than fifteen Megaprojects. Mr. Bates has a "Band 1" rating in Construction in Chambers USA and is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. He is also recognized as a "Leading Lawyer" in Construction by The Legal 500 and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal: Construction, and the International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers. 

In addition to serving as counsel in arbitration matters, Mr. Bates has served as an arbitrator or mediator on more than 150 U.S. and international construction and commercial disputes, including a number of matters in which the amount in controversy exceeded $100 million. Mr. Bates is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution, is a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and is a Certified Mediator by the International Mediation Institute.


Annette Magnusson is Secretary General of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) since 2010. She joined SCC from the law firm Mannheimer Swartling in Stockholm and before that Baker & McKenzie, Sweden.

Ms Magnusson is the author or editor of several publications on international arbitration, including Arbitrating for Peace (Kluwer, 2017) and International Arbitration in Sweden (Kluwer, 2013), and the producer of the documentary The Quiet Triumph (2017); a film about interconnection between economic development, arbitration and peace.

She is the founder of the Stockholm Treaty Lab, and international crowdsourcing challenge to innovate international law for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and a frequent speaker on sustainability and arbitration, including addressing Climate Change and Arbitration at the 24th ICCA Congress in Sydney 2018.

Ms Magnusson is listed as a Thought Leader and Global Leader in Who’s Who Legal 2020.


B. Ted Howes is a partner in Mayer Brown's New York office, where he serves as the Head of the firm's US International Arbitration Practice. Ted has almost 30 years of experience representing clients in international arbitrations in the United States and abroad. He has acted as lead counsel in dozens of cases under all of the major international commercial arbitration rules, including the ICC, ICDR, HKIAC, SIAC, LCIA and UNCITRAL Rules. Ted has particularly deep experience representing clients in international disputes involving Chinese companies, and has successfully enforced international arbitration awards before the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC. Ted has been recognized as an "ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Champion" by The National Law Journal.

Ted is also an active international arbitrator, and has served as Chair, panel arbitrator and sole arbitrator in arbitrations administered by the Rules of the ICC, ICDR and other institutions.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has been appointed to the Panel/List of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and the Beijing International Arbitration Centre.

In addition to his international arbitration experience, Ted has substantial experience representing foreign and US corporations in US commercial litigation, usually involving cross-border disputes. He appears before the federal and state courts of New York in connection with his litigation practice.

Ted is a frequent speaker and writer on international arbitration and related international legal issues.

Ted is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1987) and Harvard Law School (J.D., Cum Laude, 1991).

Ted is fluent in English and conversational in French and Spanish.


Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is a commercial barrister specialising in large international infrastructure and energy and natural resources disputes. She is Co-Editor in Chief of the International Construction Law Review and the current Head of Atkin Chambers. In 2016 she was Chairman of the Bar of England & Wales.

On the construction side, her expertise spans a wide range of technically and legally complex projects (incl. schools, hospitals, sports stadiums, power plants, PFI, EPC/turnkey, laboratories, factories, office blocks, museums, roads, rail, trams, airports, retail, sewage and water treatment) and various works (including earthworks, demolition, piling, drainage, concrete, structural works, steelworks, cladding, M&E, fire damage). Her clients come from across the industry including governmental, contractors/subcontractors, employers, professionals, and insurers.

In relation to the energy sector, past cases have covered FPSOs, FPUs, MOPUs, drilling platforms, jacking up systems, gas pipelines, mono ethylene glycol recovery unit, biorefinery offshore and onshore, desalination projects, power stations (incl. nuclear, combined cycle gas turbine, coal fired thermal and diesel engine), wind farms (offshore and onshore, turbines, substations, pricing), geothermal wells, power purchase agreements and contracts for electricity, water and sewerage supply.

Much of her work has an international dimension, with cases including disputes arising in Asia (China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, India and Singapore), Europe (Germany, Lithuania, Norway and Switzerland), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman and Qatar), South America (Costa Rica and Peru), CIS (Russia and Azerbaijan), and Ukraine. While most of her work is as counsel, she is an experienced arbitrator, with appointments as Chair and as Co-Arbitrator.

Chantal-Aimée has been identified by leading UK legal directories for many years as a leading practitioner in energy and natural resources, construction, professional negligence, and international arbitration. She is acknowledged in the directories for “impressive advocacy” and as “a leading light” on the construction and engineering arbitration scene, who is “unreservedly a master of her subject” and “a pleasure to work with”. Chantal-Aimée is also recognised by directories as a leading practitioner for international arbitration and construction in the Asia-Pacific region and construction in the UAE.  


Ibrahim Shehata is a partner and the head of international arbitration practice at Shehata & Partners Law Firm. He has extensive experience in international commercial arbitration, arbitration-related litigation, and complex banking and finance litigation. He has participated in various arbitration cases seated in Cairo, Dubai, and Paris under the auspices of various institutional rules including ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, and CRCICA.

Ibrahim was part of the team that resisted the enforcement of a USD 180,000,000 CRCICA Arbitral Award before the Egyptian Court of Cassation. Also, Ibrahim has led the team which was successful in annulling a CRCICA arbitral award before the Egyptian Court of Cassation on the ground of partiality of one of the arbitrators for the first time. Further, Ibrahim regularly represents clients in the Construction and Renewable Energy sectors in the Middle East and the African Continent.

Ibrahim publishes regularly in the field of international arbitration in various publications including, the World Arbitration and Mediation Review (WAMR), Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, ASA Bulletin, International Journal of Arab Arbitration, Young Arbitration Review (YAR), and Kluwer Arbitration Blog. Ibrahim is currently in the process of publishing the first English-Language treatise on Arbitration in Egypt with Kluwer Law International.

Before joining Shehata & Partners, Ibrahim was a Senior Associate at Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm. Ibrahim holds an LL.M degree from New York University (NYU).


Janet is an independent arbitrator with chambers in London at Int-Arb Arbitrators, in Toronto at Arbitration Place and in Australia at Sydney Arbitration Chambers

Janet has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair in ICC, ICDR, DIAC, HKIAC, KCAB and SIAC-administered, and in ad hoc arbitrations in a variety of seats. Her matters cover a range of industries including construction, heavy equipment, M&A, shareholder, distribution, intellectual property, environmental, finance and employment.

She is a member of the leading arbitral panels including the ACICA, AIAC, BVI, CAA, CIETAC, HKIAC, ICDR, JCAA, KCAB, Shanghai, Shenzhen, SIAC and Ukrainian Chamber panels, and has a good working knowledge of Spanish and French.

Janet is a professor of law (past associate dean) at Osgoode Hall Law School, a member of the Ontario Bar, and a licensed legal consultant of the New York State Bar. She authors Canada’s main text on private international law, which is cited in more than 350 reported judgments, and many other books and articles in the field of international and comparative dispute resolution. She is chair-elect of ICC Canada, panel coordinator for the GAR-CIArb Seat Index, co-chair of Canadian Arbitration Week, and recipient of the CIArb Canada’s Award for Distinguished Service to Arbitration. For more information see www.janet-walker.com


Julie Bédard is head of Skadden’s International Litigation and Arbitration Group for the Americas where she splits her time between the New York and São Paulo offices . Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French, she practices in four languages in complex international litigation and arbitration matters as counsel and arbitrator.

Ms. Bédard regularly advises clients on protecting their global investments under international treaties and provides strategic advice on drafting dispute resolution clauses in international commercial contracts. Trained in both civil and common law, she is experienced in conflict of laws and represents clients in connection with litigation and arbitration proceedings throughout the world, raising disputes on governing law, jurisdiction, the enforcement of arbitration agreements, extraterritorial discovery and international judgment enforcement. She represents clients in federal and state courts in the United States and has served as counsel in international arbitration proceedings held under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). She also is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

Ms. Bédard frequently counsels management and supervisory boards in corporate governance, internal investigations and U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. Under the auspices of the corporate investigations practice, she has assisted with internal investigations and related corporate governance advice, including remedial measures and the implementation of corporate compliance programs.

Ms. Bédard is the immediate past co-chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association and is a member of its task force on “Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration.” She also serves as program chair for the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and as an affiliate member of the New York City Bar Association’s International Commercial Disputes Committee.


Noella Lubano is a Partner at Oraro & Company Advocates and is internationally recognised as a dispute resolution expert having acted for notable clients in some of Kenya's high-profile contentious matters. She specialises in commercial litigation, employment, oil and gas, public procurement, banking, pensions and shareholder disputes but is well-regarded for asset tracing, insolvency matters and both local & international arbitration.

Chambers Global 2019 ranked her as an "Up and Coming" lawyer in Dispute Resolution, stating that Noella is "a good strategist" with "an extensive knowledge of ICC arbitration and an investigative approach."

Noella is an eloquent speaker. She has spoken on various topics in International Arbitration at the International Arbitration Conference in Nairobi, Kenya in 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2018, and Kigali, Rwanda in 2017. She has also shared her legal insights across the globe including the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Ireland and Austria.

Noella holds a master’s degree (LLM) from the University of Cape Town and an LLB from the University of Nairobi.


Professor 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 an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto, a door tenant at Atkin Chambers London and has an office in Sydney. Doug is also an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court.

He has been involved in over 120 arbitrations which include construction, infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning over 30 jurisdictions around the world. He has extensive experience as arbitrator under the ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, KCAB, AIAC (formerly KLRCA), CRCICA, SIAC, VIAC, SCC, DIAC, ACICA, IAMA, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, in disputes of values exceeding some billions $US.

Doug has published and presented extensively and holds professorial appointments at Queen Mary College, University of London and Melbourne University Law School. In addition, Doug has held appointments at several international professional associations. Doug has held appointments at professional associations, including serving as the President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). In 2018, Doug chaired the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress held in Sydney.

Doug was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his distinguished service to the law and leadership in arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, policy reform, and national and international professional organisations. In 2018, Doug was awarded the John Shaw Medal in recognition of his lasting contribution to the road transport industry in Australia and internationally.


Professor of Law at Boston University, William (Rusty) Park teaches in the areas of tax, finance and conflict of laws.  After studies at Yale and Columbia, Park practiced in Paris and Geneva until returning home to teach and to direct the University’s Center for Banking Law Studies. 

Park is General Editor of Arbitration International and former President of the London Court of International Arbitration.  Visiting academic appointments include the universities of Auckland, Cambridge, Dijon, Geneva and Hong Kong.  A member of the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, he served on the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Swiss Bank Accounts and the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims. 

The President of the United States appointed Park to the Panel of Arbitrators for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Dispute. Service as arbitrator includes cases related to tax, insurance, investor-state disputes, banking, intellectual property (FRAND), gas supply, and construction.

Park is an Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. His books include Arbitration of International Business Disputes, International Forum Selection, ICC Arbitration (with Craig and Paulsson), International Commercial Arbitration (with Reisman, Craig and Paulsson) and Income Tax Treaty Arbitration (with Tillinghast).  


Rachel Thorn focuses on international commercial arbitration, investment treaty disputes and international litigation. She acts for corporate clients, states and state-owned entities in proceedings conducted under all the major arbitration rules in forums around the world. She has extensive experience in disputes involving the energy, construction and life sciences sectors, as well as post M&A disputes and disputes concerning joint ventures and long-term cooperation agreements, concession contracts, production sharing and offtake agreements.

Rachel’s practice also includes defending, enforcing and challenging awards in the United States courts under the New York Convention, the ICSID Convention and the Federal Arbitration Act. She regularly advises on the drafting of dispute resolution clauses in international and cross-border transactions, as well as investment structuring.

In addition to frequently speaking on international arbitration topics, Rachel was recently appointed to serve a three-year term on the International Commercial Disputes Committee for the New York City Bar Association. She also serves on the ICC's US National Committee Nominations Committee and the WILEF Global Advisory Board.


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, offers educational programming, and operates world-class hearing facilities for rent in Midtown Manhattan.

Rekha is actively engaged with the arbitration community at the city, state, national, and global levels.  At the New York state and city levels, Rekha serves as Member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Dispute Resolution Section’s Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the International Disputes Resolution Committee, and Member of the NYSBA Planning Committee for the Judith Kaye Moot Court Competition; Member of the NYSBA International Section's Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the International Contracts and Commercial Law Committee; and Member of the New York City Bar's Women in the Legal Profession Standing Committee and Affiliate Member of the Arbitration Committee.  Rekha is also Board Member of the New York Coalition of Women’s Initiatives and of the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York.  At the national level, at the American Society of International Law (ASIL), Rekha is Co-Chair of the Private International Law Interest Group (PILIG), and at the American Bar Association, Rekha is Member of the Executive Committee of the Section of Dispute Resolution and Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Committee.  On the global level, Rekha is Member of ArbitralWomen and its Marketing Committee.  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.


Richard Harding QC has been described as “without a doubt the leading English barrister practising in the field of international arbitration of construction disputes in the Middle East and Gulf regions.” He studied Arabic and Persian at Oxford University and in Egypt, and was then called to the English Bar. He acts as counsel for governments, private employers, contractors  and professionals, and is regularly appointed as an arbitrator in international commercial matters.

His cases have related to oil and gas projects, airports, railways, roads, factories and process engineering, power generation, water infrastructure, commercial and residential property, high rise buildings, mining, marine structures and ports, IT systems, dredging, and a theme park.

Richard Harding QC has a working knowledge of Arabic, German, Spanish, French, and some Persian. He regularly acts in cases, as either counsel or arbitrator, under the laws of the Middle East, and has particular experience of the laws of the UAE, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan. He has also been involved with a number of disputes relating to Iran.

As counsel, he is instructed by law firms (particularly from UK, the Middle East and USA) and also directly by in-house counsel and professionals.

He is the current and founder Chairman of the Society of Construction Law in the Arabian/ Persian Gulf, and is the Middle East coordinator for the ICC Task Force on the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards.


Stephen L. Drymer heads Woods LLP’s International Arbitration practice. A litigator and advocate by background and experience, he now works almost exclusively in international arbitration and dispute resolution. Stephen acts as counsel, arbitrator and mediator in international commercial, investment treaty and sport cases, and advises parties on a broad range of issues associated with the design, negotiation, drafting and implementation of dispute resolution agreements and strategies.

Educated and trained in both the civil law and the common law, fluent in French and English (and with an excellent working knowledge of Spanish), Stephen has pleaded cases and served as party-appointed arbitrator and tribunal president in matters involving the laws of many jurisdictions, both in ad hoc proceedings and under the rules of major international arbitral institutions.

He has acted in commercial and investment treaty cases in the manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, petrochemical, oil & gas, mining, energy (including renewables), environmental, financial services, securities, outsourcing, hospitality, entertainment, transportation, aviation, IT, telecommunication, aerospace, health science, crop science, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals industries, among others.

Stephen is as well very active in the resolution of sport-related disputes, in arbitrations before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, the World Rugby Anti-Doping Judicial Panel, and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC). In addition to extensive work as counsel, he has served as arbitrator and mediator in numerous cases involving a wide range of issues and sports.

Among the several professional associations of which he is an active member, Stephen is the immediate past Chair of the Arbitration Committee of ICC Canada, the Canadian National Committee of the ICC.


Steven Skulnik is a senior legal editor in the Litigation and Arbitration Services of Thomson Reuter's Practical Law division. In that capacity he writes and edits legal know-how resources that help law firm lawyers, in-house counsel and arbitrators perform more effectively and efficiently. He is also on the roster of commercial arbitrators for the ICDR/AAA, CPR, and other and other major providers. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

He previously was counsel at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP and a partner at Pavia & Harcourt LLP. He has trial and appellate experience in many areas including commercial contracts, art and antiquities law, banking, employment law, real estate, shareholder and partnership disputes, trade secret, trademark, information technology and unfair competition. He has tried cases in federal and state courts and in international and US arbitrations.

He has chaired of the Arbitration Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section and is the current chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Arbitration Committee. He also sits on the City Bar's International Commercial Disputes Committee. He is a member of or affiliated with: Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center, International Arbitration Club of New York, New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He is a trustee of the Village Community School in New York City.

Mr. Skulnik received his BA from Brandeis University and JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Selected Publications:

  • Author, Separability of Arbitration Agreements in US Arbitration, Practical Law The Journal - Litigation, (June/July 2019).
  • Co-author, chapter on Arbitration Ethics in "Arbitrating Commercial Disputes in the United States" (PLI 2018).
  • Co-author, Do Arbitrators Know the Law (and Should They Find it Themselves)?, Dispute Resolution Journal, Vol 73 No 1 (2018).
  • Author, Interim, Provisional and Conservatory Measures in U.S. Arbitration, Inside (A publication of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association), Winter 2015.