Our Mentors & Arbitrators

Ajay Thomas

Ajay is an independent arbitrator based out of New Delhi. He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and is the immediate past Vice Chairman of the Paris-based ICC Court of Arbitration’s India Arbitration Group. He also serves as a National Correspondent for India to UNCITRAL’s CLOUT system.

He has had the unique privilege of working with three of the world’s leading arbitration institutions; London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA). Ajay has over eighteen years of experience as arbitration administrator, arbitrator, advocate, and law …




Anselmo Reyes

Anselmo practised as a barrister in Hong Kong from July 1989. He was appointed Senior Counsel in May 2001.  As counsel, he had a broad civil practice, specializing in shipping, commercial, company, revenue and telecommunication law cases.

He became a judge of the Court of First Instance on 15 September 2003.  As a judge, he heard numerous applications relating to arbitration, including deciding FG Hemisphere at first instance.  Cases in which Anselmo appeared as counsel and his decisions as judge may be searched by typing in "A. T. Reyes".

Anselmo stepped down from the Hong Kong Judiciary on 14 September 2012 to …




Anthony Daimsis

Anthony Daimsis has been teaching at the University of Ottawa since 2003. He is the current Director of the National Program, a program that leads to a dual JD/LL.L degree. He is also the Director of the common law's mooting program.

Prof. Daimsis teaches Contracts and Torts law, International Sales law, International Commercial Arbitration, ADR and legal writing. He also supervises the common law Jessup, Vis and FDI moot teams and serves as the faculty's moot program director.  He has advised South Asian countries in the area of Foreign investment and investment treaties. Prof. Daimsis is called to the Ontario …



Ben Giaretta

Ben is a commercial disputes lawyer with a broad range of experience in litigation, mediation and expert determination, and he has particular expertise in international commercial arbitration.
He has advised clients on issues arising from contracts in many different industries, including oil & gas, LNG, renewables, construction, mining, technology, M&A, shipping and commodities. He has worked on disputes all over the world, including in Africa, Europe and the Gulf region. For seven years he was based in Singapore as the Head of Arbitration in Asia for an international law firm, and he worked on disputes across the Asia-Pacific, especially relating …




Cesar Pereira

Cesar Pereira has a degree in Law from UFPR, Brazil (1992), a LL.M. in Tax Law from PUC-SP, Brazil (1998) and a JSD in Administrative Law from PUC-SP (2005). He was a Visiting Scholar in the area of International Arbitration at Columbia University, under the supervision of Professor George Bermann (2013-2014). He has published “Elisão Tributária e Função Administrativa” [Tax Avoidance and Govaernment Action] (Dialética, 2001) and “Usuários de Serviços Públicos” [Users of Public Services] (Saraiva, 2nd. ed., 2008), in addition to numerous papers and articles in Public Law, Commercial Law and Arbitration. PEREIRA has co-edited and authored for the books …




Deborah Lockhart

Deborah was appointed CEO of the Australian Disputes Centre in 2013. ADC is an independent, not-for-profit that works to advance world-class conflict management and dispute resolution in Australia and internationally. Deborah leads the Australian Disputes Centre's training faculty, and speaks regularly on the financial, reputational and personal benefits of private dispute resolution processes.

Prior to joining the NFP sector, Deborah worked for over 20 years as both an executive and an expert consultant for a range ASX 100 and Fortune 500 corporations; delivering on the commercial imperative of timely and cost-efficient dispute resolution.

Deborah is a founding member of the …




Dr. Ashok Yende

Dr. Ashok is Founder Director of University of Mumbai Law Academy and former Head, Departmnt of Law, University of Mumbai. He has headed leading law institutions like Symbiosis Law Pune, K.C.Law College, Mumbai, Raisoni Law College, Nagpur. He did his LL.M. from Mumbai University and Ph.D. from Pune University. He has also cleared public credential program on "Public Policy Designing" conducted by the Harvard Kennedy School, USA.

An out-of-the-box thinker, he has over 33 years of rich and extensive experience in administration, and teaching. He worked as Member of Governing Council of Government Law College, Mumbai. He is first Professor-in-charge …




Dr. Sahdev Singh

Dr. Sahdev Singh has been serving the Indian Government from past 20 years with an excellent service record. He joined the Indian Government services immediately after qualifying the 10th class. He served as Personal Assistant, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and later on as a Section Officer in the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India.

A Central Secretariat Service cadre officer, Dr. Sahdev Singh is at present serving as Under Secretary in the Department of Justice, Law & Justice/Ministry of Home Affairs, to the Government of India. Earlier, he was on deputation as Assistant Commissioner / Deputy Assessor & …




Franco Ferrari

Franco Ferrari, who joined the NYU School of Law full-time faculty in Fall 2010, was most recently a chaired professor of international law at Verona University in Italy (2002-2016). Previously, he was a chaired professor of comparative law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands (1995-1998) and the University of Bologna in Italy (1998-2002). After serving as a member of the Italian delegation to various sessions of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) from 1995 to 2000, he was legal officer at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, International Trade Law Branch, from 2000 to 2002, where …




Jim Lawrence

Lawrence is the Director of the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. He also directs the Law Center’s highly successful Moot Court Interscholastic Competition Program and Alternative Dispute Resolution Interscholastic Competition Program. Over the past four years, both programs have fielded intercollegiate teams that have won over 20 national and regional titles, including four National Best Speaker Awards and two National Best Brief Awards. He is the originator of the Moot Court Rankings and the Moot Court National Championship, now sponsored by Andrews Kurth, LLP.

Mr. Lawrence serves as a senior consultant to The Advocates, a …




Jonathan Lim

Jonathan Lim is a triple-qualified English solicitor, Singapore advocate and New York lawyer with a focus on complex international disputes. He has particular experience with disputes in the energy, financial services, technology and telecommunications sectors, and has represented clients in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations (including under the HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL Rules) in common law and civil law jurisdictions in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Mr. Lim has also worked on WTO dispute settlement matters involving claims under multiple WTO agreements (including GATT, GATS, TRIPS, TBT and SCM) and is part of the team representing the government of …




Julian Cohen

Julian specializes in commercial arbitration, construction disputes, international arbitration acting as counsel, arbitrator, and mediator.He founded Resolution Chambers in Hong King in 2021.

Called to the Bar in England in 1990, Julian Cohen joined the Construction Practice of Pinsent Masons in 1993 and moved to Hong Kong in 1998 with the firm, leaving as a Partner in 2009. Julian was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2010.

Julian has over 30 years’ specialist experience of heavyweight commercial arbitrations, construction and engineering disputes, and international arbitrations in Hong Kong, and across Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Europe.

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Kiran Nasir Gore

Kiran Nasir Gore is based in Washington, DC and focuses her practice on all aspects of U.S. and transnational dispute resolution. Kiran is Counsel in the Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, PC and a Professorial Lecturer in Law in The George Washington University Law School’s International and Comparative Law Program. She draws on her professional experiences while acting as a co-editor of the Practical Insights modules on Kluwer Arbitration Practice Plus, associate editor of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog, and associate editor of the ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Journal.




Louise Barrington

Louise Barrington has over 25 years of experience in international commercial arbitration, first as director of the ICC's Institute of World Business Law, then as the founding director of ICC Asia in Hong Kong. She has worked as counsel or arbitrator in a number of cases involving construction, international trade, CISG, banking, financial transactions and intellectual property. She has dealt with cases involving European, Hong Kong, Chinese, French, English, Vietnamese, Korean, Qatari, Nigerian, American and Canadian law, and has taught international law and dispute resolution on five continents.

Louise’s professional attributes include extensive trans-border and intercultural experience, and “an uncanny …




Lucy Greenwood

Lucy Greenwood is an independent international arbitrator specializing in commercial and investment disputes. She has practised international arbitration since 1998 (in London, Paris and Houston) and has acted as arbitrator in almost 60 arbitrations since becoming a full time arbitrator in 2017.  She is highly regarded for her prompt, efficient resolution of disputes and active case management of arbitrations and is particularly in demand as a chair for major energy disputes. Lucy is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Texas attorney and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.  She is a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, …




Nata Ghibradze

Nata Ghibradze is a Senior Associate at International Arbitration Group of Hogan Lovells International LLP in Munich. She focuses on international commercial arbitration and regularly represents clients as counsel in arbitrations in the in the energy (oil & gas, renewables), construction, infrastructure, and engineering industries.

Nata has experience in handling arbitrations under the major sets of arbitration rules seated in various jurisdictions. She also has experience representing clients before Dispute Board proceedings for construction projects. Nata acts as a tribunal secretary in international arbitration disputes.

Nata regularly speaks and publishes on international arbitration an active member of several professional associations. …




Patricia Shaughnessy

Professor at Stockholm University where she created the Master of International Commercial Arbitration Law Program; specializes in international disputes and commercial law; has been a board member of the SCC Arbitration Institute since 2005 and a member of the drafting committees for the SCC Rules in 2007, 2010 and 2017, and served as the Vice-Chair until 2019; was a government-appointed expert on the legislative committee for the revisions to the Swedish Arbitration Act; acts as an arbitrator, expert, and consultant, and leads projects related to commercial law and dispute resolution in many countries; has served as a fellow to the …




Peter Ashford

Peter has particular expertise in international commercial arbitration and also acts in litigation, mediation, expert determination and negotiations. He has a particular interest in complex claims for loss and accounting issues.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is appointed as arbitrator by some of the major institutions including the London Court of International Arbitration and the President of the Law Society.  He brings a keen analytical approach with robust case management skills.

Peter is a widely published author, commentator and lecturer, including the Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration published by Juris Publishing of New York in …




Steven P. Finizio

Steven Finizio's practice focuses on international dispute resolution. Mr. Finizio also serves as an arbitrator. He has particular experience with energy, financial services, shareholder, joint venture and M&A, and manufacturing issues. He has advised clients regarding disputes under the rules of most of the well-recognized international arbitration institutions and governed by the laws of jurisdictions in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, as well as under bilateral and regional investment treaties. His pro bono work has included assisting a Central European government to draft new arbitration legislation and he was part of a team that won a landmark decision in …




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