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Young ICCA Scholarship winners announced

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the following Young ICCA scholarships:

Graduate Institute Scholarship - Courtney Furner
Tsinghua University Scholarship - Francis Lévesque
University of Miami Law School Scholarship - Supritha Suresh
 
Get to know Courtney, Francis and Supritha and read their answers to the Young ICCA Proust Questionnaire below.

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Courtney Furner

Age: 29.
Hometown: Perth, Australia.
Current City: Perth, Australia (but Geneva, Switzerland is calling!).
Current Employer: Supreme Court of Western Australia, Court of Appeal.
Education: The University of Western Australia (combined Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts,
2011); the University of Vienna (exchange, 2007 – 2008).
How did you get involved in international arbitration?  As a junior lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright, I worked with the firm’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices and PRC-based counsel in representing an Australian client in a CIETAC arbitration.  This experience showed me that I could reconcile my interests in public international law, private international law and dispute resolution.  I then joined the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme and felt like I had ‘found my people’.  Now there is no turning back.
What is your favourite virtue? Humility.
What are your favourite qualities in another person? Humility, sincerity, integrity, humanity, quick wit, an infectious laugh and a good eater.
What is your chief characteristic? Resourcefulness.
What is your main fault? High expectations of others and myself.
What is your favourite occupation? The one I am presently in: law.  If I wasn’t a lawyer, I would go back to Berlin and work in a former East German vintage store (as I did in a previous life), or make photography my bread and butter.
What is your idea of happiness? Being able to stop and smell the roses with those I love.  And every word of what Bertolt Brecht said in Vergnügungen (1954).
What is your idea of misery? Regret; not being able to switch off.
If not yourself, who would you be? Someone who is content with leading a simpler life.
Where would you like to live? Europe.
Who is your favourite prose author? Joseph Conrad if reading in English; Stefan Zweig if reading in German.
Who is your favourite hero/heroine in fiction? Guido Orefice in Life is Beautiful (assuming semi-fiction counts).
Who is your hero in real life? Those people, whether they are a part of my life or not, who: are self-sacrificing of their lives without expecting anything in return; are able to forgive quickly; and, remain resilient in the most testing of circumstances.
What historical person do you most dislike? Too many to reduce down to a “most dislike” status. 
What is your favourite name? A strong German name – Maximilian? 
What do you hate the most? People who are users or faffers; a messy desk or office.
What is your natural talent? “Getting things done”.
What is your favourite arbitration-related decision? The Chorzów Factory (Claim for Indemnity) (Merits) case.
Who is your favourite arbitrator? Any arbitrator who inspires confidence in the integrity of the arbitral process.
Who is your mentor? My professional mentors are the Judges and Registrars of the Supreme Court of Western Australia – foremost my boss, the Honourable Justice Robert Mazza; my Young ICCA Mentoring Programme mentors Doug Jones AO and Dr Sam Luttrell; colleagues at Norton Rose Fulbright who took me under their wing when I joined the profession; Dr Ben Gauntlett; Professor John Fiocco; Syed Riaz Haider.  My personal mentors are my family, partner and Jade Glenister – they constantly encourage me to realise my aspirations whilst keeping me grounded.  
What is your motto? Treat others as you would like to be treated.



Francis Lévesque


Age: 26
Hometown: Sorel-Tracy, Canada
Current City: Ottawa, Canada
Current Employer: Federal Court of Appeal of Canada
Education: Université de Sherbrooke - Civil Law Degree (LL.B.), May 2011.
Queen’s University – Common Law Degree (J.D.), May 2015
Tsinghua University – LL.M. International Arbitration and Dispute Settlement (IADS) (Expected: May 2017)
How did you get involved in international arbitration? In law school, I attended a class about national and international arbitration and I found that the legal concepts were fascinating. However, it is only after reading Professor Jan Paulsson’s books Denial of justice in International law and The Idea of Arbitration that I decided to pursue my education and to obtain a LL.M in arbitration
What is your favourite virtue? Loyalty
What are your favourite qualities in another person? Passion and generosity
What is your chief characteristic? Perseverance; I never give up
What is your main fault? Competitiveness
What is your favourite occupation? I enjoy watching boxing matches with friends. I like the technical aspects of the sport as well as the passion and the dedication of the athletes
What is your idea of happiness? A canoe ride on a windless morning
What is your idea of misery? Regrets
If not yourself, who would you be? A different pattern of carbon atoms
Where would you like to live? Anywhere I can grow personally and professionally
Who is your favourite prose author? Paul Auster
Who is your favourite hero/heroine in fiction? James Bond
Who is your hero in real life? Jack Johnson (the boxer) for his courage and ambition
What historical person do you most dislike? As a Québécois, I have to answer John George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham
What is your favourite name? Isabelle (you guessed right, it’s my girlfriend’s name)
What do you hate the most? Incomprehension
What is your natural talent? I am a good listener
What is your favourite arbitration-related decision? Even though the ultimate issue turned on jurisdiction, I found that all the issues that were raised in the Loewen Group, Inc. and Raymond L. Loewen v. United States of America, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/98/3 were fascinating
Who is your favourite arbitrator? As a Canadian, the Honourable L. Yves Fortier is the arbitrator I have the most respect for. However, Dr. Michael J. Moser is also an inspiration as he was the first foreign national to be appointed as an arbitrator in China
Who is your mentor? Both judges for whom I clerked: the Honourable Benoit Morin and the Honourable André F.J. Scott
What is your motto?  The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams - Eleanor Roosevelt



Supritha Suresh                                                

Age: 23                                                                
Hometown: Bangalore, India.
Current City: Bangalore, India.
Current Employer: Student
Education: B.P.Sc.LL.B.(International Trade and Investment Law Hons.) - National Law University, Jodhpur (2016)
LL.M. (International Arbitration) - University of Miami, School of Law (graduation date: May 2017).
How did you get involved in international arbitration?
My interest in arbitration was spurred by an unintentional sequence of co-curriculars. In 2014, I participated in the FDI Moot Court Competition. Incidentally, at the same time I was involved in the editorial process of a manuscript on investment treaty arbitration. Both of these happenings crystallized my desire to be involved in international arbitration.
What is your favourite virtue? Resolve.
What are your favourite qualities in another person? Wit, ingenuity, commitment and trustworthiness.
What is your chief characteristic? Attention to detail.
What is your main fault? Tendency to overthink.
What is your favourite occupation? Travelling.
What is your idea of happiness? A light drizzle, a cup of hot tea, tunes of Clapton and a novel!
What is your idea of misery? Regret.
If not yourself, who would you be? A musician.
Where would you like to live? Haven’t travelled enough to decide, but I guess it would be someplace with mountains, live music and vineyards!
Who is your favourite prose author? J.R.R.Tolkien
Who is your favourite hero/heroine in fiction? Aragorn (Lord of the Rings). He displays all the qualities I look for in another person (wit, ingenuity, commitment, trustworthiness) and so much more.
Who is your hero in real life? Melody Gardot – she faced her obstacles with elegance and at the same time left the music industry a little better than before!
What historical person do you most dislike? None.
What is your favourite name? Never thought about it.
What do you hate the most? Disorganization.
What is your natural talent? Song-writing.
What is your favourite arbitration-related decision? White Industries v. India.
Who is your favourite arbitrator? Jan Paulsson and Gary Born.
Who is your mentor? I have a couple of mentors. Prof. Aakanksha Kumar has provided me with unparalleled academic motivation. My family has shown me the importance of patience and acceptance
What is your motto? I don’t know about my personal motto, but I chanced upon a quote a long time ago and it keeps coming back to me.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain!” –Vivian Grace