Task Force Co-chairs



Task Force Members

Olufunke Adekoya
Catherine Amirfar (Co-chair)
Sarah Grimmer
Hilary Heilbron
Mark Kantor
M. Alexis Maniatis
Irmgard Marboe
Gabrielle Nater-Bass (Co-chair)
Chudozie Okongwu
Kathleen Paisley
Patrick Pearsall
Adriana San Román Rivera
Guido Santiago Tawil
Thierry J. Senechal
Jennifer Hall Vanderhart
Swee Yen Koh
Karim A. Youssef








ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages

In December 2016, ICCA and ASIL joined forces to establish the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages to address an issue of particular importance, but too often overlooked, in the field of international arbitration: quantification of damages. The Task Force will bring together a blue-ribbon panel of leading legal and economics experts from jurisdictions across the globe to think creatively about how to promote consistency and rigor in the field’s approach to damages.


News and Updates


Report on the second ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages Seminar

On 15 November 2017, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (the “HKIAC”) hosted the Joint ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages in International Arbitration (the “Task Force”). The Task Force, co-chaired by Catherine Amirfar and Gabrielle Nater-Bass, was established in December 2016 to promote consistency and rigor in the quantification of damages in international arbitration and to develop a damages tool for practical application.

A full day seminar was held at HKIAC’s offices and attended by Hong Kong and other Asian-based based practitioners and experts in international arbitration. Matthew Gearing, QC, Chairperson of HKIAC, delivered the keynote address.

Catherine Amirfar presented the Task Force’s mandate and discussed the lifecycle of a typical damages case. She and Gabrielle Nater-Bass then discussed some of the most challenging legal issues concerning damages in international commercial and investment arbitration. Others members of the Task Force, Swee Yen Koh and Sarah Grimmer, next addressed procedural issues related to damages: the bifurcation of proceedings and the use of tribunal appointed damages experts, respectively. Finally, Kathleen Paisley and Alexis Maniatis identified key issues concerning different damages valuation methodologies.

Following the presentations, seminar attendees participated in three working groups led by Task Force members focused separately on legal, procedural and financial issues associated with damages in international arbitration. During the working groups, attendees were invited to share their knowledge and experience as regards challenges in the proper assessment of damages as well as potential solutions to those challenges.

The Task Force is grateful to the attendees of the Hong Kong seminar for their insights which will assist the Task Force in developing its damages tool.


15 November 2017

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Report on the ICCA-ASIL-ICSID Seminar on Damages

On 11 April 2017, the Joint ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages in International Arbitration (Task Force), co-chaired by Catherine Amirfar and Gabrielle Nater-Bass, convened to present its ongoing work to promote consistency and rigor in the quantification of damages in international arbitration. The Task Force aims to develop a damages tool of practical application. Participants were invited to assist the Task Force in identifying legal and policy gaps and inconsistencies and to comment on the Task Force’s work to date.

The seminar began with opening remarks by ICSID Secretary General Meg Kinnear. This was followed by a morning session, during which the Task Force Co-chairs, Catherine Amirfar and Gabrielle Nater-Bass, along with some of the Task Force Members, including Sarah Grimmer, Hilary Heilbron, Swee Yen Koh,  Mark Kantor, Alexis Maniatis, Irmgard Marboe, Kathleen Paisley, Patrick Pearsall, Adriana San Roman, Guido Tawil and Jennifer Vanderhart, provided participants with a better perspective of damages by illustrating the lifecycle of a damages case and sharing the Task Force's steps to developing a damages tool of practical application.

During the afternoon session, participants and Task Force members divided into three working groups, focused on procedural, legal, and valuation issues, respectively. Participants were invited to provide their views on the subjects addressed by the Task Force members during the morning presentation, to identify areas of consensus, and to suggest topics of focus for the Task Force’s future work. At the end of the afternoon session, each working group provided a short report on their discussions, including preliminary findings.

During his closing remarks, ICCA President Donald Donovan said, "What a productive day... There's nothing like sitting across the table and having active, immediate engagement on these issues."

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11 April 2017

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