Emerging Jurisdictions

Date: 14 August 2020
Time: 11:00 EDT

We are pleased to invite you to attend the fifth instalment of the Young ICCA Webinar Series that will take place on 14 August 2020 from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm EDT. 

The topic of the Webinar is “Emerging Jurisdictions” and our panelists are: 

  • Funke Adekoya, SAN - Aelex
  • Calvin Hamilton - Founding Partner, Hamilton Abogados / Int-Arb Arbitrators and Mediators 
  • Natalie Reid - Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Baiju Vasani - Partner, Ivanyan & Partners

The panelists will present on and answer questions from Young ICCA members and young practitioners on a series of themes:

  • Transitioning from jurisdiction to jurisdiction;
  • What to do to develop within an emerging jurisdiction; and
  • Mentorship and networking between jurisdictions. 

Registration: Prior registration is required and there are limited spots available for this Webinar. Participants will generally be confirmed on a first come first served basis. Click here to register.

Submit your questions: To help shape the discussions with the panellists, each registered participant is invited to share a couple of questions, related to the themes set out above, in the registration form. Time permitting, registered participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions live, by turning on their microphone or using the chat function.

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We look forward to welcoming you to this instalment of the Young ICCA Webinar Series.

Meet the Panelists

 ‘Funke Adekoya is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and partner and head of the arbitration practice at ǼLEX, a Lagos Nigeria based law firm with offices in Accra, Ghana. She has been in active legal practice for the past 45 years and presently focuses on acting as counsel or arbitrator in commercial and investor-state arbitrations. Her appointments have been both ad hoc and institutional under the LCIA, ICC and ICSID rules, where she has acted as sole, party appointed or chaired arbitral panels in disputes in the energy and natural resources sectors.

She is a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and was a Board member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration at its inception. She is also a past Council member of the African Users Council of the London Court of International Arbitration as well as a Governing Board member and  past Vice President of both the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and the ICC Court of Arbitration, and is currently a member of the ICC Africa Commission. She is listed on the panel of arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the Kigali International Arbitration Centre and the Lagos Court of Arbitration. She is ranked in Chambers Global and in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, is listed on the Chairman’s Panel of Arbitrators at ICSID and is a member of the World Bank Sanctions Board.

Calvin Hamilton is a seasoned arbitrator based in Barbados and London with 35 years of international arbitration experience, as counsel and arbitrator including his time as partner at two leading firms in Madrid. His region focus is the Caribbean, Latin America, London and the US.

Specialist areas include investor state, corporate and commercial disputes. He has a good cultural knowledge and understanding of common and civil law approaches.He is fluent in Spanish, proficient in French and has working knowledge of Portuguese. He is a dual national of Guyana and Spain and admitted in New York and Madrid.

Natalie L. Reid is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution Group and Co-Chair of Debevoise’s Caribbean Practice. Ms. Reid focuses on international arbitration, public international law, and complex commercial litigation matters. A Jamaican national, she advises and represents states, multinational corporations, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations in proceedings in U.S. courts and international fora. Ms. Reid acts as counsel in commercial and treaty arbitrations conducted under the rules of the major arbitral institutions. She serves on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, and is Co-Chair of CPR’s Y-ADR group for practitioners under 45. 

Baiju Vasani is Head of International Arbitration at the Russian law firm of Ivanyan & Partners, splitting his time between Moscow and London. He currently represents the Russian Federation in several UNCITRAL investment treaty arbitrations, as well as before the ICJ, ECHR, and UNCLOS. Prior to moving to Moscow in November 2019, he spent nearly 20 years in “US BigLaw” in the United States and England focusing exclusively on major international arbitration matters. 

Baiju is a Senior Fellow of SOAS, University of London, where he teaches ISDS, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He was designated by Somalia to the ICSID panel of arbitrators, and represented the country in the ICSID rules amendment process. He has also advised Somalia in relation to its accession to the New York Convention and the World Trade Organization, and its arbitration legislation.  Baiju heads a task force working with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the Djibouti Chamber of Commerce to create an arbitration center for the Horn of Africa, and serves on the advisory board for the revision of the rules of the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa.  

He is a British and American national of Indian (via East Africa) origin.


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