DIA (Damages in International Arbitration) App Launch for the Americas and Europe

4 November 202114:30 - 15:30(CET)

As part of ICCA’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, we are pleased to invite you to attend the soft launch of DIA (Damages in International Arbitration), a web application that is designed to assist arbitrators and practitioners in developing a consistent and rigorous approach to damages in international arbitration. DIA has been developed by the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages, a panel of leading legal and economics experts from jurisdictions across the globe.


The 4 November event will be introduced by ICCA President Lucy Reed and moderated by Hilary Heilbron and Mark Kantor. Task Force Co-chairs, Catherine Amirfar and Gabrielle Nater-Bass will also speak and demonstrations will be provided by Aasiya Glover and Justin Rassi.


The webinars will provide an overview on the mandate of the Task Force and the web application developed by the Task Force, and will include a demonstration of how the web application can be used in practice.


The Task Force members are: 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 and Karim A. Youssef. The Task Force rapporteurs are Aasiya Glover, Stefanie Pfisterer, Justin R. Rassi, and Christel Tham.


In order to accommodate the global community, the Task Force will host two webinars to launch the app. If you would rather join us on 17 November 2021 at 6.30pm Singapore/HK Time / 11:30am CET (Central European Time) / 5.30am EST (Eastern Standard Time), please click here.

Meet the Panellists

Catherine Amirfar

Catherine AmirfarCatherine Amirfar is Co-Chair of the International Disputes Resolution and Public International Law Groups at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and sits as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. She is the current President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the pre-eminent learned society in the United States dedicated to international law. With over twenty years of experience, Ms. Amirfar is recognized as a top practitioner in international disputes globally. Her practice focuses on international commercial and treaty arbitration, international litigation and public international law. She regularly appears in U.S. courts and before international courts and arbitration tribunals, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Ms. Amirfar serves as a Member of the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Advisory Committees of the American Law Institute for the Restatement (Fourth) of Foreign Relations Law of the United States and for the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. She is a member of the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the leading global organization of international arbitrators and arbitration practitioners, and serves as Co-Chair of the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages in International Arbitration. She is also a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association. From 2014 to 2016, Ms. Amirfar served as Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State in the Obama Administration, for which she received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award in recognition of her contributions to the Department. 


Gabrielle Nater-Bass

Gabrielle Nater-BassGabrielle Nater-Bass is a partner of Homburger, Zurich. She is an experienced party counsel and arbitrator in international commercial arbitration. Her practice also focuses on state court litigation. Gabrielle Nater-Bass is listed on the panel of arbitrators of the ICC National Committee (Switzerland), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). She is a board member of the Swiss Arbitration Centre and Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and a member of the LCIA Court. She served as President of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution (SCAI) from 2016 to 2020. Gabrielle Nater-Bass received the Client Choice award in the category Arbitration & ADR Switzerland in 2020 and 2021.


Hilary Heilbron QC

Hilary Heilbron QCHilary Heilbron QC now focuses on international arbitration, primarily as an international arbitrator. She has had over 120 appointments as arbitrator (party nominated and chair) both under the main arbitral institutions and ad hoc in many very substantial cases, sitting in various jurisdictions and relating to many different governing laws. As counsel, she has been involved in some of the leading English cases in the field of arbitration, including appearing before the UK Supreme Court in Dallah Real Estate Tourism Holding Co v Government of Pakistan and before the English Commercial Court in Sulamérica Cia Nacional de Seguros v Enesa Engenharia S.A. as well as many other commercial cases. She is currently a member of various international task forces on current topics in international arbitration and a former member of the LCIA Court and the ICC UK Arbitration and ADR Committee. She has spoken and written widely on international arbitration and cross-border litigation.


Mark Kantor

Mark KantorMark Kantor is a retired partner of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (now Milbank LLC), an international arbitrator in investment and commercial disputes, Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Transnational Dispute Management.  He is currently a member of the World Bank Group Sanctions Board (term ending Fall 2021).  He is a former member of the American Arbitration Association Board of Directors and the Council of the American Arbitration Association, and former Chair of the DC Bar International Investment Committee and the DC Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee.  He has authored numerous works, including Reports of Overseas Private Investment Corporation Determinations (eds. Mark Kantor, Michael D. Nolan and Karl P. Sauvant), Valuation for Arbitration: Compensation Standards, Valuation Methods and Expert Evidence (OGEMID Best Book 2008) and “A Code of Conduct for Party-Appointed Experts in International Arbitration – Can One be Found?” 26 Arbitration International 323 (2010) (OGEMID Best International Dispute Resolution Article 2010).  More information at www.mark-kantor.com.


Justin Rassi

Justin RassiJustin R. Rassi is a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, resident in New York. He has a broad-gauged practice that focuses on international arbitration and international litigation.  Mr. Rassi has particular experience in mining, natural resources, and contract disputes arising out of Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.  He regularly advises clients on complex damages issues and leverages a degree in finance to work seamlessly with valuation experts.  Mr. Rassi currently serves as a rapporteur to the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages in International Arbitration and is serving a two-year term from 2021-2022 on the Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre (YSIAC) Committee.  Before joining Debevoise in 2016, Mr. Rassi clerked for the Hon. Justice V.M. Bell AC of the High Court of Australia, practiced in the dispute resolution group of a leading international law firm in Australia, and taught tort law at the Australian National University.

Aasiya Glover

Aasiya GloverAasiya Glover is a commercial litigation associate whose practice focuses on civil litigation. Ms. Glover joined Debevoise in 2015. Ms. Glover received a J.D. from The University of Chicago in 2015. She received an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in 2011, and a B.A. with Highest Distinction from Indiana University in 2010.





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