DIA (Damages in International Arbitration) App Launch for the Middle East and Asia

17 November 202111:30 - 12:30(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 17 November event will be introduced by Task Force Co-chairs Catherine Amirfar and Gabrielle Nater-Bass and moderated by Sarah Grimmer and Swee Yen Koh. 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 4 November 2021 at 9.30am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) / 2.30pm CET (Central European 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.



Sarah Grimmer

Sarah GrimmerSarah Grimmer is Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre responsible for its international dispute resolution services and operations from Hong Kong, Seoul, and Shanghai. She was formerly Senior Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague where she administered inter-state, investor-state, and commercial arbitrations involving states or state-entities. Prior to joining the PCA, Sarah was a member of the Secretariat at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris where she administered commercial arbitrations under the ICC Rules. She was also a member of the international arbitration group at Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris, prior to which she worked in private practice in Auckland.

Sarah has an LLM from Cambridge University and an LLB/BA (Criminology) from Victoria University of Wellington. She is admitted to practice law in New Zealand.


Swee Yen Koh

Swee Yen KohMs Koh Swee Yen is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes and International Arbitration Practices of WongPartnership LLP. Swee Yen is highly recommended for her expertise in resolving complex international disputes, and is named in various legal publications including The Legal 500, Chambers Global and Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2021. Described as being "in a league of her own", with a “very deep understanding of the law” and “razor-sharp” in her advocacy, she is regarded as the "go-to disputes lawyer in Singapore”.



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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