Guidelines of Standards on Practice in International Arbitration

12 October 202116:00 - 17:00(CEST)

As part of ICCA’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, we are pleased to invite you to attend a webinar on "The Guidelines on Standards of Practice in International Arbitration", scheduled to take place on Tuesday 12 October at 16:00 CEST.


The webinar will be moderated by Abby Cohen Smutny and Prof. Dr. Guido S. Tawil, Co-Chairs of the ICCA Task Force on Standards of Practice in International Arbitration, with opening remarks from ICCA President Lucy Reed.


“I look forward to participating in this webinar explaining the background, scope and practical application of the Guidelines on Standards of Practice in International Arbitration”, says Lucy Reed. “In the few short months since the Guidelines were launched, they have been the subject of much discussion among arbitrators and counsel. Prepared by a diverse group of practitioners, the goal of the Guidelines is to set out the basic common expectations for civility in international arbitration.”


On the panel will be the following Task Force members:

  • Abby Cohen Smutny, White & Case LLP;
  • Prof. Dr. Guido S. Tawil, Independent Arbitrator;
  • Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm;
  • Christian Leathley, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP; and
  • Martina Polasek, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Meet the Panellists

Abby Cohen Smutny

Abby Cohen Smutny is Global Head of White & Case's International Arbitration Practice. She is widely recognized as one of the top international arbitration practitioners globally.  Abby's leadership positions have included: Chair of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration (ITA); Vice President of the American Society of International Law; President of LCIA North American Users Council; AAA Advisory Board Member; IBA Arbitration Committee Vice Chair and Chair of IBA Investment Treaty Sub Committee; ALI Adviser on US Restatement on International Arbitration; co-Chair of the ICCA Task Force on Standards of Practice in International Arbitration; and Chair International Law Section of Washington DC Bar.  Abby is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.


Prof. Dr. Guido S. Tawil

Prof. Dr. Guido S. Tawil is an Independent Arbitrator, Co-Chair of ICCA's Task Force on Standards of Practice, member of ICCA's Advisory Board and Nominations Committee, of SIAC's Court of Arbitration, of the ICC´s Latin American Arbitration Group and Co-Chair of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB) Observatory on the Status of Arbitration. He is a former Chair Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Buenos Aires and Senior Partner at Bomchil in Buenos Aires. He is a Founding Member and Past Chair of ALARB, Past Co-Chair of the IBA´s Arbitration Committee and Latin American Fora; Past Council member of the IBA´s Legal Practice Division, Past Court Member of the LCIA, of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Academic Council and of the ICC Institute of World Business Law.


Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab

Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab is the Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Energy (Zulficar & Partners Law Firm); Dean of the Africa Arbitration Academy; Professor of International Arbitration, English Contract Law and Private International Law (Cairo University); Chair of the International Expert Advisory Committee of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law – China; Treasurer & Member of the ICCA Governing Board; Vice-President of the CRCICA Advisory Committee; MIAC Advisory Board Member; LACIAC Court Member; CIMAC Court Member; PCA Court Member (Egypt); Member of the CIArb’s Board of Trustees; Member of the International Council on Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR)’s Governing Board; and Senior Vice Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum. He has served as Arbitrator, Counsel and Legal Expert in more than 230 cases involving African, Asian, Canadian, European, Middle Eastern and US parties.


Christian Leathley

Christian is the US Head of International Arbitration and co-head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Latin America group. He specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration. He is New York and English law qualified (based full time in New York). He has acted for and advised individuals, corporations and sovereign states in cases arising from all major industry sectors, including under the rules of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, AAA (ICDR), CAS and UNCITRAL, as well as having litigation experience in the UK, US and overseas. Christian regularly appears as an advocate before arbitral tribunals in many different jurisdictions in both English and Spanish. He also frequently lectures on international arbitration, and served as adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, as well as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Martina Polasek

Martina Polasek is Deputy Secretary-General at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Ms. Polasek joined ICSID in September 2001 and has served as secretary of tribunals in over 50 arbitrations under the ICSID Convention, the ICSID Additional Facility Rules and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Rules. She has also served as committee secretary in numerous annulment proceedings. She has published numerous papers on ICSID case law and practice and regularly speaks at conferences. Before joining ICSID, she worked as an attorney with the law firms of Jeantet & Associés, Paris and White & Case LLP, Prague, focusing on international arbitration. Ms. Polasek holds degrees from The George Washington University Law School (LL.M.), University of Paris V – René Descartes (D.E.S.S.) and University of Gothenburg (Master of Laws). She is admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C.


Additional information:

  • Please do not record the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and made publicly available at a later date, which in some circumstances may allow you to be identified, such as if you submit a written question and the organiser refers to you by name. This may result in the processing of your personal data within the meaning of data protection legislation (such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation). You can avoid this processing by asking that your question be posed anonymously (for questions submitted before the webinar) or by joining the webinar using a pseudonym (for questions submitted via the Q&A or chat function). Any processing that does take place will be necessary for the legitimate interests of ICCA in allowing audience interaction by allowing participants to be identified unless they do not want to be.
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