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International Arbitration Week 2021 | The COVID–19 pandemic and international arbitration: Where do we stand 18 months in?

with Amber Williams, Lucy Martinez, Chester Brown, Joshua Paffey​, Donna Ross and Aaron Rofkahr

Thursday, 21 October 2021 | Zoom

International Arbitration Week 2021

Join our experienced panel of Arbitration experts to hear a discussion on “The COVID–19 pandemic and international arbitration: Where do we stand, 18 months in?

With six panellists offering various perspectives from an institution, private practice/counsel, government, academia, and independent arbitrator, ensuring gender and geographic diversity and covering topics such as summarising key jurisprudence and practical tips on:​

  • virtual hearings and due process challenges
  • force majeure and economic hardship defenses
  • emerging ISDS cases
  • damages/quantum calculations
  • mediation before and/or during arbitration–impact of pandemic
  • opportunities and obstacles for Asia–Pacific – based IA practitioners and arbitrators.

Amber Williams, CEO, Resolution Institute will welcome and introduce Lucy Martinez, Independent Arbitrator and Counsel. Lucy will introduce the panel and moderate this event.


Panel

Amber Williams

A strategic leader with a diverse background in both the private and public sectors, Amber was the CEO of the New South Wales Law Enforcement Conduct Commission and Chief Human Resources Officer for the New South Wales Department of Justice prior to her appointment as CEO of Resolution Institute in November 2019.

In addition to her qualifications in human resource management, industrial relations and psychology, Amber is a certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lucy Martinez

Extensive experience sitting as arbitrator (sole, co- and presiding) in ACICA, HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, and SIAC disputes, including in expedited proceedings, governed by laws of Australia, England, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and Thailand; advising and representing private and sovereign clients in international disputes relating to investment treaties and contracts, including in AAA, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, and ad hoc arbitrations; reviewing draft dispute resolution clauses in contracts; and advising on various international pro bono projects.

Industry experience includes energy (oil, gas, electricity, mining), telecommunications, satellite technology, banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance, trademarks, shipping, sports, supply of goods, gambling and leisure sectors.

Chester Brown ​

Chester Brown is Professor of International Law and International Arbitration at the University of Sydney Law School, and the Law School's Director of Global Engagement. He is also a Barrister at 7 Wentworth Selborne Chambers, Sydney, and an Overseas Member of Essex Court Chambers, London.

He teaches and researches in the fields of public international law, international dispute settlement, international arbitration, international investment law, and private international law. He also maintains a practice in these fields, and has been involved as counsel, expert, and arbitrator in various proceedings, including before the International Court of Justice, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, inter-State and investor-State tribunals, as well as in inter-State conciliation proceedings, international commercial arbitrations, and domestic court proceedings.

Joshua Paffey

Joshua the Head of Arbitration at Corrs. He specialises in complex arbitrations and litigation. He represents clients in commercial, trade and commerce, energy and resources, oil and gas, and infrastructure-related disputes in Australia and overseas, including cross-border investment disputes. Joshua’s clients include listed and private companies, project owners and sponsors, EPC contractors, commodity traders, governments and government-owned corporations from Australia, Asia, UK, Europe, US and South America.

Joshua lectures on International Commercial Arbitration to university law students. He also is an Executive Director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and the Chair of the ACICA Queensland State Committee.

Donna Ross

The founder and principal, Donna Ross, LL.M., FCIArb, PRI, is an Australian and U.S. lawyer, an NMAS accredited mediator, a seasoned negotiator and an arbitrator who brings global experience and a wealth of legal, ADR and business knowledge to her clients in Australia, the U.S., Europe and throughout the world.

In addition to acting as a mediator, arbitrator or advocate, over the course of her career, she has advised business owners and individuals in preventive dispute resolution, managing business relationships and business restructuring and advises clients and counsel on U.S., French and international law. Donna Ross is also a seasoned negotiator: She teaches negotiation, negotiates drafts agreements – including DR clauses.

An active participant in supporting ADR in Australia, Donna Ross is a frequent speaker and judge at ADR events, chairs Resolution Institute’s Arbitration Committee in Victoria and sits on the RI, National Determinative Committee, the Steering Committee for the ICC Australia Asia-Pacific Mediation Competition.

Aaron Rofkahr

Aaron Rofkahr is Senior Counsel with Chevron Upstream, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., and is based in San Ramon, California. Mr. Rofkahr is part of a team that manages arbitration and litigation disputes around the world for Chevron’s non-U.S. upstream operations.