Troy Harris

Harris teaches international commercial arbitration, sales, contracts, construction law, and alternative dispute resolution…

Maria Chiara Malaguti

Maria Chiara was appointed President of UNIDROIT in August 2020. She is the first woman being appointed to this position. She is Full Professor of International law …

Nikos Lavranos

Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos, LL.M. is the first Secretary General of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA).

Ellen Waldman

Vice President, Advocacy & Educational, CPR Dispute Resolution

Ellen Waldman has been active in the fields of mediation and medical ethics for over two decades.

Filippo Danovi

Full Professor of Civil Procedure and Domestic and International Arbitration Law at the University of Milan-Bicocca, where he has taught since 2001.

Former Deputy Head of the Legislative Office at the Ministry of Justice

Veronika Korom

President of the Hungarian Arbitration Association, Assistant Professor (ESSEC Business School, France), independent counsel and arbitrator admitted to practice in France, England & Wales and Hungary. 

Josè Àngel Rueda Garcia

Dr. José Ángel Rueda-García is Partner at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, LLP in Madrid, where he practices investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration

Marina Matousekova

International Arbitration Lawyer
Partner at TALMA Dispute Resolution (Paris)

Member of the Paris and New York Bars and partner at TALMA Dispute Resolution.

Andrea Rusca

Andrea E. Rusca is a Swiss and Italian national. He grew up in Lugano, studied law in Neuchâtel and, after his lawyer training period in Geneva and admission to the Geneva Bar in 1995, continued his studies in Washington DC where he obtained an LL.M…

Dr. Antonios Tsavdaridis

Secretary General of the European Court of Arbitration and Partner at Rokas (Athens)

Dr. Antonios Tsavdaridis has studied at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and London School of Economics…

Irene Petrelli

Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost (Milan)

Irene Petrelli specializes in investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law disputes.

Leandro Toscano

Leandro Toscano is the Head of the Business Development Unit of the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva, Switzerland.

Isabel Kunsman

Partner Alix & Partners, Washington
Isabel Kunsman co-leads AlixPartners’ International Arbitration practice out of Washington, D.C. and is one of the two co-founders of the Equal Representation for Expert Witnesses (ERE) pledge.

Mauro Rubino-Sammartano

Mauro Rubino-Sammartano is a Chartered Arbitrator. He is admitted to the Italian and to the Paris Bar and is an associate member, as an international arbitrator…

Crina Baltag

Dr Crina Baltag is Associate Professor in International Arbitration at Stockholm UniversityLecturer in International Arbitration at Stockholm University and co-director of the….

Federico Antich

Federico has always embraced mediation as one of the most efficient and certain dispute resolution tools. Since 1999, he has mediated more than 5000 cases involving consumer disputes…

Federica Bocci

Federica Bocci is a Lead Lawyer in DLA Piper’s litigation and regulatory practice, based in Milan, Italy…

Albert Henke

Albert Henke is Jean Monnet Professor of Multilevel, Multiparty and Multisector Cross-Border Litigation in Europe at Università…..

Stefano Catelani

Partner Calimala Legal (Italy)

Stefano Catelani graduated from the University of Rome and took the Bar Exam in Italy. He worked for an Italian pharmaceutical firm before joining DuPont where he advised several units in the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region.

Ruggero Rubino-Sammartano

Ruggero Rubino Sammartano is an Italian and French licensed practitioner, with 20 years of practice, focusing on…..

Federico Ortino

Associate Director of Centre for International Governance
and Dispute Resolution (CIGAD), and Professor of International Economic Law at
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Naomi Briercliffe

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Pierre Tercier

Emeritus Professor, University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Honorary Chairman, ICC International Court of Arbitration

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Nikos Lavranos

Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos, LL.M. is the first Secretary General of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA).

Chloe J. Carswell

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Troy Harris

He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and serves on the International, Commercial, and Construction Panels of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. Harris earned his B.A and M.A from the University of Kansas, J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. He practiced construction law and international arbitration with King & Spalding before joining the University in 2010.

Professor Harris joined the Detroit Mercy Law faculty in 2010 and served as Interim Dean of the law school during the 2013-2014 academic year. He is regularly listed in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal: Construction, and Best Lawyers in America (Construction).

Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos

He studied law at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He obtained his LL.M. (cum laude) and Ph.D. law degrees from Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

In 2017, he set up NL-Investmentconsulting, a high-quality, boutique consultancy firm, which advises on all issues of investment law and arbitration.

He is listed as an arbitrator and mediator at the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC), arbitrator at the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), mediator at the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) and mediator for the Energy Community. Recently, he has also been added to the EU roster of arbitrators.

Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos acts as an independent external legal advisor and legal expert for several international law firms and sits as an arbitrator and mediator in investment treaty arbitrations.

He is a guest professor for “International Investment Law” at the Free University of Brussels – Brussels Diplomatic Academy, and an adjunct professor at various other universities worldwide.

Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review and a permanent contributor to the Kluwer Arbitration Blog, Borderlex, the EFILA blog and the Practical Law Arbitration blog.

Ellen Waldman

In the area of dispute resolution, she writes, trains, consults and mediates in a broad range of cases, including end-of-life in the health –care context. Former chair of the International Mediation Institute’s ethics committee, and task-force member for the California judicial council’s working-group on training requirements for court-connected mediators, Waldman has been deeply involved in policy questions relating to the qualification and ethics training of mediators. She has published more than 25 articles on numerous dispute resolution topics and crafted the first book-length treatment of ethical dilemmas in mediation, entitled Mediation Ethics: Cases and Commentaries.

Filippo Danovi

Full Professor of Civil Procedure and Domestic and International Arbitration Law at the University of Milan-Bicocca, where he has taught since 2001.

As of 9 March 2021 and until 26 October 2022, he held the position of Deputy Head of the Legislative Office at the Ministry of Justice.

Member of Danovi Law Firm since 1991 and partner in 1998.
He deals with Arbitration Law, Family and Personal Law, Succession Law, Civil Procedure and Enforcement Law, Contractual Relations Law, Real Estate and Tenancy Law, Civil and Professional Liability Law.

He is a member of editorships and scientific committees (Family and Law; Il diritto di famiglia e delle persone; Cour Européenne d’arbitrage) and of editorial and editorial boards (Rivista di diritto proceduale; Rivista di diritto societario; Rivista di diritto sportivo) of several specialised legal journals.

He is the author of the several books and over two hundred articles and publications on civil procedural law and family and personal law.

Veronika Korom

Dr Veronika Korom is an Assistant Professor for international business law and arbitration at ESSEC Business School in Paris and an independent counsel and arbitrator admitted to practice in France, England & Wales and Hungary. Veronika acts as the President of the Hungarian Arbitration Association, sits on the Board of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), and is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. Veronika has practiced international commercial and investment arbitration for over 13 years including at major international firms in London and Paris and has gained particular experience in investment arbitrations involving Member States of the European Union and questions of EU law, in various types of annulment and setting-aside proceedings, as well as in domestic enforcement proceedings and proceedings before the Courts of the European Union.

Josè Àngel Rueda Garcia

Dr. José Ángel Rueda-García is a Partner at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, LLP in Madrid, where he has been practicing investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration and international litigation since 2013. Prior to that he worked at Uría Menéndez in Madrid as an associate (2010-2012). He is also chairman of the Advisory Board of EFILA since 2022.

He has authored a number of publications on international arbitration and international investment law. He also teaches courses on international commercial arbitration and international investment law at ICADE-Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.

Education: Doctor en Derecho (Ph.D in Law), University of Alcalá (2009, summa cum laude); Grado de Salamanca in Law, University of Salamanca (2006, with honours); Licenciado en Derecho (MA in Law), University of Salamanca (2004).

Marina Matousekova

Marina Matousekova’s practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation.

She represents French and international companies as well as public entities in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings (in particular under the UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA or ICSID Rules) and in court proceedings raising private or public international law issues.

She notably advises clients in the sectors of energy, construction, aeronautics, as well as investments and in shareholders’ disputes.
She regularly sits as an arbitrator.

Before joining TALMA Dispute Resolution, Marina was the head of the international arbitration and litigation department of the French-Italian law firm Castaldi Partners from 2019 to 2022. Before that, she practiced within the international arbitration team of Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris and Milan from 2011 to 2018 and at Castaldi Mourre & Partners from 2005 to 2010.
Marina was elected Co-Chair of ArbIt, the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR for the biennial 2022-2023.

Marina was elected Treasurer of the Arbitration Academy, a non-lucrative association founded by Professor Emmanuel Gaillard, offering each summer to students coming from all parts of the world, courses and conferences given by internationally renowned professors.

She teaches international arbitration at Paris V – Descartes University.
She is a member of the Editorial Committee of the International Business Law Journal and of an International Contracts Working Group.

She was a Research Assistant for Italy for the New York Convention Guide Project (www.newyorkconvention1958.org).

Andrea Rusca

“with distinction” from Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1998.

Andrea acquired solid legal competencies with various international law firms in Geneva, Paris and Washington DC, two international arbitration organizations: The World Bank – International Centre for the Settlement of International Disputes (ICSID) in Washington DC and the Secretariat of the ICC Arbitration Court in Paris as well as multinational companies in Switzerland and Italy.

For a period of five years, Andrea worked in pure commercial/business and finance areas including car distribution and sale, real estate projects as well as related structuring and financing of projects and investments.

In 2009, he resumed his career as a lawyer at the bar. His practice is focused on international litigation and commercial arbitration, mediation and negotiation, domestic litigation and freezing of assets, corporate and commercial law, contracts, real estate and automotive, international business transactions, trade law (WTO), financial services, compliance and related issues.

In 2014, he founded ISA-Lex Avocats, a boutique Law Firm based in Geneva and Nyon.

Dr. Antonios Tsavdaridis

He is also a Lecturer at the Faculty of Laws of the Democritus University of Thrace, teaching International Business Transactions (including International Commercial Arbitration and Investment & Energy Arbitration) and Conflicts of Laws, to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Antonios is a lawyer qualified since 1991, authorised to appear before the Greek Supreme Courts. He is a Partner at Rokas International Law Firm (Athens) and heads its arbitration practice combining 11 offices in 10 countries. He has appeared as advisor, counsel, co-arbitrator or chairman in dozens of international and domestic arbitrations under the most well-known arbitration rules. He has extensive arbitration and litigation experience with particular emphasis in international business transaction, insurance and commercial, construction, energy and investment law. He has represented as counsel states and state entities and multinational corporations in high-profile international arbitrations with values of hundreds of millions of euros.

Antonios is the Secretary General of the European Court of Arbitration, Vice-President of the Greek Association for Arbitration, Vice-President of the Piraeus’ Association of Maritime Arbitration, Member of the Executive Committed of the International Arbitration Commission of ICC Hellas, Board Member of the Greek Chapter of the International Association of Insurance Law (AIDA), Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). He has published extensively (books, articles and case comments in legal journals) on international arbitration and international business transactions, and he is also a frequent speaker in Greece and abroad in conferences on the same topics.

Irene Petrelli

She has represented sovereign States and State-owned entities in connection with international arbitrations under the leading institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules, including those of ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, and CAM.
Ms. Petrelli is part of the faculty of the Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration organized by the University of Roma Tre, together with AIA, ICC and CAM, and speaks regularly on issues of international arbitration and public international law. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of ArbIt – the Italian Forum for Arbitration and ADR.

Leandro Toscano

He holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires, an LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution from the University of London (Queen Mary University and University College London), and a Specialization in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law from the Catholic University of Argentina. Leandro was the WIPO Center’s representative in Singapore from 2011 until mid-2014. Before joining WIPO in 2008, he was in private practice in intellectual property and information technology law.

Isabel Kunsman

She is an experienced expert witness on quantum, valuation, and damages matters. She has 25 years of experience in finance, including 19 years in valuation and damages quantification in the context of international arbitrations, commercial disputes, and regulatory proceedings. She is regularly retained as a quantum and valuation expert to provide testimony in both English and Spanish in various jurisdictions including ICSID, UNCITRAL, the ICC, various local arbitration centers, and international domestic courts. She is ranked as “highly recommended” by Leaders League in International Arbitration Ranking of Best Consultants in the USA and is ranked by Who’s Who Legal as Global Elite Thought Leader in: Financial Advisory and Valuation – Quantum of Damages. Mrs. Kunsman holds an MBA degree with the highest distinction from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance degree, from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is a dual Spanish and US citizen.

Federico Antich

Federico has always embraced mediation as one of the most efficient and certain dispute resolution tools. Since 1999, he has mediated more than 5000 cases involving consumer disputes, commercial contracts, company law, intellectual property, will and probates, as well as real estate.
He currently holds accreditation as a Mediator from the most renown local and international institutions in the field, such as the Chamber of Commerce of Firenze, Italy; the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) London, England; the International Mediation Institute (IMI), the Italy-China Business Mediation Centre (ICBMC) Milan, Italy, and the National Association of Chambers of Commerce in Italy (Unioncamere).
Furthermore, Federico currently serves as the President of the Italian Delegation of the Centre of Mediation of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East (CEM), a non-profit private association of professionals founded in Strasbourg, France, in 1959 and devoted to spread the knowledge of mediation.The Delegation is a Registered Mediation Provider and Training Organization with Italy’s Ministry of Justice.
He is also a Member of the Centre for International Legal Studies (CILS) the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb-Member).
Federico is passionate about mediation: he practices with polyhedric fortitude and understands that effective mediation starts with listening.
Federico Antich also provides expert mediation consulting, and routinely organizes training and coaching courses for mediators.
As an attorney, Federico also represents Italian and foreign clients in court if a claim or need to pursue a case arises. He approaches all litigations with affordable, decisive, and reliable representation. His experience in mediation gives him the ability to pursue smart agreements and settlements to avoid a trial when in the interest of the client.

Stefano Catelani

He was then appointed Director Governmental Affairs (Europe) before returning to Legal. He was lately advising two Strategic Business Units within the EMEA region and coordinated the work of local lawyers in those SBUs. Stefano Catelani’s practice focused on general corporate and commercial law, taxation and mergers and acquisitions, including divestitures and joint ventures (JVs). Issues relating to governance of both subsidiaries and JVs were also part of his practice. After having left DuPont Stefano has created his boutique firm to focus on International Business Law matters and related disputes, including advisory services in the field of litigation funding.