Allen & Overy, Bratislava

Lucia is a solicitor-advocate of England & Wales and a partner in Allen & Overy’s International Arbitration Group where she heads up its CEE arbitration practice.  She has over 15 years of experience in high-stakes international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations across the world.  She has represented, and appeared as advocate for, both States and corporates in numerous disputes arising out of bilateral investment treaties, the Energy Charter Treaty and commercial contracts governed by a variety of laws, the total value of which exceeds US$20 billion.  Lucia currently serves on the Board of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre ('VIAC').  She also sits as arbitrator.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Paris

Michael Bühler, Global Co-Chair of Orrick’s International Arbitration Practice, has over 30 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, focusing on international dispute resolution in complex arbitrations, including construction and infrastructures projects, primarily in the energy sector. He has represented major corporations, state-owned entities, and governments in more than 250 arbitrations and has acted as party-appointed, sole, and presiding arbitrator in more than 80 arbitrations worldwide. Michael was co-chair of the Task Force of the ICC Commission on Arbitration on the Revision of the ICC Arbitration Rules (2008-2011), lead consultant of OHADA for the reform of its 2017 Uniform Arbitration Act and new Uniform Mediation Act. He is a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration as well as numerous arbitral institutions and is co-author of the Handbook of ICC Arbitration, the 5th edition of which was published in November 2021 (Thomson, Sweet & Maxwell).



ZUKOVA Legal, Paris

Dually qualified in Paris and Latvia, Dr. Galina Zukova is a leading arbitration practitioner with twenty years of legal experience. She has served as an arbitrator in cases conducted under the most major institutional rules, including the ICC, LCIA, DIS, VIAC, SCC and Milan Chamber of Arbitration. She also regularly represents clients (individuals, corporate and state entities), and acts as expert in international arbitration proceedings.


Before founding her own firm in 2019, Dr. Zukova was a Partner with a boutique law firm and a lawyer in the top International Arbitration Practice Group of a major international law firm based in Paris. Prior to this, she worked as Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Dr. Zukova is a Member of the ICC Court, a Board Member of the Finland Arbitration Institute, a Vice-Chair of the Arbitration Council of the Georgian International Arbitration Centre, and a Council Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law.  She is also an Associate Professor at the University of Versailles and the Riga Graduate School of Law.


A Latvian lawyer by training (LLB, University of Latvia), Galina has a PhD from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and an LLM from the University of Exeter (UK). She was also a Visiting Scholar at the Yale University (US).


Dr. Zukova is fluent in English, French, Italian, Latvian, Russian and Spanish. She has a working knowledge of German.

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Werner Jahnel is a Partner at the international law firm LALIVE and is based in its Zurich office. His practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and international litigation, with a focus on private client related disputes, including estates and trusts. He advises private clients, family offices, foundations and trust companies on complex international estate planning, divorce and family issues. He is certified by the Swiss Bar Association as a Specialist in Inheritance Law and has been admitted to the bar in Switzerland, Austria and Spain. He is vice-president of the Swiss Association for Arbitration in Inheritance Matters (SVSiE), member of the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) and of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL).



Gasser Partner Attorney at Law, Vaduz

Dr Michael Nueber, LL.M. is an attorney at law and partner with Gasser Partner Attorneys in Vaduz, Liechtenstein as well an independent Notary Public registered in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He mainly advises Private Clients and affiliated entities in any kind of contentious and non-contentious matters.​

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University of Vienna, Institute for Commercial and Business Law, Member of the Board of VIAC

Rüffler is a Full Professor at the Department for Commercial and Business Law of the University of Vienna, Vice-Dean of the Law Faculty and member of the Board of VIAC. He frequently speaks and publishes in the areas of Corporate Law, Commercial Law and European Law. In the field of arbitration, Rüffler has experience as co-arbitrator, chair of tribunal and as an expert witness in both ad hoc arbitration and under the rules of major arbitral institutions. He also regularly acts as a legal expert in the field of Commercial, Company and Business Law.



Dechert LLP, Paris

Dr. Claudia Annacker is a partner at Dechert LLP in Paris.  Her practice focuses on international arbitration and public international law matters, particularly investor-State disputes, inter-State disputes, disputes involving international organizations, and human rights cases.  She has represented States, State-owned and private investors in more than thirty investment arbitrations, under investment treaties, investment contracts, and investment legislation, and under all major arbitration rules.


Dr. Annacker also sits as an arbitrator. She is listed on the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and currently serves on the SIAC Court of Arbitration and VIAC Board.


She holds a in public international law from the University of Vienna and has published extensively in the fields of international arbitration and publication international law.

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Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes, Paris

Dr. Yas Banifatemi is a founding partner of Gaillard Banifatemi Disputes. Prior to that, she was co-Head of the International Arbitration group of Shearman & Sterling, alongside late Professor Emmanuel Gaillard.

She acts as counsel, arbitrator and expert, in both commercial and investment arbitration. She also advises and represents clients on public international law and State-to-State disputes.

She is a member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, a former Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and a former member of the LCIA Court. She is listed on the ICSID panel of arbitrators, appointed by the Chairman of ICSID’s Administrative Council.

Yas is the President of the International Arbitration Institute (IAI).

She teaches at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School and Panthéon-Sorbonne University. She co-founded and was the first Secretary-General of the Arbitration Academy.


OECD, Paris

David Gaukrodger leads OECD policy analysis on investment treaties and works with OECD, G20 and other governments. His current work addresses the Future of investment treaties with a focus on investment treaties and climate change. He worked earlier on the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. He also helped design a G20-mandated peer review system to evaluate compliance with international standards for the exchange of tax-related information. David was previously a Special Counsel with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. He graduated from Sciences Po Paris with a “mention lauréat” and obtained law degrees with distinction from the University of Toronto and the Université de Paris I. He was a law clerk for Justice Gerard La Forest at the Supreme Court of Canada.

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