PANELISTS

PANEL DISCUSSION

JOSÉ ANGELO ESTRELLA FARIA

Principal Legal Officer

UNCITRAL, Vienna

José Angelo Estrella Faria is Principal Legal Officer and Head, Legislative Branch, at the secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). He is a national of Brazil.

He was the Secretary-General of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroitt) between 1 October 2008 to 31 July 2017.

A staff member of the United Nations since 1992, he was responsible for UNCITRAL work on privately financed infrastructure projects and electronic commerce. He also supervised the work of Working Group III (Transport Law) between 2005 and 2008. He currently supervises all legislative work of UNCITRAL.

He has published articles and books, and taught various courses on legal harmonisation, commercial law and international law.

MILENA DJORDJEVIC

Assistant Professor

University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law

Milena Djordjevic is an Assistant Professor and a Director of the Center for Legal Skills at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law.

She has acted as an arbitrator (sole arbitrator, member of the panel or chair), expert witness, and counsel in domestic and international arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, VIAC, CAM, FTCA, BAC, BAT, FIVB, CAS, and ICSID rules, and in ad hoc arbitration. 

Dr. Djordjevic is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, the ICC CEE Arbitration Group, the Supervisory Board of Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, the Board of the Serbian Arbitration Association, and the Board of Association of Commercial Lawyers. She is also Secretary to the Advisory Council on CISG and a national CLOUT correspondent to UNCITRAL. 

She is listed on Global Arbitration Review Who is Who in International Commercial Arbitration for 2016-2021.

DAVID BRYNMOR THOMAS QC

39 Essex Chambers, London

David is a globally recognised specialist in the conduct of complex, high-value, international commercial litigation and arbitration.

He has extensive experience in handling disputes arising from long-term commercial relationships and construction projects across a range of industries, including energy and natural resources, transport and other infrastructure, manufacturing, ship-building and aviation. He has been counsel on cases involving projects and other assets in the United Kingdom, India, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

David also appears in arbitration applications for injunctive relief in support of arbitrations, on challenges to awards on jurisdictional and procedural grounds, and on the enforcement of international arbitration awards.

David is an Honorary Professor in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, where he teaches International Construction Contracts and Arbitration. He is a co-editor (with Brekoulakis) of the Global Arbitration Review Guide to Construction Arbitration.

He has been appointed as an arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations on more than 50 occasions.

ELIANE FISCHER

Partner

rothorn legal

Eliane Fischer is a Swiss qualified lawyer and a partner at rothorn legal. She focuses on complex international construction and engineering cases, oil and gas disputes, sales, supply and distribution contracts, joint ventures and post M&A disputes. Who is Who Legal praises her “excellent knowledge of the construction industry”, her strategic and straightforward thinking and the exceptional ideas she brings to her cases. In non-Covid times, Eliane regularly organizes  and co-chairs construction roundtables, an interdisciplinary discussion forum on construction arbitration topics. 

Eliane represents parties and acts as arbitrator in cases under various arbitration rules. She also advises applicants in cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Eliane teaches the International Commercial Arbitration class at the Lille Catholic University.

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ERIN MILLER RANKIN

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Dubai

Erin is a global partner who advises on legal strategy and managing risks on major projects. She leads a team of specialist practitioners that work across the world supporting clients on their major capital projects, with a particular focus on emerging markets.

Erin is described by Chambers Global as ‘a force of nature: a sharp intellect and a great cross-examiner’. She has specific expertise of complex international arbitrations in the oil and gas, power, mining and transportation sectors.

Erin is a co-chair of the project execution subcommittee for the International Bar Association. Erin is admitted as an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and sits as an arbitrator on projects-related disputes.

CHRISTIAN ASCHAUER

Independent Arbitrator 

Vienna

Christian Aschauer is an Independent Arbitrator based in Vienna and a Professor of Austrian Arbitration Law and International Arbitration at the University of Graz. He has conducted arbitrations under a variety of different rules (in particular ICC, VIAC, Milan Chamber of Arbitration, DIS, SCC) as well as ad hoc proceedings, and is a member of the Council of Arbitration of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration. In his academic work, Christian Aschauer is also dealing with the impact of modern technology and AI on arbitration, including in particular construction arbitration. 

DR. JOVAN NIKČEVIĆ

Managing Partner

NKP Law, Serbia

Jovan specializes in construction and energy law with particular focus on FIDIC based projects and dispute resolution through arbitration proceedings. He built a career as contract manager and inhouse lawyer at one of the biggest construction and engineering companies from the South East Europe. So far, he has actively taken part in negotiation, contract management and completion of numerous construction projects in more than 20 countries across Europe, Africa, and Asia. 

Jovan has represented clients in international arbitration proceedings and has acted as arbiter by appointment, chairman and sole arbitrator. 

Jovan is a founder and managing partner at NKP law, Belgrade.

KATHERINE BELL

Counsel / Attorney at Law

Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich

Katherine Bell is a Counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer's Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich. Her main areas of practice are domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. She specializes in the resolution of disputes arising out of complex construction, engineering and infrastructure projects across a variety of industries. Katherine acts as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitral proceedings, represents parties in litigation proceedings before Swiss courts, and assists clients in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts.

Katherine is listed by Who's Who Legal as a Future Leader in both Arbitration and Construction, highlighting her "skillful handling of complex construction disputes" and recognizing her as "brilliant counsel in the field of construction arbitration".

VERONIQUE BUEHRLEN QC

Keating Chambers, London

Veronique Buehrlen QC has a wide ranging commercial litigation, international arbitration and advisory practice with special emphasis on complex energy disputes, construction and engineering. She is “fully at home with the most technical cases” and known for her meticulous preparation of complex highly detailed matters requiring penetrating and determined cross examination of expert and other witnesses. Veronique has a wealth of experience of the workings of the Commercial Court and various international arbitral fora in addition to the TCC. 

Veronique regularly sits as an arbitrator. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the ICC’s Commission on Arbitration and ADR and of the ICC’s task force on maximizing the probative value of witness evidence. In May 2017 Veronique was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge and now sits regularly in the TCC as well as the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court more generally.

MARIA IRENE PERRUCCIO

Webuild S.p.A., Milan

Maria Irene is a double qualified lawyer (in Milan, Italy and Paris, France), and works as in-house counsel for the international disputes of the Italian construction group Webuild S.p.A.

She previously worked as Deputy Counsel of the Swiss-Italian Team of the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration. Before that, she was working in the International Arbitration department of White&Case LLP, in Paris, where she specialized in international arbitration and litigation in the areas of energy and construction.

 

She is co-founder and vice-president of YPCP (Young Practitioners of Construction in Paris), co-founder and co-chair of AIA-ArbIt-below40 (the Italian below-40 association for arbitration).

GUNNAR PICKL

DORDA, Vienna

Counsel

Gunnar Pickl joined DORDA in 2007. He is a counsel specialising in arbitration, litigation, construction and insurance law. His main focus are disputes with complex technical backgrounds, in particular international construction disputes and commercial liability insurance cases.

Gunnar is a member of the Austrian Arbitration Association, the Austrian Society of Construction Law and Construction Business Management as well as of the international young lawyers association AIJA, for which he acted as the Austrian national representative from 2013 through 2016.

In addition, Gunnar regularly speaks at seminars on the topic of construction, international arbitration and litigation.

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