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What the Rules Don't Tell You: Part 1 - International Centre for Dispute Resolution

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 91 minutes
Recorded Date: November 05, 2020
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  • Overview of International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • Selection and Performance of Arbitrators
  • How Flexible are the Rules?
  • Conduct of the Proceedings
  • ICDR Expedited Procedures
  • Costs
  • Awards
Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes
Recorded: November 5, 2020


Every competent advocate will know the rules of the arbitral institution. But what about the practices and procedures - institutional habits - that are not in the rules? This is the first in a series of webinars providing unprecedented insight into the unwritten aspects of eighteen major international arbitral institutions around the globe.

This program was recorded on November 5th, 2020.

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Leon Skornicki

Senior Legal Counsel
Visa, Inc.

Leon Skornicki is the Senior Legal Counsel at Visa, Inc.

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John Fellas

Fellas Arbitration

John Fellas is an independent arbitrator with over three decades of experience in international dispute resolution.

Until December 2020, John was a partner and co-chair of the International Arbitration group at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York, where he practiced for over 30 years. He has acted as counsel and has served as co-arbitrator, chair or sole arbitrator in arbitrations all over the world, under all the major arbitration rules, and across a range of sectors.

John is recognized as a leading international arbitrator by all the major legal directories including Chambers USA where he is ranked as “one of the best—his reputation is phenomenal and deserved.”

In 2019, he was recognized as the Best Lawyer in New York for International Arbitration – Commercial by Best Lawyers. In 2020, he was identified as one of the “Global Elite Thought Leaders” in Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal, which noted that the “eminent” John Fellas is “an excellent arbitrator.”

John has practiced in both the US and the UK, and, in addition to being a member of the New York Bar, he is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practicing). He received a B.A. (Hons.) in law from the University of Durham, and both an LL.M. and an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School.

John is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, teaching international arbitration.

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Yasmine Lahlou

Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

For over 18 years Yasmine Lahlou has represented clients in international arbitration and courts in virtually every continent. Her ability to master complex facts and transaction documents provides the foundation for effective strategic advice and great results. Having practiced in France before qualifying in New York in 2003, Yasmine understands the practical and cultural differences presented in cross-border disputes.

Initially trained in Paris and qualified to practice both in France and New York, Yasmine works easily across civil and common law traditions. She has particular experience in construction, pharmaceutical, aerospace, telecommunications and energy disputes involving both private and sovereign parties.

Yasmine has acted as counsel and arbitrator under the most widely used arbitration rules, including the ICC, ICDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL and SCC Rules. In addition, she represents clients in courts actions related to arbitration award enforcement proceedings, helps clients seek discovery under U.S. Code Section 1782 and serves as an arbitrator.

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Melida Hodgson

Jenner & Block

Ms. Hodgson is head of the firm's New York International Arbitration Practice. She focuses her practice on investor-state and commercial arbitrations, counselling governments and state-owned entities, as well as corporate entities, with respect to international investment protection provisions, business disputes and World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute resolution and international trade policy issues.

Recognized by Latinvex as one of top 100 lawyers whose practice focuses on Latin America, Ms. Hodgson is noted for her key role in successfully defending countries in investment arbitration, including Venezuela in several International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitrations. She also represents the Republics of Panama, Peru, and Sierra Leone in ICSID and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) matters. Ms. Hodgson is also an arbitrator.

Ms. Hodgson began her career in private practice before becoming a US government litigator at the US Department of Justice, where she litigated claims brought by bank shareholders against the United States, as well as public contracting disputes. She then joined the Office of the United States Trade Representative as an associate general counsel. There, she litigated international trade disputes before the World Trade Organization; provided counsel in NAFTA Chapter 11 investor-state arbitrations involving the United States, Canada and Mexico; and defended the United States in ad hoc arbitrations under the 1996 Softwood Lumber Agreement between the United States and Canada.

Ms. Hodgson has been recognized in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, including as a Thought Leader, in Legal 500 Latin America, and is ranked by Chambers in its Latin America, USA and Global publications. Ms. Hodgson has been appointed a vice chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Commission (ICC) Institute of World Business Law, effective January 1, 2021. She was also appointed to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR (and serves on its Task Force on Corruption in Arbitration), as well as the councils of the AAA and the American Society of International Law. She is a founding member of the Washington Women in International Arbitration. Ms. Hodgson is a native Spanish speaker.

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