Law Graduate Students and LLM Students are invited to join CIArb for our first International Student Open Day.
During this online event you will have an opportunity to hear from practicing international dispute resolution lawyers, experienced arbitrators and mediators.
During each slot our speakers will talk to you about:
You will have an opportunity to sign up for CIArb Student membership immediately and get access to our academic materials, written by world renowned practitioners for free!
Instructions on how to sign up for our membership will be given right after the introductory lecture. There will be an opportunity to submit your career related questions to a panel of practitioners.
Registration links for the time slots are available here:
If you would like to sign up for a student account today, click here.
Benson is triple-qualified in Singapore, England and Wales, and New York – part of our multi-qualified, multilingual international arbitration team in Singapore. Fluent in English and Chinese he focuses on arbitration counsel work involving Southeast Asian and Greater China regions. His experience includes infrastructure, construction, energy and natural resources, corporate, merger and acquisition, international trade, and commodities disputes.
Most of his work is as arbitration counsel but he has also been appointed as a sole arbitrator by SIAC and he has been nominated for an ICC sole arbitrator appointment. He is an accredited mediator with sole or co-mediator appointments in over 50 mediations in the United States and Singapore.
In his Associate Editor role at Kluwer Arbitration Blog he leads 3 teams of 8 Assistant Editors covering Southeast, East and Central Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. He has also published numerous articles in arbitration academic journals. Furthermore, he is a CIArb Fellow and is actively involved in several arbitration committees such as ICC Singapore Arbitration Group Thought Leadership Sub-Committee, Young SIAC Committee, and SIAC Users Council.
Benson is listed as a Rising Star by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 and 2021.Find out more here
Artem Doudko FCIArb, a solicitor-advocate, is a Partner and Head of Russia & CIS Disputes in the London Dispute Resolution Practice at Osborne Clarke LLP. Artem is identified as a Next Generation Partner in Legal500 UK 2020 for his expertise in International Arbitration.
Artem is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR representing ICC Russia. Artem is a member of the Nomination Committee of the Commission on International Arbitration of ICC Russia. He is also a member of the Board of the Ukrainian Arbitration Association.
Artem has a strong reputation and profile in his field and has been recognised in the Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2020 - Arbitrators & Counsel directory. He has been repeatedly voted as one of the top “young” Russia and CIS disputes lawyers in the Russian Arbitration Association’s annual vote and as a ‘Rising Star’ in commercial arbitration by both Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides and Super Lawyers.
Artem focuses on international arbitration and litigation involving Russian and/or CIS issues as well as advising Russian-speaking clients.Find out more here
Master of Law, LLM (Law Faculty of the Belarusian State University).
Advanced course in Investment Arbitration (Arbitration Academy, Paris, France)
Since 2017, Veronika is the doctoral candidate of the National Center of Legislation and Legal Research of the Republic of Belarus.
She was the coach of the Belarusian State University team for the 26th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and a referee of students competitions in international law and international arbitration in Austria, Poland, Latvia and Belarus (Jessup, Vis Moot, ICC Lex Mercatoria).
Veronika also heads the Young Alternative Dispute Resolution Belarus (Young ADR Belarus) initiative for young professionals in the field of dispute resolution in Belarus.
He has been working with Arzinger Law Offices since 2016.Find out more here
Ben Giaretta is a Partner and the Co-Head of International Arbitration at Fox Williams LLP, specialising in international dispute resolution. He is the Chair of the London Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
His experience spans a number of industry sectors, including oil & gas, mining, petrochemicals, telecommunications, shipping, insurance, construction, engineering and infrastructure. He has represented clients on disputes throughout the world, including Europe, Africa and the Americas, and particularly in Asia: he lived and worked in Singapore for seven years.
Ben is highly recommended in various legal directories, where he has been described as "a standout lawyer for internationaldisputework"and"oneofthebestandmostactivepractitionersinthisspace". WhileinSingapore,he was listed in Band 1 and called "one of Singapore's top arbitration counsel".
He appears as counsel in international arbitration and often sits as arbitrator: he has been appointed as sole arbitrator, party nominated arbitrator, presiding arbitrator and emergency arbitrator, on many occasions. Ben is on the panels of arbitrators of several arbitration institutions, including the SCCA, the SIAC and the HKIAC, and he is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
He regularly speaks at conferences about international arbitration, and lectures on arbitration at several universities and for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Secretary General - Arbitration and Mediation Centre Amcham Brazil
Chair - INOVARB AMCHAM Initiative dos Novos Arbitralis
Ambassador of the Alliance for Equality in Dispute ResolutionFind out more here
Calvin A. Hamilton has more than 35 years’ experience in International Arbitration and has sat in investment and commercial disputes across the globe. His experience as arbitrator include cases under ICC, ICDR, Madrid Court of Arbitration, Zurich Chamber of Commerce and UNCITRAL rules in a variety of seats.
He has a primary focus is in the Caribbean, London, Continental Europe and US. He conducts arbitrations arising from projects and cases in Latin America and the Caribbean iboth Spanish and English. Calvin is fluent in Spanish and additionally has a working knowledge of Portuguese, and proficient in French. He is a dual national of Guyana and Spain and is admitted in New York and Madrid.
See Calvin Hamilton’s bio and experience specific to US, Latin America and Caribbean. Calvin’s culture and language skills also enable him to appreciate and anticipate cultural and other due process problems when sitting as an arbitrator. Appropriate to his practice, Mr Hamilton has also developed a good understanding of the common law and civil law through his practice in Spain and the Commonwealth Caribbean including Guyana and Barbados as well as the US.
His primary expertise covers Investment, corporate, commercial, construction & infrastructure, and energy & natural resource disputes. More widely, his experience includes procurement, technology, manufacturing & distribution, banking & finance.
ICC YAF Representative, Advocate, Mediator, Arbitrator, African Young Arbitrator 2019, ERA Pledge Ambassador, Ambassador at Arbitrator Intelligence, Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers AmbassadorFind out more here
Francis Xavier SC PBM C.Arb FCIArb (2020 CIArb President) was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2009 and practices international commercial and treaty arbitration and litigation. He is actively involved in cross-border commercial disputes in the areas of corporate banking, property, financial and investment related claims. He also specialises in aviation law and advised in the class-action suit resulting from the crash of the SilkAir flight (Indonesia) and the SIA crash (Taiwan).
He is the Chairman of the Listings Appeals Committee, Singapore Stock Exchange and Chairman of the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society of Singapore. He is a member of the Rules Committee, Singapore Academy of Law.
He is the President of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and current President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). He is a Chartered Arbitrator and also a Past Chairman of CIArb's Singapore Branch.Find out more here
Mahesh Rai FCIArb
Drew & Napier (Singapore), Deputy Head, Construction & Engineering
Mahesh has an active litigation and arbitration practice with a particular focus on complex, high-value and cross-border disputes across a range of industries (construction, infrastructure, telecommunications, IT, shipping, energy and commodities). He is also the Deputy Head of our Construction & Engineering practice and advises on front-end construction matters.
Mahesh commands praise for being “a first-rate litigator”, “an excellent disputes lawyer and a master strategist with a deserved reputation for solving complex issues” and a lawyer who “is quick on his feet, pays attention to detail and is clear and concise in his explanations”. He is consistently ranked in several publications. The Asia Pacific Legal 500 recommends Mahesh for Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, Projects & Energy, White-Collar Crime and Construction (2021 edition). He won the Young Lawyer of the Year Award at the Asian Legal Business (ALB) SE Asia Law Awards 2019. He is ranked as a Future Leader in Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal in 2021 and 2020 and a Future Leader in Investigations from 2018 to 2020, and by the Global Arbitration Review in 2016. Asialaw ranked him as a Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution & Litigation in 2017 and 2018. ALB identified Mahesh as an outstanding young lawyer in the “40 under 40” survey in 2018 and the Singapore Business Review selected Mahesh as one of the most influential lawyers under 40 in 2017.
In 2014, Mahesh was selected by the Supreme Court to be placed in the Young Amicus Curiae list and he appeared as amicus curiae in a High Court matter involving money laundering.
Mahesh’s experience also includes stints at two ‘magic circle’ barristers’ chambers, Fountain Court Chambers (as a Singapore Academy of Law Scholar) and Essex Court Chambers (as the first winner of the Essex Court Singapore moots), where he worked on complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters.
Mahesh graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a Shaw Foundation Scholar. He earned an LL.M. in International Arbitration & Litigation from University College London (UCL) where he represented the United Kingdom as an oralist in the UCL team that was the runner-up in the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
For his pro bono work and increasing access to justice, Mahesh was highlighted as one of Asia-Pacific’s Innovative Lawyers at The Financial Times’ annual FT Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific 2018 awards. He was also shortlisted for the 2018 IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for his pro bono representation of accused persons facing the death penalty in Singapore and civil party victims before the United Nations Khmer Rouge Tribunal.
Baker Hughes, Senior Counsel Litigation
Christopher Campbell is a Litigation Counsel for Baker Hughes and advises on commercial dispute resolution matters in the Oil & Gas, Energy & Technology sectors.
During his career, Chris attained an LL.M studying Chinese Law and International Arbitration, and has worked on commercial & legal matters across multiple continents.
Prior to joining Baker Hughes, Chris litigated a number of matters, specializing Eminent Domain disputes in the state of South Carolina and advising the Charleston Port Authority on various matters related to trade law and international commercial arbitration. Chris also served as the inaugural law clerk to the honorable Jocelyn T. Newman of the South Carolina 5th Judicial Circuit.
Chris also hosts a podcast, “Tales of the Tribunal”, which profiles the dynamic and interest backgrounds of figures in international law and business.
Vicky Priskich practices as a barrister and arbitrator. She is experienced in international commercial arbitrations conducted under SIAC, UNCITRAL and ICC Rules.
Vicky is a National Councillor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and a Fellow of CIArb.
Vicky practices as counsel and arbitrator across a broad range of complex commercial disputes including, oil and gas supply and cost and revenue farm-in agreements, and shareholder, distribution and major construction agreements. She acts in commercial and trust disputes and has appeared in banking and finance disputes in the Supreme and Federal Courts.
Vicky is co-author of Lender Liability (Thomson Reuters, 2016) with Professor James O’Donovan. Her doctorate in law from the University of Melbourne was on the subject of liability and insolvency of corporate groups.
Her experience includes: international law and arbitration (arbitrations conducted under SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAl and other rules), banking and financial products (acting for financiers and banks in the enforcement of commercial loan agreements, overdrafts, and guarantees; advising a commercial customer on its liability to a bank for dishonoured cheques from an overseas third party), energy (international commercial arbitration involving obligations under a gas supply agreement of guaranteed supply of daily contract quantity and delivery priority) etc