Moving from the hype to the practical application of AI in Arbitration, this collaborative session will offer an opportunity to explore how AI could/should be managed internally, and externally, by law firms and legal teams. Should law firms and arbitrators convene AI working groups to manage ethics & security concerns for all stakeholders? How can we work together to manage the privacy paradox, and do we need to be more concerned about AI in practice than any other technology? We will also look at concrete use cases for AI in disputes, with tips on good practice, laying a foundation for the future of the arbitral landscape.
Moderators: Elizabeth Chan, Stephen Dowling, Katrina Limond, Sophie Nappert, Pavan Paw, Paul Sills FCIArb and Lizzie Williams.
This Let's Discuss session is supported by ArbTech.
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Throughout 2023 we will be running a series of virtual events, hosted by members for members. These will get under the skin of the things that really matter in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) around the world and talk about the issues that matter to you. They will be a great opportunity to learn, discuss and meet new connections.
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Elizabeth Chan (陳曉彤) is a Registered Foreign Lawyer at Tanner De Witt in Hong Kong, specialising in international arbitration, litigation and restructuring and insolvency. She has worked in arbitration at Allen & Overy (Hong Kong), Three Crowns (London), and Herbert Smith Freehills (New York and Hong Kong). She is ranked as a Future Leader of Who’s Who Legal Arbitration (2022-2024) and the Legal 500 Arbitration Private Practice Powerlist: UK (2022) and Legal 500’s inaugural Arbitration Powerlist - Hong Kong (2023).
Elizabeth hosted the first-ever virtual reality arbitration gathering in January 2022. Elizabeth regularly writes and speaks on topics on the intersection of technology and dispute resolution, including dispute resolution in the metaverse context as well as valuation issues in crypto disputes.
Stephen is Senior Counsel with 21 years' experience in commercial and construction litigation. Author of the Commercial Court (Round Hall 2nd Edition), Stephen is also founder of TrialView, a platform enabling litigators to organise, prepare and present their cases digitally
Katrina Limond is a solicitor-advocate with extensive experience advising on international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, public international law, and business and human rights. She has acted for a wide range of clients including states, companies and international organisations across a wide range of geographies including in Europe, South-east Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Katrina has experience as counsel and advocate in multi-jurisdictional arbitration proceedings under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC, Ciarb, SCC, SIAC and LMAA rules, as well as specialised experience in the energy, telecommunications, extractive industries, intellectual property and technology sectors. She has experience in English Court litigation, including in arbitration-related court proceedings before the Commercial Court and Supreme Court.
As a member of A&O’s Future Disputes Group, a multi-disciplinary, cross-practice working group considering the future of commercial disputes, she focuses on disputes arising out of emerging technology, in particular artificial intelligence and the metaverse. She has co-written the chapter on evidentiary issues and prospects for using AI in arbitration for in GAR’s Guide to Evidence (2nd edition).
She has been recognised as a key lawyer for public international law in The Legal 500 since 2020.
Sophie Nappert is an arbitrator in independent practice, based in London. She is dual-qualified as an Avocat of the Bar of Quebec, Canada and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Before becoming a full-time arbitrator, she pursued a career as an advocate and was Head of International Arbitration at a global law firm. She is commended as "most highly regarded" and a “leading light” in her field by Who’s Who Legal.
Sophie is highly sought-after in complex energy, investment and natural resources disputes. She is a pioneering practitioner at the intersection of arbitration and Legal Tech. In 2019, she completed the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School Programme on Blockchain Strategy. In 2021, she co-founded ArbTech, a worldwide, online community forum fostering cross-disciplinary dialogue on technology, dispute resolution and the future of justice. In its first year of existence, ArbTech was shortlisted at the 2022 GAR Awards.
Sophie is trained and has practised in both civil law and common law jurisdictions. She holds degrees in both common law and civil law from McGill University and a Masters’ Degree in Law from King’s College London. For over a decade she served as the peer-nominated Moderator of OGEMID, the online discussion forum on current issues of international investment law, economic law and arbitration. Since 2019, she co-chairs the ICC Task Force on Allegations of Corruption in International Arbitration, the largest ICC Task Force to date.
Sophie is an award-winning lecturer and the first female recipient of the Global Arbitration Review Award for Best Speech in 2016 for her Inaugural EFILA Lecture on the future of ISDS. She delivered the 2018 Proskauer Lecture on International Arbitration, ‘Disruption Is The New Black’, which was also shortlisted for Best Speech at the 2019 GAR Awards.
Sophie is the author of a Commentary on the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on issues of international arbitration, international investment law and dispute resolution. She is a guest lecturer at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and McGill University Faculty of Law. She created the Nappert Prize in International Arbitration, open to young scholars and practitioners worldwide, administered under the auspices of McGill University.
Pav is a London based Senior Project Manager within Stephenson Harwood's Innovation team. He leads projects across the firm which focus on value creation - through identifying, investigating and implementing new ways of delivering services.
With a remit of both technology and non-technology initiatives, Pav adopts a lean, data-driven approach towards delivery. He has launched a number of successful solutions at the firm and currently leads the Generative AI programme of work.
In prior roles, Pav has advised leading corporate legal teams on how to evolve and transform their capabilities. He has also worked internationally with law firms on a range of complex investigations and document review exercises, to drive quality and efficiency through the use of specialist forensic and data analytics technologies.
Paul Sills is a leading independent international arbitrator and mediator with over 27 years litigation experience, often involving multi-parties and complex commercial issues. His arbitration and mediation practices reflect this experience, where Paul is often called on to either determine or help resolve complex multi-party disputes.
Prior to becoming a full time neutral, Paul was a civil and commercial barrister but also spent time as a CEO and Director for a number of international businesses including in international freight and transportation where his focus recently has been on energy transition and ESG issues. Paul has also been the Managing Director of an international construction company. Paul retains his Practicing Certificate as a barrister but now works fulltime as a neutral in the UK and globally.
Paul regularly lectures and publishes on dispute resolution in the UK and internationally on topics including fintech, climate change, energy transition, construction and engineering (from both an arbitration and mediation perspective). He runs the Fellowship training for both arbitrators and mediators in New Zealand where he was originally based and sits on the Resolution Institute arbitration committee. He is a Fellow with numerous Arbitration Institutes globally, including CIArb. He has trained at the Harvard Program on Negotiation, again focusing on complex and multi-party disputes. Paul’s engagements in the energy transition sector include an 18-month cross border facilitated negotiation project dealing with solar energy.
In 2022 Paul was named by WWL as a Global Leader in mediation. He was also appointed as a chairperson to the European Commission arbitration panel for EU trade disputes.
Lizzie Williams, Dispute Resolution Lawyer at Harbottle & Lewis
Lizzie Williams is a solicitor advocate and has extensive experience of commercial litigation and arbitration from the pre-action stage to trial, including urgent injunctions, appeals and group litigation. Lizzie has a broad commercial disputes practice but has particular expertise and experience in commercial disputes involving technology companies or relating to innovative technologies or digital transformation.
Lizzie advises on disputes involving emerging technologies (including artificial intelligence (AI), crypto assets/currency, and blockchain technology) as well as traditional IT disputes (involving hardware, software development, outsourcing, licensing). In addition, Lizzie advises on the management, resuscitation and resetting of distressed digital transformation projects as well as disputes involving technology investments, technology procurement and online payment frauds.
Lizzie is the author of the Practical Law practice note AI disputes and risk mitigation and the book A Practical Guide to Smart Contracts and the Law . Lizzie was recognised as a “Rising Star” and “Key Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation in the Legal 500 2022, 2023 and 2024.
Claire Morel de Westgaver is a London-based partner of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s International Arbitration group. She is qualified in England & Wales and in New York, with a mixed common / civil law background, having completed her legal education in Belgium and in the USA. She practises international arbitration as counsel, as advocate and as arbitrator, and conducts proceedings in both English and French language. She has a particular experience of disputes relating to technology, corporate transactions, licenses, cross-border sale or service agreements, as well as disputes involving secrecy, intellectual property and cybersecurity issues. Claire chairs the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Technology Group which is currently working on a Guidance Note on the use of AI in arbitration and ADR. Claire also sits on the Board of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC), the ICC Taskforce on the use of Information Technology in arbitral proceedings, the ICC Taskforce on Disability Inclusion in International Arbitration, the IBA Arbitration Committee Taskforce on Privilege in International Arbitration, the Advisory Board of CyberArb and the Editorial Board of b-Arbitra.