Transnational Arbitration

ITA Reporters Roundtable

October 21, 2020

Live Webinar via Zoom

Past Event

Details for connecting to the webinar will be sent after you register. If you registered but did not receive a link to participate in the webinar, please email Gerri Fitzgerald.

Duration: 90 minutes
Via Zoom

Webinar begins at
13:00, London time
8:00 am, New York time

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ITA is pleased to announce its new virtual webinar series featuring expert perspectives on new developments around the globe by distinguished members of the ITA Board of Reporters of the ITA Arbitration Report at 

The first ITA Reporters Roundtable will highlight significant recent rulings – on confidentiality, validity of arbitration agreements, non-signatories and enforcement of annulled awards -- from courts in France, the People's Republic of China, Canada, Chile, Egypt and Hong Kong. The ITA Reporters for these countries will analyze and compare the significance of these new developments for practitioners and arbitrators in international arbitration today.

Webinar begins at 13:00, London time / 8:00 am New York time
Duration:  90 minutes

Details for connecting to the webinar will be sent after you register. Please email Gerri Fitzgerald for any questions.


  • $0 - ITA Member, Advisory Board Member or Young ITA Member
  • $0 - ITA Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $100 - Non-Member

Schedule and Faculty

13:00 London time - Registration

13:05 London time - Welcome and Introduction
  • Prof Roger Alford, General Editor, ITA Arbitration Report; Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law Faculty
13:15 London time - Start of Roundtable Discussion

Moderators: Monique Sasson, Co-Managing Editor, ITA Arbitration Report; Of Counsel, D|R, Arbitration & Litigation, and Crina Baltag, Co-Managing Editor, ITA Arbitration Report; Senior Lecturer in International Arbitration, Stockholm University


  • Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Cairo
  • Nataliya Barysheva, CastaldiPartners, Paris
  • Arthur Dong, AnJie Law Firm, Beijing
  • Tina Cicchetti, Vancouver Arbitration Chambers, Dallas
  • Cristián Conejero, CUATRECASAS, Santiago de Chile
  • Briana Young, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong
14:30 - Adjourn

About the Faculty

Prof Roger Alford
General Editor, ITA Arbitration Report
Professor of Law
Notre Dame Law Faculty

Professor Roger Alford joined the Notre Dame Law faculty in January 2012 where he teaches and writes in a wide range of subject-matter areas, including international trade, international arbitration, international antitrust, and comparative law. Before entering the legal academy, he served as a law clerk to Judge James Buckley of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Richard Allison of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. He practiced law with Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) in Washington, D.C., and was also a senior legal advisor to the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Activities in Zurich, Switzerland. He served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for International Affairs with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2017-2019.

Monique Sasson
Co-Managing Editor, ITA Arbitration Report
Of Counsel
D|R, Arbitration & Litigation

Monique Sasson has more than twenty years of experience in analyzing international disputes. She is qualified as a New York attorney, an English solicitor, and an Italian avvocato, and she has worked at three major law firms in London, Milan, and Rome. Monique has particular expertise in international investment law. She holds a Ph.D. in international law from Cambridge University.

Crina Baltag
Co-Managing Editor, ITA Arbitration Report
Senior Lecturer in International Arbitration
Stockholm University

Dr Crina Baltag is a Senior Lecturer in International Arbitration at Stockholm University and qualified attorney-at-law since 2004, with extensive practice in international commercial and investment arbitration, international dispute resolution, private and public international law. Crina is member of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Institute (SCC) Board. Crina has been appointed in numerous arbitrations, as sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, etc.

Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab
Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Cairo

Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab is the founding Partner & Head of the International Arbitration, Construction and Energy Groups of Zulficar & Partners Law Firm. He is also Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Member of the ICCA Governing Board; Vice Chair, Academic Forum for Investor-State Dispute Settlement; Member of the Advisory Board, MIAC; Vice Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum; Member of the CIMAC Court of Arbitration; Member of the CRCICA Advisory Committee; Member of the Board of Trustees of the CIArb; Dean of the Africa Arbitration Academy; Member of Arbitrator Intelligence’s Board of Advisors; and Member of the Governing Board of International Council on Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR) and International Expert Member of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law. He served as ‘Arbitrator’, ‘Counsel’ and ‘Legal Expert’ in more than 200 cases, involving parties from the Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. He featured in cases under the auspices of the AAA, AAA-BCDR, CRCICA, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, LMAA, SCC, SIAC, as well as in ad hoc UNCITRAL proceedings. He featured in proceedings governed by Bahraini, Egyptian, English, French, Iraqi, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Moroccan, New York, Omani, Pakistani, Qatari, Saudi, Spanish, Swiss, Syrian, Italian and United Arab Emirates law(s), as well as the general principles of law. He Received the LAW Magazine 2017 Award for the Best Legal Practitioner in Egypt, the 2018 ASA International Arbitration Advocacy Prize, the AYA Hall of Fame Award in London for the African Arbitrator of 2019, and, in February 2020, he received Lexology’s Client Choice International Award. He is the author of the Abdel Wahab Pandemic Pathway to Virtual Hearings published by the Global Arbitration Review on 6 May 2020 and is the co-editor (with Prof. Dr. Maxi Scherer and Ms. Niuscha Bassiri) of International Arbitration and the COVID-19 Revolution (2020).

Nataliya Barysheva
CastaldiPartners, Paris

Avocat au Barreau de Paris, Nataliya Barysheva is also registered with the Russian Ministry of Justice allowing her to practice in the Russian Federation. Nataliya is a member of the international arbitration work team at CastaldiPartners, which she joined in 2015. Nataliya assists companies in the construction, oil & gas and renewable energy sectors and also advises in relation to litigation concerning the enforcement and annulment of arbitral awards and in relation to business law. Nataliya is also listed in the panel of arbitrators of the ICC Russia Commission on International Arbitration.

Arthur Dong
AnJie Law Firm, Beijing

Arthur Dong is one of the founding partners at AnJie Law Firm. He has over 20 years of practice as a PRC lawyer. He focuses on complex matters of international commercial arbitration and cross-border litigation. His expertise covers a wide spectrum, including: international trade, technology transfer and intellectual property protection, cross-border investments, and M&A, as well as distribution and franchise disputes. Arthur is a panel arbitrator listed for CIETAC, BAC, SHIAC, HKIAC, SIAC, AIAC, KCAB, and WIPO, inter alia. He has acted as legal counsel or arbitrator under various institutional arbitration rules. He has also handled ad hoc arbitrations.

Tina Cicchetti
Vancouver Arbitration Chambers, Dallas

Tina Cicchetti is a leading arbitration practitioner, an independent Resident Neutral at Vancouver Arbitration Chambers (VAC) and a Member Arbitrator at Arbitration Place in Toronto. Currently resident in Texas, she has served as sole arbitrator and tribunal chair in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Tina also has extensive experience as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Cristián Conejero
CUATRECASAS, Santiago de Chile

Cristián Conejero specializes in international arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He advises leading companies on domestic and international arbitration, covering commercial and investment arbitration. He is acknowledged in Chile and Latin America as a leading arbitration lawyer. Before joining Cuatrecasas, he worked at several international law firms. As counsel for Latin America, Spain and Portugal at the ICC International Court of Arbitration (Paris), he has supervised hundreds of arbitration cases, involving public and private companies from different sectors.

Briana Young
Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong

Briana is a Professional Support Consultant in the Greater China arbitration practice of Herbert Smith Freehills. Drawing on 20 years of experience, she advises colleagues and clients on all aspects of international arbitration law and public international law. Briana is Vice Chair of the HKIAC and Co-Chair of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission Sub-committee on Outcome Related Fee Structures for Arbitration

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