Transnational Arbitration

Preserving Perspectives:

International Arbitrators in Their Own Words -- A Conversation with The Hon. Gabrielle Kirk McDonald

Mar 22, 2021

Virtual Conference

Past Event

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The Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) has the honor of inviting you to a special oral history interview of The Hon. Gabrielle Kirk McDonald.  This is the latest interview in the ITA Academic Council’s ongoing Preserving Perspectives project to record the evolution of modern international arbitration in the words of those who have led it.

The interview will be conducted by Academic Council vice chair Prof. Victoria Shannon Sahani.

Registration is free as a service to our International arbitration community.

Gabrielle Kirk McDonald began her judicial career in 1979 with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Most recently she served as a Judge-Arbitrator in the Iran­ United States Claims Tribunal, from 2001 until 2013, where she participated in Full Tribunal hearings of claims between the State Parties. Prior to this, she sat on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia as one of the original 11 judges elected by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. There, she presided over the first international criminal trial since the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials. In her second term, her fellow judges elected her President of the Tribunal. In that capacity, she presided over the Appeals Chamber, hearing appeals from both the International Criminal for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, during a period of increased activity and expansion. After graduating from Howard University School of Law, first in her class, Judge McDonald joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in NYC, handling discrimination cases in federal courts throughout the South.

Victoria Shannon Sahani is the Associate Dean of Faculty Development and a Professor of Law at Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. She is also the Director of the Faculty Inclusion Research for System Transformation Initiative, or FIRST initiative, a university-wide initiative commissioned by the ASU president's office examining the history of race and inclusion among faculty at the University. Professor Sahani holds several leadership positions in international arbitration community, including Vice Chair of the ITA Academic Council. Professor Sahani is a co-author of the book Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration (2d ed. 2017) (with Lisa Bench Nieuwveld), as well as numerous book chapters, articles, essays, and blogs posts. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her law degree from Harvard Law School.

Register now as well for two related programs during this same week:
(separate registration is required)

2021 ITA-ASIL Conference: Arbitration Reform in Practice - What Changes?

Virtual Conference
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
10:00 am -12:50 pm Eastern Time

2021 ASIL Virtual Annual Meeting

Wednesday-Friday, March 24-26, 2021
Don’t miss the presentation to Judge McDonald of the 2021 Prominent Woman in International Law Award by the ASIL Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) on Thursday, March 25.

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