Arbitral Insights
The main changes to the ICSID Rules

The main changes to the ICSID Rules

October 19, 2022

Paris-based Guillaume Aréou welcomes Aïssatou Diop (legal counsel, ICSID) and Professor Arnaud de Nanteuil (Université Paris-Est Créteil) to discuss the main changes to the ICSID Rules, which came into force in July 2022. Aïssatou Diop presents ICSID’s perspective, while Professor de Nanteuil shares his expertise as an academic and legal practitioner. The trio analyze the implementation of the ICSID Mediation Rules, the extension of the ICSID Additional Facility Rules and the issue of third party funding under the ICSID mechanism.

This episode is in French.

Spotlight on … Lubna Shuja

Spotlight on … Lubna Shuja

October 7, 2022

Lubna Shuja – the first Asian, the first Muslim and only the seventh female president of the Law Society of England and Wales – joins Gautam Bhattacharyya to discuss her career path, inspirations, and overcoming obstacles. The duo then explore Lubna’s achievements in representing the solicitors’ profession, what The Law Society presidency means to her, and what she aims to do in this new role – before discovering a mutual love of 80s pop and classic cinema.

What’s new for investment arbitration in Africa?

What’s new for investment arbitration in Africa?

September 15, 2022

ICSID Secretariat Team Leader and Legal Counsel Paul Jean Le Cannu joins Paris-based international arbitration partner Clément Fouchard to discuss investment arbitration in Africa . The discussion covers African participation in ICSID proceedings, the impact of the 2022 ICSID rule amendments for Africa, discernable trends in recent intra-African BITs and the AfCFTA.

An update on investment treaty arbitration

An update on investment treaty arbitration

August 25, 2022

Suzie Savage and Patrick Beale share their views on this year’s key investment treaty developments, building on a December 2021 episode in which they anticipated what to expect in the investor-state dispute settlement space in 2022. This discussion covers ICSID rule amendments, green efforts, and Energy Charter Treaty modernisation, through to UNCITRAL Working Group III updates, the theme of ‘Africanisation,’ and Section 1782 developments.

South Asian Heritage Month: Spotlight on … Rising stars of One Essex Court

South Asian Heritage Month: Spotlight on … Rising stars of One Essex Court

August 18, 2022

Gautam Bhattacharyya welcomes four rising stars of One Essex Court: Nehali Shah, Veena Srirangam, Niranjan Venkatesan and KV Krishnaprasad, for the final episode in our SAHM series. The conversation covers why each chose the legal profession, their career mentors and inspirations, advice for up-and-coming lawyers, memorable cases and views on DE&I, before turning to musical interests, travel wish lists and favorite films.

South Asian Heritage Month: Spotlight on … Saima Hanif QC

South Asian Heritage Month: Spotlight on … Saima Hanif QC

August 10, 2022

Commended for Barrister of the Year (The Lawyer Awards 2021) Saima Hanif QC joins Gautam Bhattacharyya to discuss the path that led her to the law, her career inspirations, and the progress of diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession. The duo discuss Saima’s philosophy that ‘your CV needs to follow your life,' before turning to her love of Britpop and the Sachal Jazz Orchestra.

South Asian Heritage Month: Spotlight on … Bankim Thanki QC

South Asian Heritage Month: Spotlight on … Bankim Thanki QC

August 4, 2022

Pre-eminent leading counsel and Head of Fountain Court Chambers Bankim Thanki QC joins Gautam Bhattacharyya to discuss his journey to the bar. The duo cover Bankim’s role models, the differences in advocacy in litigation vs arbitration, some of his memorable cases, his work with Ukraine, diversity in the field of law – and his love of bluegrass music and the opera.

South Asian Heritage Month: Spotlight on … Farhaz Khan QC

South Asian Heritage Month: Spotlight on … Farhaz Khan QC

August 2, 2022

Described by directories as “likely to become a doyen of the market,” Farhaz Khan QC of 3VB joins us for this “Spotlight on…” episode. He and host Gautam Bhattacharyya discuss Farhaz’s academic background, why he became a lawyer, his mentors and career inspirations, potential reforms to the arbitral process – and his 2022 Glastonbury experience.

South Asian Heritage Month: Spotlight on … Ricky Diwan QC

South Asian Heritage Month: Spotlight on … Ricky Diwan QC

July 27, 2022

Gautam Bhattacharyya hosts leading silk Ricky Diwan QC, who effortlessly “glues the attention of the court” in this SAHM Spotlight on… episode. The pair discuss Ricky’s love of languages and French literature, his path to becoming a lawyer in New York and then London, his career inspirations and their impact on his mentoring style, his reflections on being an arbitrator rather than counsel – and his love of the film, 3 Idiots

South Asian Heritage Month: Spotlight on … Tony Singla QC

South Asian Heritage Month: Spotlight on … Tony Singla QC

July 20, 2022

In our inaugural SAHM Spotlight on… episode, Gautam Bhattacharyya welcomes a “real star of his generation,” Tony Singla QC, to discuss why Tony pursued a career in the law. Tony shares his career inspirations, how his experience as a mentee impacts him in being a mentor, his thoughts on improving the arbitral process, and ways to further diversity, equality and inclusion in the law and in arbitration – before talking all things Top Gun and skiing in the Alps. 

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