FIAA • Foundation for
International Arbitration Advocacy

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FIAA is a Swiss foundation with charitable and educational purposes. The seat of FIAA is in Geneva, Switzerland, which has a long tradition as one of the world’s leading centres for international arbitration.

FIAA has a three-tier structure:
(a) The Board of Trustees is responsible for general oversight of FIAA’s activities and assets and provides support for FIAA in the international arbitration community.

(b) The Executive Committee is responsible for the planning and operation of FIAA’s activities and programs.

(c) The Advisory Council provides the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee with access to the experience and advice of highly-regarded professionals in the fields of international arbitration or advocacy.

These three bodies bring internationally renowned advocacy instructors together with a prestigious group of leading arbitration practitioners representing jurisdictions worldwide and major arbitral institutions.


Claudia Annacker Dechert LLP France
Christian Camboulive Gide Loyrette Nouel France
Yemi Candide-Johnson SAN Strachan Partners Nigeria
Felix Dasser Swiss Arbitration Association Switzerland
John Fellas Independent Arbitrator USA
Nicholas Fletcher QC 4 New Square Chambers England
Matthew Gearing QC Fountain Court Chambers England
Judith Gill QC 20 Essex Street Chambers Singapore
Stephen Jagusch QC Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP England
India Johnson American Arbitration Association USA
Brian King Independent Arbitrator USA
Meg Kinnear International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes  
Fernando Mantilla-Serrano Latham & Watkins LLP France
Andrew McDougall QC White & Case LLP France
Eun-Young Park Kim & Chang South Korea
Lucy Reed International Council for Commercial Arbitration  
David Roney * Sidley Austin LLP Switzerland
Claudia Salomon ICC International Court of Arbitration  
Laurence Shore Bonelli Erede Pappalardo Studio Legale Italy
Prof. Guido Tawil Independent Arbitrator Argentina
John Terry Torys LLP Canada
Todd Wetmore Three Crowns LLP France
Michael Young QC Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP France

* President of the Board of Trustees


Julie Bédard Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP USA
Marinn Carlson Sidley Austin LLP USA
Simon Chapman Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Hong Kong
Bernd Ehle Lalive SA Switzerland
Eduardo D. Gonçalves Mattos Filho Advogados Brazil
Samaa Haridi King & Spalding LLP USA
Shreyas Jayasimha Aarna Law India
Ndanga Kamau Ndanga Kamau Law Netherlands
Koh Swee Yen SC WongPartnership LLP Singapore
Marc-Olivier Langlois King & Spalding LLP France
Isabelle Michou Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP France
Wendy Miles QC * Twenty Essex England
James Nicholson FTI Consulting Inc. Singapore
Michael Ostrove DLA Piper LLP France
Erin Miller Rankin Freshfields Bruckhaus & Deringer LLP UAE
Ank Santens ** White & Case LLP USA
Jeff Sullivan Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP England
Roland Ziadé Linklaters LLP France

* Chair of the Executive Committee
** Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee


Essam Al Tamimi Al Tamimi & Company UAE
John Beechey Beechey Arbitration Hong Kong
Prof. Piero Bernardini Studio Legale Ughi e Nunziante Italy
Sheila R. Block Torys LLP Canada
Prof. Teresa Cheng SC Des Voeux Chambers Hong Kong
Dushyant Dave SA Senior Advocate India
Donald F. Donovan Debevoise & Plimpton LLP USA
L. Yves Fortier CC QC Cabinet Yves Fortier Canada
Paul D. Friedland White & Case LLP USA
Prof. Emmanuel Gaillard Shearman & Sterling LLP France
Elliott Geisinger Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd. Switzerland
Prof. Martin Hunter Essex Court Chambers England
Michael Hwang SC Michael Hwang Chambers LLC Singapore
Prof. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler * Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler Switzerland
Prof. Alexander Komarov International Arbitration Court Russia
Prof. Fidelis Oditah QC SAN 3-4 South Square Chambers Nigeria
Prof. William W. Park Boston University Faculty of Law USA
Jan Paulsson Three Crowns LLP France
Dr. Klaus Sachs CMS Hasche Sigle Germany
Michael E. Schneider Lalive SA Switzerland
Prof. James E. Seckinger University of Notre Dame Faculty of Law USA
Jingzhou Tao Dechert LLP China
Prof. Pierre Tercier University of Fribourg Faculty of Law Switzerland
Prof. Albert Jan van den Berg Hanotiau & van den Berg Netherlands
David A.R. Williams QC Bankside Chambers New Zealand
Dr. Markus Wirth Homburger AG Switzerland

* President of the Advisory Council


The Founders of FIAA are Sheila R. Block, Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, David Roney and James H. Seckinger.

Sheila R. Block is the senior litigation partner with Torys LLP in Toronto and is widely recognized as one of the leading advocates in Canada. She has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in Ontario and before the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada as well as before international arbitral tribunals. Ms. Block has spoken and written extensively on trial advocacy. She has taught advocacy for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and for various leading law firms and other organizations in Canada, the U.S., El Salvador, England, France, New Zealand, Scotland and Switzerland, as well as for the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal in Rwanda and the Special Court in Sierra Leone.

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler is a founding partner of Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler in Geneva and a professor of private international law and dispute resolution at the University of Geneva Law School. She has acted in over 120 international commercial and investment arbitrations, either as presiding, sole or party-appointed arbitrator or as counsel. Professor Kaufmann-Kohler was President of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) from 2001 to 2005 and is now an Honorary President and Board Member of ASA. She is a member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the Board of the American Arbitration Association and the Board of the Swiss International Law Society.

David Roney is Co-Leader of Sidley Austin LLP’s Global Arbitration, Trade and Advocacy Practice, based in Geneva. He is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor, Ontario, Canada and as a Solicitor, England and Wales. Mr. Roney has acted as counsel before international arbitral tribunals in a broad range of commercial and investment treaty disputes and has served as arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations under the ICC Rules, the LCIA Rules, the SCC Rules, the Swiss Rules and in ad hoc arbitration, including under the UNCITRAL Rules. He is active in a number of international arbitration organizations, including the ICC Commission on Arbitration, and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement Program jointly offered by the University of Geneva Law School and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

James H. Seckinger is one of the leading trial advocacy instructors in the USA and has been a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame Law School since 1974. He has been involved with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) since its inception in 1972 and was the Director of NITA from 1979 to 1994. Professor Seckinger is a much published author of advocacy books and articles, as well as materials on teaching and learning lawyer skills through simulated learn-by-doing exercises. Professor Seckinger has directed and taught in workshops on trial and arbitration advocacy skills at prestigious law firms and legal organizations around the world. He organized and taught advocacy skills for the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Professor Seckinger has conducted in advocacy skills programs throughout the U.S. and Canada, and in Australia, El Salvador, England, France, New Zealand, Panama, Scotland, Singapore and Switzerland.


FIAA wishes to extend its sincere thanks to Ernst & Young (Switzerland) for agreeing to serve as auditor of the foundation:

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