Abhinav Bhushan

Mr. Abhinav Bhushan currently serves as the South Asia Director of the Arbitration & ADR International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Prior to this, he was also the first Indian lawyer to be appointed as the Deputy Counsel at the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) of the ICC, where he worked on arbitrations arising out of common law jurisdictions and worked with parties from the UK, India, Singapore and other Asian regions.

As a Director, Mr. Bhushan provides attorneys, companies, and governments in the region with advice regarding efficient resolution of international disputes by increasing awareness about the ICCs Dispute Resolution Services. He is also a regular contributor to various publications in the field of arbitration law. Mr. Bhushan has also been an avid promoter of arbitration training opportunities for young lawyers as the Co-Chair of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF), Asia Chapter. Before joining ICC, he completed his masters in foreign and comparative law at Columbia Law School, where he was also a member of the Columbia International Arbitration Association.

Ajar Rab

Mr. Ajar Rab is a Partner at Rab & Rab Associates LLP, Dehradun, and an alumnus of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He has previously worked with Amarchand Mangaldas, ministries, the law commission, government bodies, and policy institutes. He is presently an International Policy Consultant at Lexidale, a consultancy firm with offices in Israel, Netherlands, and the United States.

He has received the ‘Joachim Herz Fellowship Award’ for academically excellent international students during his dual masters-degree in Law and Business from Bucerius Law School and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany.

Currently, Mr. Rab is pursuing his doctorate in international commercial arbitration from Bucerius Law School, Germany under the supervision of Prof. (Dr) Stefan Kröll.
He is a Visiting Professor at National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, an Adjunct Visiting Professor at National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata and visiting faculty in many other law schools in the country. He is a member of several arbitration institutes across the world and has authored a treatise on ‘Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016’.

Chiann Bao

With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Bao is listed on the panel of major arbitral institutions and has served on the tribunals of ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB, CIETAC and SCIA.

She practices exclusively as an arbitrator and mediator, is a member of Arbitration Chambers, fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and also a CEDR accredited mediator. Ms. Bao currently serves as a vice president of the ICC Court of Arbitration and is the chair of the ICC Commission task force on arbitration and ADR. She is also a member of the ICC Belt and Road Initiative Commission. From 2010 to 2016 she served as the Secretary General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre where she managed hundreds of arbitrations before tribunals in Asia. She also featured in the Asian Legal Business “40 under 40”, 2016.

In 2019, Ms. Bao was appointed an honorary senior fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. She is also actively engaged with the Hong Kong government, advising on shaping and implementing the arbitration and mediation policies of Hong Kong.

Gourab Banerji

Mr. Gourab Banerji is a Senior Advocate who practises in the Supreme Court of India in commercial field, with an expertise in commercial arbitration. He was the former Additional Solicitor General of India between 2009 and 2014. In that capacity, he represented the Government of India in a number of important cases. For instance in Republic of Italy v Union of India (the Italian Marines case), he successfully represented the Government in persuading the Court to hold that India had concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute Italian marines accused of shooting Indian fishermen with the Exclusive Economic Zone of India.

After stepping down as the Additional Solicitor General of India in 2014, Mr. Banerji joined Essex Court Chambers as an Overseas Associate, and is presently associated with them. He routinely appears in a large number of domestic and international commercial arbitrations seated in India and abroad (Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Amsterdam etc.). His practice and expertise in arbitration has resulted in him being a constituent of several committees set up in relation to Indian arbitration law.

Kiran N. Gore 

Ms. Kiran N. Gore works as a counsel at the Law Offices of Charles H. Camp, PC. She is known for her expertise in public and private international law, foreign investment strategies, and international dispute resolution. Ms. Gore advocates before U.S. courts, ad hoc arbitration panels, commercial and investment tribunals, and investigative authorities. In addition, she provides strategic advice on treaty law, conflict of laws, and legislative reform.

Ms. Gore is frequently invited to speak at conferences and publish articles on international law, international development, and dispute resolution. She serves as Associate Editor of the ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal, Associate Editor of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog, and is a consultant to Wolters Kluwer’s international and comparative law publishing program, where she provides strategic advice on acquisition, development, and marketing of thought leadership content. She also draws on her professional experiences as an educator at the George Washington University Law School and New York University’s Global Study Centre in Washington, D.C.

Nicholas Peacock

Mr. Peacock is a partner in the Dispute Resolution division at Herbert Smith Freehills, a law firm based in London. He specialises in commercial and investment treaty arbitration and also experienced in handling complex commercial litigation. He is a member of the firm’s India Executive Group and works closely with the Moscow office on English law Russian disputes and co-chairs the firm’s Nordic Group. He is also the former co-chair of the firm’s London-Japan Group.

Mr. Peacock has been consistently recognised by the leading legal directories. He is described as a widely demanded arbitration lawyer by the Chambers Global. He is currently serving as a director of the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) in London, and on the Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He is also a Council Member of the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA). Mr. Peacock has been closely associated with our institution in organising the annual NUJS Herbert Smith Freehills National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition.

Nish Shetty

Mr. Nish Shetty is a partner and head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution team of Clifford Chance in Asia. He specialises in dispute resolution, with a particular focus on international arbitration, restructuring & insolvency and regulatory work. He is also the Chairman of SIAC Users Council Regional Committee for Singapore and a member of SIAC Users Council Executive Committee. He is the first in Asia to be appointed as a Judge of Appeal at the FIA International Court of Appeal in Paris. Additionally, he is the Co-Chair of the Council of Arbitration of the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration and a Board Member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore and a member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration.

Mr. Shetty regularly advises on complex cross-jurisdictional disputes and is widely recognised as a leader in the field of dispute resolution. He is ranked as a “Leading Individual” in dispute resolution by the major legal directories including Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and is identified amongst the leading international arbitration practitioners in the world by International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.