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Proceeding with International Arbitration and Mediation in a Changing and Challenging World

May 12, 2020

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Faculty from various global jurisdictions will discuss challenges and solutions for parties, institutions, arbitrators, and mediators during and after COVID 19. Participants in each case will have to make case management decisions considering government restrictions, agreements to arbitrator and/or mediate, health conditions, institutional rules, institutional policies, technology resources, availability and accessibility of arbitrators, counsel, witnesses and experts in the case all while maintaining the rights of the parties.


 Steven K. Andersen, Esq., International Centre for Dispute Resolution®, United States, Moderator
Steve Andersen has about 25 years of experience as an alternative dispute resolution professional and over 20 years of experience with international dispute resolution. He has spent extensive time interacting directly with managing lawyers in corporations and law firms, advisory committees, companies and industry and trade organizations around the world and with some focus in the technology, energy, aerospace, aviation, construction, and other industries.  Steve has organized in multiple prominent international dispute resolution events and training programs around the world and has significant experience presenting to large groups, training professionals, publishing articles, and building executive networks with multinational companies and top-tier law firms.

Christine Kang, JunHe, China
Christine has significant experience in resolving cross-border disputes. She has advised many Fortune 500 companies on their international arbitration cases with major international arbitration institutions, including but not limited to CIETAC, AAA-ICDR, ICC HKIAC, SCC, and SIAC etc., involving various areas such as international trade, joint ventures, construction, finance, insurance, licensing and intellectual property. She regularly represents multinationals with different levels of Chinese courts and has also advised Chinese SOEs on their overseas litigation cases in concert with US and UK litigators.  Christine has extensive experience in anti-bribery investigations and corporate compliance matters. She currently represents Chinese SOEs in their settlement negotiations with Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), including the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Asia Development Bank, in the MDB sanction matters including investigation cooperation and compliance program.  Christine also advises Chinese companies on their overseas investment projects in the US, Europe, Latin America and Africa, and represents major American and European companies in their various China-related transactions.

David McIlwaine, Pinsent Masons, United Kingdom
David specialises in dispute avoidance, dispute resolution and renegotiation in relation to technology, telecoms and outsourcing matters. He has considerable international arbitration experience, including having acted for the UK government in a major arbitration (LCIA rules) against Raytheon Corp, concerning the failed implementation of a major national security IT system in the  UK.  The arbitral award was considered by the London High Court and set aside for serious procedural irregularity.   David is an accredited mediator and has substantial High Court experience.  He recently co-authored research undertaken in association with the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University, London entitled “Pre-empting and Resolving, Technology, Media and Telecoms disputes”. 


Maria Chedid, Arnold & Porter, United States
Maria Chedid is a partner at Arnold & Porter, where she leads the international arbitration practice on the US West Coast. She has served as counsel in commercial and investment arbitrations for over twenty-five years, and also sits as an arbitrator. She brings a wealth of experience from a wide range of matters, having worked on disputes around the globe relating to licensing, distribution, technology, energy, taxation, infrastructure, political risk insurance, construction, government contracts, environmental regulation, joint ventures, pharmaceutical products, real estate, administrative law, internet domain names, and claims of corruption.  Maria serves as one of two U.S. members appointed to the ICC Court; a Co-Chair of the ICDR California Advisory Committee and the Tech and Life Sciences Arbitration Working Group; a Member of the U.S. National Committee for the SIAC Users Council; an Officer of the LCIA Users Council; and founding President of the California International Arbitration Council. Maria is a dual national of the U.S. and Lebanon.