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Maxwell Conversations: Party Representation and Equal Treatment | 5 April 2023

Maxwell Conversations: Party Representation and Equal Treatment

Maxwell Conversations features leading personalities at the top of the international dispute resolution industry. These events seek to challenge assumptions with a deeper examination of the issues.

In the fifth session of Maxwell Conversations on 5 April 2023, we discussed the topic “Party Representation and Equal Treatment”. The webinar was attended by more than 1000 participants.

The panelists included prominent arbitrator Prof. Gabrielle Kaufmann-KohlerProf. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Founding Partner & Head of International Arbitration at Zulficar & Partners, and Yoshimi Ohara, Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. The discussion was moderated by Lawrence Teh, Global Co-Head of International Arbitration of Dentons, who was hosting the webinar in person at Maxwell Chambers.

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Who should attend: This webinar will be of interest to legal practitioners, lawyers, arbitrators, academics.

Webinar Details: The webinar is free and will be conducted via Zoom

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Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Training Category: General

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Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler practices international commercial, investment and sports arbitration. She is regularly ranked among the top arbitrators worldwide; a study of investment arbitration released in 2016 concluded that she was the “most influential arbitrator in the world”. Gabrielle is also a Professor at Geneva University Law School and the founder of the Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), a joint program of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and Geneva Law School. She is also the President of the Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS). She teaches international arbitration law and heads a number of research projects in this area.

Among other positions, Gabrielle is President of ICCA since April 2018. She is also Honorary President of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and was ASA President from 2001 to 2005. She is further a founder of the FIAA and the President of its Advisory Board, and a former member of the ICC Court, LCIA Court, and AAA Board. She was and is a member of the Swiss delegation to UNCITRAL Working Group II on transparency, and to Working Group III on the reform of investor-state arbitration, for which she co-authored two CIDS reports.


Lawrence Teh is the Global Co-Head of Dentons’ International Arbitration practice and a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. He is Co-Head of Dentons Rodyk’s International Arbitration and Shipping practice groups. He has particular experience in handling commercial disputes including those of international trade and commodities, maritime and aviation, banking and financial services, onshore and offshore construction, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other investments, and insurance.

Lawrence advises clients and acts as counsel and appears regularly as lead counsel in the Singapore courts, in arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) and is appointed regularly as an arbitrator in international disputes under rules and auspices of international arbitration institutions like the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, SCMA, KCAB, AIAC, SHIAC and THAC.

He is member of the Nominations Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Administrator of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) and a Master of the Bench (Overseas) of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

He is named in numerous legal guides and directories including the The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, International Who’s Who for Commercial Litigation, International Who’s Who of Shipping & Maritime and Asialaw Leading Lawyers for Shipping, Maritime & Aviation and in the Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers.


Founding Partner & Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Energy, Zulficar & Partners, Egypt; Professor of International Arbitration, Private International Law and English Contract Law, Cairo University; ICCA Treasurer & Member of the Governing Board; Vice-Chair of the ICC Governing Body for Dispute Resolution Services; Vice President Global of the CIArb; President Elect of the CIArb (2025); Dean of the Africa Arbitration Academy; Chair of the International Expert Committee of the Permanent Forum for China Construction Law; Co- Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum; Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the CRCICA; Member of the Advisory Board of the MIAC; Member of the LACIAC Court of Arbitration; Member of the ITA Academic Council; Member of the Court, PCA, and Member of the Board of Trustees of the CIArb.

He served as ‘Arbitrator’, ‘Legal Expert’ and ‘Counsel’ in more than 250 cases, involving parties from the Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. His expertise in cross border multi-jurisdictional and highly complex transactions and disputes is extensive and broad.

He is listed as a prominent international arbitrator and practitioner in all major directories including WWL: Arbitration & Global Elite Thought Leaders; WWL Thought Leaders International Arbitration; WWL Thought Leaders: Construction; Chambers & Partners Global; The Legal 500; Client Choice Awards; The Legal 500 Africa Power List and others.  


Ms. Ohara is a Partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. Her practice focuses on international arbitration, litigation and mediation. She served as counsel in international arbitration under the rules of the ICC, ICSID, AAA/ICDR, SIAC and JCAA. She also served as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and chair arbitrator under rules of the ICC, SIAC, JCAA, KCAB, ICDR and UNCITRAL. She is a governing board member of ICCA, a board member of Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and an executive director of the Japan Association of Arbitrators (JAA). She is a former Vice President of LCIA Court and the ICC Court. She is listed as a member of the ICSID panel of arbitrators.


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