Young ICCA – Cleary Gottlieb Debate at Paris Arbitration Week 2023: This house believes the impact of AI on arbitration is a distant pipedream, not an imminent reality

30 March 202313:00 - 15:00(CEST)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Venue address:
12 Rue de Tilsitt, 75008 Paris, France

Young ICCA is co-hosting, together with Cleary Gottlieb, an in-person event in the format of an Oxford-style debate on the following motion: “This house believes the impact of AI on arbitration is a distant pipedream, not an imminent reality“. The event forms part of Paris Arbitration Week 2023 #PAW2023 and is taking place in Paris on Thursday, 30 March, 2023 from 1 to 3 pm CET.


A light lunch will be served from 1 to 1.30 pm CET.


Given recent rapid developments in AI technologies, this debate will consider whether AI has the potential to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of arbitration, or whether any transformative changes are still many years away. The debate will also address important questions about the role of human decision making in the dispute resolution process and ethical implications of relying on AI.


- Claire Morel, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, London

- Jacob Turner, Barrister, Fountain Court Chambers, London

- Praytush Panjwani, Senior Associate at Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels

- Sophie Nappert, Independent Arbitrator, London

- Maanas Jain, Barrister and Senior Associate, Three Crowns, London (moderator)


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The event is free of charge, but participants need to register in advance. Furthermore, participants must bear their own expenses. Young ICCA is not able at this moment to support expenses incurred by the participants to attend the event.

Meet the Speakers

Claire Morel


Claire Morel de WestgaverClaire Morel is a partner in BCLP’s International Arbitration group. She is qualified in England & Wales and in New York, with a mixed common / civil law background, having completed her legal education in Belgium and in the USA. She practises international arbitration as counsel, as advocate and as arbitrator, and conducts proceedings in both English and French. She has a particular experience of disputes relating to technology, corporate transactions, licenses, cross-border sale or service agreements, as well as disputes involving secrecy, intellectual property and cybersecurity issues. She is a co-founder of the award-winning initiative Mute Off Thursdays and a Board member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC). She sits on the ICC Taskforce on the use of Information Technology in arbitral proceedings, on the IBA Arbitration Committee Taskforce on Privilege in International Arbitration and on the Advisory Board of CyberArb.


Sophie Nappert


Sophie NappertSophie Nappert is an arbitrator in independent practice, based in London. She is dual-qualified as an Avocat of the Bar of Quebec, Canada and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Before becoming a full-time arbitrator, she pursued a career as an advocate and was Head of International Arbitration at a global law firm. She is commended as "most highly regarded" and a “leading light” in her field by Who’s Who Legal. Sophie is highly sought-after in complex energy, investment and natural resources disputes. She is a pioneering practitioner at the intersection of arbitration and Legal Tech. In 2019, she completed the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School Programme on Blockchain Strategy. In 2021, she co-founded ArbTech, a worldwide, online community forum fostering cross-disciplinary dialogue on technology, dispute resolution and the future of justice. In its first year of existence, ArbTech was shortlisted at the 2022 GAR Awards.


Jacob Turner


Jacob TurnerJacob Turner is a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers. He is the author of Robot Rules: Regulating Artificial Intelligence (2018) and a contributing author to The Law of Artificial Intelligence (2020). He advises governments, regulators and private organisations on legal issues relating to AI. His recent cases have included defending nine banks in a multi-billion dollar dispute where the claimants attempted to use an AI program to prove their case, acting for former Uber drivers sacked by algorithms, and in proceedings in the UK Supreme Court concerning whether an AI program can be named as the inventor in a patent application. Jacob previously worked as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton and before that in the legal department of a country’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York. Jacob is also a former law clerk to Lord Mance in the UK Supreme Court. He holds degrees from Oxford and Harvard.


Praytush Panjwani


Pratyush PanjwaniPratyush Panjwani is a lawyer qualified to practice in India and registered as a foreign lawyer in Belgium. Pratyush is currently a Senior Associate at Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels, where he works primarily as counsel in annulment and enforcement proceedings arising out of investor-State arbitrations. He also works as tribunal secretary in (ad hoc and institutional) arbitrations spanning across various sectors, including corporate, construction, hospitality, renewable energy, and licensing disputes. Pratyush has published frequently in journals of repute on issues relating to commercial arbitration (such as the arbitrability of disputes) as well as investor-State arbitration (such as the interpretation of bilateral investment treaties under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties). Pratyush obtained an LL.M. from the MIDS, Geneva in September 2016. Prior to that, he worked in a boutique dispute resolution law firm in New Delhi, after graduating from the National Law University, Delhi in 2014.


Maanas Jain


Maanas JainMaanas, an English-qualified barrister and senior associate in the London office of Three Crowns, has advised, represented, and conducted advocacy for corporations and States in complex, high-value commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in a broad range of sectors (including energy, finance, technology, and infrastructure) under all major arbitration rules. He has extensive experience handling disputes involving States or State entities, as well as cases with an Indian connection. Maanas is a current co-chair of Young ICCA, and is ranked as a “Rising Star” in The Legal 500 UK’s 2023 guide for International Arbitration. He was also recently recognized as one of London’s brightest arbitration stars in Legal Business’ 2022 Disputes Yearbook.



Events Team:


  • Munia El Harti Alonso (Young ICCA Regional Representative)
  • Nikita Kondrashov (Young ICCA Regional Representative)
  • Stefanie Efstathiou (Young ICCA Regional Representative)
  • Paul Kleist (Young ICCA Events Co-Director)
  • Saemee Kim (Young ICCA Events Co-Director)
  • Maanas Jain (Young ICCA Co-Chair)
  • Maria Athanasiou (Young ICCA Co-Chair)
  • Shirin Gurdova (Young ICCA Co-Chair)

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