Young ICCA Skills Training Workshop in New Delhi: Cross-Examination

4 December 202317:00 - 18:00(IST)



Date and time:  4 December 2023 – 17:00 – 19:30 IST

City: New Delhi

Venue: JSA

Venue address: B-202, 2nd Floor, Ansal Plaza, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi – 110049


Join us in New Delhi for Young ICCA’s flagship skills training workshop on cross-examination. Aimed specifically at Young arbitration practitioners, our experienced panel will discuss the dos and don’ts of cross-examination, followed by a mock cross examination conducted by expert advocates.


Click here to register for either in-person or virtual attendance.


Welcome remarks by Rohit Bhat, Young ICCA Co-chair, Freshfields.


The panel is comprised of:


  • Dheeraj Nair, Partner, JSA

  • Gitanjali Bajaj, Partner, DLA Piper

  • Ritin Rai, Senior Advocate

  • Shashank Garg, Independent Advocate

  • Maanas Jain, Young ICCA Co-Chair, Paul Hastings (Moderator)


The mock cross examination will be carried out by:


  • Shweta Sahu, NDA

  • Manini Brar, Arbridge Chambers

  • Nooreen Sarna, Independent Advocate

  • Prithvi Kapur, SKAA


The event is free of charge. To register, please click here. We look forward to seeing you at the event.



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Meet the speakers


  • Dheeraj NairDheeraj specializes in advising, strategizing and conducting complex Arbitrations and Litigations. His practise covers advising and appearing for domestic and multinational clients in international and domestic mediations & arbitrations, court & regulatory proceedings across multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary sectors including Pharma and Healthcare; Food & Beverages, FMCG, Manufacturing, TMT, Fintech, Banks & Financial Institutions, Intermediaries, Hospitality Chains, Transportation including aviation and Logistics. Dheeraj has over two decades of experience conducting and appearing in national and international institutional arbitrations under numerous rules, including SIAC, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA and other specialist institutions. Dheeraj regularly acts in matters pertaining to investment and joint venture disputes; commercial corporate disputes; white collar offences & internal investigations; insolvency & bankruptcy proceedings; administrative and constitutional law disputes; environment compliances & violations; employment including workplace sexual harassment complaints; data privacy; mergers, demergers, and restructuring implementation through Tribunals. Dheeraj is a qualified Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India since 2008.


  • Gitanjali Bajaj: Gitanjali is a partner in the International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution group of DLA Piper with over 15 years' experience in high-value and complex cross-border disputes in the oil & gas, renewable energy, defence, construction and infrastructure sectors.  Gitanjali is the Asia-Pacific Co-Head for International Arbitration for DLA Piper and the Regional Lead for DLA Piper’s India Group in Australia.  Gitanjali also serves as Vice President of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. Gitanjali regularly represents clients in international commercial arbitrations under various institutional rules across Asia-Pacific and is recognised as 'Global Elite Thought Leaders - Under 45' by Who’s Who Legal for Arbitration 2023. Gitanjali also practices in public international law and dispute resolution between Sovereign States, having acted for the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste in the UNCLOS Compulsory Conciliation proceeding against the Commonwealth of Australia for the delimitation of the permanent maritime boundaries between the two States, and is currently representing States in the climate change advisory opinions before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the International Court of Justice.   


  • Ritin RaiRitin started his career in 1998 as an Associate in the Business Practice Group of Jones Day in its Cleveland office before relocating to India to practice corporate law. He transitioned to a disputes practice in 2004 when he joined the Chambers of Ashok H. Desai, a Senior Advocate and formerly Attorney General for India. Ritin has been designated a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court of India in 2019. Ritin brings his experience as a corporate lawyer to bear on a variety of commercial and regulatory disputes, including in company, competition, insolvency and telecommunications law. His practice spans appearances in the Supreme Court of India, the High Court of Delhi, the commercial tribunals situate in Delhi and before arbitral tribunals. Ritin accepts instructions to appear both as counsel and as arbitrator in arbitral disputes, and as an Indian law expert in courts or forums outside India. Ritin is on SIAC’s panel of arbitrators. He is a member of the ICC India Arbitration Group and the India Rapporteur for the 3rd Edition of the “ICC Guide to National Procedures for Recognition and Enforcement of Awards under the New York Convention”. Ritin also teaches a course on the practice of commercial disputes at the Jindal Global Law School where he has been appointed Honorary Adjunct Professor of Law and Distinguished Professor of Legal Practice.


  • Shashank Garg: Shashank is a seasoned dispute resolution practitioner skilled in international commercial arbitration, sports arbitration, construction arbitration, mediation, andlitigation having represented clients in ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations under leading institutional rules. He is an Advocate with over 15 years of practice before the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi and currently represents the High Court of Delhi and Government of India as its Standing Counsel. He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and Member of the Arbitration Committee, Delhi International Arbitration Centre. From 2017-19, he was ICC YAF’s ‘Regional Chapter Coordinator (India)’. Hewas also a member of the first Advisory Committee constituted by the Nani Palkhivala Arbitration Centre (NPAC) for its Delhi Centre. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the DIAC Journal and the Indian Review of International Arbitration (IRIArb). He is a visiting faculty at various renowned law schools in the country and is regularly invited as a speaker at dispute resolution events across the globe.


  • Maanas Jain: Maanas, an English-qualified barrister in the London office of Paul Hastings, 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 has been consistently ranked as a “Rising Star” in The Legal 500 UK guide for International Arbitration. He was also recently recognized as one of London’s brightest arbitration stars in Legal Business’ 2022 Disputes Yearbook.


  • Shweta Sahu: Shweta is actively involved in several high-stake litigations across jurisdictions at domestic and international levels. She regularly appears before the High Court of Delhi, the Supreme Courtof India. She is extensively involved in key commercial litigations withspecial focus on technology and intermediary litigation. She has also been involved in a wide range of domestic and foreign seated arbitrations – governed by rules of leading arbitralinstitutions. Enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards(domestic as well as foreign) comprises a significant component ofher practice area. She takes keen interest in white collarinvestigations and employment-related litigations as well.She regularly advises clients and works on disputes across varioussectors like automobile, aviation, banking services, education,healthcare, insurance, investment funds, media and entertainment,oil and gas, real estate, software and telecommunications.


  • Manini Brar: Manini has acted as arbitrator in more than 15 domestic commercial arbitrations, and also Amicus Curiae in matters of public importance, pursuant to appointments by the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi. Since 2022, she is also engaged as a Sr. Legal Consultant with the DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. In this role, she regularly advises on investment commitments in international treaties and related areas of policy. Manini has been practicing in the areas of international law and arbitration, both commercial and investor-state, since 2010. Apart from these, her areas of expertise include infrastructure, real estate and corporate disputes. Previously, she worked as a Deputy Counsel with the Secretariat of the ICC Court of Arbitration (Hong Kong), and acted as Tribunal Secretary, counsel in international commercial arbitrations. She also advised on / represented the Government of India in investor-state disputes, including as a consultant with the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. Manini obtained her Masters’ degree from the University of Cambridge, with a specialisation in Public International Law and Dispute Settlement. She’s also acted as Guest Faculty, National Law University Delhi. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Board Member of Indian Women in International Arbitration practitioner’s group, and member of the  Global Steering Committee of Young Arbitral Women Practitioners Group. 


  • Nooreen SarnaNooreen Sarna is an Advocate based in New Delhi and is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. Her practice focuses on international and domestic commercial arbitration, and commercial and constitutional litigation. She has been involved in various stages of dispute resolution, litigations and arbitrations in India, Singapore and London.  In India, she regularly appears before the Supreme Court of India, High Court of Delhi and various tribunals. Apart from acting as counsel, Nooreen has also been appointed arbitrator and tribunal secretary by the international arbitration institutions including the Mumbai Court of International Arbitration (MCIA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). She also plays an active role in developing arbitral policy in India, including as a member of the Young International Arbitration and Mediation Centre, Hyderabad (YIAMC). Nooreen is a graduate of National Law University Delhi.


  • Prithvi Kapur: Prithvi is Counsel with SKAA Advocates & Solicitors. He is a member of the Indian Bar, and a Registered Practitioner at the DIFC Courts in Dubai. Prithvi has argued various domestic and international commercial arbitrations, and has appeared before tribunals seated in London, Stockholm, the Hague, and Delhi. He has also argued cases, including commercial cases, regulatory challenges, and arbitration applications before courts and tribunals across India. Prithvi has been recognised as a Future Legal Leader by the Indian Business Law Journal, with clients commending his legal acumen and oral advocacy. Prithvi was previously an associate at the London offices of Three Crowns LLP.  He secured the BCL degree from the University of Oxford where he was an OCSI Scholar. He was awarded the Trappes Exhibition by Lincoln College and the Winter Williams Prize in International Economic Law by the Faculty of Law. Prithvi holds undergraduate degrees in economics, and law from the University of Delhi. 


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