Young ICCA Skills Training Workshop: The Year is 2032: the "Old Approach" to Witness Evidence is no Longer Fit for Purpose

21 September 202215:00 - 18:00(BST)
Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Venue address:
The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event is now closed.


We are delighted to announce Young ICCA’s flagship in-person event to be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday, 21 September 2022, from 15:00 to 18:00 BST as part of the XXV ICCA Congress. 


DLA Piper will be kindly sponsoring the event. 


This event is designed to give Young ICCA members the opportunity to watch a high-powered debate on an interesting and cutting-edge topic, as well as to practice their own presentation and oral advocacy skills. The event will also provide a fantastic opportunity for attendees to network with peers from the Young ICCA and ICCA communities. 




3:00 - 3:15 Welcome and registration


3.15 - 3.25 Introduction of ICCA and Young ICCA


3:25 - 4.25 Debate


During the first half of this flagship event, leading arbitration practitioners will participate in a debate on the following motion: The Year is 2032: the “Old Approach” to witness evidence is no longer fit for purpose. The panel is composed of:

  • Gloria Alvarez, Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen (Aberdeen, Scotland)
  • Niuscha Bassiri, Partner, Hanotiau & van den Berg (Brussels)
  • Tiffany Comprés, Partner, FisherBroyles (Miami)
  • Baiju Vasani, Vasani Arbitration (London)
  • Panagiotis Chalkias, Associate, White & Case (Geneva) (moderator)


4.25 - 4.55 Coffee Break


4.55 - 5.55 Arbitration Shark Tank


In the second part of the event, we will be running an “Arbitration Shark Tank”. Congratulations to the following selected Young ICCA Members, who will be given up to 5 minutes each to present on what they consider to be the most significant decision in international commercial arbitration since the last ICCA Congress in Sydney:

  • Vishal Aggrawal, Independent Practitioner (India)
  • Robert Bradshaw, Associate, Lalive (London)
  • Rahul Donde, Counsel, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler (Geneva)
  • Derya Durlu Gürzumar, University of Neuchâtel (Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • Darya Shylova, Rothorn Legal (Zurich)


The debaters, along with Kate Brown de Vejar, Partner, DLA Piper (Mexico City),  will comment on the presentations, and the audience will then have an opportunity to vote for the most persuasive presentation. 


5.55 - 6.00 Closing


6.00 - 8.30 Reception

A reception will follow the event.


Registration is now CLOSED.



Meet the Speakers

Dr Gloria M Alvarez, Arbitrator and Academic (Scotland)

Dr Gloria M Alvarez is an international arbitrator and academic, tribunal secretary and expert in the areas of dispute resolution, energy and international investment law (ICSID, LCIA and ICC). Gloria has worked as an in-house lawyer in a transnational company and posteriorly and as case manager at an arbitration institution. She has an in-depth knowledge of commercial law in civil and common law system. She is a full tenured Associate Professor in International Investment and Energy Law at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and has held prestigious posts at the University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London and Max Planck Institute. Her book publications include the ICSID Convention: A Practical Commentary and International Energy Arbitration in Latin America (Kluwer). Gloria has held different commissions of trust including the Young ICCA Mentoring Programme Coordinator (2018-2020), sits at the Editorial Board of ICSID Review and is Visiting Professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada and is a faculty member of the CIArb Diploma.


Niuscha Bassiri, Hanotiau & van den Berg (Brussels)

Niuscha Bassiri is a partner at Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels. She is counsel and arbitrator (sole, presiding and party-appointed arbitrator) in numerous international arbitrations under various arbitral institutions and arbitration rules governed by diverse procedural and substantive laws involving State-entities and private entities alike and spanning a multitude of sectors. She is also a sought-after strategic adviser on setting-aside and enforcement matters, in particular, under the New York Convention regime. Recently, she has been nominated as a mediator, too. She is a member of the faculty of the University of Miami White & Case International Arbitration LLM program as well as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. She was a guest lecturer in the Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) program and a long-time lecturer in the master’s program of the ICHEC Business and Management School in Brussels on International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution. She regularly speaks at leading conferences and seminars and publishes on novel matters concerning international arbitration. Her peers and clients have praised her excellence in international arbitration for over a decade, and she regularly is listed in all major professional rankings. See


Kate Brown de Vejar, DLA Piper (Mexico City)

Kate Brown de Vejar is a Partner and Global Co-Chair of International Arbitration at DLA Piper.  She is an Australian and New York qualified attorney, resident in Mexico City for the past 13 years.  She has represented clients in a wide range of commercial and investor-state arbitrations, and is a former Co-Chair of Young ICCA.  Kate is a Vice-Chair of the IBA’s Arbitration Committee, a Member of the LCIA Court, and Vice-President of ANZMEX, the Australia, New Zealand, Mexico Business Council.  From 2008-2016, she was a member of the Australian Delegation to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration and Conciliation.  Who’s Who Legal 2023 ranks Kate as a Thought Leader in its Global Elite category for arbitration, and The Legal 500 recently listed her in its Private Practice Powerlist for US-Mexico.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Queensland, and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.


Panagiotis Chalkias, White & Case (Geneva)

Panagiotis (Panos) Chalkias is an associate in the International Arbitration Group of the Geneva office of White & Case. Panos’ practice encompasses international arbitration cases conducted under all major institutional arbitration rules and governed by various substantive laws, both common and civil law. His experience includes representing clients in a wide range of industries including construction, joint ventures, mining, telecommunications, oil & gas, banking, insurance and distribution. Prior to joining White & Case, Panos worked as an associate at an international arbitration boutique in Brussels and as legal consultant at the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva. Panos was recently co-chair of Young ICCA (2019-2021). He regularly speaks and publishes in the field of international arbitration.

He has been recognized as an Arbitration Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration –2021 and 2022.


Tiffany N. Comprés, FisherBroyles LLP (Miami and Paris)

Tiffany N. Comprés is a partner at FisherBroyles LLP in Miami and Paris in their International Disputes group. She serves as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations under all the major arbitral institutions and rules, as well as certain industry-specific institutions. As counsel, she represents global and domestic companies in various sectors, with particular experience in international agriculture, food & beverage, logistics, shipping, distribution, heavy machinery, and energy sectors. Tiffany is one of only 3 attorneys board-certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in both International Law and International Arbitration & Litigation. She has been recognized as an expert on the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). Tiffany has written for, and been interviewed by, several leading industry publications in agriculture and in arbitration, such as Fresh Plaza, in which she was featured in an article titled “PACA vs CISG: Which Prevails, Domestic or International Law?” and Young Arbitration Review (YAR), where she was interviewed about the CISG and arbitration for the 10th year anniversary edition. She is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Miami on the CISG and is listed in numerous major professional rankings. Having worked in the United States, France, and Italy, Tiffany handles cases in English, Spanish, and French.


Baiju Vasani, Advocate and Arbitrator (London)

Baiju VasaniBaiju Vasani has spent the past two decades serving as advocate or arbitrator in dozens of high-value international arbitrations in both the commercial and investor state sphere. He is a Senior Fellow of SOAS, University of London, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and qualified in both England & Wales as well as the District of Columbia, USA. He is set to join Twenty Essex in London as a barrister later this Autumn.



Meet the Pitchers

Vishal Aggarwal

Vishal Aggarwal is a Dual Qualified Lawyer, qualified in England and India, who primarily focuses on commercial and investment arbitration and arbitration-related litigation. He has worked on diverse Investment Arbitration cases with law firms in London. He is the Senior Editor of arbitration book "Law, Practice and Procedure of Arbitration in India" published by Lexis Nexis. Vishal has also worked as a Tribunal Secretary with a Dubai based arbitrator in the MENA region and is an Accredited Tribunal Secretary with HKIAC. He holds an LLM degree from the London School of Economics where he specialized in commercial and investment arbitration. He is a Member of SIArb and an Associate of CIArb. He holds the position of Vice Chairperson of Young Member’s Group at AIADR. He is the co-founding chair of India Very Young Arbitration Practitioners (India VYAP) and ArbChat. He has also been selected as a Full Scholar to attend ICCA Congress 2022 and a Young ICCA Mentee for the year 2022-23.


Robert Bradshaw

Robert is an associate in the London office of LALIVE, where he practises international commercial and investment arbitration. He has acted as counsel in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, and is also a solicitor-advocate holding higher rights of audience before the English courts. Before joining LALIVE, Robert worked with an international law firm in London and Paris. As well as participating in Young ICCA, Robert is a member of ICC YAAF, the CIArb Young Members Group and the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group. Currently, he is the UK Vice-Chair for the Young ITA, the under-40s branch of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. He writes regularly on developments in arbitration and has been published in journals including the Journal of International Arbitration, Arbitration International and the ASA Bulletin.


Rahul Donde

Rahul Donde is counsel at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler. Over the past 11 years, Rahul has acted as arbitrator, counsel, secretary and assistant of the arbitral tribunal in over 35 international arbitrations under both ad hoc (Swiss PILA, UNCITRAL, Indian Arbitration Act, 1996) and institutional arbitration rules (CEPANI, CRCICA, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, ICSID (AF), LCIA, MCIA, SIAC). Rahul has experience in disputes relating to natural resources (water, oil, gas, renewable energy), commercial (agency, distribution, sales, purchase, services agreements) and corporate laws in different jurisdictions. Rahul has worked in Switzerland and India for several years and has expertise in complex commercial and investment disputes in both common law and civil law systems. Rahul sits as an arbitrator and is empaneled with major international arbitral institutions. As counsel, he has advised multinational companies in cross-border construction and commercial disputes and assisted parties in annulment proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court. He has considerable experience in representing Indian clients before various judicial and quasi-judicial bodies. Rahul is an Honorary Lecturer at Aberdeen University. He co-edited the first ever TDM Special Issue on India, published by Routledge (UK). He sits on the advisory boards of arbitration think tanks and holds leadership positions in international arbitration organizations.


Derya Durlu Gürzumar

Mrs. Derya Durlu Gürzumar is an attorney-at-law registered to the Istanbul Bar Association. She holds LLB and LLM degrees from Bilkent University Faculty of Law, in Ankara, Turkey, and a certificate of advanced studies (CAS) in international arbitration, awarded by the University of Lucerne and University of Neuchâtel. Mrs. Durlu Gürzumar is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Neuchâtel, in Switzerland. She is the current co-chair of the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee, whose work primarily covers alternative legal practice models and the future of the legal profession. Mrs. Durlu Gürzumar’s practice and research interests have focused on internet/IT law, AI/LegalTech, dispute resolution/arbitration, and white-collar irregularities. She is also Young ITA’s Thought Leadership Vice-Chair and the Senior Editor-in-Chief of the Vindobona Journal, endorsed by the Moot Alumni Association. Mrs. Durlu Gürzumar has received various awards and scholarships for her work in the field of AI, the legal profession, and arbitration, including the IBA’s Annual Conference Essay Writing Award in 2017, the first-place prize in Junior Chamber International’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the Year Award in 2019, and very recently, the Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel Scholarship Award for the ICCA Congress in 2022.


Daria Shylova

Daria Shylova is currently pursuing her LLM in the field of International and Comparative Law as a double degree student at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and UC Berkeley School of Law (US). She was recently awarded a BA in International Law summa cum laude from the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Kharkiv, Ukraine). Previously, she spent a semester as an Erasmus+ exchange student at Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic) and was a visiting student at the University of Zurich throughout the spring semester of 2022. In the year 2021-22 Daria completed a 7-month internship in the International Arbitration and Cross-Border Litigation PG with Asters, a Kyiv-based law firm. Starting April 2022, she works as a paralegal with the Zurich office of the arbitration boutique rothorn legal. She participated in the 27th (2019-20) and 29th (2021-22) editions of the Willem C. Vis Moot and received the Michael L.  Sher Award for the Spirit of the Vis Moot this year.



Event Team:


Beatrice Van Tornout (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Dilber Devitre (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Flora Jones (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Krystle Baptista (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Matheus Bastos Oliveira (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Montek Mayal (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Paul Kleist (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Rita Kaufmann (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Shehabeldine Ismail (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Aracelly López (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Ana Coimbra Trigo (Young ICCA Events Co-Director)

Saemee Kim (Young ICCA Events Co-Director)

Matthew Morantz (Young ICCA Co-Chair)

Maria Athanasiou (Young ICCA Co-Chair)

Maanas Jain (Young ICCA Co-Chair)

Shirin Gurdova (Young ICCA Co-Chair)



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