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Yves Derains, France
Founding Partner, Derains & Gharavi, France; Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Yves DerainsYves Derains, former Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Director of the Legal Department of the ICC, is member of the Paris Bar and a founding Partner of the law firm Derains & Gharavi. He is specialized in international arbitration and is acting both as arbitrator and counsel of parties in arbitration proceedings.


Mr Derains is former Chairman of the Comité Français de l’Arbitrage. He was Chairman of the Working Party on the Revision of the ICC Rules of Arbitration in 1998 and Co-Chairman of the ICC Task Force on the Reduction of Costs and Time in international arbitration. He is a member of the French Committee on Private International Law since 1978. He is member of various other organizations specialized in international arbitration and in international business law. He is Honorary Professor of the Law Faculties of San Ignacio de Loyola University and Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, Peru.

Vice Chairs

  • Antonias Dimolitsa, Greece
    Founding Partner, Antonias Dimolitsa & Associates, Greece

dimolitsa antonias.Antonias Dimolitsa has extensive experience in arbitration. She has served as President, Sole Arbitrator, Co-arbitrator and Counsel in numerous international arbitration proceedings. She has been President twice of ad hoc Committees in ICSID Annulment Proceedings. Her areas of specialization include private international law, agency and distribution, construction, energy, EC law, foreign investment, international sales of goods and joint ventures.


She was member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (1988-1999) and member of the ICC working group on the revision (1998) of the Arbitration Rules, Vice-President of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and member of the DSC Committee of the most recent revision of the ICC Rules (2012). She was Vice-President of the IBA Arbitration Committee and member of the IBA Subcommittee on the revision of the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration (2010). She is Council Member of the Greek Arbitration Association, Member of the Club of Arbitrators of the Milan Chamber of National and International Arbitration and Athens Correspondent of the International Arbitration Institute (IAI).

  • Eric A. Schwartz, USA
    Independent Arbitrator, New York-Paris-London

Eric A. SchwartzEric A. Schwartz was educated at Dartmouth College (B.A.) and Yale University (J.D.) and is a member of the bars of both California and Paris. He was previously a Partner in King & Spalding’s Paris office and a member of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group. He was also Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He is currently working as an independent arbitrator, as an arbitrator member of Fountain Court Chambers in London, with an office address in Paris and principal office in New York.

Over the last 30 years, in addition to his tenure at ICC, Eric Schwartz has acted as counsel or as an arbitrator in over 100 international arbitration proceedings under all of the principal international arbitration rules and in all of the principal European arbitration venues, as well as in Africa, Asia and the U.S. He is the co-author (with Yves Derains) of A Guide to the ICC Rules of Arbitration.

Ex-Officio Members

Alexander G. FessasSecretary General and Director of ICC Dispute Resolution Services, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
John DentonSecretary General, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris
Alexis MourreChairman, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Carita Wallgren-LindholmFounding Partner, Lindholm Wallgren Attorneys Ltd, Finland, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR

Council Members

Georges AffakiIndependent Arbitrator, Affaki Société d’Avocats, France; Professor of Law, University Paris II
Luiz Olavo BaptistaFounder, Atelier Juridico, Brazil
Klaus Peter BergerProfessor of Law, Director of the Institute for Banking Law and Center for Transnational Law (CENTRAL), University of Cologne, Germany
Fabio BortolottiPartner, Buffa, Bortolotti & Mathis, Italy
David BrownPartner, Clyde & Co.-Paris, France
Mohammed ChemloulPartner, Chemloul & Associés, Algeria
Nayla Comair-ObeidFounding Partner, Obeid Law Firm, Lebanon
Bernardo CremadesSenior Partner, B. Cremades y Asociados, Spain
Antonio CrivellaroOf Counsel, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Italy
Filip De LyProfessor of Law, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ugo DraettaProfessor of International Law, Catholic University of Milan, Italy
H. Ercüment ErdemPartner, Erdem & Erdem, Turkey
Paul-A. GélinasIndependent Arbitrator, France
Andrea GiardinaOf Counsel, Chiomenti Studio Legale, Italy
Teresa GiovanniniPartner, Lalive, Switzerland
Horacio Grigera NaónInternational Arbitrator, United States
Bernard HanotiauPartner and Professor, Hanotiau & van den Berg, Belgium
Mélida HodgsonPartner, Foley Hoag LLP, United States
Kristine KarstenPartner, VistaLaw, France
Vladimir KhvaleiPartner, Baker & McKenzie, Russia; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Richard KreindlerPartner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Germany; Professor, University of Münster
Laurent LévyPartner, Levy Kaufmann-Kohler, Switzerland
Julian D.M. Lew QCBarrister, 20 Essex Street, United Kingdom; Professor and Head, School of International Arbitration, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London
Loretta MalintoppiOf Counsel, 39 Essex Chambers, Singapor
Pierre MayerSole Practitioner and Avocat au barreau de Paris, France
Michael PolkinghornePartner, White & Case LLP – Paris, France
Hassan Ali RadhiSenior Partner, Hassan Radhi & Associates, Bahrain
Tarek Fouad A. RiadManaging Partner, Kosheri Rashed & Riad, Egypt
Eduardo Silva RomeroPartner, Dechert LLP, France
Alan ThambiayahMember, The Arbitration Chambers, Singapore
Dorothy Udeme Ufot SANManaging Partner, Dorothy Ufot & Co., Nigeria
Emmanuel VuillardFormer Alstom Deputy General Counsel‎, France
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