ICC renews Alexis Mourre as President and nominates Court with full gender parity and unprecedented diversity

  • 21 June 2018
Alexis Mourre at a podium speaking at an event

The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) supreme governing body, the World Council, has re-appointed Alexis Mourre as President of the International Court of Arbitration for a second three-year term to commence 1 July 2018.

For the Court’s 2018-2021 term, the Council also appointed 176 members from 116 countries, representing gender parity of 88 women and 88 men.

Consistent with the current term, the new composition of the Bureau of the Court will comprise 17 Vice-Presidents. This includes nine women and the following six new members:

Chiann Bao (United States)
Eduardo Damião Gonçalves (Brazi)
Ndanga Kamau (Kenya)
Claudia Salomon (United States)
Deva Villanúa (Spain)
Todd Wetmore (Canada/France)

Reflecting the Court’s reputation as the preferred arbitral institution on all continents, the member breakdown by region is as follows: Africa (13%), Asia (26%), Europe (39%), North America (4%), Latin America and Caribbean (15%) and Oceania (3%).

ICC Court President Alexis Mourre said: “To have achieved full gender parity in the ICC Court is a major milestone in the history of international arbitration. We are also extremely proud of the level of renewal marked by the new Court, with unprecedented regional diversity.”

The new Court includes members from a range of countries not previously represented including Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, whose presence will bolster the Court’s Belt and Road Initiative Commission. The commission was established earlier this year under the leadership of Justin D’Agostino to support the use of ICC Arbitration and other dispute resolution services, in the many contracts arising from the largest investment programme in history.

Continuing the Court’s drive to expand its presence in Africa, the new Court also includes members from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya and Tanzania.

In line with the Court’s decision not to permit members to serve for more than two consecutive terms, close to 50% of the Court are new entrants. In addition to gender and regional diversity, the Court underscores unprecedented generational renewal, with over 15% of members below 40 years of age and 40% between 41 and 50.

“The new Court will continue on the path set by its outgoing members, striving to offer global excellence to our users worldwide, in particular for the Court’s signature service of awards scrutiny. It will continue to constantly improve the time and costs efficiency of ICC Arbitrations and to increase the transparency of our procedures while maintaining the highest standards of ethics for arbitrators and all other players”.

Mr Mourre added: “I have no doubt the new Court will work very hard address the many challenges of arbitration and will maintain ICC as the parties’ most preferred institution in all continents.”

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Court Members

Eduardo Damião Gonçalves (Brazil) Partner, Mattos Filho Advogados Todd Wetmore (Canada/France) Partner, Three Crowns Eduardo Zuleta (Colombia) Partner, Zuleta Abogados Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab (Egypt) Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm Yas Banifatemi (France/Iran) Partner, Shearman & Sterling Inka Hanefeld (Germany) Partner, Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft Yoshimi Ohara (Japan) Partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu Ndanga Kamau (Kenya) International Law Practitioner, Independent Practitioner Kap-You (Kevin) Kim (Korea) Senior Partner, Bae, Kim & Lee Marnix A. Leijten (Netherlands) Partner, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek Wendy Miles (New Zealand) Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton Deva Villanúa (Spain) Partner, Armesto & Asociados Anne Véronique Schlaepfer (Switzerland/France) Partner, White & Case Michael Young (United Kingdom) Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urqhuart & Sullivan Chiann Bao (United States) Asia Pacific Counsel, Skadden Arps Mark Friedman (United States) Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton Claudia Salomon (United States) Partner & Co-Chair, International Arbitration Practice, Latham & Watkins

Enayat Qasimi (Afghanistan) Partner, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP Fatos Lazimi (Albania) Partner, Optima Legal & Financial Mihoub El Mihoubi (Algeria) Founder, Cabinet d’Avocats Sabrina Aïnouz (Algeria) Partner, DWF (France) AARPI José A. Martínez De Hoz (Argentina) Managing Partner, MHR Abogados Ana Vermal (Argentina) Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP Jirayr  Habibian (Armenia) Managing Partner,Al Kamali Law Firm Peter Mcqueen (Australia) Director, Peter McQueen Pty Limited Joachim Delaney (Australia) Partner, Baker McKenzie Gerold Zeiler (Austria) Partner, Rechtsanwälte GmbH Anne-Karin Grill (Austria) Partner, Vavrovsky Heine Marth Elham Hassan (Bahrain) Principal/Partner, Elham Ali Hassan & Associates Aysha Mutaywea (Bahrain) Resident Partner, Mena Chambers Law Firm Khandker Hasan (Bangladesh) Former Chief Justice of Bangladesh ,N.A. Alexandre Khrapoutski (Belarus) Partner, Sysouev, Bondar, Khrapoutski SBH law office Olivier Caprasse (Belgium) Independent Arbitrator, Olivier Caprasse Law Firm Françoise Lefèvre (Belgium) Partner, Linklaters Nadine  Dossou Sakponou (Benin) Lawyer, SCPA Robert M.DOSSOU Stephan  Adell (Bolivia) Partner, Squire Patton Boggs Zinka  Grbo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) Associate Professor, University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Law Lauro Da Gama E Souza Jr (Brazil) Partner, Lauro Gama Advogados Associados Eliane Carvalho (Brazil) Partner, Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados Dimitar Smilenov (Bulgaria) Attorney at law Ina Popova (Bulgaria) Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Achille Ngwanza (Cameroon) Managing Partner, Telephone Andrew Mcdougall (Canada) Partner, White & Case LLP Pierre Bienvenu (Canada) Senior Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP Charles Victor Humphrey Stollmeyer (Caribbean) Gonzalo Fernández (Chile) Partner, Carey Alejandro Escobar (Chile) Partner, Baker Botts (UK) LLP Helen (Hong) Shi (China) Senior Partner, Fangda Partners Yong (Cathy) Liu (China) General Counsel, Cofco International Lillian L.Y. Chu (Chinese Taipei) Equity Partner, Tsar & Tsai Law Firm Eduardo Silva Romero (Colombia) Partner, Dechert LLP Monica Jimenez (Colombia) Secretary General, ECOPETROL S.A. Mónica  Fernández Fonseca (Costa Rica) Associate, Alfredo De Jesús O. Davor Babic (Croatia) Professor, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law Marina Kralj Miliša (Croatia) Member of Board of Directors, Koncar el. industry Rodolfo Dávalos Fernández (Cuba) Legal Adviser to the Presidency,CUBACAN,S.A. María Amparo Santana Calderín (Cuba) Lawyer, Bufete Internacional S.A. Marios Eliades (Cyprus) Legal Consultant, M. Eliades & Partners LLC Vit Horacek (Czech Republic) Partner, LEGALITÉ advokátní kanceláŕ s.r.o. Michelle Sindler (Czech Republic) Independent Arbitrator René Offersen (Denmark) Partner, DLA Piper Denmark Henriette Gernaa (Denmark) Partner, Lawyer, Gorrissen Federspiel Andres Bobadilla (Dominican Republic) Partner, BOBADILLA Patrick Barrera (Ecuador) Partner, Barrera, Andrade-Cevallos & Abogados Alvaro Galindo (Ecuador) International Counsel, Dechert LLP Girgis Abd El-Shahid (Egypt) Managing Partner, Shahid Law Firm Samaa Haridi (Egypt) Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP Leon Glikman (Estonia) Attorney at Law, Senior Partner, Glikman Alvin Triinu Hiob (Estonia) Partner, NJORD Law Firm Leyou Tameru (Ethiopia) Founder and Managing Director, I-Arb Africa Petri Taivalkoski (Finland) Partner, Roschier Attorneys Ltd. Anna-Maria Tamminen (Finland) Partner, Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd Christine  Lécuyer-Thieffry (France) Lawyer Member of the Paris Bar Carine Dupeyron (France) Partner, Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier AARPI Ketevan  Betaneli  (Georgia) Knowledge Management Lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP Anke Sessler (Germany) Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Dorothee Ruckteschler (Germany) Partner, CMS Hasche Sigle Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong (Ghana) Managing Partner, LITHUR BREW & COMPANY Niki Kerameus (Greece) Partner, KERAMEUS & PARTNERS LAW FIRM Marily  Paralika (Greece) Senior Associate, White & Case LLP Najman Aizenstatd (Guatemala) Founder, Aizenstatd Legal Calvin Hamilton (Guyana) Founder and Principal, Hamilton Abogados Rose Rameau (Haiti) Counsel, Aziz Bamba Law Offices Benito  Zelaya (Honduras) Managing Partner, Lexincorp Honduras Kim Rooney (Hong Kong S.A.R. (China)) Arbitrator and Barrister, Gilt Chambers, Barristers Chambers Justin  D’agostino (Hong Kong S.A.R. (China)) Global Head of Practice – Dispute Resolution, Herbert Smith Freehills Peter P. Nagy (Hungary) Partner, Nagy és Trócsányi Ügyvédi Iroda Marianne Kecsmar (Hungary) Partner, PKM Avocats Garðar Víðir Gunnarsson (Iceland) Partner, LEX Law Offices Kunal Vajani (India) Head of Chambers, BlackRobe Chambers Pallavi  Shroff (India) Managing Partner, SHARDUL AMARCHAND MANGALDAS & CO. Anangga W. Roosdiono (Indonesia) Senior Partner, Roosdiono & Partners, ZICO Law Andi Yusuf Kadir (Indonesia) Partner, HHP LAW FIRM Laya Joneydi (Iran) Main Shareholder, Joneydi and Associates International Law Firm (JAALO) Shahram Shams (Iran) Senior Partner, Sheed Associates Salam Zuhair (Iraq) Principal Associate, Eversheds Sutherland Colm Ó Hoisín (Ireland) Colm Ó hOisín SC Louise Reilly (Ireland) Barrister, Bar of Ireland Samantha Nataf (Israel) Counsel, Ngo Jung & Partners Cecilia Carrara (Italy) Partner, Legance – Avvocati Associati Massimo Benedettelli (Italy) Partner, ARBLIT – Radicati di Brozolo Sabatini Benedettelli Torsello Studio Legale Joachim Bile-Aka (Ivory Coast) Partner, Bilé-Aka, Brizoua-Bi & Associés Hiroyuki Tezuka (Japan) Partner, Nishimura & Asahi Yoko Maeda (Japan) Partner, City-Yuwa Partners Omar Aljazy (Jordan) Managing Partner, Aljazy & Co Aigoul  Kenjebayeva  (Kazakhstan) Partner, Dentons Njeri Kariuki (Kenya) Proprietor, Njeri Kariuki Advocate Natalia Alenkina (Kyrgyzstan) Associate Professor, American University of Central Asia Galina Zukova (Latvia) Partner, Associate Professor, Belot Malan & Associes / University of Versailles Eva Kalnina (Latvia) Counsel, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler Jalal El Ahdab (Lebanon) Partner, GMPV Lara Hammoud (Lebanon) Senior Legal Counsel, ADNOC Farah Beitelmal (Libya) Lawyer, Independent Renata Berzanskiene (Lithuania) Attorney-at-Law Marc Thill (Luxembourg) Vice-President, Tribunal d’arrondissement de Luxembourg Danela  Arsovska (Macedonia, TFYR) Macedonian Chambers of Commerce Rajendra Navaratnam (Malaysia) Partner, Azman, Davidson & Co Sitpah Selvaratnam (Malaysia) Counsel, Arbitrator, Messrs Tommy Thomas Modibo Toure (Mali) Barrister, SAFI CONSEILS Salim Moollan (Mauritius) Barrister (Queen’s Counsel), Essex Court Chambers Carlos Loperena (Mexico) Partner, Loperena Lerch y Martín del Campo Cecilia Azar (Mexico) Partner, Galicia Abogados Géraldine Gazo (Monaco) Attorney Tanja Planinic (Montenegro) Partner, Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd Azzedine Kettani (Morocco) KETTANI LAW FIRM Aïcha Brahma (Morocco) Attorney at law, Cabinet BRAHMA AVOCATS Tomás  Timbane (Mozambique) Lawyer, TTA – Sociedade de Advogados (PLMJ Network) Robert Pe (Myanmar) Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers Marieke Van Hooijdonk (Netherlands) Partner, Allen & Overy LLP Rogier Schellaars (Netherlands) Partner, Simmons & Simmons LLP Andrew Tetley (New Zealand) Counsel, Reed Smith Domitille Baizeau (New Zealand) Partner, LALIVE SA Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour (Nigeria) Managing Partner, Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co Yejide Osunkeye (Nigeria) Principal Partner, YBO Legal Ola  Ø. Nisja (Norway) Partner, Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma AS Giuditta Cordero-Moss (Norway) Professor, University of Oslo Sajid  Zahid (Pakistan) Jt. Senior Partner, Orr, Dignam & Co. Lubna Katbeh – Touqan (Palestine) Managing Partner, Equity Legal Group Jorge Federico Lee (Panama) Senior Partner, Aleman, Cordero, Galindo & Lee Luis Breuer (Paraguay) Executive Legal Director Alfredo Bullard (Peru) Senior Partner, Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados Fernando Cantuarias (Peru) Dean, Law School, Universidad del Pacifico Victor Lazatin (Philippines) Of-Counsel, ACCRA Law Office Louis T. Ogsimer (Philippines) Partner, Chair of Litigation and Arbitration, Romulo Beata Gessel-Kalinowska Vel Kalisz (Poland) Senior Partner, GESSEL Malgorzata Surdek (Poland) Managing Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Sawicki Sp. k. Pedro De Nápoles (Portugal) Partner, PLMJ Advogados SP RL Marta Cruz De Almeida (Portugal) Head of Litigation, Galp Energia, S.A. Thani Al Thani (Qatar) Managing Partner and CEO, Al Thani LawFirm Cristiana-Irinel Stoica (Romania) Partner Lawyer, STOICA& Asociatii Attorneys at Law Luminita Popa (Romania) Managing Partner, Suciu Popa & Asociatii Julia Zagonek (Russia) Partner, White & Case LLP Timur Aitkulov (Russia) Partner, Clifford Chance CIS Limited Saud  Al Mashari  (Saudi Arabia) Secretary General, Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry Mouhamed Kebe (Senegal) Managing Partner, Geni & Kebe SCP Mirko Vasiljevic (Serbia) Professor, University of Belgrade Faculty of Law Milena Djordjevic (Serbia) Assistant Professor/Vice Dean, University of Belgrade Faculty of Law Lawrence G S Boo (Singapore) Head of Chambers, The Arbitration Chambers Smitha Rajan Menon (Singapore) Partner, WongPartnership LLP Pavol Erben (Slovakia) Senior Partner, Erben & Erben, advokátska kancelária, s.r.o. Maja Menard (Slovenia) Managing Partner, Odvetniska druzba Menard – Menard Law Firm Mahlape Sello (South Africa) Advocate, DUMA NOKWE GROUP OF ADVOCATES Byung-Chol (BC) Yoon (South Korea) Partner, Kim & Chang Beomsu  Kim (South Korea) Managing Partner, KL Partners Jesús Remón (Spain) Partner, Uría Menéndez Patricia Saiz Gonzalez (Spain) Associate Professor, Director of International Relations, ESADE Law School Harsha Cabral (Sri Lanka) Attorney, Chambers of Dr Harsha Cabral PC Robin  Oldenstam (Sweden) Partner, Mannheimer Swartling Helena Dandenell (Sweden) Partner, Frank Advokatbyrå Teresa Giovannini Bugmann (Switzerland) Founding Partner, Lalive Daniel  Hochstrasser (Switzerland) Senior Partner, Bär & Karrer AG Youssef El Hakim (Syria) Managing Partner, Hakim Law Office (Jacqu. & Y. Hakim) Georges Affaki (Syria) Partner, AFFAKI Madeline  Kimei  (Tanzania) Founder & CEO, Resolution Experts (Tanzania) Vanina Sucharitkul (Thailand) International Arbitrator, Senior Lecturer, L’Université Paris Descartes (Paris V) Martial Koffi Akakpo (Togo) Managing Partner, SCP MARTIAL AKAKPO Affef Ben Mansour (Tunisia) Of Counsel, Savoie Arbitration Sana Belaid (Tunisia) Senior Legal Counsel, Cisco Ercüment Erdem (Turkey) Senior Partner, Erdem & Erdem Law Office Bennar Aydogdu  (Turkey) Founder, BennArb Law Firm Maria Kostytska (Ukraine) Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP Olena Perepelynska (Ukraine) Partner, Head of CIS Arbitration Practice, INTEGRITES Ghanem Jaber Al Hajeri (United Arab Emirates) Founding Partner, International Consultant Law Office (ICLO) Sophie Lamb (United Kingdom) Partner, Latham & Watkins Juliet Blanch (United Kingdom) Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers Grant Hanessian (United States) Partner, Baker McKenzie Maria Chedid (United States) Partner, Arnold & Porter Fernando Jiménez De Aréchaga (Uruguay) Senior Partner, Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana, Brause Sandra Gonzalez (Uruguay) Partner, Ferrere Firuza Bobokulova (Uzbekistan) Lawyer and Head of International Department, PraeLegal Uzbekistan International Law Firm Diana Droulers (Venezuela) Diana Paraguacuto-Maheo (Venezuela) Partner, Ngo Jung & Partners Manh Dzung Nguyen (Vietnam) Of Counsel, Dzungsrt & Associates LLC