ICC Institute of World Business Law appoints nine new Council members

The ICC Institute of World Business Law elected nine new Council members on July 10, reflecting its commitment to diversity with its most gender-diverse membership since 1979. The Institute is ICC’s unique global think-tank providing research, training and information on international business law.

The new members are Christopher Campbell, Zachary Douglas, Kabir Duggal, Victor Guerra, Blossom Hing, Angelika Hunnefeld, Charles Jarrosson, Ndanga Kamau and Cecilia O’Neill de la Fuente. With 25 women and 25 men serving on its Council, the ICC Institute achieves parity in the most gender-diverse membership since 1979. It also scores high on regional representation.

The Council is the governing body of the ICC Institute. It comprises 50 eminent lawyers, academics and in-house counsel. Together, they determine the Institute’s strategy, policy and programme of activities.

Christopher Campbell is a US qualified corporate counsel with longstanding experience in commercial dispute resolution and international law. Mr Campbell’s professional background includes data privacy and protection, oil and gas and energy, governmental ethics and legal compliance, FinTech, e-commerce, and Internet regulations.

Zachary Douglas is an Australian full-time Professor of International Law at the Geneva Graduate Institute. Mr Douglas has extensive experience in international dispute resolution and public and private international law combining academic excellence with a practitioner’s sense.

Kabir Duggal is a Senior International Arbitration Advisor at Arnold & Porter in New York. Kabir has knowledge of India as well as the US and UK markets specifically. The co-founder of diversity initiative R.E.A.L.,Mr Duggal will enhance and broaden the range of ICC Institute projects and foster synergies among members and participants.

Victor Guerra is a Venezuelan Senior Counsel at Philip Morris International (PMI), based in Bogotá. He was a member of the Compliance Task Force’s activities. Mr Guerra has experience dealing with compliance cases, according to FCPA rules and international and other domestic policies, both European and American. He is an expert coordinator of local litigations and alternative dispute resolution methods, including commercial arbitration.

Blossom Hing is the Director Dispute Resolution and Corporate Restructuring and Workouts at Drew & Napier in Singapore. Ms Hing is an accomplished international legal practitioner and is a leader in international arbitration, particularly in Asia. Ms Hing has a wide range of experience as a counsel, arbitrator, and leader in the legal profession. Her expertise in international dispute resolution is displayed by the variety of roles she plays in various institutions. Ms Hing has already participated in the range of activities of the ICC Institute and its Australasian Chapter.

Angelika Hunnefeld is a US commercial litigator with perennial experience in representing clients in cross-border commercial disputes, foreign law and counsel management, and client development in multiple languages, including Spanish and Portuguese. Ms Hunnefeld is an expert in FCPA matters in a broad range of industries including sovereigns, telecommunications, financial services, pharmaceuticals, technology and energy. Her representations span several international jurisdictions including Latin America and the Caribbean.

Charles Jarrosson is a French Emeritus Professor of the University of Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), and former Director of the Master Litigation, Arbitration and ADR. Mr Jarrosson acts as an Independent Arbitrator and is Vice-President of ICC France’s Committee on Arbitration. Mr Jarrosson is also the editor of ‘’Revue de l’Arbitrage’’. His in-depth knowledge of arbitration law coupled with his practice of arbitration will strengthen the links between practitioners and academia.

Ndanga Kamau is a Kenyan International lawyer with extensive experience in international dispute settlement, public international law and private international law. Ms Kamau sits as an arbitrator in international disputes and advises clients on investor-state dispute settlement, investment protection, contractual disputes, public international law, international negotiations, risk mitigation, dispute prevention and avoidance, and grievance mechanisms. She has served as a Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration since July 2018. Her expertise and experience in matters related to Africa will be an invaluable contribution to the ICC Institute African Regional Chapter.

Cecilia O’Neill de la Fuente is a Peruvian lawyer and arbitrator and is a Professor at the University Carlos III of Madrid. Ms O’Neill de la Fuente has been a member of the ICC Institute LAI Regional Chapter, contributing to its first Country-by-Country Study tackling the topic ‘’Interference in the Conduct of International Arbitration by the Political Constitutions of Ibero-American Countries’’. Ms O’Neill de la Fuente engages in academic activities focused on the law and practices of international business, especially in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, with an emphasis on international arbitration.

Sybille de Rosny-Schwebel, Director of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, said: “As an institute, we are proud to see how enthusiastic and supportive the Council candidates were. We have successfully assembled one of the most diverse Councils in our long history, and I look forward to working with all Council members to continue fostering further knowledge in international commercial law.’’

The ICC Institute has prioritised diversity in its field of operation and in its Council representation, under the current leadership of Eduardo Silva Romero (Chair), Mélida Hodgson (Vice-Chair), and Alan Thambiayah (Vice-Chair). It has strategically organised its activities into three primary pillars: international arbitration, international contracts, and compliance, to effectively address the concerns of global businesses. These focus areas are also reflected in the composition of the Council.

Since 1979, the ICC Institute of World Business Law has fostered the development of international business law and practices through collaboration with practitioners and scholars, as well as through training, research, and conferences.

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