Following the legacy of the previous 10 successful editions of the National Law School – Trilegal International Arbitration Moot, the Case for the 11th edition has been drafted by legal minds specialised in international disputes and arbitrators of international eminence.
Continuing her ties with us for a consecutive second year, Sophie Nappert as a member of the NLSTIAM Case Committee. She is a London-based arbitrator having experience in both civil law and common law jurisdictions. Having served as the Head of International Arbitration at Denton Wilde Sapte LLP, based in London, she is now a full-time independent arbitrator. She is ranked in Global Arbitration Review’s Top 30 List of Female Arbitrators Worldwide and is commended as a “leading light” in the field by Who’s Who Legal.
Sophie has authored a commentary on the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules titled “A Practitioner’s Guide (Juris, 2010). She is a guest lecturer at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and McGill University Faculty of Law and is also a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on issues of arbitration and international law.
She is actively associated with the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot and currently is a part of the board of advisors of the moot. Sophie was a Member of the Case Committee and a Judge at the Finals of the NLSTIAM 2017.
BAIJU S. VASANI:
An international arbitrator specialising in energy, oil and gas, mining laws, Baiju Vasani is a partner at Jones Day, US’s largest international law firm. He serves as the lead counsel on investor-state disputes and complex international commercial arbitrations. He co-heads the legal taskforce setting up an international arbitration centre for the Horn Arica under the auspices of the Djibouti Chamber of Commerce and Intergovernmental Development Authority.
Baiju has served as counsel and arbitrator in arbitrations involving various frameworks of arbitration including ICSID, ICC, ICDR, SIAC and UNCITRAL Rules. Experienced in energy, oil and gas, mining, cement and similar large scale project disputes across the world, he has advised states on negotiation and drafting of treaties. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and sits on the panel of several arbitral institutions including ICSID. He has also served as visiting lecturer at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law and Georgetown University.
Specialised in immunity, territorial disputes and environmental law, Ananda Burra is an international disputes litigator and a partner at Jones Day international law firm. His expertise lies in high stakes disputes between investors and sovereign states.
Ananda has clerked at the International Court of Justice prior to joining Jones Day. He has to his name a Ph.D. in the history of international law. He is a regular speaker at conferences involving international law related topics. He holds academic fellowships at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge and at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Mr. Ajar Rab graduated from National Law School of India University, Bangalore and completed his masters dual-degree in law and business from Bucerius Law School and WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany. He is a Partner at Rab & Rab Associates LLP, Dehradun and specializes in transactions, merges and acquisitions, commercial litigation and international arbitration. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in international commercial arbitration under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Stefan Kröll from Bucerius. He has previously worked at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas at New Delhi, the Law Commission of India, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, UPCL etc. and is a Policy Consultant for Lexidale, an international policy consulting firm.
He is a non-resident expert at Vidhi, Centre for Legal Policy, and an associate with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. He has published several articles on arbitration in India and is also the author of a book on the Real Estate Act (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 which is under print. Mr. Rab is visiting faculty at NLSIU and has previously judged several moot court competitions including Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Manfred Lachs Asia Pacific Regional Rounds, the William C. Vis International Commercial Moot, and NLSITAM.