Panel 2: The Authority of Arbitral Tribunals to Grant Interim Measures Vis-à-Vis National Courts
Robert H. Smit
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York
Robert H. Smit is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the Firm’s Litigation Department, where he Co-Chairs the Firm’s International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice. Mr. Smit is also Adjunct Professor of International Arbitration at Columbia Law School; Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Review of International Arbitration; Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration; and Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of the U.S. Law of International Arbitration. He is also former U.S. Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s International Commercial Disputes Committee; Chair of the CPR Arbitration Committee; and Vice-Chair of the IBA’s International Arbitration and ADR Committee.
Mr. Smit obtained his law degree from Columbia Law School.
Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Stockholm
Kristin Campbell-Wilson is the Deputy Secretary-General of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). The SCC Secretariat handles, among other issues, the daily case management, organization of events or publications’ production. Since January 2010, the Arbitration Rules of the SCC include the Emergency Arbitrator mechanism, aimed at enabling the parties to seek interim measures before the case has been referred to the arbitral tribunal.
Prior to joining the SCC, Kristin had worked in litigation for 9 years, most recently as a member of the Litigation and Arbitration team at DLA Nordic in Stockholm. At DLA Nordic she worked extensively with arbitral proceedings representing both domestic and international commercial clients in disputes relating to a wide range of sectors.
Ms. Campbell-Wilson obtained her Law Degree from Stockholm University in 2003.
Álvaro López de Argumedo
Uría Menéndez, Madrid
Álvaro López de Argumedo is a partner in the Madrid office of Uría Menéndez. He regularly represents clients in national and international arbitration proceedings, mostly in complex construction and commercial matters before the main international arbitration courts such as the ICC Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration and the Swiss Courts, in addition to ad hoc arbitrations. In particular, Álvaro has extensive experience in seeking interim measures in support of arbitration, and also in the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards.
Recently, Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts distinguished Álvaro as one of the world’s pre-eminent experts in commercial arbitration.
Álvaro obtained his law degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), New York
Vice President of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, (ICDR) the international division of the American Arbitration Association, (AAA). Luis M. Martinez is also an Honorary President of the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, (IACAC).
Mr. Martinez serves as an integral part of the ICDR's international strategy team and is responsible for international arbitration and mediation business development for the North-East as well as Central and South America.
Mr. Martinez in his capacity as President of the IACAC was responsible for the oversight of its network of arbitral centers throughout the Americas and conducted numerous arbitration and mediation initiatives aimed at developing the ADR culture in the region.
Mr. Martinez received a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgian Court College and a Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law.
Sophie is a dual-qualified lawyer in Canada and in the UK. She is an arbitrator in independent practice, based in Gray’s Inn, London, specialising in international disputes, notably in energy, infrastructure, natural resources and cross-border investment. Before becoming a full-time arbitrator, she was Head of International Arbitration at a global law firm.
Sophie is trained and has practised in both civil law and common law jurisdictions. She was peer-nominated as Moderator of OGEMID, the online discussion forum on current issues of international investment law, economic law and arbitration.
Sophie is the author of a Commentary on the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules: A Practitioner’s Guide (Juris, 2012). She is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on issues of international arbitration, international investment law and dispute resolution. She is a guest lecturer at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and McGill University Faculty of Law.
Sophie obtained her Law Degrees (LL.B. and B.C.L.) from McGill University (Canada) and her Masters Degree in Law (LL.M.) from King's College London.