Panel 3: Diverging Standards of Review of Jurisdictional Decisions
Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague
Sarah Grimmer is a Senior Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. She regularly acts as tribunal secretary in PCA proceedings, particularly in investor-state arbitrations. She was appointed registrar in the ARA Libertad Arbitration (Argentina v Ghana) conducted under the UNCLOS. Ms Grimmer was formerly a member of the Secretariat at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, prior to which she worked at Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris and in private practice in New Zealand. Ms. Grimmer holds degrees from Cambridge University and Victoria University of Wellington. She is admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, New York
Elliot Friedman is partner in the International Arbitration Group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in New York. He specializes in international arbitration and commercial litigation, and has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes. Elliot’s experience includes disputes involving energy and natural resources, financial services, medical products, luxury goods and major infrastructure projects. Recently, Elliot represented BG Group plc in its case before the U.S. Supreme Court on an issue of arbitration law. Elliot is the author of several publications on international arbitration. He received an LLB from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and an LLM from Harvard Law School.
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, New York
A Chambers and Global Arbitration Review-ranked practitioner for many years, Aníbal Sabater is licensed in various US jurisdictions, England and Wales (solicitor), and Spain, where he obtained his doctorate and practiced law in the field of international dispute resolution between 1997 and 2003. Later that year he joined the firm's Houston office, and in 2013 moved to New York. He specializes in international arbitration, acting regularly either as counsel or as an arbitrator in complex cases. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the field.
Mr. Sabater obtained his Law Degree from Universidad Complutense in Madrid in 1997.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, New York
Laurence Shore is a Partner with Herbert Smith Freehills in New York. His practice focuses on international arbitration. Laurence has been the lead advocate in a large number of arbitration cases under, for example, the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, AAA, UNCITRAL, Cairo Regional Centre, and Swiss Rules. He also sits as an arbitrator. Laurence has also tried cases in the United States courts and in England’s High Court. Laurence's law degree is from the Emory University School of Law and he earned a Ph.D. degree and a Master’s degree in History from The Johns Hopkins University. His undergraduate degree is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dietmar W. Prager
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York
Dietmar W. Prager is a litigation partner in the firm’s New York office who focuses his practice on international arbitration and litigation with a particular emphasis on Latin America. Dr. Prager has represented parties in numerous arbitrations throughout the world under the auspices of ICSID, the ICC, the AAA and ICDR, and the PCA as well as in ad hoc arbitration proceedings. He was also one of the youngest lawyers ever to argue before the International Court of Justice. Dr. Prager’s recent representations include disputes involving bilateral investment treaties, mining ventures, the retail sector, the finance sector, the media sector, sovereign debt, and distribution agreements. Dr. Prager is a member of the Executive Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, the Comitê Brasileiro de Arbitragem, the Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje and its Committee for Relations to Other International Organizations, the ICDR Translation Committee, the IBA, the Club Español de Arbitraje, the American Society of International Law, and the Vienna International Arbitration Centre.
Dr. Prager is ranked among the leading international arbitration practitioners by Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America and in Legal 500 Latin America. He is a member of the bar of New York and received his LL.M. from New York University School of Law, his Dr. iur. from University of Innsbruck and his Austrian law degree from University of Vienna.