The Department for International Trade has today announced new appointments to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes’ Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators. Members of 3VB warmly congratulate Christopher Harris QC, who has been selected for appointment to both panels. The Panel lists are used by parties, and by the Centre to fill vacancy when parties are unable to agree on a nominee and to appoint ad hoc committees to hear annulment applications.
The process of nomination to these panels is highly competitive; only four individuals are appointed to each panel and the appointments are for renewable terms of six years. This year, for the first time, the appointments have been made following an open competition. Christopher has been appointed alongside Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC and Professor Sir Christopher Greenwood QC and Wendy Miles QC to the Panel of Arbitrators, and alongside Ian Forrest QC, Professor Jan Kleinheisterkamp and Wendy Miles QC to the Panel of Conciliators.
Christopher Harris QC is widely recognised as a leading advocate in international arbitration and litigation across a range of industry sectors. He appears regularly before the High Court and appellate courts in England, in particular the enforcement of and challenges to arbitration awards. He has gained particular regard for his market-leading experience of public international law and is one of the most experienced and in-demand Queen’s Counsel acting in investment treaty disputes, with a 16-year track record covering over 25 such cases. Christopher also has substantial experience as arbitrator, receiving appointments in ad hoc and institutional proceedings from both major institutions and leading law firms in more than 30 cases across an array of industry sectors.
Read more about the ICSID, the newly appointed panel of arbitrators and the panel of conciliators here.