Giorgio Fabio COLOMBO is Professor of Law at the Graduate School of Law of Nagoya University, where he is in charge of Comparative private law and International Commercial Arbitration, and the Director of the Research Unit “Decolonizing Arbitration”.
He was an advisor to the Judicial Academy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in arbitration training classes and has taught arbitration at UC Berkeley (English Summer Program).
He was Visiting Researcher at Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto), Adjunct (and then Visiting) Professor of Japanese Law (“Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice, Italy), and Research fellow of the Italian School of East Asian Studies (ISEAS).
His research interest focuses on ADR, Arbitration, Private comparative law, Law and literature, and Legal cultures.
Dai YOKOMIZO is Professor of Law at Nagoya University, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya, Japan, where he has taught since 2008. A graduate of The University of Tokyo Graduate School for Law and Politics (LL.B., LL.M.), Professor Yokomizo’s main research and teaching interests include Conflict of Laws (Private International Law), Comparative Law and Private Law Theory. He is a member at the Committee on Intellectual Property and Private International Law of International Law Association, Associate Editor of the Japanese Yearbook of International Law, member of the Advisory Board of the Italian Law Journal, and Member of the International Committee of Rivista di Diritto Sportivo.
His research is exploring the transformation of conflict of laws (private international law) in the era of globalization and the appropriate relation between states and non-state actors in emerging normative spaces such as internet law and sports law. His recent articles include “Droit des affaires internationales” in Pascale Bloch/Naoki Kanayama/Ayako Kanezuka/Isabelle Giraudou (eds.), Droit japonais des affaires (Larcier, 2019), pp. 319-332, “FDI and Investment Arbitration in Japan”, in Carlos Esplunges (ed.), Foreign Investment and Investment Arbitration in Asia (intersentia, 2019), pp. 125-138, and “Consumer Collective Redress and Japanese Conflict of Laws”, Japanese Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 61 (2018), pp. 189-204.
Yoshiko NAIKI is Professor at Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University.
She holds a Doctor in international public policy from Osaka University. Previously, she worked as deputy director at the WTO dispute settlement section in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan.
Her work focuses on domestic regulations and WTO law, in particular, regulations and standards concerning food safety and the environment. Her research interests also include a wide range of regulation and governance, such as private standards/certification systems or public-private partnerships.
She has published articles on these topics in the Journal of Environmental Law, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, European Journal of International Law and World Trade Review. She was a visiting researcher/scholar at University College London, U.K. and European University Institute, Italy.
Mana TAKAHASHI is a full-time Lecturer at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), Faculty of Global Liberal Arts.
Mana received her Ph.D. in Comparative Law and MA in International Development from Nagoya University.
Her research interests are Law and development; Rule of law assistance; Legal pluralism; Access to justice; Project management; and Oceanic regional study.
Mana previously worked as a project management officer at IBM Japan Ltd located in Japan, and as a consultant at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific located in the Republic of Korea. She also worked at Nagoya University, Center for Gender Equality and was engaged in Nagoya University’s HeForShe promotion, which is a solidarity movement led by UN Women to achieve global gender equality.
Shahla Ali is Professor and Associate Dean (International) and Deputy Director ofthe LLM in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at the Faculty of Law of theUniversity of Hong Kong. She has consulted with USAID, IFC/World Bank andthe United Nations on issues pertaining to access to justice, peace processnegotiation training and land use conflict resolution.
She serves as a bilingualarbitrator (English/Chinese) with CIETAC, HKIAC (ADNDRC), SIAC and hasserved on the IBA Drafting Committee for Investor-State Mediation Rules, theDOJ Mediation Regulatory Committee, the UN Mediation Roster and the FDRC Appointments Committee.
Shahla’s research and practice center on questions of governance, developmentand the resolution of cross-border disputes in the Asia Pacific region. She is theauthor of Court Mediation Reform (Edward Elgar, 2018), Governing Disasters:Engaging Local Populations in Humanitarian Relief (CUP, 2016); ConsumerFinancial Dispute Resolution in a Comparative Context (CUP, 2013)and Resolving Disputes in the Asia Pacific Region (Routledge, 2010) and writesfor law journals in the area of comparative ADR.
Prior to HKU, she worked as an international trade attorney with Baker&McKenzie in its SF office. She received her JD and PhD from UC Berkeley inJurisprudence and Social Policy and BA from Stanford University.
Tony Andriotis is a Tokyo based Partner at DLA Piper. He is the President of the Greek Chamber of Commerce in Japan, an Adjunct Professor at the Tokyo Campus of Temple Law School, and is a part-time lecturer at Keio Law School and Humboldt University.
He is the Professional & Institutional Affairs Officer at the JCAA, a Board Member at the JAA, and a member of the JIDRC Advisory Board.
Filip Balcerzak, LL.M., Ph.D., attorney at law is admitted to the bar in two jurisdictions: Poland (adwokat) and Spain (abogado). He is an Associate Professor (Research) at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. His academic activity on “International investment law and the renewable energy sector's challenges” is funded by National Science Centre Poland (project no 2018/28/C/HS5/00087).
He completed his LL.M. studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada, specializing in International Trade and Foreign Investment Law. Subsequently he was granted a Ph.D. in public international law by the university where he currently works. His Ph.D. dissertation on “Investor – State Arbitration and Human Rights” resulted in a monography published by Brill (https://brill.com/view/title/34356).
He has authored numerous publications on international investment and commercial arbitration, including commentary to the selected provisions of the Polish Code of Civil Procedure (on arbitration) and the New York Convention 1958, currently in print by one of the biggest legal publishers in Poland. Full list of publications is available at: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8579-9162
Filip is included in the panels of arbitrators of four courts of arbitration in Poland: Lewiatan Court of Arbitration in Warsaw, Commercial Arbitration Court in Poznań, Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce for Importers, Exporters and Cooperation in Poznań and Online Arbitration Court in Wrocław. He is Counsel at SSW Pragmatic Solutions (https://ssw.solutions/en/team/dr-filip-balcerzak/). His experience includes advising and representing parties in international arbitrations (for example in ad hoc arbitrations with their seat in New York and London) and in commercial dispute resolution, at both national and international levels.
Dr. Joshua Karton(BA, Yale; JD, Columbia; Ph.D., Cambridge) is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the Queen’s University Faculty of Law in Canada. His research and teaching interests encompass international dispute resolution (especially international commercial arbitration), international and comparative contract law, globalization and law, and linguistic issues in law.
Professor Karton is best known for his socio-legal research on international arbitration, in particular his monograph, The Culture of International Arbitration and the Evolution of Contract Law (OUP 2013), which was the first book published since the 1990s and only the second overall to analyze international arbitration from a socio-legal perspective.Currently, Professor Karton is a co-lead investigator on the largest-ever empirical study of international arbitration practice, The Social and Psychological Underpinnings of Commercial Arbitration in Europe, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. His research has also been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Queen’s University, and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Canada’s largest law firm).
Of particular relevance to this project, he is writing a guide to international arbitration law for Canadian judges, a project sponsored by the National Judicial Institute, the main training body for judges in Canada. He is also General Editor of Kluwer Arbitration Practical Content, a new online research service for arbitration practitioners.
Prof. Livia Holden (PhD – School of Oriental and African Studies University of London) leads the European Research Council’s funded project Cultural Expertise in Europe: What is it useful for? (EURO-EXPERT) and a project funded by Global Challenges Research Funds, UK Gender Sensitisation for Judicial Education in Pakistan and Indonesia. She is tenured full professor at the university of Padua (on leave) and Director of Research at the Centre of History and Anthropology of Law (CHAD) at Paris Nanterre. She is SCR Member and College Advisor at St Antony's College.
She regularly provides expert opinions for cases pertaining to immigration law, family law, and criminal law in the United Kingdom, United States and the Netherlands.
She was dean of the humanities and social sciences faculty and professor of anthropology at the Karakoram International University, professor of anthropology at Lahore University of Management Sciences, lecturer of international human rights and research fellow at the Socio-Legal Research Centre at Griffith University, research fellow at Freie University, and visiting professor at Humboldt University Berlin and INALCO Paris. She has been 2015/16 Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Nantes and 2016 Social Sciences Awardee by the Pakistan Inter-University Consortium for the Promotion of Social Sciences. She holds affiliations with the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California Berkeley and Otago University.
Cambodia – Vuthyka Men
Men Vuthyka was a former student of Nagoya University. Vuthyka graduated from Nagoya University with a Master’s Degree (2015) and a Doctoral Degree (2018) in Comparative Law and Political Science.
During her study, she conducted research and wrote theses on issues relating to international commercial arbitration. Presently, Vuthyka works as a Legal Advisor for a law firm in Cambodia with arbitration as one of her focus areas. Vuthyka also teaches Bachelor’s Degree students at the Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia).
Malaysia – Qi Jun Kwong
Qi Jun KWONG is an LL.D. Candidate in the Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University under the supervision of Professor Masabumi Suzuki. Her topic concerns regional economies and cross-border patent infringement. Qi Jun earned her LL.B. from Nagoya University, serving as valedictorian of her class in 2015.
She completed her LL.M. studies in 2017 under a research grant provided by the Ministry of Education of Japan (MEXT) and a scholarship provided by the Sato Yo International Foundation. Parallel to pursuing her doctoral studies, she has lectured on intellectual property law at Meijo University, Japan, and interned at the Legislative and Policy Advice Section, Patent Law Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Mongolia –Munktanaran Munkhtuvshin
MunkhtuvshinMunkhnaran is a second-year master course student in Nagoya University,Graduate School of Law. Her major is International Arbitration Law, especially with regards to thetransplantation of UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration in developingcountries, as well she is interested in gender and age diversity in international arbitration.
Before starting master course in Nagoya University, she served as an administrative secretary in MIAC (Mongolian International Arbitration Center) for two and a half years.
In addition to be a member of the Unit “Decolonizing Arbitration: How to Promote a Fair andCulturally Sensitive use of Commercial and Investment Arbitration”, she is also a member of theArbitrators’ Association of Mongolia which was founded for the same purpose.
Pakistan – Hamid Sarfraz
Hamid Sarfraz, member of Punjab Bar Council, Pakistan. Currently, pursuing master degree(L.L.M) with research in international commercial arbitration at Nagoya University Graduate School of Law, Japan.
Thailand – Apipong Sarntikasem
ApipongSarntikasem is an LL.D. candidate of Nagoya University School of Law, and a judge of the Court of Justice of Thailand. His research focuses primarily on party autonomy and the protection of the weaker party in international litigation.
Previously he served as a judge of the Office of the President of the Supreme Court and various district courts, where he was responsible for numerous projects including the revision of the new Arbitration Act and arbitration rules of the Thai Arbitration Institute, the digital transformation of the Thai court systems, as well as various international litigations in Thailand.
Besides judicial activities, Sarntikasem has been appointed by the Royal Thai government to be a member of the National Justice Reform Sub-Committee and the Working Group on Transnational Civil Procedure, where he actively involved in the drafting of the National Judicial Reform Plan as well as advised the government on the revision of civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution system. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Thai Court of Justice Law Journal.
Sarntikasem holds an LL.B. (Highest Honors) from the University of Tokyo, and LL.M.s (Distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University, focusing on international law and arbitration.
Vietnam – Nguyen Quang Anh
Nguyen Quang Anh is a Junior Lecturer at the Department of International Trade Law on Goods and Services, Faculty of International Trade and Business Law, Hanoi Law University, Vietnam.
Nguyen’s research focuses on comparative law on the international sale of goods, as well as commercial disputes’ settlement.
Nguyen got his Master degree at the Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University, under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Giorgio Fabio Colombo. Prior to becoming a lecturer, he worked as a legal assistant at YKVN LLC, one of the biggest law firm in Vietnam.