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Arbitration Profiles - Interview With David W. Rivkin

Arbitration Profiles is a podcast that explores topics in international arbitration through a series of interviews with some of its most prominent players. Every episode, host Emma Rose Bienvenu speaks to a guest about their work, their opinions on contentious issues in the field, and the most exciting trends they see shaping its future. 

 

This week, Emma Rose speaks to David W. Rivkin, the Immediate Past Present of the International Bar Association (IBA), a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton’s New York and London offices and Co-Chair its International Dispute Resolution Group. Their wide-ranging conversation begins by examining international arbitration’s role in the development and current operation of the global trade ecosystem, touching in particular upon the ongoing debate over Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). They move on to discuss Mr. Rivkin’s creative views on the roles international arbitration could play in addressing issues like corruption and climate change. The interview wraps up with a discussion of Mr. Rivkin’s vision of lawyers as “wise counsellors” to their clients and “guardians of the corporation’s integrity”, and how that role interacts with the more traditional mandate of being a partner to the business leader.

 

Our host, Emma Rose Bienvenu, is a current McGill 2L. In addition to hosting our podcast, she is President of the McGill Business Law Association. She holds an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Economics and Finance from Sciences Po Paris, and an undergraduate degree in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Paris, a year of which she spent at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. 

 

If you have questions, comments, or recommendations for future episodes, email our host at emma.bienvenu@mail.mcgill.ca

 

Questions & Answers

 

A role model, dead or alive … “My parents!”

Which would you want to be if you were …
a city? “New York, because it is an international center that overflows with music, theater, sports, food and other interests.”

an animal? “A dog, because they have a nice life and are always surrounded by a loving family.”

The best academic book or article you’ve read in the past year: “‘Arbitrating for Peace’, published by the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce”.

The best non-academic book or article you’ve read in the three years: “Baseball as a Road to God.”

Best advice you’ve ever received: “In order to succeed at anything, you have to be happy in that pursuit.”

 

 

Arbitration Profiles - Interview With Rocío Digón

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Arbitration Profiles will explore topics in international arbitration through a series of interviews with some of its most prominent players. Every episode, we will meet with a different guest to discuss their work, their opinions on contentious issues in the field, and the most exciting trends they see shaping its future. The podcast is hosted by Emma Rose Bienvenu and produced by Quentin Montpetit.

 

This week, we speak to Rocío Digón, the managing director of the ICC’s North American dispute resolution arm. As the leading institution in international commercial arbitration, the ICC International Court of Arbitration appoints arbitrators, administers ongoing cases and scrutinizes final awards. Rocío gives listeners a primer on the mechanics of institutional arbitration, and on the ICC’s unique and evolving value proposition. She touches upon topical issues – like the spike in emergency measures or the ICC’s new expedited rules of procedure – and other more perennial ones, namely the field’s stubborn lack of diversity. We chat about how institutions can help facilitate the inevitable “changing of the guard” in international arbitration, and about creative ways the ICC seeks to promote the advancement of promising young arbitrators.

 

Our podcast host, Emma Rose Bienvenu, is a native Montrealer and current McGill 1L. After an undergrad split between Sciences Po Paris and Georgetown University, she obtained a Masters degree in Economics from Sciences Po Paris and an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She has held jobs and internships in management consulting, telecoms, the US Congress and the ICC’s New York office.

If you have questions, comments, or recommendations for future episodes, email our host at emma.bienvenu@mail.mcgill.ca

 

Questions & Answers

 

A role model, dead or alive … “My mother!”

The best academic book or article you have read in the past year:
“Italo Calvino’s Six Memos for the Next Millennium.”

Which would you want to be if you were …
a city? “New York! It’s obvious, isn’t it? There’s something for everyone at every stage of life. Regardless of your field or what you want to do within it, it’s all here and happening in a very organic way.”
an animal? “Definitely a flamingo. I have very happy childhood memories of visiting a flamingo state park in the Bahamas; there’s a picture of me standing in it, completely surrounded by flamingos and looking so completely happy. I’ve had an affinity for them every since.”

Best advice you’ve ever received:

“With respect to law, it was “Go learn domestic law, then come back”. I was given that advice by a professor who wanted me to master US law before moving on to work with international law.

On a more personal level, “Find where your heart and your mind intersect, and follow that path.”

 

 

Marleen Stacey - Restorative Justice Program in Kahnawake (Sken:nen A’onsonton)

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Sken:nen A’onsonton is a restorative justice program in Kahnawake, a reserve on the South Shore of Montreal.For our inaugural episode, Samantha Levy sits down with its coordinator, Marleen Stacey, to discuss why the program was started, how it addresses particular needs within the community, and how her training as a social worker has assisted her in her practice.

Ms. Stacey presents the range of conflicts that Sken:nen A’onsonton deals with – from school disciplinary issues, to family law and criminal offences. More specifically, she speaks from experience about the types of conflicts that are best and worst suited to resolution through restorative justice.

Find out more about Sken:nen A’onsonton at www.kahnawakeadr.com

 

 

Video Blogs

Stephen Drymer - “The new IBA guidelines on the taking of evidence” (April 2016)

Margaret Ryan - “Preparing fact witness statements in international arbitration” (April 2016)

Fredric L. Carsley - Negotiation as Football (February 2016)

Dr. Dominic D'abate - What is Parenting Coordination? (January 2016)