Kabir Duggal

Kabir Duggal, PhD

Senior International Arbitration Advisor

Kabir Duggal focuses his practice on international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters, serving both as counsel and arbitrator. Dr. Duggals experience includes complex disputes under numerous bilateral/multilateral investment treaties and contracts in South Asia, Latin America, Central Asia, Middle East, Europe, and Africa. His experience flows from his triple training in international law, common law, and civil law traditions. He has served as an arbitrator in over 40 disputes involving parties from all over the world and across several different industries. The total value of the disputes he has been involved in exceeds 80 billion dollars. He has facilitated the mediation and negotiation of complex disputes. He also acts as a consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) on the creation of a novel “Investment Support Program” (which was shortlisted by Global Arbitration Review for the category of “Best Developments” for 2018). He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Investment Support Program. Dr. Duggal works closely with the US Department of Commerce's Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) as an expert and has undertaken capacity-building workshops in Georgia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. He has also conducted training and capacity-building sessions for several Governments including Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, India, among others on public international law and dispute resolution matters. He also serves on the Federal Republic of Somalias New York Convention Task Force as well as the WTO Negotiating Team (International Board). He is elected to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the California International Arbitration Council, Inc. (CIAC) and also serves on its Academic Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Boston International Arbitration Council (BIAC). Dr. Duggal is also a member of the Young Practitioners Subcommittee for the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge.

Dr. Duggal has received several accolades for his work in international arbitration and public international law. He was awarded the Hind Rattan (“Jewel of India”) award which is the highest diasporic award for people of Indian origin. He has been ranked as the 4th Most Highly Regarded Future Leader in the Americas by WhoWho Legal (2019) and was the youngest practitioner to be listed in the Global Listing of Arbitrators by Whos Who Legal (2020 and 2021). He received the “40 under 40 Rising Star Award” by Legal Era—Legal Media Group in 2018. He has been ranked as a “Rising Star” by Experts Guides (2019 and 2020), has been recommended by Legal 500 US for “International Arbitration," was listed as a “Super Lawyer” in the New York metro region (2019-2021), and was listed as a “Rising Star” in Commercial Arbitration by Euromoney Legal Media Group (2019 and 2021). In 2019, he was also awarded the “Inspiring Citizen Award” by the Institute of Self Reliance. In 2021, Dr. Duggal was awarded “Counsel of the Year” by the largest voluntary organization in Indiathe Indian National Bar Association, he was previously awarded the “Young Lawyer of the Year” (2019). Dr. Duggal has been ranked as among the “Top Ten Arbitrators” for the Asia Pacific Region by the Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center (BIAMC) and received the “2019 Equality and Diversity Award in Dispute Resolution” by Prime Dispute in 2020. In 2021, Dr. Duggal was awarded the “2020 Dispute Resolution Practitioner of the Year for the Americas” and in 2022, he received the “2021 Dispute Resolution Award of the Year--Global.” The Association for Conflict Resolution for Greater New York (ACR GNY) awarded Dr. Duggal with an award for “Significant Impact in International Arbitration.”

Dr. Duggal has considerable experience in various aspects of public international law and dispute resolution. He was a consultant at The World Bank Group in Washington, DC, where he worked with the Development Research Group focusing on socioeconomic rights in the developing world, and for UNICEF on issues of child rights and child protection. He has also worked as a judicial clerk for an Indian Supreme Court Judge.

Dr. Duggal is a Lecturer-in-Law at the Columbia Law School, teaching International Investment Law and Arbitration.” He is also an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School teaching Transnational Litigation and Arbitration.” He is also a course director and faculty member for the Columbia Law School-Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Comprehensive Course on International Arbitration and serves as an academic coordinator for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Diploma Course. He also hosts a leading webinar series entitled TagTime” which involves conversations with leading arbitrators from all over the world. Additionally, he has taught dispute resolution courses in educational institutions all over the world. Dr. Duggal has published several articles and books and is regularly invited to speak at conferences globally. He is the managing editor for Columbia Law Schools The American Review of International Arbitration.” He also serves as an associate editor for ICSID Review” and also serves on its Peer Review Board and is also an associate editor for Brill-Nijhoffs Perspectives in International Investment Law and Arbitration.” He has co-authored a book entitled Evidence in Investment Arbitration” published by Oxford University Press and has received the Burton Law360 Distinguish Legal Writing Award” for his scholarly writings. His writings have been cited by arbitral tribunals and by the Supreme Court of Switzerland. He has been awarded the 2018 Academic Prize” by the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI) and is listed in Leiden University's 2019 Hall of Fame.” He is currently pursuing a second doctoral degree from Harvard Law School.

Dr. Duggal also maintains an active practice as both an arbitrator and mediator. He is also admitted as a Council Member” for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). Dr. Duggal is both a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator and a Certified Mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. He is admitted, inter alia, with institutions all over the world, including AAA and ICDR: Panel of Arbitrators, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR): Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC): Panel of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC): List of Arbitrators, and is also listed on the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the United States Council for International Business (USCIB): Panel of Arbitrators.

Experience

  • Wing Arbitrator in a dispute administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) between a German Party and an American Party arising out of an IT dispute (applicable law: New York).
  • Sole Arbitrator in a dispute administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) between an American company and an Australian company arising out of a Professional Services agreement (applicable law: New York).
  • Sole Arbitrator in a dispute administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for the alleged termination of a Master Agreement (applicable law: New Jersey).
  • Sole Arbitrator in a "large and complex" dispute between two American Companies administered by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) for the alleged breach of an Offering Memorandum (applicable law: Delaware).
  • Chair in a "large and complex" dispute between two American Companies administered by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) arising out of the alleged failure to honor the "put" option in an LLC agreement (applicable law: New York).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a US company and a Hong Kong company on a supply dispute administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) (applicable law: New York).
  • Wing arbitrator in a dispute between a company in the Jersey Islands and a Ghana arising out a Rig Share Deed and an Aviation Services Sharing Agreement administered by the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) (applicable law: England & Wales).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a UK travel company and a customer for alleged breach of travel terms (applicable law: England & Wales).
  • Sole arbitrator in an alleged breach of contract dispute between an Australian party and an American Party administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) (applicable law: New York).
  • Sole arbitrator in a services dispute between two American companies administered by the American Arbitration Association (applicable law: New York).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute in a medical supplies dispute between a Swiss party and an American party administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) (applicable law: Delaware).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute in a medical supplies dispute between a Swiss party and American party administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) (applicable law: Delaware).
  • Chair in an international licensing dispute administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) (applicable law: New York).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a travel agency and a customer for allegedly failing to provide services agreed upon (applicable law: England & Wales).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a travel agency and a customer for alleged misrepresentation of services (applicable law: England & Wales).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a booking agent and a customer for alleged failure to notify of changes to the booking (applicable law: England & Wales).
  • Sole arbitrator in an international dispute for in a dispute between a Mexican and American party administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution in the medical field (applicable law: Utah).
  • Sole arbitrator in an international dispute for breach of contract in a dispute between a Canadian and American party administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (applicable law: New York).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute for the alleged failure to make payments under a financing agreement administered by the American Arbitration Association (applicable law: Utah).
  • Sole arbitrator in a large, international dispute involving breach of a franchise agreement under the UNCITRAL Rules and administered by the ICC (applicable law: Lichtenstein).
  • Arbitral Chair in a large, complex accounting dispute exceeding a million dollars administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with the Accounting and Related Services Rules (applicable law: New York).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute involving breach of contract in the financial sector administered by the American Arbitration Association's Expedited Procedures (applicable law: Delaware).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute involving the alleged failure to perform according to a written commodity supply services agreement administered by the American Arbitration Association (applicable law: New York).
  • Sole arbitrator in a multi-million dollar shipping dispute between an Indian party and a Chinese party administered by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (applicable law: Singapore).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute involving alleged failure to make milestone payments under a contract in relation to an e-commerce platform administered by the American Arbitration Association (applicable law: New York).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute involving a potential breach of the UK Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 administered by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (applicable law: England & Wales).
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute under the UK's Travel Association Scheme administered by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (applicable law: England & Wales).

Perspectives

Enforcement of Arbitral Awards: Challenges
Speaker, 6th ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration
Expert Evidence in International Arbitration
Speaker, CIETAC and Kluwer Arbitration
Arbitrator Ethics and Arbitrator Challenges
Speaker, International Law Institute (ILI) Program for Government Officials
Evidence in International Arbitration
Speaker, International Law Institute (ILI) Program for Government Officials
Future of Investor-State Arbitration and Lessons for Pakistan
Speaker, Inaugural International Arbitration Summit (Pakistan)
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Recognition

Hind Rattan (“Jewel of India”) award
Highest diasporic award for people of Indian origin
International American Council for Research and Development
Universal Outstanding Achievement Award (2022)
International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
“Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in ADR” Award (2022)
ADR Rising Star Award (2022)
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Credentials

Education
  • PhD, Leiden Law School, 2019, Academic Prize by the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI)
  • LLM, International Legal Studies, New York University School of Law, 2008, Hauser Global Scholar, Transitional Justice Fellow
  • BCL, University of Oxford, 2007, Oxford-Cambridge Society of India Scholar, DHL-Times of India Scholar
  • Post Graduate Diploma in International Humanitarian Law, Nalsar University of Law, 2006, Gold Medal
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law, University of Mumbai, 2005, Gold Medal
  • LLB, Government Law College, University of Mumbai, 2004, Gold Medal, 5 awards, and Ranganath Rao Trophy
Admissions
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • England and Wales
  • India
Clerkships
  • Supreme Court of India, The Honorable Sujata Manohar
Activities
  • ICSID Peer Review Board (since 2014)
  • Editor and Head, Advisory Team on "Procedure," Oxford University Press' Investmentclaims.com (since 2014)
  • Life Member, The Indian Society of International Law (since 2014)
  • Associate Editor, Brill-Nijhoff Publishers, International Investment Law and Arbitration (since 2015)
  • HK Under45 Regional Ambassador for New York, Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (since 2016)
  • Co-Chair, Private International Law Interest Group, American Society of International Law (since 2017)
  • Advisory Committee, International Arbitration Cell, Government Law College (since 2017)
  • Advisory Committee, Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association (HIALSA) (since 2017)
  • Global Advisory Board, Oxford University Press' Investmentclaims.com (since 2017)
  • Large and Complex Committee (LCC), American Arbitration Association (since 2018)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrator (FCIArb) (since 2018)
  • Diversity Committee, Royal Society of Arts (USA) (since 2018)
  • Fellow, Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AiADR) (FAIADR) (since 2018)
  • Fellow, UK's Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) (since 2018)
  • Member, Council of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) (since 2019)
  • Member, International Bar Association's (IBA) Taskforce for the revision of the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration and the Commentary on the Rules (since 2019)
  • International Liaison Officer, Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center (BIAMC) (since 2019)
  • Advisory Board, Boston International Arbitration Council (BIAC) (since 2020)
  • Ambassador, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on One Belt, One Road (since 2020)
  • Steering Committee, Pledge for Greener Arbitrations (2020)
  • Senior Fellow, Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center (BIAMC) (SFBiAm) (since 2020)
  • Publications Committee, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) (2020)
  • Editor, Jus Mundi (2020)
  • Executive Committee, Rising Arbitrators Initiative (RAI) (2020)
  • Academic Taskforce Co-Chair, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)’s USCIB (2022)
  • Distinguished Associate Editor, African Journal of International Arbitration (2022)
  • 2022’s International Arbitration Editorial Board, Law360 (2022)
  • Challenge Review Board; Procedures and Challenge Task Force, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) (2022)
  • Chartered Arbitrator, Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)) (2022)
  • Ambassador, American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation (2022)
  • International Commercial Disputes Committee, New York City Bar, Affiliate Member (2022)
  • Institute of Transnational Arbitration (ITA), Academic Council (2022)
  • Law360, International Arbitration, Editorial Board (2022)
  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law, India Conference Co-Chair (2022)
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