Kabir Duggal

Kabir Duggal, PhD

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Kabir Duggal focuses his practice on international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters, serving both as counsel and arbitrator. Dr. Duggal's 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. 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. 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 Somalia's 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.

Dr. Duggal has received several accolades for his work in international arbitration and public international law. He has been ranked as the 4th Most Highly Regarded Future Leader in the Americas by Who's Who Legal (2019). 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), has been recommended by Legal 500 US for "International Arbitration," was listed as a "Super Lawyer" in the New York metro region (2019), and was listed as a "Rising Star" in Commercial Arbitration by Euromoney Legal Medial Group (2019). In 2019, he was also awarded the "Inspiring Citizen Award" by the Institute of Self Reliance and the "Young Lawyer of the Year 2019" by the Indian National Bar Association (the largest voluntary professional association in India). 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) in 2019 and received the “2019 Equality and Diversity Award in Dispute Resolution” by Prime Dispute in 2020.

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 a Course Director and Faculty Member for the Columbia Law School-Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Comprehensive Course on International Arbitration. 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 School's "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-Nijhoff's "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).  He is admitted, inter alia, to the 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, Resolute System: Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, Asian International Arbitration Centre: Panel of Arbitrators and Panel of Mediators, Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA): Arbitrator Roster, Costa Rica Center of Conciliation and Arbitration (CICA): Panel of Arbitrators, Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center (BIAMC): Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, 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

  • 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

Expropriation in International Law
International Law Institute (ILI) Government Training Program on Investor-State Arbitration, Washington DC
Mediation in Investor-State Arbitration Colloquium
Rapporteur, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Alternative Dispute Resolution Diversity Summit
American Arbitration Association, New York, NY
If you are not confused, you are not thinking clearly: Investor-State Arbitration Reform
Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
New Voices in International Arbitration
Moderator, Columbia International Arbitration Association, Columbia Law School, New York, NY
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Recognition

Prime Dispute
"2019 Equality and Diversity Award in Dispute Resolution" (2020)
Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center (BIAMC)
"Top 10 Arbitrators" – Asia Pacific Region (2019)
Leaders in Law – 2020 Global Awards
International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year (USA)
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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
  • Global Advisory Board, Oxford University Press' Investmentclaims.com (since 2017)
  • Associate Editor, Brill-Nijhoff Publishers, International Investment Law and Arbitration (since 2015)
  • ICSID Peer Review Board (since 2014)
  • Editor and Head, Advisory Team on "Procedure," Oxford University Press' Investmentclaims.com (since 2014)
  • The Indian Society of International Law, Life Member (since 2014)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrator Young Members Steering Committee (since 2015)
  • HK Under45 Regional Ambassador for New York, Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (since 2016)
  • Advisory Committee, International Arbitration Cell, Government Law College (since 2017)
  • Advisory Committee, Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association (HIALSA) (since 2017)
  • Co-Chair, Private International Law Interest Group, American Society of International Law (since 2017)
  • Advisory Committee, Georgetown International Investment Law Center (IILC) (since 2018)
  • Diversity Committee, Royal Society of Arts (USA) (since 2018)
  • Large and Complex Committee (LCC), American Arbitration Association (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)
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrator (FCIArb) (since 2018)
  • Fellow, Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AiADR) (FAIADR) (since 2018)
  • Fellow, UK's Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) (since 2018)
  • Fellow, Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center (BIAMC) (FBiAm) (since 2019)
  • International Liaison Officer, Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center (BIAMC) (since 2019)
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