CIDRA: Full Speed Ahead


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The newsletter of the
Chicago Dispute Resolution Association

Winter 2009

Dear CIDRA Friends:

Welcome to the Newsletter of the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association Winter 2009 edition. We present you with updates on relevant legal precedent, CIDRA speaker summaries and important news in the area of international commercial arbitration.

In this edition, we examine the Hague Convention on Choice of Courts Agreements and consider the potential impact it will have on international arbitration. We also analyze the principal mechanisms for resolving international commercial disputes through an article on “International Commercial Arbitration: ADR in cross-Border Business Disputes.” The article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each mode of dispute resolution. In addition, we summarize recent, important court holdings related to arbitration appeals and awards. Also, we review CIDRA’s recent events and announce some upcoming events that you will not want to miss.

Finally, we welcome two new panelists to our membership ranks. We are pleased to introduce to you Hew R. Dundas and Michael Tselentis.

We appreciate your feed-back and look forward to publishing your articles or comments.

Peter V. Baugher

Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association



New CIDRA Arbitrators
New Intern
Speaker's Corners
ADR in Crossborder Disputes
News & Notes
Closing Arguments



March 14, 2009

Chicago Vis Mini-Moot at Loyola University School of Law

March 17, 2009

Ramon Mullerat discusses European Perspectives on Arbitration at John Marshall Law School

April 8, 2009

Catherine Kessedjian on the View from Paris at Chicago-Kent College of Law

Read on using the links below, or download the PDF file.

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CIDRA: Full Speed Ahead (page 2)

CIDRA Welcomes Two New CIDRA Panelists

CIDRA is pleased to welcome two new CIDRA panelists: Hew R. Dundas and Michael Tselentis.

Hew R. Dundas and President of Supreme Court of Ecuador
Mr. Dundas is a Chartered Arbitrator (CIArb), CEDR-Accredited Mediator and Expert Determiner in practice full-time as a Sole Practitioner in Dispute Resolution. Mr. Dundas has over thirty years of experience in the oil and gas industry including being Head of Legal for Cairn Energy and being a full-time International Arbitrator, Mediator, and Expert Determiner in Oil & Gas, Energy and other commercial disputes. He is a member of numerous arbitral associations worldwide (including being a FINRA arbitrator), and served as President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for 2007. Mr Dundas is also a WSET-qualified Wine Trade Professional; in his younger days, he was also renowned for his success as a Motorsports Consultant, in which he developed his principal hobby into an internationally respected racing business. 
Hew R. Dundas (left) with the President of the Supreme Court of Ecuador
Michael TselentisMr. Tselentis practices as a Barrister and Arbitrator at the English Bar as a specialist in international commercial litigation and arbitration. He was appointed Queens’ Counsel in the UK in 2003. He is also a Chartered Arbitrator (UK), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn. He was appointed Senior Counsel in South Africa in 1989, and an Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1992. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cape Town (BA, LLB) and Oxford (BCL) which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. More information on our arbitrators is available here.
Michael Tselentis 

Spring Intern

Kevin Walsh in Egypt
CIDRA’s new intern is Kevin Walsh. Kevin is a second-year law student at DePaul University College of Law and his focus of study is international commercial law. Kevin has been selected for the International Arbitration Team that will travel to Vienna, Austria for the Vis Competition this Spring. His interest in international law stems from his experiences abroad in both Europe and the Middle East. Kevin studied Arabic in Egypt, and worked there as an editor for an international business magazine before returning to the United States to study law. His goal is to use his travel experience and language skills as a spring-board for a career in international law, specifically in the areas of arbitration or transnational business. This goal is a long way from Boulder, Colorado, where he grew up and went to college at the University of Colorado. In college, Kevin earned honor’s recognition for his research and writing in the field of psychology, and published an article in conjunction with one of his physics Professors. Kevin is excited to bring his interests and experiences to CIDRA and looks forward to meeting all of CIDRA’s distinguished members...
Kevin Walsh