Nicola Peart, an associate in the Washington, DC office of Three Crowns, has been appointed as a member of the International Bar Association’s under-40 arbitration subcommittee, the IBA Arb 40. She will serve on the committee for a two-year term with the option for a further two years.


The IBA Arb 40 was established for younger arbitrators aged 40 or below who focus on thought leadership for the next generation of arbitration practitioners. Since 2015, the IBA Arb 40 has produced reports on the state of arbitration and its prospects in different regions; a tool kit for award writing for young arbitrators; a compendium of arbitration practice with suggested procedural improvements; and a guide to technology resources for young practitioners.

The group is currently updating the guide to technology resources to include a chapter on virtual hearing platforms, remote interpretation and translation services, and institutions’ remote services, all of which have taken on heightened importance due to COVID-19. It is also working on a project on ethics in international arbitration.


Nicola, an English-qualified barrister, represents States and private parties before a variety of international courts and tribunals. She has acted as counsel in commercial, investment, and ad hoc arbitrations, and has appeared as counsel before the International Court of Justice. She also advises and represents parties in arbitration-related court matters, including before the UK Supreme Court.

Nicola is a member of the Cross-Institutional Task Force on Gender Diversity in Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings and the Legal Secretary to the Ethics Commission of the International Tennis Federation. She has an active pro bono practice advising and representing developing countries and NGOs.

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