Shaparak Saleh will be part of a two-member panel discussing “Deference in Annulment and Enforcement Proceedings” during a colloquium on Deference in International Arbitration, co-hosted by Sciences Po and New York University’s Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law.

Shaparak will consider the topic from a French law perspective. She will explore both the deference (or lack thereof) of annulment and enforcement courts to arbitral tribunals and that of enforcement courts to the courts at the seat.

The responsibility to control awards is shared among multiple actors including arbitral tribunals and institutions, domestic courts at the seat, and recognition and enforcement courts. The overarching question is whether any of these decision makers should pay deference to previous determinations by a different decision maker.

The colloquium will be held in person at Sciences Po (Paris) on Monday 20 June from 9:00am to 12:30pm CEST.

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Shaparak is a partner in the Paris office. She has acted as counsel in a large number of commercial arbitrations both ad hoc and institutional, including under the ICC, IEMA, LCIA, UNCITRAL, and VIAC rules. Her experience includes post-M&A disputes, and disputes in the construction, energy, aeronautics, space, telecommunications, food, chemicals, and pharmaceutical sectors, relating to projects in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Shaparak also has broad experience in pre- and post-arbitration litigation before the French courts, having represented clients in some 25 set-aside proceedings. She is recognised in Global Arbitration ReviewWho’s Who Legal, and Décideurs.

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