The David D. Caron Praelium will take place both in person at the Harmonie Club in New York, NY and via Zoom on Tuesday, November 16.

In this year’s event, leading international advocates Christian Leathley and Natalie Reid will deploy their advocacy skills before a three-member tribunal comprising Lucy ReedThe Honorable Charles N. Brower, and George A. Bermann. The event will take place as part of New York Arbitration Week.

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Register for in person event

Guests should plan to arrive by 5:00pm, as the event will begin promptly at 5:30pm. A canapés and drinks reception will follow the advocacy segment. Please click here to register.

New York State law presently requires proof of vaccination to enter an indoor establishment. In order to attend in person and once registration has been confirmed, guests are required to send a photograph of their vaccination card to [email protected] no later than 1:00pm (ET) on Friday, November 12, 2021. To promote the health and safety of our guests, we will require face masks and arrange for socially distanced seating.

Register for virtual event

For colleagues interested in attending virtually, the event will be livestreamed and will take place via Zoom from 5:30pm – 7:30pm ET (GMT – 4). Please click here to register.


Lucy Reed

Lucy Reed joined Arbitration Chambers as an independent arbitrator in their New York launch in January 2020. Lucy returned to New York from Singapore, where she served as Director of the Centre for International Law and Professor of Practice on the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore.  This followed her retirement in 2016 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she was a leader of the international arbitration and public international law groups, based in the New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore offices.  Lucy is President of ICCA as of May 2020 and President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Court as of October 2021.  She formerly served as the US Agent to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal and a Vice-President of the ICC Court of Arbitration and, like her dear friend David Caron, as President of the American Society of International Law and Chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

The Honorable Charles N. Brower

Judge Brower currently serves as Judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice in three active contentious cases, has been a Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal since 1983, and in the past served as Judge ad hoc of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He is a member of Twenty Essex Chambers in London and has served as Distinguished Visiting Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. Previously, Judge Brower served as Acting Legal Adviser of the United States Department of State, as Deputy Special Counsellor to the President of the United States, and as a partner at White & Case LLP, where he co-founded the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Among other honors, Judge Brower has been awarded the ASIL Manley O. Hudson Medal, U.C. Berkeley Law School’s Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award, the ABA Section of International Law’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the ITA-CAIL’s Pat Murphy Award, GAR’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award of the Center for American and International Law.

Professor George A. Bermann

Professor George A. Bermann is the Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law, and the director of the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA) at Columbia Law School. He principally teaches courses in transnational dispute resolution (international arbitration and litigation) and European Union law. George is an active international arbitrator in commercial and investment disputes; chief reporter of the ALI’s Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration; co-author of the UNCITRAL Guide to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards; chair of the Global Advisory Board of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC); co-editor-in-chief of the American Review of International Arbitration; founding member of the governing body of the ICC Court of Arbitration; chair of the advisory board of the Center for International Investor-State and Commercial Arbitration (CIICA) (Lahore, Pakistan), and the Thai Arbitration Center (Bangkok, Thailand); and member of the board of the Tehran Regional Arbitration Center (Tehran, Iran).


Christian Leathley

Christian is the US Head of International Arbitration and co-head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Latin America group. He specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration. Christian is New York and English law qualified (based full time in New York). He has acted for and advised individuals, corporations, and sovereign States in cases arising from all major industry sectors, including under the rules of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, AAA (ICDR), CAS, and UNCITRAL, as well as having litigation experience in the UK, US, and overseas. Christian regularly appears as an advocate before arbitral tribunals in many different jurisdictions in both English and Spanish. He also frequently lectures on international arbitration, and served as adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, as well as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Christian was recently included in Latinvex’s “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers 2020” in the arbitration and litigation category and recognized by his peers in the Global Top 10 of “Future Leaders in Arbitration” by Who’s Who Legal, and was ranked as a “Thought Leader for Arbitration” by Who’s Who Legal and Global Arbitration Review for 2020. He is also ranked as a Band 2 individual in Chambers (USA & Latin America).

Natalie Reid

Natalie Reid is a partner in Debevoise & Plimpton’s International Dispute Resolution Group and co-chair of the firm’s Caribbean practice. She focuses on international arbitration, public international law, and complex commercial litigation matters. Natalie has deep sector experience with clients in energy (including renewables), mining, and oil and gas. A Jamaican national, she advises and represents multinational corporations, sovereign States, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations in proceedings in international courts and tribunals and in U.S. courts. She acts as counsel in commercial, investment treaty, and public international law arbitrations, and sits as an arbitrator in a wide range of commercial cases. She is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration and the Board of Directors of the London Court of International Arbitration, and a Counsellor of the American Society of International Law.  Natalie is recognized in the leading legal directories as one of the “leaders of international arbitration” of her generation (Chambers), and has been listed as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” (Benchmark Litigation) every year since 2018.

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