The David D. Caron Praelium 2022 will take place both in person at the Harmonie Club in New York, NY and via Zoom on Thursday, November 17.

In this year’s event, leading international advocates R. Doak Bishop and Angeline Welsh will deploy their advocacy skills before a three-member tribunal comprising Chiann BaoThe Honorable Charles N. Brower and Professor George A. Bermann. The event will take place as part of New York Arbitration Week.

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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.

Registration is free and seats are awarded on a first come, first served basis.


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.



Chiann Bao is an independent arbitrator with Arbitration Chambers (with offices in New York, Hong Kong and London). She has been appointed as chair, co-arbitrator, emergency arbitrator, and sole arbitrator in arbitrations under most of the major institutional rules totalling several billion USD in dispute. Chiann currently serves as a Vice Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee. She is also a Vice President of the ICC Court of Arbitration and a co-chair of the ICC Commission’s Task Force on ADR and Arbitration. From 2010 to 2018, she served as the Secretary General of the HKIAC and was subsequently appointed as a Council Member of the HKIAC. She regularly lectures on international arbitration at universities worldwide including at Sciences Po Law School and University of Hong Kong and is a member of the Board of Trustees and an honorary senior fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Chiann serves as a member of the advisory board for the Journal of International Arbitration. She a member of the global advisory board for the New York International Arbitration Center.  Chiann is a Chartered Arbitrator and CEDR-accredited mediator.


Judge Brower has recently served 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 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).



Doak Bishop is a partner in King & Spalding’s Houston Office. He has forty-six years of legal experience, with a focus on international arbitration and foreign investment disputes. Doak has acted as arbitrator in approximately 85 arbitrations, including ICSID, LCIA, ICC, AAA/ICDR, NAFTA, and UNCITRAL arbitrations. His professional affiliations include: Executive Committee, ICCA (2018-2022); Board of Advisors of SIAC (2012-2015); Board of Advisors, American Arbitration Association (AAA) (2010-2014); Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law (2017-2020); Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law; Chair of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration (2012-2015); Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law (3rd) of International Commercial Arbitration; Adjunct Professor, SMU Law School (1999), University of Texas Law School (2014); University of Oklahoma Law School (2012, 2013, 2015); Co-Chair, International Litigation Committee of ABA’s Litigation Section  (1998-2000); and Chair, Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas (1998-1999). Doak’s thought leadership includes  being the editor of The Art of Advocacy in International Arbitration (2nd ed. Juris Publishing 2010); co-author of Foreign Investment Disputes: Cases, Materials and Commentaries (Kluwers, 2nd ed. 2014); editor of Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Against Sovereigns (Juris 2009); and co-author of Annulment Under the ICSID Convention. He obtained his B.A. degree with high honors and departmental distinction from Southern Methodist University, and his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Texas Law School.


Angeline Welsh of Essex Court Chambers is a commercial litigator with over 15 years of experience and specific expertise in international arbitration. She has appeared (unled) before the English Commercial Court, the English Court of Appeal, and conducted substantial advocacy before both commercial and investment treaty arbitral tribunals. She has also appeared (led) before the Supreme Court and the Privy Council, as well as various courts in the Caribbean. Angeline also regularly sits as arbitrator.

Prior to being called to the English Bar in 2015, Angeline was Counsel and Solicitor Advocate with a major international law firm. She has litigated a broad range of disputes before the English courts, courts in the commonwealth, and arbitral tribunals under the LCIA, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and BVI IAC rules.  In 2021, Angeline was named International Arbitration Junior of the Year by Chambers and was recognised as a Global Leader for Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal.  Angeline was previously named as a “Star at the Bar” by Legal Week.

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