Reza Mohtashami KC and Vamika Puri have contributed two chapters to The Plurality and Synergies of Legal Traditions in International Arbitration: Looking Beyond the Common and Civil Law Divide, recently published by Kluwer Law International. The book was edited by Nayla Comair-Obeid and Stavros Brekoulakis.

Reza authored the chapter, “Some Observations on the Civil Law: Common Law Dichotomy – The Approach to Procedural and Legal Issues”. The chapter considers two examples, one procedural and the other concerning a substantive legal issue, of the differences that remain in the widely accepted form of international arbitration best practice which has emerged over the past two-decades.

Vamika co-authored the chapter on “Judicial Intervention, Perception and Reaction: The Civil-Common Law Approaches”, with Dr. Michael Hwang SC. The chapter summarises a 2017 CIArb conference panel discussion chaired by Dr. Michael Hwang SC, on the common and civil law approaches to judicial intervention and the policy ground of refusing enforcement of an arbitral award.

To find out more and to view the publication online, click here.


Reza is a partner in the London office. He has represented clients as counsel and advocate in more than 90 arbitrations conducted under a variety of arbitration rules in many different jurisdictions. Reza has particular expertise in disputes arising in emerging markets with a focus on the telecoms, energy, and infrastructure sectors.

Reza regularly acts as arbitrator and has been appointed as party-nominated arbitrator, Chair or Sole Arbitrator in more than 20 arbitrations conducted under the ICC, LCIA, ICDR-AAA, SIAC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA Rules.

Reza is a trustee of the Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution, a member of the LCIA Court, and an editorial board member of Global Arbitration Review. He is a former Vice-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee, a past president of the LCIA Arab Users’ Council, a member of the LCIA Court, a trustee of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.


Vamika is an associate in the Singapore office. She has experience with complex commercial and investment treaty arbitrations across a range of sectors including construction, energy, and real estate. Vamika has also advised States on matters of international trade.

Before joining Three Crowns, Vamika trained with arbitration teams in London, Paris, and Geneva, as well as with arbitrators Dr. Michael Hwang SC and Mr. Andrew Moran KC.

Vamika is admitted to practice in New York. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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