29 August – 31 August 2023
From Algorithm to Awards: The Role of AI in Arbitration and Mediation [Updated]
by AAA-ICDR Asia Case Management Centre
31 August 2023, Thursday
17:30 - 19:00
Maxwell Chambers

Unlock the path to the future of conflict resolution ICDR’s event, "From Algorithms to Awards: The Role of AI in Arbitration and Mediation."


Immerse yourself in a transformative experience where you'll witness firsthand how artificial intelligence (AI) reshapes every aspect of the dispute resolution process. Gain invaluable insights from industry experts as they explore the revolutionary applications of AI in case management, evidence analysis, and decision-making. Engage in dynamic networking opportunities and be part of shaping the future of dispute resolution.


Don't miss this unparalleled opportunity to harness the power of AI and redefine the way conflicts are resolved. Join us and embrace the future of conflict resolution.

*This event is a hybrid event. Register for the event here.



Chief Executive for Asia, Member International Arbitrator, 39 Essex

Abhinav is an international arbitration specialist with subject matter expertise on the rules of different arbitral institutions in general, and of the ICC Rules of Arbitration in particular. He was the first Indian Deputy Counsel of the ICC Court, and assisted the ICC Court in analysing, presenting and resolving difficult and novel issues which arise in international arbitration. He has assisted the ICC Court in the award scrutiny process of international arbitral awards from different jurisdictions. These arbitrations often included complex issues related to emergency arbitration, jurisdictional objections, multi-party, multi-contract situations, constitution of the arbitral tribunal, consolidation of multiple cases and joinder of parties, objection to confirmation and challenges to arbitrators, jurisdiction of arbitrators, conflict of interest and costs. As Director of ICC Arbitration and ADR Services, he advised on the interpretation of ICC Rules and the ICC’s latest policies on transparency disclosure and costs, including expeditious determination of manifestly unmeritorious claims or defences and expedited procedures.


Justice (Retd.) Bridget MCCORMACK

CEO and President, AAA-ICDR

Bridget Mary McCormack is President and CEO of the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution.


She is also a Strategic Advisor to the Future of the Profession Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Until the end of 2022, McCormack was Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, a position her peers selected her for in January 2019 after she served for six years as a Justice. While on the Court, she championed innovation and the use of technology to improve access to justice.


A graduate of New York University Law School, McCormack started her legal career in New York City. In 1996, she joined the Yale Law School faculty. She then joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1998, where she taught criminal law, legal ethics, and numerous clinics. She was Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs from 2002 until 2012.

Smitha MENON

Partner, WongPartnership LLC

Smitha MENON is the Head of the firm's Restructuring & Insolvency Practice and a Partner in the International Arbitration, India and Special Situations Advisory Practices.


Her main areas of practice are corporate disputes and restructuring.


Smitha's international and local appointments include being on the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, the Income Tax Board of Review Panel, the Shanghai Arbitration Commission's Panel of Arbitrators and the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. She is the Asia Co-Chair of the International Insolvency Institute, Asia Group Leader of the World Law Group’s (WLG) Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group, an Honorary Member of the board of the Singapore network of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and a Fellow of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore.


Smitha was the first Chair of the ICC Singapore Arbitration Group and a former Council member of the Singapore Law Society. She was Chairperson of both the Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee and the Singapore Academy of Law Young Members Chapter. She has also served on the Professional Affairs Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law and continues to serve on the Law Society's Inquiry Panel regularly representing the Law Society in disciplinary proceedings. She has been appointed arbitrator on Indian and Nepal law governed arbitrations conducted under the SIAC Rules and ICC Rules.


Partner, King & Spalding

Nils Eliasson, a partner in the King & Spalding’s International Arbitration group, advises clients on commercial and investment treaty disputes in Asia and around the world across a wide range of industry sectors, including energy, construction, private equity and telecommunications. In addition to acting as counsel, he is frequently appointed as arbitrator in international proceedings.


Nils acts as counsel in commercial and investment treaty disputes conducted under the auspices of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Vienna International Arbitration Center (VIAC), German International Arbitration Institute (DIS) and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), as well as in ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.


Partner, Shardul Amarchand

Binsy Susan is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice group at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. She has over 18 years of rich and diverse experience in handling corporate and commercial litigations and arbitrations.


She is a well-known name in the arbitration field and routinely handles complex international and domestic commercial arbitration matters as well as corporate litigation. She routinely handles high profile and complex disputes, in sectors ranging from construction, information technology & telecom, oil & gas, infrastructure. She has been representing clients in arbitrations conducted by various international institutions (e.g., International Chambers of Commerce, Singapore International Arbitration Center, London Court of International Arbitration, American Arbitration Association, Center for Arbitration & Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce, Brazil) as well various international and national ad hoc tribunals.


Executive Vice President, General Counsel, AAA-ICDR

Eric P. Tuchmann is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and its international division, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).


In that capacity, he oversees the ICDR’s operations, strategy and policies. In addition, he manages the organization’s legal and governance affairs, including litigation and regulatory matters involving the AAA-ICDR and its arbitrators and mediators. Mr. Tuchmann served as counsel of record on amicus curiae briefs filed in various courts and cited by the Supreme Court of the United States, and has been involved in various policy initiatives related to alternative dispute resolution. He analyzes domestic and international legal developments impacting the field, serves as an observer to various UNCITRAL working groups, and speaks frequently on arbitration and mediation topics. Mr. Tuchmann previously served as the AAA’s Associate General Counsel, and has managed the ICDR and other offices within the organization.

Justice (Retd.) Nageswara RAO

Justice Nageswara Rao enrolled in the Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh in 1982 and practised in the Andhra Pradesh District courts (1982-1984), Andhra Pradesh High Court (1985-1994) and the Supreme Court (1995-2016). In 2000, he was designated as a Senior Advocate by the Andhra Pradesh High Court. He served two terms as Additional Solicitor General of India (2003-2004 and 2013-2014).

Justice Rao defended J. Jayalalitha in the Disproportionate Assets case before the Karnataka High Court. He also appeared for the state of Tamil Nadu and Christian Medical College in the NEET case before the Supreme Court.


He served on the three-member Supreme Court-appointed Mudgal Committee to conduct an independent inquiry into allegations of corruption and unfair means in the Indian Premier League cricket matches.


On May 13th 2016, he became the seventh person elevated directly from the Bar to the Supreme Court.

Cathryn NEO

Partner, PDLegal LLC

Cathryn is a bilingual (English and Mandarin), triple-qualified (Singapore, England & Wales, and Australia (Vic)) dispute resolution specialist. Cathryn has a broad commercial disputes practice with experience in international arbitration, insolvency and restructuring, and mediation. She also works closely with our China Practice to advise clients on cross-border China-related disputes.


Prior to joining the Firm, Cathryn practised in the Dispute Resolution team of a leading UK international law firm in Singapore. She handled high-value commercial disputes under the SIAC, ICC and HKIAC rules in the financial as well as energy and construction sectors.


An accredited HKIAC Tribunal Secretary, Cathryn has assisted arbitral tribunals in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in her previous role as an Associate for a leading arbitrator, Dr Michael Hwang SC. In addition to her experience in international arbitration, Cathryn also worked with a panel of judges at the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts on issues relating to the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.