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Homayoon ARFAZADEH
Dr. iur., LL.M. (NYU)
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Detailed professional record
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Spoken languages
  • English
  • French
  • Persian
Bar admissions
  • New-York Bar (2002)
  • Geneva Bar (1995)
Education
  • Ph.D., Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, 2004
  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, New York, NY, 2001
  • Fellow, Swiss National Research Fund (FNRS), Bern, Switzerland Young Scholar, 1990-1991
  • Lic. iur., University of Geneva School of Law, Geneva, Switzerland, 1987
Representative Cases
  • Acted as arbitrator (Chairman, Sole and Co-Arbitrator), counsel and expert in over 85 international arbitrations, including:

interstate oil arbitrations regarding trading of crude oil, construction and exploitation of a pipeline and a tanker fleet;

USD 17 billion dispute over Andersen Worldwide Organization;

construction and major industrial plants disputes (steel, pipe and profile, aluminium);

technology transfer disputes (aluminium, pipes. petrochemical);

sales-purchase contracts of crude oil between a National Producer Company and a consortium of National Importers;

transnational merger disputes;

America’s Cup Arbitration (Alinghi, Russell Coutts, Ernesto Bertarelli);

construction disputes between promoter, contractor and sub contractor;

international sponsorship, agency, investment and sales agreement;

other major cases involve ad hoc, ICC Paris, KLRCA Kuala Lumpur, CIETAC China, Swiss Rules in Geneva and Zurich concerning gas-oil, foreign investment, construction projects, sale-of-goods, consultancy, agency, R&D and joint ventures, real estate law, public international law and Islamic law.

  • Acted in major civil litigation and criminal procedures (contractual, financial crime, regulatory and sanctions compliance) before the Federal District Court of New York, US Attorney General and Manhattan District Attorney, including one of the largest compliance cases against an international banking institution.
  • Acted in major civil litigation and criminal procedures (contracts, fraud and financial crime, banking law, bankruptcy and compliance) before Swiss Courts, Prosecutors and regulatory authorities.
Positions held
  • Lecturer, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland Law, Development & Globalization, 2007-2008
  • Consultant, WTO/UNCTAD International Trade Centre, Geneva, Switzerland:
  • Rapporteur: International conference on “Managing Commercial Dispute Resolution Centres”, Chamonix, 17-19 May 2006;
  • Drafter of Model Law on "National Export Councils", May-September 2004;
  • Member of the pro-bono Drafting Committee on Model contracts on international Joint Ventures and international Sale of goods, 1999-2003.
  • Visiting Scholar, New York University School of Law, New York, NY International Justice and Moral Philosophy, 2001-2002
  • Lecturer and Assistant, University of Geneva School of Law, Geneva, Switzerland Constitutional Law and International Human Rights, 1987-1992
  • Legal Counsel, Regional Centre for Arbitration, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Of Counsel, 1991-1998
  • Internships and Short Assignments:
  • Iran-US Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, September-December 1990;
  • Asian-African Legal Consultative Committee, New Delhi, India, January-March 1991;
  • ICC Court of International Arbitration, Paris, France, April-July 1991.
Memberships
  • Member of the SCAI Arbitration Court
  • Member of the ICC Arbitration Commission
    Delegate of the Swiss National committee of the ICC for arbitration
  • List of International Arbitrators of major international arbitration institutions
  • Geneva and Swiss bar Associations
  • Swiss Arbitration Association
  • New York Bar Association
Recent Publications
  • A Practitioner's Approach to Interest Claims under Sharia law in International Arbitration, in Interest, Auxiliary and Alternative Remedies in International Arbitration, Ed. Filip De Ly and Laurent Levy, Dossier of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, 2008, pp. 211 ff;
  • Ordre public et arbitrage international à l'épreuve de la mondialisation. Une théorie critique des sources du droit des relations transnationales, Schulthess-Zurich, LGDJ-Paris, Bruylant-Bruxelles, 2005, 351 pages. Second Edition appeared in December 2006;
  • Iran: la Médiation Européenne ou le Dangereux Engrenage, Le Temps, 5 mai 2006, p. 1 et 17;
  • In the shadow of the "unruly horse": International Arbitration of the Public Policy Exception, in American review of international arbitration, 2004 special edition, 50th anniversary of the Institute of Judicial Administration of New York University, pp.43 ff;
  • Draft Model Enactment (Model Law) on National Export Council, including article by article commentary and recommendations concerning by-laws, International Trade Centre, WTO/UNCTAD Executive Forum, Montreux, September 2004;
  • Israel's Best Bet: True Justice or International Law?, RSDIE 2002, no. 4, pp. 479 ff;
  • Considérations pragmatiques sur la compétence respective de l'Arbitre et du Juge en matière de contrats de corruption, Bulletin ASA 2001, no. 4, pp. 672 ff;
  • Arbitrability under the 1958 New York Convention: the lex fori revisited, Journal of the London Court of International Arbitration, Vol. 17, no. 1, 2001, pp. 73 ff;
  • Actionnariat responsable et état de droit international, in: Ateliers pour la pratique du droit international public et du droit international humanitaire, Institut Henri Dunant, Genève, Audio, éd. Bibliothèque publique d'information, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1998;
  • Juge d'appui et for de nécessité, Bulletin ASA 1996, no.2, pp. 325 ff. Costs under UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and their Adaptation to an Institutional Setting, in: ASA Conference Papers, Zurich 1997;
  • Costs under UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and their Adaptation to an institutional Setting, in Swiss Arbitration Association Conference Papers, Zurich, Jan. 1997;
  • L'ordre public du fond et l'annulation de sentences arbitrales internationales en Suisse, RSDIE 1995, pp. 245 ff;
  • Settlement of international trade disputes in South East Asia: The experience of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, The Malaysian law Journal cxxii, Singapore 1992;
  • New perspective in South East Asia and Delocalised Arbitration in Kuala Lumpur, Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 8, no. 4, p. 104, 1991;
  • Law, Religion and Family in the Islamic Republic of Iran: An Introduction, in: Iran seminar – Danish and Nordic Refugee Councils, in cooperation with the UNHCR regional office, Copenhagen, 1991.
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