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PLP SPEAKER SERIES: January 26
 

beautiful indian windowBilateral Investment Treaties with India:
Practitioners' Roles and Perspectives

Thursday, January 26, 2012, noon
Wasserstein, Milstein West A, Harvard Law School

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Panelists

Nishith Desai
Founder & Managing Partner
Nishith Desai Associates

Nishith Desai is the founder & managing partner of Nishith Desai Associates. He is an international tax and corporate law expert, researcher, published author and lecturer in leading academic institutions around the world. Nishith Desai is listed in the Lex Witness “Hall of Fame: Top 50” individuals who have helped shape the legal landscape of modern India. He is also the recipient of Prof. Yunus “Social Business Pioneer of India” 2010 award. He has been voted “External Counsel of the Year 2009” by Asian Counsel and Pacific Business Press and the “Most In Demand Practitioners” by Chambers Asia 2009. He has been ranked No. 28 in a global Top 50 “Gold List” by Tax Business, a UK-based journal for the international tax community. Nishith Desai holds a special licence from the State Bar of California to practice Indian law. He is also a leading lawyer for private equity and venture capital, highly recommended for tax and recommended for M&A and Media laws by PLC Which Lawyer? 2009.

Vyapak Desai
Senior Attorney, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Nishith Desai Associates

Vyapak Desai heads the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice at the multi-skilled, research-based international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates with offices in Mumbai, Silicon Valley, Bangalore and Singapore. He is also a Senior Attorney in the Corporate and Securities Practice group at the firm. Mr. Desai is a trained mediator and represents clients in a wide-range of services with a special focus on cutting edge cross-border and complex litigations and international commercial arbitrations. He has extensive experience advising clients with creative and pragmatic solutions in order to attain effective dispute resolution strategies. He is a member of Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association and the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa.

Prateek Bagaria
Associate
Nishith Desai Associates

Prateek Bagaria completed his law education from the Government Law College, Mumbai. He is currently an associate at Nishith Desai Associates and is a core member of the firm's International Litigation and Disputes Practice. His practice area includes International Commercial Arbitration, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Domestic Litigation and Arbitration and advising on pre litigation strategies. He is a member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa.

Anthea Roberts
Visiting Profesor, Harvard Law School
Lecturer, London School of Economics

Anthea Roberts is a lecturer at the London School of Economics. Her field of expertise is public international law with a particular focus on international dispute resolution, investment treaty law, international law before national courts and the sources of international law. She studied at the Australian National University, the University of Oxford and NYU School of Law. She served as a clerk for Chief Justice Murray Gleeson at the High Court of Australia and as an intern for Judge Bruno Simma at the International Court of Justice before spending five years as an associate in the International Dispute Resolution Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York and London. She has twice been awarded the Francis Deak Prize by the American Society of International Law, once in 2002 for her article 'Traditional and Modern Approaches to Customary International Law' 95 AJIL 757 (2001) and again in 2011 for her article 'Power and Persuasion in Investment Treaty Interpretation: The Dual Role of States' 104 AJIL 179 (2010). She is currently participating in the ILA Study Group on the Principles on the Application of International Law by Domestic Courts and she has previously served as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, as a co-chair of the ASIL Annual Meeting and as the rapporteur for the International Bar Association's Task Force on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction.

Mihaela Papa
Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession

Mihaela Papa earned her Ph.D. in International Relations and her M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Her academic focus has been at the nexus of international law and international relations, particularly in the fields of political economy of international institutions and sustainable development. Mihaela’s doctoral dissertation examined forum shopping as a form of disengagement from global institutions. She has taught Global Governance and International Organization at Boston University and published a book on the reform of global environmental governance. Before her graduate studies, Mihaela worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia (Multilateral Section) and completed its Diplomatic Academy. She has a B.A. in Economics-Trade from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Mihaela is conceptualizing and managing research on the Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies project, and is currently working on a comparative study of India, Brazil and China’s efforts to develop legal capacity and strategize in the context of trade and investment regimes, and on a study of India’s investment lawyering.

About Nishith Desai

Nishith Desai Associates (NDA) is a research based international law firm with offices in Mumbai, Bangalore, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Mumbai-BKC and New Delhi. We specialize in strategic legal, regulatory and tax advice coupled with industry expertise in an integrated manner. Key clients include marquee repeat Fortune 500 clientele, of which over 60 per cent are US corporations. Core practice areas include International Tax, International Tax Litigation, International Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Fund Formation, Fund Investments, Capital Markets, Employment and HR, Intellectual Property, Corporate & Securities Law, Competition Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, JVs & Restructuring, General Commercial Law and Succession and Estate Planning. Our specialized industry niches include financial services, IT and telecom, education, pharma and life sciences, media and entertainment, real estate and infrastructure.

 

 
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