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Click here to enlarge.   John P. GAFFNEY IAI Member   
Al Tamimi & Company
Al Sila Tower Level 26
Al Sowwah Square Al Maryah Island
PO Box 44046 - Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 (0)2 813 0444
Fax: +971 (0)2 813 0445

Languages   English (native); French (good working knowledge); Italian (knowledge)
Nationality   Ireland
Bar Admission   Solicitor, Republic of Ireland - 1994
Solicitor, England & Wales - 2007
Education   National University of Ireland, Cork (BCL - 1990; LLB - 1991); University of San Diego at Dublin University (Diploma, Dublin Institute in International & Comparative Law - Summer 1990)); University of Amsterdam (LLM in EU & International Trade Law - 1998); National University of Ireland, Dublin (Diploma in International Arbitration - 2002)
as Arbitrator  
Sole arbitrator in arbitration proceedings under the Rules of the DIAC; Panelist in WIPO disputes; administrative secretary in proceedings before the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)
as Counsel  
Several domestic and international arbitration proceedings, ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) and under the Rules of the ICC, LCIA, ADCCAC, DIAC, BCDR-AAA, DIFC, ICSID (telecommunications, oil & gas, construction, mergers & acquisitions, and agency matters)
Relating to  
• "UAE," in Commercial Arbitration 2017 (GAR, 2017) (with T.R. Sinder and D. Al Houti)

• "Should the European Union regulate commercial arbitration?," 33(1) Arb. Int'l 81 (2017)

• "Arbitrating in Abu Dhabi's commercial freezone – An overview," GAR (Feb. 2017) (with M. Nasreddine)

• "State Courts and the Proposed New Investment First Instance and Appellate Decisions," in Yearbook on International Arbitration and ADR, Vol. 5, at 143 (M. Roth, M. Geistlinger eds., 2017)

• "State Courts and the Proposed New Investment First Instance and Appellate Decisions," TDM 1 (2017)

• "The Rule of Law and Alternatives to Investment Arbitration," 1(1) Eur. Int'l Arb. Rev. 267 (2016)

• "The EU proposal for an Investment Court System: what lessons can be learned from the Arab Investment Court?," Columbia FDI Perspectives (29 Aug. 2016)

• "Overview of Recent EU-Related Developments in Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration," in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers 2015, at 151 (A.W. Rovine ed., Brill, 2016)

• "Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA)," TDM (2016)

• "Ireland," in World Arbitration Reporter (2016) (with E. Crowley)

• "European Bilateral Approaches," in International Investment Law: A Handbook 186 (M. Bungenberg, J. Griebel, S. Hobe, and A. Reinisch eds., Nomos, 2015) (with Z. Akçay)

• "When is investor-state dispute settlement appropriate to resolve investment disputes? An idea for a rule-of-law ratings mechanism," Columbia FDI Perspectives (8 June 2015)

• "International Commercial Arbitration - Procedural Approaches: Civil Law versus Common Law," TDM (2015) (with A. Ndong)

• "Cost allocation in investment arbitration: Forward toward incentivization," Columbia FDI Perspective (9 June 2014) (with J. Nicholson)

• "Achieving sustainable development objectives in international investment: Could future IIAs impose sustainable development-related obligations on investors?," Columbia FDI Perspective (11 Nov. 2013) (with J. Sarvanantham)

• "Intra-EU BITs: Toothless Tigers Or Do They Still Bite?," SchiedsVZ 2013, at 68 (with J. Schaefer)

• "Should Investment Treaty Tribunals Be Permitted to Request Preliminary Rulings From the Court of Justice of the European Union?," TDM (2013)

• "EU Member State Defends Measures Adverse to Energy Sector Investments on the basis of EU law," in King & Spalding Energy Newsletter (Feb. 2013) (with C. Soule)

• "Case Comment – Slovak Republic v. Eureko B.V., OLF Frankfurt (10 May 2012)," 2012(4) Cahiers de l'arbitrage / Paris J. Int'l Arb. 769

• "Sur la question des traités intra-européens et l'arrêt Eureko," 2012(4) Cahiers de l’arbitrage / Paris J. Int’l Arb. 769 (with C. Soule)

• "Non Party Autonomy: Displacing the Negative Effect of the Principle of 'Competence-Competence' in England?," 29(1) J. Int'l Arb. 107 (2012)

• "How Important is it to Develop a Coherent Case Law?: The Role of Judicial Dialogue in Investment Arbitration," in Droit européen et l'arbitrage d'investissement (C. Kessedjian ed., Panthéon-Assas, 2011)

• "Tilting at Windmills?: The Quest for Independence of Party-Appointed Expert Witnesses in International Arbitration," 13(3) Asian Disp. Rev. 82 (July 2011) (with G. O’Leary)

• "Abuse of Process in Investment Treaty Arbitration," 11(4) J. World Inv. & Trade 515 (Aug. 2010)

• "West Tankers: Fuelling the Debate on the Position of Arbitration," 25(3) Int'l Litig. Q. 7 (Summer 2009) (with C.P. McInerney)

• "Going to Pieces without Falling Apart: Wälde’s Defence of ‘Specialisation’ in the Interpretation of Investment Treaties," in A Liber Amicorum: Thomas Wälde – Law Beyond Conventional Thought 55 (J. Werner and A. Ali eds., CMP Publishing, 2009)

• "The New York Convention: A Basis For The Enforcement By National Courts Of A Justiciable Liberty Of Decision Of The Arbitral Tribunal," in The New York Convention: 50 Years Of Experience, Mealey's Executive Summary (Oct. 2008)

• "Precedents in the United Nations Compensation Commission," TDM (2008)

• "The 'Effective Ordinary Meaning' of BITs and the Jurisdiction of Treaty-Based Tribunals to Hear Contract Claims," 8(1) J. World Inv. 5 (Mar. 2007) (with J.L. Loftis)

• "Characterization Of Competition Law as public policy and the enforcement of arbitral awards," in Practical Aspects Of Arbitrating EC Competition Law 127 (Schulthess, 2007) (with S. Wade)

• "Jurisdiction ratione temporis of ICSID Tribunals: Lucchetti and Jan De Nul considered," TDM (2006)

• "Immunity of arbitrators from suit," IBA Committee D Newsletter, Vol. 11, No. 1, at 26 (Feb. 2006) (with P. Griffin)

• "European Community Law and International Arbitration: A recent OGEMID discussion," TDM, Vol. 2, No. 5 (Nov. 2005)

• "Salini v. Jordan – An Important Contribution To ICSID Jurisprudence on Jurisdictional Issues," 20(4) Int'l Arb. Rep. 35 (2005)

• "Case Summary – Salini Costruttori S.p.A. and Italstrade S.p.A. -v- The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (ICSID Case No. ARB/02/13)," TDM, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Jan. 2005)

• "Ireland- Scope of arbitration clause," 9(2) Arb. & ADR 62 (2004)

• "The Group of Companies Doctrine and the Law Applicable to the Arbitration Agreement," 19(6) Int'l Arb. Rep. 47 (2004)

• "Confidentiality in International Arbitration: A Recent English Decision," 18(5) Int'l Arb. Rep. 18 (2003)

• "Ex Parte Measures in International Arbitration," 17(11) Int'l Arb. Rep. 39 (2002)

• "Evidentiary privileges in international arbitration – Ireland," 7(2) Arb. & ADR 36 (2002)

• "The Bay Hotel Case: Accommodating the Parties’ Wishes," 17(1) Int'l Arb. Rep. 31 (2002) (with D. Rosenblum)

• "International, Foreign and Domestic Arbitrations and the Granting of Interim Relief in Ireland’, 16(9) Int'l Arb. Rep. 37 (2001) (with O. O’Sullivan)

• "Enforcement of Multi-Tiered Dispute Resolution Clauses," 6(2) Arb. & ADR 18 (2001) (with O. O’Sullivan)

• "Introduction to the Arbitration (International Commercial) Act, 1998," 6(1) Arb. & ADR 8 (2001)

• "The European Community Doctrine of ‘Direct Effect’ and Arbitration: N’er The Twain Shall Meet?," 16(4) Int'l Arb. Rep. 84 (2001) (with N. Shelkoplyas)

• "Due Process in the United Nations Compensation Commission," 15(10) Int'l Arb. Rep 40 (2000)

• "Domain Dispute Resolution," 5(2) Arb. & ADR 9 (Sept. 2000)

• "Ireland’s International Commercial Arbitration Act," 15(3) Int'l Arb. Rep. 35 (2000)

• "Precedent in the United Nations Compensation Commission," 14(12) Int'l Arb. Rep. 27 (1999)

• "The United Nations Compensation Commission: A Structural and Procedural Overview," 65(3) Arbitration 212 (1999)

• "Due Process in the WTO: the Need for Procedural Justice in the Dispute Settlement System," 14(4) Am. U. Int'l L. Rev. 1173 (1999) (Special Edition dedicated to the WTO)

• "The GATT and the GATS: Should they be Mutually Exclusive Agreements?," 12(1) Leiden J. Int'l L. 135 (1999)

• "The Review of Corporate Claims by the United Nations Compensation Commission," 6(3) Com. L. Practitioner 80 (1999)

• Regular contributor to Kluwer Arbitration Blog (2009–)

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