ARBINBRIEF SEASON 1 EPISODE 8, ON 9 FEBRUARY 2022
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Amani Khalifa handles large, complex construction disputes relating to projects throughout the MENA region with an emphasis on the real estate and oil and gas sectors. She has been recognised as a leader in arbitration by Who’s Who Legal. Amani is a judge of the Bahrain Court of Cassation seconded to the BCDR. She is an arbitrator on the basketball arbitral tribunal, an independent tribunal recognised by FIBA and an anticorruption hearing officer of the Tennis Integrity Unit. Amani also sits frequently as arbitrator in infrastructure disputes throughout the MENA region.

Dr Rukia Baruti, is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales and an independent arbitrator. She began working in commercial law firms in the City of London in 1997. In 2006 she joined the international arbitration group at SJ Berwin LLP (later merged with King & Wood Mallesons), where she practiced arbitration and litigation. Since joining SJ Berwin LLP, she has focused on international arbitration and international law. She has two decades of experience in international arbitration and international law, spanning both the practice and training of these fields. Dr. Baruti’s career has included experience in the roles of Counsel, Arbitrator, Secretary to the Tribunal, and counsel in arbitral institutions. She has worked under all the principal international arbitration rules. She is frequently appointed by international arbitration institutions, including the ICC and the LCIA, as a sole arbitrator or panel member. Dr. Baruti is a thought-leader for diversity in arbitration and a champion for African participation in international law and arbitration. This is reflected in her work at Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) and the African Arbitration Association (AfAA). She founded the former and co-founded the latter, both of which advocate and promote diversity and the participation of Africans in international law and arbitration.

Nata Ghibradze is a Senior Associate specializing in International Arbitration, with particular focus on Eastern Europe, Caucasus and CIS countries. Nata has experience in handling arbitrations under the major sets of arbitration rules (ICC, UNCITRAL, DIS, and DIA rules) seated in various jurisdictions. She also has experience representing clients before Dispute Board proceedings for construction projects. Nata acts as a tribunal secretary in international arbitration disputes. Originally from Georgia, Nata is well-versed in the complexities of Georgian law and culture, and how these complexities affect cross-border disputes. She is fluent in English, German, Russian, and Georgian, being educated in Georgia and Germany. Nata also regularly speaks and publishes on international arbitration.

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