The fall-out of armed and economic conflict, including the huge volume of commercial disputes triggered and/or caused by the conflict is overwhelming. This series will take a considered, clear-eyed look at the types of disputes, sectors and industries affected. Those attending will benefit from real-life examples of how to deal with economic disruption in times of geo-political uncertainty: contract disruption, supply chain disruption, raw material shortage, lack or over-supply of goods, human and capital displacement. It will provide a forum for discussion of market needs for information, education, and framing, and what the community of dispute resolvers can contribute to maintain and strengthen the system that underpins all international commerce, the rule of law.
Part 4 of Webinar Series will discuss practical advice experienced dispute resolvers can offer on the changing face of international commercial law and dispute resolution practice coming out of the current situation.
This series is free to attend: register here for Part 4.
Ms. Borofsky is a Senior Global Practice Manager on JAMS Global Team. She is based out of New York, and responsible for business development, panel relations, thought leadership, and strategic marketing in regions including Europe, North America and the Middle East. She works to help promote Mediation, Arbitration, and other Alternative Dispute Resolution services, increase global understanding and use of JAMS’ International Arbitration and Mediation Rules and Procedures, and build business for JAMS panellists who have global practices. She is the Chair of JAMS’ In-House Counsel Committee dedicated to providing effective dispute mitigation and resolution solutions to corporate counsel worldwide.
Prior to joining JAMS, Ms. Borofsky worked as an international attorney in academia, business, and law firms including positions at the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, ALSTOM, Latham & Watkins, and with Proskauer's International Arbitration group where she focused on complex international commercial arbitration and counselled multinational corporate clients on cross border disputes. She also worked as Vice President of Membership Services at the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) where she was responsible for planning and executing the organization’s Annual Meetings.
A member of the New York and Massachusetts bars, and with an LLM in French and European Law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Ms. Borofsky has authored several articles on global dispute resolution. She is also New York Peace Institute trained mediator, and has participated in training members of the NYPD in peaceful conflict resolution. Dedicated to improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in ADR, Ms. Borofsky is a Founding Member of the ADR Inclusion Network. She is a Board Member of the Latino Judges Association Foundation and a convener of the monthly ACR-GNY and CUNY Dispute Resolution Canter at John Jay College Breakfast Roundtable.
Dr. Ana Gerdau de Borja Mercereau, FCIArb, is a senior associate at Derains & Gharavi (Paris). She has over 12 years of experience as counsel and secretary to arbitral tribunals in arbitrations under the ICSID, the ICC, the LCIA-MIAC, and the ICDR/AAA rules, and under the main Brazilian institutions’ rules. Her cases have included commercial transactions and joint ventures, large infrastructure projects (in construction, renewable energy, oil & gas and transportation), M&A deals, and projects in real estate and for mining research and exploration. She is a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration and ADR and a co-coordinator of Track 5 of the ICC Task Force entitled “Corruption in International Arbitration.” Ana is one of the founders of the Rising Arbitrators Initiative and co-chair of its Executive Committee and Vice-Chair of CIArb’s YMG Global Steering Committee. Ana holds a Ph.D. and an LL.M. (International Law) from the University of Cambridge and works in French, English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Isabel Phillips: Director of ADR and Mediation Development, CIArb (UK)
Isabel is a conflict specialist and mediator with over 20 years of experience. She joined the full-time staff of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators at the start of 2021. She brings global experience in the application of complementary application of different forms of ADR, and the development of the skills and knowledge of those working in and with conflict and disputes.
Isabel’s mediation experience encompasses a wide range of domestic and international commercial disputes including construction, commercial contract, and employment disputes. She has designed, delivered, and evaluated interactive conflict training and dispute systems design for governments, IGOs, NGOs and commercial businesses across four continents. She has also spent five years working on conflict and disputes in deep-field, fragile and post-conflict environments including Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ethiopia.
Isabel is a qualified ‘Peace Specialist’ (Friedensfachkraft, AGQ 2000) a CEDR accredited mediator (2003), and was awarded her PhD (University of Bradford, 2017) on the theory and practice of mediation in commercial and socio-political contexts.
Victoria Márquez-Mees, Chief Accountability Officer (IPAM), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Victoria Márquez-Mees, a Mexican national, is the first Chief Accountability Officer of the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism which became effective on 1 July 2020. Before joining EBRD she served as the Director of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (MICI) of the Inter-American Development Bank from 2015 – to June 2020. Before that she served as its Executive Secretary. From 2016 to 2019, complementary to her IDB function, she served as the first secretary of the Independent Accountability Mechanisms Network (IAMNet). In recent years, she has been committed to the task of raising awareness among international financial institutions of the risks of reprisals faced by human rights defenders and promoting capacity building to address these issues in development finance
With more than 30 years of professional experience, Ms. Márquez-Mees has dedicated a significant part of her career to international cooperation and the institutional strengthening of civil society organizations in the areas of health and the environment. She has held various positions at the Carlos Slim Health Institute, the Mexican Ministry of Health, and the British Council in Mexico. She has also worked as a consultant on communication and government relations issues, delivering numerous workshops on institutional strengthening in the LAC Region and devoting her free time to mentoring young professionals.
She graduated with honours in Economics from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico, has a master’s degree in the same field from the University of Essex in Great Britain, and conducted research at the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Chevening Scholar. Currently she is a member of the Supervisory Board of the World Benchmarking Alliance, a Dutch organization seeking to generate a movement around increasing the private sector’s impact towards a sustainable future by incentivize and accelerate companies towards achieving the 2030 SDGs.