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Speakers and Co-directors

The course is taught by leading practitioners and arbitrators from around the world, with the goal of providing students a diverse perspective of international arbitration from various legal cultures and national backgrounds.

The four course co-directors (below) include current arbitrators, practitioners and academics with a combined 100 years of experience in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration with leading global law firms.

Further speakers for the 2024 course will be announced on the Durham Law School social media platforms, and added to this page in due course.

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John Fellas

John Fellas sitting in front of a window. He is wearing glasses, a grey suit and you can see a microphone and a water bottle in the foreground

Over 30 years dispute resolution experience at a major law firm in New York City.

Recognised by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of Year for Commercial International in New York in 2019 and Lawyer of Year for Governmental International Arbitration in New York in 2022.

Dunelm, B.A. Law (Hons.) 1983 International arbitrator and arbitration counsel.


Wendy Miles KC


Wendy Miles KC smiling, she is wearing a white blouse and a grey suit jacket. She has blonde hair and fair skin.

Over 25 years’ arbitration experience, both commercial and investment.

Member of the ICC Court of Arbitration for over a decade.  Appointed by the United Kingdom to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and ICSID Panel of Conciliators Canterbury, B.A. LL.B, NZ (1994), LLM (First), NZ, 1998.


Christian Leathley

Christian Leathley speaking at a podium. Wearing a grey suit and a shite shirt and grey tie. He has fair skin and short cut grey hair.

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (New York).

Former Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law and University of Pennsylvania Law School.

25 years’ experience in international arbitration; practiced in New York, London, Madrid and Amsterdam. Chambers/Legal 500 ranked for the U.S. and Latin America. Dunelm, B.A. Law (Hons.) 1995.


Charles T. Kotuby Jr

Charles T. Kotuby Jr sitting is a chair talking and gesturing with his hands. He is wearing a grey suit, white shirt and a navy tie. He has grey hair down to his shoulders and a short beard.

Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the University of Durham Law School. Former partner at Jones Day in Washington DC

15 years of international arbitration and public international law experience.

Ranked Band 1 for International Arbitration in Chambers USA Dunelm LLM (Hons.) 2001



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Lei Chen

Lei Chen

Professor Lei CHEN (PhD) is Chair in International Arbitration and Chinese Law at Durham Law School, Durham University. He is Director of Durham International Dispute Resolution Institute and Co-Director of Centre for Chinese Law and Policy. Professor Chen's research areas are comparative private law and international commercial arbitration. Chen is on the panel of arbitrators and mediators in many leading arbitration institutions such as HKIAC, SCIA, KCAB, CIETAC, B.A.C., SHIAC, AIAC, C.A.A. and THAC etc. He is also a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. Apart from participating in international academic networks, he advises various international organizations and governments and frequently provides expert opinions across multiple arbitration institutions and courts in Hong Kong, P.C.A. (Hague), Washington DC, Geneva, Singapore and England. Professor Chen is an expert member on ODR collaborating with UNCITRAL. He has led consultancy work commissioned by Microsoft Inc. and the Great Britain China Centre, UK.




Christiane Deniger


Senior Vice President, Burford Capital

Christiane Deniger is a Senior Vice President with responsibility for assessing and underwriting legal risk as part of Burford’s investment team as well as for originating non-US investments. She is also a contributing author to various publications on international arbitration and third-party financing. A native French speaker, she is fluent in English and Italian and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Prior to joining Burford, Ms. Deniger was a Senior Case Assessor and Principal at Calunius Capital, where she was responsible for assessing the merits of providing finance for large international arbitration and litigation disputes and competition claims and for developing the transactional structures involved in each investment. Before Calunius, Ms. Deniger was a Senior Associate in the international arbitration and dispute resolution department at Fried Frank, where she focused on international arbitration and regulatory, fraud and white-collar crime investigations. Ms. Deniger began her career as an Associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Ms. Deniger graduated from the University of Law in London and has a joint honors LLB from the University of Durham.


Can Eken

Can Eken

Dr Can Eken is an assistant professor in commercial law at Durham University. He teaches and researches international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. His research interests also cover third-party funding, online dispute resolution and other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Dr Eken is admitted as an attorney in California and Turkey, and as a solicitor in England and Wales. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a committee member of the CIARB Thames Valley Branch. Dr Eken has acted in complex arbitration cases as counsel and legal advisor. Dr Eken accepts appointments as an arbitrator, and he is on the panel of arbitrators at the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre and Thailand Arbitration Centre. 



Dame Elizabeth Gloster

Dame Elizabeth Gloster

Dame Elizabeth Gloster practised as a commercial and Chancery QC at One Essex Court from 1991 until 2004, before accepting an appointment as a High Court judge, becoming the first woman to be appointed a judge of the Commercial Court. She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2013 and became Vice-President of the Civil Division of that Court in 2016. Since retiring from the Court of Appeal in 2018, Liz has returned to One Essex Court to practise as a full-time international commercial arbitrator. She has been appointed both as chair and co-arbitrator in a large number and wide range of international arbitrations including insurance/reinsurance, shipping, banking, gas and oil, electricity pricing, construction, joint venture and investment disputes. Liz is one of 25 persons listed as willing and able to serve as a member of an arbitration panel under the Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom relating to the UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community.




Sir Bernard Rix 

Sir Bernard Rix

Sir Bernard retired in 2013 as a Lord Justice of Appeal with 20 years’ experience in the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal. Since 2013 he has accepted appointments as an arbitrator and mediator in a wide variety of settings, including oil and gas, shipping, insurance, sale of goods, and share purchase transactions. He has acted as an expert witness, mock arbitrator and special master in the US federal courts.
He has experience of arbitrations under the rules of, amongst others, the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, JCAA and LMAA as well as ad-hoc. Sir Bernard has conducted virtual arbitration hearings including taking witness and expert evidence remotely.
He is an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court and a member of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. He is also Professor of International Commercial Law at The Centre of Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London.





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