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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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