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Catherine Kessedjian

Catherine Kessedjian

Catherine is a specialist of dispute resolution, an arbitrator and mediator. While at the University Pantheon-Assas Paris II, she was the founder and Director of Studies of the LLM in European Law. She has taught, notably, conflict of laws, dispute resolution in national and interantional courts and tribunals and International Business transactions. She has published extensively on many aspects of international law and is regularly invited to teach specialized seminar in foreign investment, arbitration/mediation, Corporate Social Responsibility, and related issues. Catherine is the co-founder of Mediation for better business, Immediate Past President of the French Branch of the International Law Association and Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of the world-wide ILA. As a practitioner at the Paris Bar (18 years), Catherine has also performed transactional work for many clients of all sizes, in Europe and the United States, among others. She has experience in arbitration, with more than 120 cases in which she participated either as counsel, expert, or arbitrator (chair, sole arbitrator or wing-arbitrator). She has mediated a number of cases within companies or between companies, with a cross cultural element. She also practices preventive-mediation in the area of corporate social responsibility. In 2019 she was appointed conciliator under ICSID (List of France). In 2018, she was coopted to appear on the list of arbitrators of GICAM (Cameroun). She was appointed to the Arbitration and Mediation pools of CAfA in January 2020. Catherine studied law in France and the United States. She earned a doctoral degree in 1986 from the University Pantheon-Sorbonne Paris I, and became a full tenured professor (agrégée) in 1989. She earned an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. She was trained as a mediator in France (AIEM), the UK (CEDR) and the United States (Center for Conflict Understanding).


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