WHO WE ARE
ICAR is the brainchild of six spirited minds from law schools across India, including NLUD, NALSAR, NLIU, NUJS, and NLUJ. Each of us has had the opportunity to participate in prestigious moot competitions such as William. C. Vis Moot Court, Philip. C. Jessup Moot, Frankfurt Arbitration Moot, and various ADRs including INADR Chicago, Singapore Mediation and NLS NMC and we aim to tap into the knowledge, experience, and network that we have gathered through these experiences to make a sizable contribution to the legal fraternity. Having identified a lack of discourse in international arbitration, we embarked upon this initiative to bridge this deficit. ICAR is not just an avenue to provide legal information on investment and commercial arbitration, but a platform where law students and practitioners all over the world can come together to engage in debate on contemporary developments and its relevance in the world today. With our blog posts from eminent practitioners and students from all over the world, ICAR promises to provide a holistic understanding of investment and commercial arbitration. All of us remain deeply intrigued by this area of law and we seek to provide an inclusive atmosphere for similar minded people to come together and engage in meaningful and constructive discussion. The blog is not only devoted to those who have a keen interest in International Arbitration but also for those who seek to expand their understanding of this subject area. We pride ourselves with the mission to ensure accessibility to information and discussion on the aforementioned areas of law to students and practitioners from all walks of life.
Anoushka Ishwar, a fourth year from National Law Institute University, Bhopal is one of the co-founders of this forum. An academically well performing student, she has also completed a semester abroad with the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. Anoushka has participated in a fair share of moots and negotiation tournaments, including the Phillip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition, 2019. She works alongside her colleagues and shares the position of Head Content Supervisor for two of NLIU’s journals, the flagship NLIU Law Review and the Indian Arbitration Law Review. Anoushka is extremely enthusiastic about most legal scholarship, especially surrounding topics such as copyright, investment and commercial arbitration and competition law. This determination to increase the scope and range of literature available, coupled with her keen sense of analysis was the decisive criteria for her involvement.
Praveena N.S., a fourth-year student from National Law University, Jodhpur is one of the co-founders of this forum. An academically bright student, Praveena takes an interest in a range of co-curricular activities. She has tried her hand at debating; her team won the GNLU British Parliamentary Debate in the novice category in 2017. Later, she ventured into mooting; her team was deemed quarterfinalists in the national rounds of the 61st Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition. Additionally, she has a fair bit of editorial experience, having held editorial positions at NLUJ's Indian Journal of Arbitration Law as well as at Original Position, a blog run by NLUJ’s Centre for Legal Theory. Through her endeavours, Praveena has developed a fascination towards various arenas including international arbitration law, international humanitarian law and competition law. Her logical bent of mind and diligent nature make her a valuable addition to the team.
Mahima Nair, a fourth year student from National Law University, Delhi is one of the co-founders of this forum. An excellent student, a seasoned negotiator, Mahima has participated and won accolades in negotiation and dispute settlement competitions across the globe. Her team was deemed semi- finalist in the International Law school Mediation Tournament conducted by the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, Chicago as well as at the NLS Negotiation, Mediation and Client Counselling Competition. Backed with this experience, and with several publications under her belt, Mahima nurtures a keen interest in subjects ranging from Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Law, Arbitration to Competition Law. This zealousness, combined with her innovativeness was a crucial reason for the creation of the forum. Her attention to detail, and unique perspective makes her an integral, rather inevitable part of the team.
With her limitless passion for the work that she takes up, Threcy Lawrence, a fourth year student at National Law university, Delhi, is another co-founder of this venture. Her admirable work ethic is what keeps the team going. The knowledge and expertise that she gained through participation in prestigious moots such as William. C. Vis and Frankfurt Arbitration ignited her passion for the law relating to investment and commercial arbitration. She has also published multiple articles in fields ranging from technology and banking law, arbitration to competition law and IPR. An excellent student, and an even better team player, she manages to ensure the smooth operation of the activities of the blog with her undying energy, enthusiasm and a positive outlook.
Unnayan Mishra, a fourth-year law student at NALSAR University, Hyderabad, is one of the co-founders of this forum. Passionate, dedicated and goal-oriented, Unnayan has substantiated his keen interest in arbitration by interning under luminaries like Justice BN Srikrishna (Independent Arbitrator) and Dr. Kabir Duggal (Prof. of International Law, Columbia University). His seasoned experience in competitions like Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot, 2019, ranking 1st nationally and 9th globally, and International Mediation Singapore, 2019, his team obtained a Gold Medal, brings a contemporary perspective, dexterity, and polish to the team. He is thrilled by ICAR’s inception, with his vision of a comprehensive and accessible knowledge source of international arbitration for the Indian student community finally coming to fruition.