A Primer on International Arbitration for Board Members & Local Counsel

Juliette Passer, General Counsel, International Project Development Group, LLC,, USA

Arbitration is not a new concept, in fact it has been used for centuries, with Plato writing about arbitration amongst the ancient Greeks. As international trade and commerce have grown over the past decades, the frequency of international arbitration proceedings has significantly increased since globalization of cross-border investments and trade has led to increased and ever more complex relationships between businesses, investors, and States. Hence, over the last 50 years or so, the international community has increasingly embraced arbitration, with many recognizing its importance as the primary means of resolving complex transnational disputes. For example, nearly half of the requests for arbitration filed with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration since its creation in 1923 were filed in the 1980s with a steady increase in each decade thereafter with records in 2016 and 2017 and beyond.

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USA Arbitration Consultant January 2020 Vol.13, No. 50, Winter 2020

Juliette Passer


Juliette Passer is an accomplished senior executive steeped in International, and the ability to help companies accelerate their penetration and growth in the United States and abroad. She has performed successfully in that role for over twenty-eight years, also serving as counsel to the legal implications and nuances of these expansions. She is particularly adept knowledgeable in markets including the former USSR, Eastern and Western Europe, China, Turkey, and Panama. Finally, Juliette has extensive experience on numerous private Boards, and is available for suitable Board engagements. Following the completion of her legal studies, Juliette gained her early legal and international experience as a corporate Associate with the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton, as well as Patterson, Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP. She gained exposure to corporate finance, general corporate practice, arbitration and international development for clients. Her responsibilities included negotiating lending, stock purchase, licensing, distribution and joint venture agreements, in addition to opening a Moscow office. She trained Russian attorneys under the auspices of the American Bar Association and Council for Trade and Economic Cooperation. Additionally, Juliette has brought her expertise to thousands of individuals through her teaching engagements, seminars and courses. She has lectured US and international audiences on issues of law and commerce, with a particular expertise in emerging markets and the Internet. Juliette completed law studies from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, graduating cum laude, and serving as President of the International Law Society. She also undertook special studies in Soviet Law at the Columbia School of Law. She holds a Master of Arts in Music Education and a B.M. in Harp Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

International Project Development Group, LLC,


The International Project Development Group, is a New York practice specializing in the broad range of domestic and international transactions, representing both US and foreign clients. Since 1996, they have been counsel in sectors ranging from aviation to pharmaceuticals, telecomm, manufacturing, entertainment, and petrochemicals as well as international arbitration.

USA Arbitration Consultant January 2020 Vol.13, No. 50, Winter 2020

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