Cambridge Arbitration Days

Seventh Cambridge Arbitration Days Conference

The Cambridge University Arbitration Society (CUArb) will host the seventh annual Cambridge Arbitration Days on 1-2 April 2022 at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge (the ‘Cambridge Arbitration Days’ or ‘CAD’). The Cambridge Arbitration Days will bring together scholars, practitioners, and students for two days of discussions on intriguing and topical issues in the field of international arbitration.

This year’s event will focus on the overarching theme of “Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration” and will include panels on investor-State, commercial, construction and sports arbitration, as well as a keynote debate.

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2022 Co-Conveners


Alina is a PhD candidate in public international law and international dispute settlement. She holds an LLM in international law with distinction from the University of Cambridge, an LLB (First Class Honours) from the University of Athens and a Minor in Finance from the American College of Greece. She has also studied international business at Harvard University, international commercial litigation and arbitration at the London School of Economics (LSE), and attended the International Academy for Arbitration Law in Paris, where she was awarded the Laureate of the Academy Prize.


Mel is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, researching the rule of law in international arbitration. He is a frequent conference speaker on international arbitration and has published articles on international arbitration in academic journals and bar association publications.

Before coming to Cambridge, Mel earned a JD from Stanford University and an LLM from the University of Melbourne.

2022 Organising Committee Members


Tim is an LLM candidate at the University of Cambridge (St John’s College). He is a board member of the Cambridge Arbitration Society. Prior to commencing his LLM, Tim worked as a research assistant in the litigation department of an international law firm in Munich.

Tim received a law degree with distinction from the University of Düsseldorf. During his studies, he participated in the Vis Moot Court.


Bagavathy Vennimalai is an LL.M. candidate at the University of Cambridge. Before joining the LL.M. course, she graduated from the Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University, India and litigated at the High Court of Madras. She was also accredited as an Associate at Arbitration Practice by Kovise Foundation Conflict Resolution International. She is a part of the Editorial Board of BLACC International Yearbook on Business Law & Dispute Resolution by the Business Law and Arbitration Centre atKathmandu School of Law, Nepal.


Siobeal O’ Toole is a LLM candidate at the University of Cambridge, specialising in international law. She has a strong interest in international arbitration and has completed a course in this field with Leiden University.

Prior to joining Cambridge, Siobeal completed a Bachelor of Corporate Law degree (First Class Honours) from the National University of Ireland Galway. During her studies, she won various academic awards and participated in several moot court competitions.


Anu is reading for a masters in law at Darwin College, Cambridge. She was admitted to the Bar in India in 2016 and has been appearing before trial courts and appellate courts ever since. Based out of Delhi, her practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation including arbitrations, insolvency, contractual disputes, consumer disputes, intellectual property and suits for civil wrongs. Anu graduated from Gujarat National Law University in 2016 with a bachelors degree in science and law. After law school, she joined Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas as an Associate and moved to chamber practice in 2018. She enjoys writing about legal developments on her blog and hopes to someday author a commentary.


Thiago is an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Cambridge, holding a LL.B (2016) and a Masters’ Degree on Law and International Economics Relations (2020), both from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo – PUC-SP. He is a lawyer in the arbitration department of Pinheiro Neto Advogados in São Paulo, a founding member of the Brazil Very Young Arbitration Practitioners (BRVYAP) initiative and Arbitrator Intelligence Ambassador for Brazil. He is also a former Executive Secretary of the ICC Brazilian Arbitration and Mediation Commission (2019-2020).


Thaya is an MSt (Construction Engineering) candidate at Queens’ College, Cambridge.

Thaya read law at King’s College, London, and was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn. Thaya is a partner with Baskaran, Kuala Lumpur, and an associate member of Crown Office Chambers, London. Thaya’s primary area of practice is construction law. He drafts various building and engineering contracts, advises on disputes arising from such contracts and appears as counsel to resolve these disputes. Thaya also sits as an adjudicator, arbitrator, and mediator. Thaya is the author of Arbitration in Malaysia: A Commentary on the Malaysian Arbitration Act (Wolters Kluwer 2019). Thaya was the Chair of CIArb Malaysia (2017-19) and the President of SCL Malaysia (2016-17).


Valeria is an LLM candidate at the University of Cambridge. Before arriving in Cambridge, Valeria worked as an associate in a legal firm’s international dispute resolution area in Mexico City. Valeria received a law degree with honors from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.


Ishita is an LL.M. student at the University of Cambridge specialising in commercial law. Prior to commencing the LL.M., she worked as a counsel at a leading arbitration chamber in India, the Chambers of Mr. Gourab Banerji (Senior Advocate & Overseas Associate, Essex Court Chambers), and as an associate at Khaitan & Co. in New Delhi. A 3 PQE India qualified lawyer, Ishita has appeared as a junior counsel in multiple complex international commercial arbitrations and in over 80 cases before the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court. 

In 2018, Ishita completed her LL.B. from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences with gold medals in alternative dispute resolution and family law.


Suparna is an LLM Candidate at the University of Cambridge. Prior to starting the LLM, Suparna  was a practicing advocate in India and has been certified by the Bar Council of India. She completed her undergraduate studies in law from the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law in India. She has work experience in Commercial laws, Taxation law and Arbitration. She is also a young member at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. She is also an active participant in Pro bono work and research at the University of Cambridge.


Advaya Hari Singh is currently reading for a Master of Law degree at the University of Cambridge. He completed his undergraduate studies in arts and law from the National Law University, Nagpur in 2021. During his undergraduate studies, Advaya interned in the arbitration and corporate teams of law firms, at the Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal and was a research assistant to a Member of the International Law Commission. He currently serves as a General Editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal, Senior Staff Editor of The Arbitration Workshop blog and a Managing Editor of the Cambridge Human Rights Law Journal.