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Noradèle Radjai

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Admission

England & Wales, 2002
Geneva (foreign lawyer), 2008

Nationality

British, Lebanese

Languages

English
Arabic, French, Spanish

 


Biography

Noradèle Radjai joined LALIVE in 2007 and is a member of the international arbitration team, specialising in commercial and investment arbitration in the energy (in particular oil and gas), telecommunications and construction sectors.  She also advises clients from the Middle East or in relation to contracts or projects in the Middle East.

 

Ms Radjai has acted counsel, advocate and arbitrator in over 50 international arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional (under the ICC, LCIA, SCC, ICSID, AAA/ICDR, UNCITRAL and Swiss Rules), including disputes arising from share sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, and large projects, governed by a variety of procedural and substantive laws including Swiss, English, Lebanese, Kuwaiti, French, Russian, Cypriot, New York and Californian.

 

Ms Radjai is a member of the Steering Committee of the IBA Arbitration 40 Subcommittee (IBA Arb 40),  immediate past co-chair of ASA below 40 (Swiss Arbitration Association) and past member of the Executive Board of ICDR Young & International.  She is also a member of several other professional associations, namely the LCIA and LCIA YIAG, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the BIICL, the American Bar Association and Arbitral Women. 

 

Prior to joining LALIVE, Ms Radjai worked in the international arbitration group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in London (2003-2007), and with Simmons & Simmons in London within the Litigation and Arbitration Group (2001-2003) and the Banking and Corporate Group (2000-2001).

 

Noradele Radjai is a Solicitor-Advocate of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.  She holds a Diploma in Law, with distinction, from the College of Law, London (1999-2000), and an LL.B., with honours, from Kings College London (1996-1999).

Publications

Arbitration and price review negotiations: previous arguments no longer relevant?Noradèle Radjai, Johannes Landbrecht, 2015

International Law Office, 2015, Newsletter (Energy & Natural Resources)



Recent developments in solar energy sector across EuropeNoradèle Radjai, Lorraine de Germiny, 2015

International Law Office, February 2015, Newsletter (Energy & Natural Resources)



Relevance of original bargain in gas price reviewsNoradèle Radjai, Johannes Landbrecht, 2014

International Law Office, 2014, Newsletter (Energy & Natural Resources)



Confidentiality in ArbitrationNoradèle Radjai, 2013

In: Manuel Arroyo (Ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland - The Practitioner's Guide: Commentary, Wolters Kluwer, 2013



Default, Closure of Proceedings and Waiver of RulesNoradèle Radjai, 2013

In: Tobias Zuberbühler, Christoph Müller, Philipp Habegger (Eds.), Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, Schulthess Verlag, Juris,2nd ed. 2013



Investment ArbitrationNoradèle Radjai, Franz Xaver Stirnimann, 2013

In: Manuel Arroyo (Ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland - The Practitioner's Guide: Commentary, Wolters Kluwer, 2013



Claims for breach of representations and warrantiesNoradèle Radjai, 2013

In: Edward Poulton (Ed.), Arbitration of M&A transactions, Globe Law and Business, 2013



Privacy and Confidentiality in Arbitration - SwitzerlandBernd Ehle, Noradèle Radjai, 2011

In: A. Sheppard (Ed.), Comparative Smart Charts, Kluwer Law International Practice Tools, 2011



Where there’s smoke, there’s fire? Proving illegality in international arbitrationNoradèle Radjai, 2010

International Bar Association Newsletter, Vol. 15, No. 1, March 2010, pp. 139-143



Switzerland: a leading venue for international arbitrationNoradèle Radjai, 2010

In: Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution 2010 (Digital Guide, Executiveview.com), pp. 149-152



Confidentiality: The position in SwitzerlandNoradèle Radjai, 2009

ASA Bull. 1/2009, Vol. 27, pp.48-49



Freezing a defendant’s assets: Enforcement of a worldwide freezing injunction in SwitzerlandPatrice Le Houelleur, Noradèle Radjai, 2009

Chambers



Third-party funding of arbitrations - The Swiss perspectiveNoradèle Radjai, 2008

Global Arbitration Review , Vol 3, Issue 1, pp.35-37



Case note: Moscow center for automated air traffic control v Commission de surveillance des Offices des poursuites et des faillites du canton de Genève (Swiss Supreme Court, 15 August 2007)Noradèle Radjai, 2007

LCIA Young International Arbitration Group - YIAG Newsletter, December 2008, pp. 18-20



Academic Positions

Course Mentor: Award, enforcement and challenge

UNITAR E-learning Course

Introduction to Investment Arbitration. A joint LALIVE/UNITAR e-learning initiative

See the Course outline.  More information at UNITAR's website.

March-April 2011


Guest Lecturer

Law Faculty of the University of Milan, Italy

English Company and Commercial Law (one semester)

2002


Conferences

Court of Arbitration LEWIATANInternational Conference for Promoting Arbitration on “2015 Dispute Resolution in M&A/JV Transactions: Tactics, Challenges, Defences”
Warsaw, 28 May 2015
Speaker: Evidence Problems in M&A Arbitration

For more information, see the presentation.



ASA below 40 and CFA 40The Better Seat? France v. Switzerland
Paris, 24 April 2015
Co-organiser (Co-chair of ASA below 40) and Speaker

For more information see the programme.



ICC YAF and ASA below 40Striving for Efficiency in Complex Dispute Management
Geneva, 5 March 2015
Co-organiser (Co-chair of ASA below 40)

For more information see the programme.



ICC, Young ICSID, ICDR Young & InternationalYoung Arbitrators Joint Conference
Paris, 5 December 2013
Speaker: Inherent powers of arbitrators: are they the true masters of the proceedings?

For more information, see the programme attached.



ASA below 40 The Straight And Narrow – Legal And Ethical Rules Applicable To Counsel, Experts And Arbitrators
Zurich, 8 November 2013
Co-organiser (Co-chair of ASA below 40)

For more information, see the programme attached.



IBA Arbitration Committee, ICC YAF, ICDR Y&I, Young ICCA, YCAPYoung Arbitration Practitioners Symposium: The Role of Ethics in International Arbitration
Boston, 6 October 2013
Moderator: Different perspectives on ethical issues in international arbitration

For more information, see the programme attached.



ABA Section of International LawThe 2013 Moscow Dispute Resolution Conference: ABA’s Fifth Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS-related Business Disputes
Moscow, 27 September 2013
Speaker: Hot topics in investor-state arbitration: investor-state arbitration at a crossroads

For more information, see programme attached.



ASA below 40 and ICDR Young & InternationalThe empty chair - arbitrating against absent respondents
Geneva, 31 May 2013
Co-organiser (Co-chair of ASA below 40)

For more information, see programme attached.



ICDR Young & InternationalICDR Y&I Seminar for Young Practitioners
Doha, 17 October 2012
Speaker: Arbitration Advocacy: Tips and Traps

For more information, see programme attached.



ICDR Y&I, Moscow Arbitration Forum 40, ABA’s Section of International Law, International Commercial Arbitration Court and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Two Rapid-Fire Discussions on International Arbitration and Mediation
Moscow, 20 September 2012
Speaker: Cross-examination in arbitration proceedings

For more information see the programme.



ICDR Y&I and Young Arbitrators Stockholm (YAS)Lawyers’ Debate: Arbitrators’ appointment by institutions / Use of tribunal secretaries
Stockholm, 12 September 2012
Debater

For more information see the programme.



Young ICCAWitnesses and Documents – A Young ICCA Workshop
Stockholm, 7 March 2012
Speaker: Witness statements in arbitration proceedings

For more information see the site of Young ICCA.



Young ICCA and the Co-Chairs CircleWitness Statements and Document Disclosure – A Young ICCA Workshop
Prague, 24 October 2011
Speaker: Witness statements in arbitration proceedings

For more information see the site of Young ICCA.



ICDR Y&I, Moscow Arbitration Forum 40, ABA’s Section of International Law, International Commercial Arbitration Court and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Two Roundtables on Current Themes in International Arbitration
Moscow, 13 September 2011
Moderator


London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)European Users' Council Symposium
London, 9-11 September 2011
Co-chair, Practice and Procedure

For more information see the programme.



ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)3rd ICC YAF Global Conference
Paris, 1-3 July 2011
Speaker: Arbitral Institutions intervening in proceedings: where do we draw the line?

For more information see the programme.



London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)International Commercial Arbitration symposium
Beirut, 15-16 April 2011
Speaker: Judicial Intervention and the Role of Local Courts

For more information see the programme.



CIArb, ICDR Y&I, YIAG, ICC YAFPerspectives on Arbitration in the Middle East
Dubai, 16 March 2011
Speaker: Does the faith or nationality of an arbitrator matter (the implications of the Jivraj decision)?

For more information, see the programme.



Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA)Questioning of fact witnesses in international arbitration
Geneva, 4-5 February 2011
Faculty member

For more information, see the FIAA website.



ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence and Relief in International Arbitration
Geneva, 3 December 2010
Speaker: Non-monetary relief in Arbitration

For more information, see the programme.



American Arbitration Association (AAA)'s International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) - Young and International GroupFall program: Perspectives on Arbitration in the Middle East
Washington D.C., 19 November 2009
Speaker: Perspectives on Arbitration in the Middle East


Swiss Arbitration Association - ASA below 40Confidentiality in International Arbitration: Myth or Reality? & Disposing of the Parties’ Dispute Quickly: The Parties’ Saving Grace or Worst Nightmare?
Geneva, 10 October 2008
Speaker: What if Confidentiality is breached? Scenarios and Remedies

For more information, see the ASA below 40 programme.



Recommendations

Lalive is ‘in a league of its own’ regarding international arbitration and the ‘strength in depth of its first-class team is outstanding’. Among its ‘many exceptionally bright lawyers’ is the ‘brilliant’ Noradèle Radjai.
Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute resolution: arbitration (Tier 1), 2016


Noradèle Radjai is a rising star of the international arbitration field, drawing glowing praise from sources for her advocacy skills in particular. Her growing experience includes cases in sectors such as telecoms, energy and construction.
Chambers Global, Europe-wide, Arbitration (International), 2016


Noradèle Radjai receives exceptional client feedback for her work as an arbitration counsel, with interviewees enthusing that "the amount of energy that she has is incredible. She's beyond responsive, extremely accommodating and just very clever. Truly an exceptional woman." She has excellent knowledge of energy matters.
Chambers Global, Switzerland, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel, 2016


Noradèle Radjai is “first-class” for energy, telecommunications and construction disputes.
Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, 2016


Noradèle Radjai impresses sources, who applaud her cross-examination skills. "She has a very good grasp of her work and her presentation is very clear; she is a pleasure to work with," enthuse commentators.
Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel, Band 3, Switzerland, 2015


Lalive is ‘outstanding in the field of international arbitration’. Among its ‘many excellent lawyers’ (…) is the ‘strong’ Noradèle Radjai.
Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute resolution, Arbitration, 2015


Noradèle Radjai “continuously proves herself to be a brilliant lawyer”.
Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2014


The “fantastic” Noradèle Radjai specialises in commercial and investment arbitration in the energy, telecommunications and construction sectors and is lauded for her “focus” and “diligence”.
Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, 2014


Noradèle Radjai is ‘a very sharp lawyer, fighter and supreme diplomat at the same time’.
Legal 500, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2014


Noradèle Radjai is appreciated for her cross-examining skills and analysis of cases.
Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2014


Noradèle Radjai is 'one of the outstanding figures of the younger generation of Swiss arbitration experts' and received high levels of recommendation from clients.
Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2013


Noradèle Radjai 'has a great future ahead of her', a source predicts. 'Her handling of our case has been absolutely brilliant'.
Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2013