US arbitrator Laurie Craig, senior counsel at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in Paris, will receive a lifetime achievement at the GAR Awards in Milan later this month.
A fixture in the Paris arbitration community since 1964, Craig is seen as one of the “founding fathers” in the field.
He was one of many revered practitioners to develop his practice at the now-defunct Coudert Brothers in Paris, which at its height had 28 offices in 15 countries.
While there, he was a mentor to a number of luminaries in international arbitration – including Jan Paulsson of Three Crowns, US arbitrator William W Park, Julian Lew QC of 20 Essex Street, Xavier Nyssen at Dechert and French arbitrator Pierre Mayer.
Craig will be presented with his award at the GAR Awards ceremony in Milan, which will take place at the Palazzo Parigi Hotel on 29 March.
At last year’s awards in Shanghai, the lifetime achievement award was given to Tang Houzhi, a founding father and vice chairman of CIETAC, in recognition of his service as “Chinese arbitration’s most effective ambassador”.
Previous recipients of the award include the late Pierre Lalive of Switzerland, US arbitrator and former president of the International Court of Justice Stephen Schwebel, Egyptian arbitrator Ahmed Sadek El-Kosheri andUS arbitrator and Iran-US Claims Tribunal judge Charles N Brower.