Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Paris
Why international arbitration?
It is a forum in which public international law is taken seriously.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Although not technically arbitration, representing Slovenia before the European Court of Human Rights in a matter involving state succession issues.
Who do you consider your mentor?
Professor Karl Zemanek [of the University of Vienna].
Who else in the field do you admire?
I have had the privilege of appearing before some of the world’s leading arbitrators and have greate admiration for them.
What other career might you have chosen?
I would have pursued a career as professor of public international law.
What advice would you give someone just starting out?
A reputation is built on the foundation of scientifically accurate research and fair presentation of authorities.
Do you sit as an arbitrator?
Yes. I was first appointed by the ICC as a sole arbitrator in an international dispute at the age of 33.
What are the biggest challenges facing arbitration?
To respond to client pressure to keep down fees without compromising quality.
If you could change one thing about the system...?
More arbitration hearings should be held on the Amalfi coast, Italy.
What’s been your most memorable moment in a hearing?
When an opponent’s expert witness responded during cross-examination, “I have never lost a case” and the chairman of the tribunal intoned, “Please leave your card.”
What’s your favourite city to arbitrate in?
The Hague, because it has the whole package.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Benares in London and 114 Faubourg in Paris.