Arbitration

Background

USCIB is the U.S. National Committee to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which has long been the world’s leading organization in the field of international commercial dispute resolution. Through its affiliation with ICC, USCIB’s Arbitration Committee serves as the primary contact point in North America for information about the ICC International Court of Arbitration® (the ICC Court) and ICC’s wide range of dispute resolution services.

Objective

Serve as a contact point for the ICC Court in North America.

Current Priorities

  • Nominate Americans to serve as members of the Court and as ICC arbitrators.
  • Act as a referral source for parties seeking arbitrators, mediators, experts, or counsel in ICC arbitration proceedings.
  • Participate in and nominate USCIB members to serve on the ICC Arbitration Commission and ICC Arbitration Task Forces, such as the Task Force on Drafting Arbitral Awards, Task Force on Arbitrating Competition Law Issues, Task Force on IT in Arbitration, Task Force on Guidelines for ICC Expertise Proceedings, Task Force on Criminal Law and Arbitration, Task Force on Reducing Time and Costs in Complex Arbitration, Task Force on European Contract Law, and Task Force on “Amiable Composition and ex aequo et bono”.

 

 

Chair

Grant Hanessian
Partner
Baker McKenzie

Staff

Nancy Thevenin
General Counsel
212-703-5047 or nthevenin@uscib.org

Crys Won
Executive Assistant, Office of the President
212-703-5049 or cwon@uscib.org

Subcommittees

Florida
Midwest
Northeast
Northwest
Rocky Mountain
Southeast
Southern
Southwest
Washington D.C.
Academics
Corporate Counsel
Expatriate
Transactional Lawyers
Young Arbitrators Forum

Click here for a full list of USCIB Arbitration Committee officers

  • Conduct regional briefings on the ICC arbitration system, and sponsor conferences for practitioners on current issues in international arbitration and ADR.
  • Co-sponsor international dispute resolution seminars with international dispute resolution institutions, bar associations, corporate counsel organizations, and potential users of arbitration and other forms of ADR.
  • Collaborate with the Canadian and Mexican National Committees of the ICC and with various Latin American National Committees to promote ICC arbitration and dispute resolution in the Americas.
  • Participate in the trilateral NAFTA 2022 Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes to promote ADR for private commercial disputes in the NAFTA region.
  • Work with the U.S. Department of Commerce to distribute information on the ICC Court to commercial offices in U.S. embassies and consulates.
  • Meet with officials from countries around the world to discuss the ICC’s arbitration system and other dispute resolution services.
  • Identify opportunities for ICC arbitration and/or ADR to be designated as a means of dispute resolution for domain name and other e-commerce disputes and in multilateral and regional instruments, such as the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and BITs.
  • Co-host with ICC Annual Miami Conference on Dispute Resolution in Latin America.
  • Co-host with ICC U.S. based conferences on ICC dispute resolution services.

Please use the links below to explore recent statements and reports, news stories on USCIB’s website, and media coverage related to our work.

News Stories

Thevenin Serves as Arbitrator at Annual Vis Moot Practice Session (2/26/2018) - USCIB/ICC USA held it’s 12th Annual Vis Moot Practice Session earlier this month. The practice moots help students hone their advocacy skills in preparation for competing in one of the premier events in international arbitration – the Willem V. Vis Moot Competition in Vienna, Austria — which brings together over 300 law schools competing before hundreds of the world’s best international arbitration experts.
USCIB Welcomes New General Counsel for Arbitration (10/6/2017) - Nancy M. Thevenin joined on October 2nd as a part-time consultant with the title of General Counsel. Thevenin's portfolio will include supporting the USCIB Arbitration Committee and coordinating the work of the U.S. Nominations Committee.

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Press Releases

Thevenin Joins USCIB as General Counsel (10/11/2017) - Nancy M. Thevenin has joined the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America’s leading global companies, as general counsel.
Arbitration and ADR Rules ICC Unveils New Rules of Arbitration (9/14/2011) - New York, N.Y., September 14, 2011 – The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has launched a much-anticipated revised version of its Rules of arbitration, with the aim of better serving the existing and future needs of businesses and governments engaged in international commerce and investment, according to the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), ICC’s American national committee.

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Staff Contact:   Nancy Thevenin

General Counsel
Tel: 212.703.5047

Nancy Thevenin supports the USCIB Arbitration Committee and coordinates the work of the U.S. Nominations Committee. She works closely with USCIB’s Business Development team in ensuring a more comprehensive policy, legal and arbitration membership outreach to both law firms and corporations. Thevenin previously served as deputy director of the ICC Court of Arbitration’s North American marketing office. During her tenure, the group helped launch the ICC International Mediation Competition and developed USCIB Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF), with Thevenin drafting the proposal for the ICC to make YAF a global organization. Nancy then joined Baker & McKenzie as a special counsel in and global coordinator of their International Arbitration Practice Group. She left Baker in 2014 to start her own practice as arbitrator and mediator and continues to teach the spring semester international commercial arbitration course at St. John’s Law School.
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