Inception and Development of Arbitration in Ireland and the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre and Arbitration Ireland are pleased to introduce a collaborative webinar on the Inception and Development of Arbitration in Ireland and the British Virgin Islands, which will involve a discussion on the comparative history and development of arbitration in Ireland and the British Virgin Islands, their similarities and differences and the challenges they face as regional arbitration centres in promoting themselves as arbitral seats.

Date: 9 June 2021

Time: 17.00 IST/12 noon AST


Points of discussion:

  1. Background: why arbitration?
  2. Compare and contrast: why both jurisdictions chose to adopt the Model Law, but embarked on diverging paths in deciding whether or not to establish an arbitral institution.
  3. How does a regional arbitration centre best promote itself, what are the challenges it faces and what is its strategy for growth?



Patrick Leonard SC

Patrick Leonard is a senior counsel practising in Commercial and Public Law. He has appeared as leading counsel before all Irish Superior Courts, the European Court of Justice, and in both international and domestic arbitrations. He has particular expertise in Financial, Construction, Insurance Coverage and Wind Energy disputes. He was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1997, the Bar of England and Wales in 2000, and became an SC in 2013. Patrick is a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, the ICC Commission on Arbitration, and is a former member of the Bar Council of Ireland.

Hayley O’Donnell BL – The Bar of Ireland

Hayley is a barrister at the Law Library in Dublin, Ireland with a general civil practice. She has previously worked with the International Centre for Dispute Resolution in New York and currently sits on the Arbitration Ireland Young Practitioners’ Committee and on the Bar of Ireland Arbitration and ADR Committee.

Hana Doumal

Ms. Hana Doumal leads the Secretariat of the BVI International Arbitration Centre. Hana has served in the arbitration sector at leading international firms and arbitral institutions in Hong Kong, Washington, D.C. and Paris. She has experience in commercial arbitration and investor-State arbitration, working in English, French and Spanish.

Francois Lassalle

As the Chief Executive Officer of BVI International Arbitration Centre, Mr. Francois Lassalle is responsible for the overall growth, management and operations of the institution. Francois worked for Linklaters where he advised the Executive Committee and led teams, strategies, global projects and consulting assignments both broad in scope and with high business impact before taking on a Global Business Management role. Prior to moving to the BVI, he worked for Dentons in London, the world’s largest law firm, where he advised senior management on the UK strategy and served as the Divisional Business Manager for two divisions.