In a notable development, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) names Arush Khanna, co-founder and partner at Numen Law Offices, as the first ambassador for India in 49 years.
Khanna – who is a fellow at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London and an officer of the International Bar Association – brings a wealth of expertise in commercial disputes and arbitration.
As VIAC’s ambassador for India, Khanna is poised to play a role in fortifying the ties between the centre and the country. His responsibilities encompass fostering robust relationships with Indian legal professionals and institutions, forging strategic partnerships, and contributing to the advancement of arbitration practices within the region.
“As India tries to embrace institutional arbitration as the norm rather than an exception, there could not have been a better time for the VIAC to spread its footprint into the region. It is my privilege to be appointed as India’s ambassador,” said Khanna.
Dr Nikolaus Pitkowitz, president of the VIAC, said: “India stands as a dynamic hub in the arbitration landscape. With arbitration centres in Mumbai and Delhi hosting impactful programmes and conferences, the potential for collaboration and growth is substantial, especially as trade with Central and Eastern European countries gains prominence for the Indian market.”
The VIAC was established in 1975 as part of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and is a renowned arbitration centre representing Europe. With more than 1,700 administered cases, the VIAC facilitates commercial dispute resolution globally and domestically, with a growing network of experienced arbitrators.