ICC Court appoints three Asian VPs

From left: Sanjeev Kapoor, VK Rajah and Helen Shi

The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Court of Arbitration in Paris has appointed VK Rajah, Helen Shi and Sanjeev Kapoor as the new vice presidents for Singapore, China and India, respectively.

The appointments came as part of the court electing a new president, 12 vice presidents and 68 members. Rajah is an international arbitrator at Duxton Hill Chambers in Singapore, and Shi is a partner at Chinese firm Fangda Partners in Beijing, while Kapoor is a dispute partner at Khaitan & Co in New Delhi. Their terms run until 2024.

“In addition to discharging regular court functions to ensure the quality and enforceability of ICC awards, it will be my endeavour to strengthen institutional arbitration in India and make the ICC International Court of Arbitration the leading arbitral institution of choice for the business community,” Kapoor told Asia Business Law Journal.

Shi said she looked forward to working with the new president of the ICC Court, Claudia Salomon, who is the first woman to lead the institution since its establishment in 1923. She began her new role on 1 July.