The International Arbitration Club of New York awarded Grant Hanessian and E. Alexandra Dosman the 2018 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize for the best article in the field of international arbitration.  Their article “Songs of Innocence and Experience: Ten Years of Emergency Arbitration” was published in The American Review of International Arbitration (Vol. 27, No. 2). The article addresses important questions relating to the increased use of emergency arbitration, including whether the practice fulfills its promise of swift relief, whether legal standards for granting relief are consistently applied, whether decisions by emergency arbitrators are enforceable and how emergency arbitration changes the strategic landscape for practitioners and parties.

The prize was presented to Mr. Hanessian and Ms. Dosman on Wednesday, January 24 at an awards dinner in New York City.  

“Mr. Hanessian and Ms. Dosman have covered a critical topic that continues to evolve and impact the landscape for arbitration around the world,” said Rory O. Millson, chair of the IACNY selection committee. “We are delighted to welcome them to the ranks of Smit-Lowenfeld award recipients.”

Lawrence W. Newman, Presiding Member of the IACNY and Of Counsel at Baker McKenzie, said: “The article delves into key questions regarding the general practice and efficacy of emergency arbitration, a novel topic that is highly relevant for practitioners today. It is an important contribution to this field.”

Grant Hanessian, chair of Baker McKenzie’s International Arbitration Practice in North America, said: “I’m very honored to receive this recognition from colleagues in the New York international arbitration community. It is a particular pleasure to share this award with Alex, one of the leaders of the next generation of arbitration practitioners.”

Alexandra Dosman said: “I am deeply grateful to the IACNY for this honor. Professors Smit and Lowenfeld were brilliant international lawyers and academics, and to be awarded a prize in their name is one of the most meaningful moments in my career. I am grateful also to Grant for having made the research and writing process so seamless.”

This is the seventh year the IACNY has awarded this prize, selecting one article annually. Article selection is based on originality, quality, significance and scholarship, among other factors.

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