Switzerland, India, UK
Natural resources (water, oil, gas, renewable energy), commercial (agency, distribution, sales, purchase, services agreements) and corporate laws in different jurisdictions.
LL.M. (Oil and Gas Law), Robert Gordon University, 2018.
LL.M., International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), Geneva University Law School and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, 2011.
B.L.S., LL.B., University of Mumbai, 2008.
Rahul Donde, 'Anti-Arbitration Injunctions in Investment Arbitration: The Indian Experience' in: Y. Samant/C. Balyan (Eds), Specialized Arbitration: Emerging International Trends And Practices, Thomson Reuters 2021, pp. 40-63 (co-author Rishabh Raheja).
Rahul Donde, 'Court Assistance in Obtaining Evidence in International Arbitration' in: L. Choukroune/R. Donde (Eds), Adjudicating Global Business in and with India – International Commercial and Investment Dispute Settlement, Routledge 2021, pp. 220-232 (co-author Shivansh Jolly).
Rahul Donde, Adjudicating Global Business in and with India – International Commercial and Investment Disputes Settlement L. Choukroune/R. Donde, Eds, Routledge 2021, 248 pages.
Rahul Donde, 'Constitution and Establishment of an Arbitral Tribunal' in: D. Dave/M. Hunter/F. Nariman/M. Paulsson (Eds), Arbitration in India, Alphen aan den Rijn 2021, pp. 73-88.
Rahul Donde, 'The Arbitrator’s Role' in: J. Freeman/M. Levy (Eds), Gas and LNG Price Arbitrations, London 2020, pp. 121-131 (co-author Laurent Lévy).
Select Speaking Engagements:
ENERAP Switzerland Launch Event, 2021.
SIAC Arbitration Academy on Tribunal Secretaries in International Arbitration, ‘Overview of Key Arbitration Documents from the Perspective of Tribunal Secretaries’, 2021.
Co-convenor, Delos India Launch Event, ‘The In-House Counsel Perspective on Conducting an Arbitration’, 2021.
FTI Consulting and YMCIA, ‘Substantive Protections: Defences and Exceptions’, 2021.
TIAC45, ‘TIAC Roster of Tribunal Secretaries: Getting that First Appointment’, 2021.
ASA Below 40, YSIAC, ‘Tools to Make International Arbitration More Efficient: Perspectives from Singapore, Switzerland, and the UK’ 2021.
Lecturer, Professional Arbitration Skills Training, School of Law, University of Aberdeen, ‘Jurisdiction of the Arbitral Tribunal’, 2021.
Honorary Lecturer, School of Law, University of Aberdeen, ‘Arbitral Procedure’, 2021.
Guest lecturer, World Trade Institute, ‘Investment Arbitration’, Bern, 2021.
Guest lecturer, National Law University, Delhi, Diploma Course in Law and Practice of International Arbitration, ‘Investment Arbitration’ and ‘Provisional Measures in International Arbitration’, 2021.
School of Law, University of Aberdeen, ‘Arbitral Procedure’, 2020.
SIAC South Asia Academy (Virtual Edition) on The Making of an Advocate and an Arbitrator, delivered an Opening Statement and conducted a cross-examination, 2020.
CIETAC, Young ICCA, ‘Tips on Preparation and Delivery of Opening and Closing Arguments in an International Arbitration’, 2020.
Lecturer, Professional Arbitration Skills Training, School of Law, University of Aberdeen, ‘Jurisdiction of the Arbitral Tribunal’, 2020.
Indian National Association of Legal Professionals and SPIL, Government Law College, Mumbai, ‘Force Majeure and Hardship in Oil and Gas Contracts During the Pandemic’, 2020.
BIAMC, SPIL-Mumbai, De-mystifying the Long Term Effects of Covid-19 on Arbitration Procedure and Opportunities, 2020.
Young ICCA, ‘Tips from the Top: An interview with Prof. Abdel Wahab, 2020 (co-organizer).
BIAMC, Career Advice for Young and Aspiring Lawyers, ‘Be Relevant, Stay Relevant’, 2020.
Young ICCA, ‘Tips from the Top: An interview with Ms. Yoshimi Ohara, 2020 (co-organizer).
Moderator, CIArb YMG, ‘A Virtual Debate on Virtual Hearings’, 2020.
Young ICCA, ‘An interview with Mr. Albert Jan van den Berg’, 2020 (co-organizer).
Moderator, ICDR Y&I, EODID Athens Mediation & Arbitration Organization, ‘Asymmetric arbitration clauses’, Athens, 2020.
Member, Arbitration Consultative Committee, Delos Dispute Resolution.
Honorary Lecturer, School of Law, University of Aberdeen.
Empaneled as an arbitrator at CRCICA, DIAC, ICC, LCIA (Database of Arbitrators), HKIAC (List of Arbitrators), SIAC (Reserve Panel) and others.
Country Reporter – India, IBA Report on Arbitrability Under the New York Convention.
Advisory Board Member, Thailand International Arbitration Center.
Advisory Board Member, Center for Advanced Research in Dispute Settlement.
Global Events Director, Young ICCA.
Member YSIAC Committee.
Rahul Donde specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration.
Rahul has acted as arbitrator, counsel, secretary and assistant of the arbitral tribunal in over 30 international arbitration proceedings under both ad hoc (UNCITRAL, Swiss PILA, Indian Arbitration Act, 1996) and institutional arbitration rules (CEPANI, CRCICA, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, ICSID (AF), LCIA, SIAC).
Peers and clients consider Rahul as the “go-to person for any dispute with connections to India and Europe” and “a true common law expert with broad experience of the civil law approach”. He has been consistently recognized as “Expert”, “Rising Star” and “Future Leader” by the major legal directories including Expert Guides, Legal500 and Who’s Who Legal.
Rahul has specific experience in disputes relating to natural resources (water, oil, gas, renewable energy), commercial (agency, distribution, sales, purchase, services agreements) and corporate laws in different jurisdictions. Rahul has worked in Switzerland and India for several years and has expertise in complex commercial and investment disputes in both common law and civil law systems.
Rahul sits as an arbitrator and is empaneled with all major international arbitral institutions. As counsel, he has advised multinational companies in cross-border construction and commercial disputes and assisted parties in annulment proceedings before the Swiss Federal Tribunal. He has considerable experience representing Indian clients before various judicial and quasi-judicial bodies.
Rahul is an Honorary Lecturer at Aberdeen University. He co-edited the first-ever TDM Special Issue on dispute resolution in India. He holds leadership positions in international arbitration organizations including Young ICCA. He is regularly invited to lecture, speak at conferences and conduct workshops organized by the ICC Word Business Institute, UN organizations and others. His publications cover topics of current interest in technology, energy law and international arbitration.