José Feris

José Feris

Partner

José is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group of the firm based in our Paris office. He represents private and public entities in commercial and investment arbitration proceedings. He also sits as arbitrator in commercial ad-hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings.

Before joining the firm, José served at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, where he held a number of positions including Deputy Counsel, Counsel and Managing Counsel before he was appointed Deputy Secretary General in 2011. He also served as Secretary of the ICC Latin American Arbitration Group, Co-Chair of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum and Acting Secretary General.

José has unique experience and insight gained from his career at the ICC Court and has a specialist profile within the sector. During the course of his career, he has supervised thousands of arbitration cases and reviewed an equal number of arbitral awards in a wide range of jurisdictions, languages and applicable laws. José also played an important role in key strategic initiatives at the ICC such as the 2012 and 2017 revision of the ICC Rules of Arbitration, the gold standard in terms of institutional arbitration, and the drafting of the revised 2017 Rules of ICC as Appointing Authority. He was also instrumental in designing and implementing the ICC Court’s new policies to increase efficiency, transparency and diversity in international arbitration. José assisted in the establishment of the ICC Court case management offices in New York City and Sao Paulo, the ICC Arab Arbitration Group, and the opening of an ICC Court representative office in Shanghai.

Jose’s experience and work within the field of international arbitration has earned him the recognition of the international arbitration market. He features in the Who’s Who of International Arbitration where he has been identified as a “meticulous operator.” He is on the list of arbitrators of the Câmara Brasileira de Arbitragem na Administração Publica and a member of the Arbitrators Council at the Atlanta Centre for International Arbitration and Mediation. He coordinates the first ICC Advanced International Arbitration Academy for Latin America, teaches international arbitration at Sciences Po in Paris and at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City and is a regular speaker on international arbitration in conferences around the globe. He was also ranked in the top 5 in Revista Mercado’s 2016 “40 under 40.”

Previously in his career, Jose served as law clerk to Judges Kooijmans and Rezek at the International Court of Justice in the Hague and worked for the Legal Advisor to the President of the Dominican Republic.

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Education

  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 2003
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Licenciatura en Derecho, magna cum laude, 2001

Admissions

  • Dominican Republic

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation (ACIAM): Arbitrators’ Council
  • Founding Member and Board Member, Latin American Arbitration Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Member, ICC Spain
  • Member, Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA)
  • List of Arbitrators, Câmara Brasileira de Arbitragem na Administração Publica

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Ranked 5th, “40 under 40,” Revista Mercado, 2016
  • Who’s Who of International Arbitration, 2015
  • Jaycees’ 72 Inc.: Premio “Joven Sobresaliente de la República Dominicana 2006”

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  • Lecturer, LL.M. in Transnational Arbitration & Dispute Settlement, SciencesPo Law School (Paris, France).
  • Lecturer, Master Droit Economique, SciencesPo Law School (Paris, France).
  • Catedrático Titular, Master en Arbitraje Internacional, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala (Guatemala, Guatemala).
  • Fellow and Faculty Member, International Dispute Resolution Academy (IDRA) (Hong Kong).
  • Academic Council Member, International Arbitration Summer Course Madrid (IASC – Madrid) (Madrid, Spain).
  • Lecturer at the 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 sessions of the Academy for International Arbitration (Paris, France).

  • Co-author, "Новый Арбитражный регламент ICC: Правила ускоренной процедуры", Закон, 2017.
  • Author, “The 2017 ICC Rules of Arbitration and the New Expedited Procedure Provisions: A View from Inside the Institution,” ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin, Issue 1, 2017.
  • Author, “New Policies and Practices at the ICC: Towards Greater Efficiency and Transparency in International Arbitration,” ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin, Issue 2, 2016.
  • Co-author, “La participación de Estados y Entidades Públicas Latinoamericanas en el Arbitraje CCI: Diez Años de Experiencia,” International Investment Law in Latin America, Brill Nijhoff.
  • Co-author, “Jurisdictional Issues in Construction Arbitration: the ICC Experience,” Uluslararası İnşaat Sözleşmeleri ve Uyuşmazlık Çözüm Yolları (International Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution), Şişli-İstanbul, 2016.
  • Co-author, “A Aplicabilidade da Convenção de Viena em arbitragem CCI,” A Convencao de Viena sobre Contratos de Compra e Venda Internacional de Mercaderias, Atlas, 2015.
  • Co-author, “Running in the ICC Emergency Arbitrator Rules: The First Ten Cases,” ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin, Volume 25/Number 1, 2014.
  • Co-author, “Consolidation, Joinder, Cross-claims, Multi- Party and Multi-Contract Arbitrations: Recent ICC Experience,” Dossier VII, Multiparty Arbitration, ICC Institute of World Business Law, 2010.
  • Co-author, “References to the IBA Guidelines on Conflict on Interest in International Arbitration when deciding on Arbitrator Independence in ICC Cases,” ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin, Volume 20/Number 2, 2009.
  • Co-author, “Arbitraje Comercial Internacional en República Dominicana: Marco Legal y Jurisprudencial,” El Arbitraje Comercial Internacional en Iberoamérica: La Ley, Wolters Kluwer España, 2009.

  • Speaker at the 2017 Rio de Janeiro International Arbitration Conference, June 2017 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
  • Speaker at the ICC YAF and IX Latin-American Arbitration Conference (CLA), May 2017, (La Paz, Bolivia).
  • Speaker at the ICC, ICC Spain and Club Español de Arbitraje Conference on “Nuevas tendencias en el arbitraje CCI: nuevas políticas y nuevo Reglamento”, May 2017, (Madrid, Spain).
  • Speaker at the 2nd ICC Africa Regional Arbitration Conference on “Arbitration: Catalyst for Economic Growth”, May 2017, (Lagos, Nigeria).
  • Speaker, Launch of the ICC Revised Rules of Arbitration Launch of the Second Edition of Summaries of UAE Courts’ Decisions on Arbitration, May 2017 (Dubai, United Arab Emirates).
  • Speaker at the Launch of the ICC Revised Rules of Arbitration on “The Impact of the New Arbitration Law on ICC Arbitration in Qatar”, May 2017 (Doha, Qatar).
  • Speaker at the 2013, 2014 and 2017 editions of the ICC Brazilian Arbitration Day.
  • Speaker at the ICC YAF Conference on “Experience Matters: What to Expect?”, May 2017 (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
  • Speaker at the ICC Portuguese Arbitration Day, April 2017, (Lisbon, Portugal).
  • Speaker at the QMUL and CBAr Arbitration Days on “Arbitration in Brazil”, April 2017, (London, United Kingdom).
  • Speaker at the 20th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day on “Burden and Standard of Proof in International Arbitration and Related Proceedings”, March 2017, (Milan, Italy).
  • Speaker at the VIII Congreso de Arbitraje Internacional on “Arbitration in Iberoamerica: Have We Innovated?”, February 2017, (San José, Costa Rica).
  • Speaker at the GIAC Arbitration Days in Tbilisi on “Efficiency in International Dispute Resolution”, December 2016, (Tbilisi, Georgia).
  • Speaker at the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of “International Commercial Arbitration in Latin America: The ICC Perspective” (Miami, Florida, US).
  • Speaker at the 4th Journées Maghrébines de l’Arbitrage on « L’Algérie Acteur Majeur de l’Arbitrage Internationale », November 2016, (Algiers, Algeria).
  • Speaker at the 5th Asia Pacific ADR Conference on “New Era in Arbitration: Use of Arbitration in Resolving Climate Finance Related Disputes”, October 2016, (Seoul, South Korea).
  • Speaker at the China Arbitration Summit 2016, “Convergence and Differentiation: Trends of Internationalization and Localization in Arbitration”, September 2016, (Beijing, China).
  • Speaker at the ICC YAF Europe Regional Conference, July 2016, (Athens, Greece).
  • Speaker, at the ICC YAF North America Regional Conference on “The ICC Goes to Washington: Exploring Policy Questions Surrounding Arbitration”, June 2016, (Washington, DC, United States).
  • Speaker at the 2nd Global Conference of the Co-Chair’s Circle, May 2016, (Helsinki, Finland).
  • Speaker at the X Congreso Latinoamericano de Arbitraje on “50 anos del Convenio del CIACI – Consolidacion del Arbitraje Comercial”, April 2016, (Lima, Peru).
  • Speaker, at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of the Conferencia de Arbitraje Internacional de Quito, March 2014, 2015 and 2016, (Quito, Ecuador).
  • Speaker at the 31st Annual Joint Colloquium of the Queen Mary School of International Arbitration and the ICC Institute of Business Law and Practice on “Powers and Duties of Arbitrators: Rules, Law, Practice and Ethics, Emergency Arbitration and Dealing with Sanctions”, February 2106, (London, United Kingdom).
  • Speaker at the ICC Institute Masterclass for Arbitrators on “Overview of Fundamentals and Best Practices Related to Serving as an Arbitrator”, Columbia International Arbitration Day, February 2016, (New York, United States).
  • Speaker at the Conferência de Arbitragem ICC Moçambique, January 2016, (Maputo, Mozambique).
  • Speaker at the ICC Russia International Arbitration Conference on “Russia as a Place for Dispute Resolution”, December 2015, (Moscow, Russia).
  • Speaker at the Dispute Resolution and Construction Contracts in Egypt, October 2015 (Cairo, Egypt).
  • Speaker at the Japan 2nd Annual International Arbitration Summit, October 2015, (Tokyo, Japan).
  • Speaker at the XIV International Arbitration Conference Brazilian Arbitration Commission CBAr, September 2015, (Foz de Iguaçu, Sao Paulo, Brazil).
  • Speaker at the 2013 and 2015 editions of the ICC YAF Global Conference.
  • Speaker at The Week of Law and Business, June 2015, (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic).
  • Speaker at the III Congreso Internacional de Arbitraje del Comité Colombiano de Arbitraje, June 2015 (Bogotá, Colombia).
  • Speaker at II Conferienca Anual de la Asociación Latinoamericano de Arbitraje ALARB, June 2015, (Bogota, Colombia).
  • Speaker at the Seminar PIDA Avanzado: Arbitraje Comercial Internacional, May 2015, (San José, Costa Rica).
  • Speaker at the XI Rio de Janeiro International Conference, May 2015, (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
  • Speaker at the 1er Foro Internacional de Arbitraje CCI on “El Laudo Arbitral: Uma Visión Integral”, April 2015, (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic).
  • Speaker at the 3rd Annual ICC MENA Conference on “International Arbitration in the Middle East and North Africa”, April 2015, (Dubai, United Arab Emirates).
  • Speaker at the 22nd Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, April 2015, (Vienna, Austria).
  • Speaker at the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Central & Eastern Europe, March 2015, (Istanbul, Turkey).
  • Speaker, at the 5th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot, March 2015, (Amman, Jordan). Speaker, at the Vis East Moot and CIArd Centenary, March 2015, (Hong Kong).
  • Speaker, at the USEK Arbitration Training, March 2015 and 2016, (Beirut, Lebanon). Speaker at the Riga 9th VIS Pre-Mott, March 2015, (Riga, Latvia).
  • Speaker on “Perspectives on the Use of Arbitral Secretaries: A Debate and Discussion”, Young ICCA Debate, February 2015, (London, United Kingdom).
  • Speaker, at the ICC Georgia International Arbitration Conference, October 2014 and 2015 (Tbilisi, Georgia).
  • Speaker, at the ICC Arbitration Seminar, October 2014, (Luanda, Angola).
  • Speaker, at the 9th and 11th Annual ICC New York Conference, September 2014 and 2016, (New York, United States).
  • Speaker at the Hong Kong Legal Services Forum, September 2014, (Qingdao, China).
  • Speaker at the Conference “10 años Ley Arbitraje Internacional en Chile”, August 2014, (Santiago, Chile).
  • Speaker at the Simposio Internacional de Arbitraje CCL-UP-IBA, August 2014, (Lima, Peru).
  • Speaker at the International Conference on Oil & Gas Disputes, CIArb, May 2014, (Beirut, Lebanon).
  • Speaker on “Taller sobre Ténicas para la Conducción de Procesos Arbitrales”, Arbitration Workshop, VI Conferencia Latinoamericana de Arbitraje CLA, May 2014, (Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic).
  • Speaker on “Multi-Party Arbitration: What Works and What Doesn’t?”, CILS International Arbitration Symposium, May 2014 and 2016, (Salzburg, Austria).
  • Speaker on “Investment Protection in the information Age”, McDermott Will & Emery and Goethe University Roundtable Seminar, March 2014, (Frankfurt, Germany).
  • Speaker at the International Arbitration Congress, Chamber of Commerce of Bogota on “El Poder de los Arbitros: mitos y Realidades”, ICC YAF Conference, February 2014, (Bogota, Colombia).
  • Speaker, at the 2013 and 2014 editions of ICC UK Annual Arbitrators’ Forum on “Ethics in International Arbitration – Is the Time ripe for an International Code of Conduct”, November 2013, (London, United Kingdom).
  • Speaker at the II International Conference on Arbitration, November 2013, (Luanda, Angola).
  • Speaker at the Kiev Arbitration Days, “Think Big”, November 2013, (Kiev, Ukraine).
  • Speaker at the ICC/ICC Chile Conference on “Disputes and Arbitration in Natural Resources, Mining and Energy”, August 2013, (Santiago, Chile).
  • Speaker on “ICC Arbitration Rules 2012: Pitfalls and Best Practices” Conference, ICC Switzerland, July 2013, (Zurich, Switzerland).
  • Speaker on “Arbitration and Intellectual Property” at the CEDPI/INPO Seminar, June 2013, (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
  • Speaker on “Tackling Complexity in ICC Arbitration: Recent Experience in the International and Domestic Context”, ICC Greece, June 2013, (Athens, Greece).
  • Speaker on “How Arbitral Institutions Decide Challenges to Arbitrators: A Behind the Scenes Look”, American Bar Association Spring Meeting (ABA), April 2013, (Washington DC, United States).
  • Speaker on “The Role of Arbitration in Banking”, ICC Banking Commission Meeting, April 2013, (Lisbon, Portugal).
  • Speaker at the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy with ICC Russia and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and ICC YAF Moscow Event on “Evidence in International Arbitration”, March 2013, (Moscow, Russia).
  • Speaker, 1st Annual Regional ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) Symposium (MENA), January 2013, (Dubai, United Arab Emirates).
  • Speaker at the Model Contracts/Dispute Resolution Session, Association of International Petroleum Negotations (AIPN) NOC-Government Entity Conference and Workshop, December 2012, (London, United Kingdom).
  • Speaker on “Case Management in Arbitration: Practical Tips and Cautionary Tales”, 2012 ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, McGill Moot Court and Atrium and ICC Canada’s Arbitration Commission Annual Meeting, October 2012, (Montreal, Canada).
  • Speaker at the Hong Kong Arbitration Week (ICC YAF/HK 45 Seminar, ADR in Asia Conference and GAR Live 2nd Annual Asia Conference), October 2012, (Hong Kong).
  • Speaker at the CIArb Singapore Arbitration Surgery Workshop, October 2012, (Singapore).
  • Speaker on “Expedited Procedure – the way forward in International Arbitration”, UK Arbitrators’ Forum/Seminar, September 2012, (London, United Kingdom).
  • Speaker at the IBA International Bar Association Conference, IBA Young Arb – ICC YAF-ICDR Y&I Arbitration Ireland Symposium, September-October 2012, (Dublin, Ireland).
  • Speaker on “Questiones Criticas en El Arbitraje, Como Enforcalas”, Club Espanol del Arbitraje (CEA) – VII Congreso Internacional, June 2012, (Madrid, Spain).
  • Speaker at the PIDA Avanzado Arbitraje Commercial Internacional, May 2012, (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic).
  • Speaker, Qatar Law Forum on the Rule of Law, May 2012, (Doha, Qatar).
  • Speaker on “Third Party Funding in International Arbitration and Selected Features of Arbitrations involving Sovereigns”, ICC YAF, May 2012 (Frankfurt, Germany).
  • Speaker at the 1st International Arbitration Conference of Coimbra, October 2011 and 2015 (Coimbra, Portugal).
  • Speaker on “How to Handle Distribution and Agency Issues in International Arbitration”, American University Washington College of Law Eighth Annual Seminar, October 2011 (Washington DC, United States).
  • Speaker at the ICC/FIDIC Conference on International Construction Contracts and the Resolution of Disputes, June 2011, (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
  • Speaker at the 5th Rio Annual Conference, May 2011 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
  • Speaker on “Multi-party and Multi-contract arbitration” at the III Belgrade Arbitration Conference, April 2011 (Belgrade, Serbia).
  • Chairman of Roundtable on “The ICC and UNCITRAL Rules of Arbitration” at the II Central American Arbitration Conference (San Jose, Costa Rica).
  • Speaker at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of the ICC World Business Institute’s Masterclass for Arbitrators (Paris, France).
  • Speaker at the 2008 and 2010 editions of the ICC World Business Institute’s Spanish / Portuguese Advanced Level PIDA Training on International Arbitration (Paris, France).
  • Moderator of Roundtable on “Constitution, State and Arbitration” at ICC Roundtables 2010 (Santiago, Chile).
  • Speaker on “Cuestiones recientes en el arbitraje con Estados” at the 2009 International Arbitration Conference of the Ecuatorian Arbitration Institute (Quito, Ecuador).
  • Speaker on “IBA Guidelines on Conflict of Interest: the ICC Court Experience” at the 2009 IBA Annual Conference (Madrid, Spain).
  • Speaker on “International Commercial Arbitration involving States: the ICC Experience” at the IBA/ICC Conference on Arbitration in Latin America: CAFTA, FTA’s, BIT’s and Commercial Arbitration Involving States, August 2009 (San Jose, Costa Rica).
  • Speaker on “Apensacão de Procesos Arbitrais” at the III Conference of the Arbitration Center at the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Lisbon, Portugal).
  • Speaker on “Impugnação de Arbitros perante a Corte da CCI” at the V International Arbitration Conference of Rio de Janeiro, May 2009 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
  • Speaker on “Recent Developments in ICC Arbitration” at the YAAP / ICC YAF Conference, April 2009 (Vienna, Austria).
  • Speaker on “Advocacy in Commercial and Investment Arbitration: Differences and Common Patterns” ILA International Law Weekend, October 2008 (New York City, U.S.A.).
  • Speaker on “Actualidad y Proyecciones del Arbitraje en America Latina” at the 1st. UBA International Arbitration Conference, September 2008 (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
  • Speaker on “Superposición entre Remedios bajo Tratados de Inversiones y Remedios Locales o Contractuales” at the II Peruvian Arbitration Conference, April 2008 (Lima, Peru).
  • Speaker on “The Intervention of the Courts in Arbitration” at the IBA Conference on Arbitration and the Judiciary, April 2008 (Caracas, Venezuela).
  • Speaker on “Arbitrajes complejos” at the Conference on Arbitration and its Complexities organized by ICC Panama, April 2008 (Panama City, Panama).
  • Speaker on “El Arbitraje CCI como alternativa en los arbitrajes de inversión” at the Cuban International Conference on Arbitration, January 2008 (La Habana, Cuba).
  • Speaker on “Experiencias de Arbitraje Inversionista-Estado ante la CCI” at the AMCHAM Conference on DR-CAFTA, April 2007 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic).
  • Keynote Lecturer on “Arbitraje y Poder Judicial,” February 2007, Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court of Justice / Escuela Nacional de la Judicatura (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic).
  • Keynote Lecturer on “Cooperación Judicial en Procesos Arbitrales,” September 2006, Guatemalan Supreme Court of Justice (Guatemala City, Guatemala).
  • Speaker on “El arbitraje en casos complejos” at the Conference on International Commercial Arbitration in Central America, September 2006 (San Salvador, El Salvador).
  • Speaker on “Forum Shopping en Arbitraje: Selección de la Entidad Administradora y la Sede del Arbitraje” at the XXXII Interamerican Conference on Commercial Arbitration, April 2006 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic).
  • Speaker on “Diferencias entre el Arbitraje Domestico y el Arbitraje Internacional,” at the 2005 Arbitration Seminar of the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic).