People

Noradèle Radjai

Partner

Admission :

England and Wales, 2002
Geneva (foreign lawyer), 2008

Nationality :

British, Lebanese

Languages :

Arabic , English , French , Spanish

Geneva

35, Rue de la Mairie
P.O. Box 6569
1211 Geneva 6
Switzerland

Contact :

+41 58 105 2000 +41 58 105 2060

Noradèle Radjai is a partner in the international arbitration team, specialising in commercial and investment arbitration in the energy (in particular oil and gas), telecommunications and construction sectors. She also advises clients from the Middle East or in relation to contracts or projects in the Middle East.

Ms Radjai has acted as counsel, advocate and arbitrator in over 50 international arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional (under the ICC, LCIA, SCC, ICSID, AAA/ICDR, UNCITRAL and Swiss Rules), including disputes arising from share sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, and large projects, governed by a variety of procedural and substantive laws including Swiss, English, Lebanese, Kuwaiti, French, Russian, Cypriot, New York and Californian.

Ms Radjai is highly recognised by the leading legal directories. She is currently ranked as one of the top 5 arbitration partners globally under the age of 45 in Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders – Arbitration 2017 as well as in the same publication’s global ranking for all arbitration practitioners (Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration). She is also included by Chambers Global and Europe in their Europe-wide and Switzerland rankings of leading arbitration counsel.

Ms Radjai is a member of the Steering Committee of the IBA Arbitration 40 Subcommittee (IBA Arb 40), immediate past co-chair of ASA below 40 (Swiss Arbitration Association) and past member of the Executive Board of ICDR Young & International. She is also a member of several other professional associations, namely the LCIA and LCIA YIAG, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the BIICL, the American Bar Association and Arbitral Women.

Prior to joining LALIVE, Ms Radjai worked in the international arbitration group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in London, and with Simmons & Simmons in London.

Noradèle Radjai is a Solicitor-Advocate of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. She holds a Diploma in Law, with distinction, from the College of Law, London, and an LL.B., with honours, from Kings College London.

“Brilliant and relentless” and a “lawyer of the highest calibre”.

GAR 30, 2018

Noradèle Radjai stands out for her work on energy and construction sector disputes, including those relating to gas supply agreements or the termination of joint ventures. "She is an extremely good cross-examiner."

Chambers Global, Europe-wide, Arbitration (International), 2018

Noradèle Radjai receives widespread plaudits for her exceptional work in the field of international arbitration. She focuses her world-class practice on both commercial and investment arbitration, most notably across the construction, energy and TMT sectors.

Who's Who Legal, Arbitration, 2018

"Very sharp"

Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute resolution: Arbitration, 2017

Noradèle Radjai regularly acts as counsel on energy, construction and telecoms proceedings, with recent work involving supply agreements and gas pricing arbitration. One client states: "She treads the fine line between fighting for the interests of the client on one side, and courtesy towards the opposing party on the other. She is always on the ball, very solution-oriented and shows a great understanding of the business, market and commercial issues."

Chambers Global, Arbitration (International) Europe-wide (Band 4), 2017

Noradèle Radjai continues to impress clients with her “commitment, understanding, quality and focus” throughout the entire arbitration process.

Who’s Who Legal : Arbitration - Future Leaders 2017 (Most Highly Regarded Individuals)

Lalive is ‘in a league of its own’ regarding international arbitration and the ‘strength in depth of its first-class team is outstanding’. Among its ‘many exceptionally bright lawyers’ is the ‘brilliant’ Noradèle Radjai.

Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute resolution: arbitration (Tier 1), 2016

Noradèle Radjai is a rising star of the international arbitration field, drawing glowing praise from sources for her advocacy skills in particular. Her growing experience includes cases in sectors such as telecoms, energy and construction.

Chambers Global, Europe-wide, Arbitration (International), 2016

Noradèle Radjai receives exceptional client feedback for her work as an arbitration counsel, with interviewees enthusing that "the amount of energy that she has is incredible. She's beyond responsive, extremely accommodating and just very clever. Truly an exceptional woman." She has excellent knowledge of energy matters.

Chambers Global, Switzerland, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel, 2016

Noradèle Radjai is “first-class” for energy, telecommunications and construction disputes.

Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, 2016

Noradèle Radjai impresses sources, who applaud her cross-examination skills. "She has a very good grasp of her work and her presentation is very clear; she is a pleasure to work with," enthuse commentators.

Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel, Band 3, Switzerland, 2015

Lalive is ‘outstanding in the field of international arbitration’. Among its ‘many excellent lawyers’ (…) is the ‘strong’ Noradèle Radjai.

Legal 500, Switzerland, Dispute resolution, Arbitration, 2015

Noradèle Radjai “continuously proves herself to be a brilliant lawyer”.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2014

The “fantastic” Noradèle Radjai specialises in commercial and investment arbitration in the energy, telecommunications and construction sectors and is lauded for her “focus” and “diligence”.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, 2014

Noradèle Radjai is ‘a very sharp lawyer, fighter and supreme diplomat at the same time’.

Legal 500, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2014

Noradèle Radjai is appreciated for her cross-examining skills and analysis of cases.

Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2014

Noradèle Radjai is 'one of the outstanding figures of the younger generation of Swiss arbitration experts' and received high levels of recommendation from clients.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Arbitration, 2013

Noradèle Radjai 'has a great future ahead of her', a source predicts. 'Her handling of our case has been absolutely brilliant'.

Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution, Switzerland, 2013

Enforcement, Switzerland

Noradèle Radjai, 2015

In: Julien Fouret (Ed.), Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards, Globe Law and Business, 2015

Confidentiality in Arbitration

Noradèle Radjai, 2013

In: Manuel Arroyo (Ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland - The Practitioner's Guide: Commentary, Wolters Kluwer, 2013

Default, Closure of Proceedings and Waiver of Rules

Noradèle Radjai, 2013

In: Tobias Zuberbühler, Christoph Müller, Philipp Habegger (Eds.), Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, Schulthess Verlag, Juris,2nd ed. 2013

Investment Arbitration

Noradèle Radjai, 2013

In: Manuel Arroyo (Ed.), Arbitration in Switzerland - The Practitioner's Guide: Commentary, Wolters Kluwer, 2013

Claims for breach of representations and warranties

Noradèle Radjai, 2013

In: Edward Poulton (Ed.), Arbitration of M&A transactions, Globe Law and Business, 2013

Privacy and Confidentiality in Arbitration - Switzerland

Bernd Ehle, Noradèle Radjai, 2011

In: A. Sheppard (Ed.), Comparative Smart Charts, Kluwer Law International Practice Tools, 2011

UNCITRAL/OECD/MCA/Government of Spain

Fifth International Conference for a Euro-Mediterranean Community of International Arbitration

Madrid 20/11/2018 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Investment Arbitration, Quo Vadis? Review of Landmark Cases in 2017-2018: The FET Standard

For more information, see the programme and the presentation.

IBA Arb40 Subcommittee

IBA Arb40 Session at the IBA Annual Conference 2018

Rome 11/10/2018 Noradèle Radjai Co-Chair & Moderator: Live exchanges on ways to improve arbitration procedure: an opportunity for the community to discuss some suggestions and issues arising from the IBA Arb 40 Compendium of Arbitration Practice

For more information, see the programme.

IBA Arb40 Subcommittee

IBA Arb 40 symposium on the occasion of the IBA Annual Conference 2018

Rome 07/10/2018 Noradèle Radjai Co-Chair & Organiser: Costs in International Arbitration: Mock Hearing and Debate

For more information, see the programme.

ICC Institute of Advanced Training

ICC Institute of Advanced Training: Assessment of damages by arbitrators

Dubai 06/05/2018 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Damnum emergens, lucrum cessans, and moral damages – How to calculate without double-counting?

For more information, see the programme and the presentation.

DIS40

DIS40 Spring Conference 2018

Zurich 24/04/2018 Noradèle Radjai Keynote speaker: Pathways to a Successful Career and Business Development in International Arbitration

For more information, see the programme and the presentation.

International Council for Commercial Arbitration

2018 ICCA Congress

Sydney 16/04/2018 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Commercial Arbitration and the Development of Common Law

For more information, see the programme and the presentation.

ArbitralWomen

Understanding and Navigating Unconscious Gender Bias in the Legal Sector

Geneva 08/03/2018 Noradèle Radjai Co-Organiser

For more information, see the programme.

International Bar Association

Young Practitioners’ Symposium

Buenos Aires 25/02/2018 Noradèle Radjai Organiser (Co-Chair, IBA Arb40 Subcommittee)

For more information, see the programme.

The Network for International Law Students (NILS) and Centre for Advanced Research in Dispute Settlement (CARDS)

Study Tour in London

London 03/03/2017 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Confidentiality in Arbitration

For more information, see the presentation.

CEA Belgian Chapter

II Annual Conference of the Belgian Chapter of the Spanish Club of Arbitration: Arbitration in Highly Regulated Sectors: Energy, Telecom, Pharma, Banking & Finance

Brussels 17/02/2017 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Arbitration in the Telecommunications Sector

For more information, see the programme and the presentation.

C5 Business Information in a Global Context

C5 Upstream Oil & Gas Disputes

London 24/01/2017 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: The Impact of Insolvency of a Contracting Party: What Can You Do Under Your Agreement?

For more information, see the programme and the presentation.

Global Arbitration Review

3rd Annual GAR Live Dubai

Dubai 17/11/2016 Noradèle Radjai Moderator: Oil and gas disputes in the region

For more information, see the programme.

Quadrant Chambers

Arbitrator insights: What persuades?

London 29/10/2016 Noradèle Radjai Speaker

American Bar Association

ABA’s 8th Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes

Moscow 30/09/2016 Noradèle Radjai Co-Moderator: Russia’s Pivot to Asia

For more information, see the programme.

International Bar Association Arb40 Subcommittee

IBA Arb40 Practitioner’s Symposium entitled New Frontiers in International Arbitration: Regional and Cross-cultural Perspectives

Washington, DC 18/09/2016 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Launch of IBA Arb40 Toolkit for Award Writing

For more information, see the programme.

C5 Business Information in a Global Context

C5’s 6th Annual Congress on Successfully Negotiating & Renegotiating Long Term Gas Supply Contracts 2016

Berlin 30/06/2016 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Sophisticated Ways of Resolving Pricing and Contract Disputes: From Negotiation Phase to Dispute Settlement Phase including Lessons Learnt for New Contracts to be Drafted

For more information, see the programme.

Institute for Transnational Arbitration

28th Annual ITA Workshop: When Justice Delayed Would Be Justice Denied: Emergency Arbitrators and Interim Measures in International Arbitration

Dallas 15/06/2016 Noradèle Radjai Panellist: Mock: Interim Measures Hearing – Part 1

For more information, see the programme.

American Society of International Law

110th ASIL Annual Meeting: Charting New Frontiers in International Law

Washington, DC 30/03/2016 Noradèle Radjai Speaker/Panellist: Arbitrating the Public Interest

For more information, see the programme.

ASA below 40

Autumn Seminar: Oral Advocacy

Zurich 06/11/2015 Noradèle Radjai Organizer (Co-chair of ASA below 40)

For more information, see the programme.

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum/IBA Arb40

ICC YAF/IBA Arb40 Practitioner’s Workshop on Oral Advocacy: Opening & Closing Statements

Vienna 04/10/2015 Noradèle Radjai Member of Tribunal/Panellist 3: Opening statements by Claimant and Respondent

For more information, see the programme.

Global Arbitration Review

3rd Annual GAR Live Istanbul: Investment arbitration session

Istanbul 25/06/2015 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Investment arbitration

For more information, see the programme.

Institute for Transnational Arbitration

27th Annual ITA Workshop: Subconscious Influences in International Arbitration

Dallas 17/06/2015 Noradèle Radjai Panellist: Is International Arbitration really flexible?

For more information, see the programme and the presentation.

ASA below 40

Spring Seminar: Written Advocacy

Geneva 12/06/2015 Noradèle Radjai Organizer (Co-chair of ASA below 40)

For more information, see the programme.

Court of Arbitration LEWIATAN

International Conference for Promoting Arbitration on “2015 Dispute Resolution in M&A/JV Transactions: Tactics, Challenges, Defences”

Warsaw 28/05/2015 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Issues of Documentary Evidence

For more information, see the programme and the presentation.

ASA below 40 and CFA 40

The Better Seat? France v. Switzerland

Paris 24/04/2015 Noradèle Radjai Co-organiser (Co-chair of ASA below 40) and Speaker

For more information see the programme.

ICC YAF and ASA below 40

Striving for Efficiency in Complex Dispute Management

Geneva 05/03/2015 Noradèle Radjai Co-organiser (Co-chair of ASA below 40)

For more information see the programme.

Global Energy Forum

Global Energy 2014 Conference

Geneva 02/12/2014 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: The Impact of Gas Market Regulation and Liberalization on Gas Pricing

For more information, see the programme, the presentation and the article published in the Agefi.

ASA below 40

Autumn Seminar: Getting to know the industries – energy, construction, financial services

Zurich 07/11/2014 Noradèle Radjai Co-organiser (Co-chair of ASA below 40)

For more information, see the programme.

IBA Arb40 Subcommittee, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, Young International Arbitration Practitioner’s

Young International Arbitration Practitioner’s Workshop on Witness Testimony

Tokyo 19/10/2014 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Approaches to Cross-Examination of Witnesses

For more information, see the programme.

Young ICCA

The Hearing: Evidence and Argument

Geneva 07/10/2014 Noradèle Radjai Co-organizer

ICC UK

ICC UK Symposium – The Arbitral Award

London 30/09/2014 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: The relevance of national law to drafting and enforcement of awards

For more information, see the programme and the presentation.

ABA Section of International Law

The 2014 Moscow Dispute Resolution Conference: ABA’s Sixth Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS-related Business Disputes

Moscow 19/09/2014 Noradèle Radjai Program Chair: Corporate Disputes in a CIS Context: Managing Conflicts between Successive Generations of Shareholders

For more information, see the programme.

ASA below 40 and ICDR Young & International

Thorny practical issues in international arbitration

Bern 05/09/2014 Noradèle Radjai Co-organiser (Co-chair of ASA below 40)

For more information, see the programme.

ASA below 40

Spring Seminar: Court assistance in international arbitration - how to use it wisely and efficiently

Geneva 23/05/2014 Noradèle Radjai Co-organiser (Co-chair of ASA below 40)

For more information, see the programme.

ICC, Young ICSID, ICDR Young & International

Young Arbitrators Joint Conference

Paris 05/12/2013 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Inherent powers of arbitrators: are they the true masters of the proceedings?

For more information, see the programme attached.

ASA below 40

The Straight And Narrow – Legal And Ethical Rules Applicable To Counsel, Experts And Arbitrators

Zurich 08/11/2013 Noradèle Radjai Co-organiser (Co-chair of ASA below 40)

For more information, see the programme attached.

IBA Arbitration Committee, ICC YAF, ICDR Y&I, Young ICCA, YCAP

Young Arbitration Practitioners Symposium: The Role of Ethics in International Arbitration

Boston 06/10/2013 Noradèle Radjai Moderator: Different perspectives on ethical issues in international arbitration

For more information, see the programme attached.

ABA Section of International Law

The 2013 Moscow Dispute Resolution Conference: ABA’s Fifth Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS-related Business Disputes

Moscow 27/09/2013 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Hot topics in investor-state arbitration: investor-state arbitration at a crossroads

For more information, see programme attached.

ASA below 40 and ICDR Young & International

The empty chair - arbitrating against absent respondents

Geneva 31/05/2013 Noradèle Radjai Co-organiser (Co-chair of ASA below 40)

For more information, see programme attached.

ICDR Young & International

ICDR Y&I Seminar for Young Practitioners

Doha 17/10/2012 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Arbitration Advocacy: Tips and Traps

For more information, see programme attached.

ICDR Y&I, Moscow Arbitration Forum 40, ABA’s Section of International Law, International Commercial Arbitration Court and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Two Rapid-Fire Discussions on International Arbitration and Mediation

Moscow 20/09/2012 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Cross-examination in arbitration proceedings

For more information see the programme.

ICDR Y&I and Young Arbitrators Stockholm (YAS)

Lawyers’ Debate: Arbitrators’ appointment by institutions / Use of tribunal secretaries

Stockholm 12/09/2012 Noradèle Radjai Debater

For more information see the programme.

Young ICCA

Witnesses and Documents – A Young ICCA Workshop

Stockholm 07/03/2012 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Witness statements in arbitration proceedings

For more information see the site of Young ICCA.

Young ICCA and the Co-Chairs Circle

Witness Statements and Document Disclosure – A Young ICCA Workshop

Prague 24/10/2011 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Witness statements in arbitration proceedings

For more information see the site of Young ICCA.

ICDR Y&I, Moscow Arbitration Forum 40, ABA’s Section of International Law, International Commercial Arbitration Court and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Two Roundtables on Current Themes in International Arbitration

Moscow 13/09/2011 Noradèle Radjai Moderator

London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

European Users' Council Symposium

London 11/09/2011 Noradèle Radjai Co-chair, Practice and Procedure

For more information see the programme.

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)

3rd ICC YAF Global Conference

Paris 03/07/2011 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Arbitral Institutions intervening in proceedings: where do we draw the line?

For more information see the programme.

London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

International Commercial Arbitration symposium

Beirut 16/04/2011 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Judicial Intervention and the Role of Local Courts

For more information see the programme.

CIArb, ICDR Y&I, YIAG, ICC YAF

Perspectives on Arbitration in the Middle East

Dubai 16/03/2011 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Does the faith or nationality of an arbitrator matter (the implications of the Jivraj decision)?

For more information, see the programme.

Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA)

Questioning of fact witnesses in international arbitration

Geneva 05/02/2011 Noradèle Radjai Faculty member

For more information, see the FIAA website.

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)

IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence and Relief in International Arbitration

Geneva 03/12/2010 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Non-monetary relief in Arbitration

For more information, see the programme and the presentation.

American Arbitration Association (AAA)'s International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) - Young and International Group

Fall program: Perspectives on Arbitration in the Middle East

Washington D.C. 19/11/2009 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: Perspectives on Arbitration in the Middle East

Swiss Arbitration Association - ASA below 40

Confidentiality in International Arbitration: Myth or Reality? & Disposing of the Parties’ Dispute Quickly: The Parties’ Saving Grace or Worst Nightmare?

Geneva 10/10/2008 Noradèle Radjai Speaker: What if Confidentiality is breached? Scenarios and Remedies

For more information, see the ASA below 40 programme.

Noradèle Radjai Course Mentor: Award, enforcement and challenge

2011

UNITAR E-learning Course
Introduction to Investment Arbitration. A joint LALIVE/UNITAR e-learning initiative
See the Course outline. More information at UNITAR's website.

Noradèle Radjai Guest Lecturer

2002

Law Faculty of the University of Milan, Italy
English Company and Commercial Law (one semester)