Rahul Donde specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration. He acts as counsel, secretary and assistant of the arbitral tribunal in international arbitration proceedings under both ad hoc (UNCITRAL, Swiss PILA, Indian Arbitration Act, 1996) and institutional arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, ICSID, CEPANI).
He has specific experience in disputes relating to utilities, natural resources (water, oil, gas, renewable energy) and joint venture/shareholder agreements in different jurisdictions. He has been involved in high-profile disputes arising under the NAFTA and BITs as well as under complex long-term contracts. He has pursued further specialized studies in oil and gas law, with a focus on renewable energy.
Prior to joining Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler in 2012, Rahul worked at a large European firm. Before that, he was an associate for several years in the dispute resolution team at Kanga & Co., in Mumbai, India. Rahul has acted as counsel in numerous commercial disputes before arbitral tribunals and domestic courts, and has specialized knowledge of the idiosyncrasies of dispute resolution in India.
Rahul is the country reporter for India for the IBA Report on Arbitrability under the New York Convention. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Research in Dispute Settlement and is a Steering Committee Member of the young arbitration practitioners group of the Mumbai Center for International Arbitration. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences and training programmes organized by the ICC World Business Institute, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Young ICCA, the Asian Society of International Law and others. His publications cover topics of current interest in water, energy law and international arbitration
Claims and Counterclaims under Asian Multilateral Investment Treaties
in: L. Choukroune (Ed.), Judging the State in International Trade and Investment Law: Modern Sovereignty, the Law and the Economics, Springer, 2016 (co-author Trisha MItra)
The State of Investor-State Arbitration: A Reality Check
in: J. Chaisse et. al. (Eds), International Law of Foreign Investment in Asia: Regionalisation, Arbitration, and Prospects, Springer, forthcoming 2017 (co-author Julien Chaisse)