Rahul Donde specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration. He acts as arbitrator, 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 specialization in energy law with focus on oil, gas and renewable energy.
Prior to joining Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler in 2012, Rahul worked in the arbitration department of a large European firm. Before that, he was an associate for several years in the dispute resolution team of a major Indian law firm. Rahul has acted as counsel in numerous commercial disputes before arbitral tribunals and domestic courts in India, and has specialized knowledge of the idiosyncrasies of dispute resolution in multiple jurisdictions.
Rahul is the co-editor of the first-ever TDM Special on dispute resolution in India, and he is the country reporter for India for the IBA Report on Arbitrability under the New York Convention. He has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Thailand Arbitration Center and the Center for Advanced Research in Dispute Settlement. He is a Steering Committee Member of the young arbitration practitioners groups of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Mumbai Center for International Arbitration. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences and conduct training programmes and workshops organized by UN organizations, 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
Court Assistance in Acquiring Evidence in International Arbitration
in: C. González-Bueno (Ed.), 40 under 40: Upcoming Issues of International Commercial Arbitration, Madrid, pp. 269-280
The Future of Investor-State Arbitration: Revising the Rules?
in: J. Chaisse et al. (Eds), Asia's Changing International Investment Regime, Sustainability, Regionalization and Arbitration, Springer, 2017, pp. 209-227 (co-author Julien Chaisse)
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, pp. 105-125 (co-author Trisha Mitra)