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International Council for Commercial Arbitration
I practise/work in
  • International Arbitration
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Lise Bosman
South Africa
Country of Birth
South Africa
South African & Dutch
If non-African, how do you promote Africans in international arbitration/ADR?
I have dual South African-Dutch nationality, and am an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town, where I have taught the LLM arbitration course since 2004 and host and/or engage in fora around diversity and career-building in international arbitration.

In addition, through my work at ICCA I am a member of ICCA's African Working Group, which is dedicated to promoting use of arbitration in Africa. I co-hosted, organised and participated closely in the process that led to the creation of AfAA.
English, Dutch, Afrikaans
Individual Member Profession (see note below)
  • Academic
  • Arbitration/ADR Administrator
Number of Cases as Counsel in international arbitration/ADR
Number of Cases as International Arbitration Tribunal Secretary
Number of Cases as International Arbitration/ADR Administrator
  • 20+
Areas of Speciality
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Investment law
  • Joint Venture
  • Public International Law
Degrees/Qualifications, Institutions and Dates Obtained
BA (UCT) 1987
LLB (UCT) 1990
LLM (University of Notre Dame) 1992
Professional Experience (Job Title, Organisation and Dates)
1991: Fellow, Legal Resources Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
1993-1997: Legal Adviser, Iran-US Claims Tribunal, The Hague, the Netherlands
1997-1999: Associate, Stibbe, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1999-2004: Senior Associate, Freshfields, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2005-2008: In-house counsel, Translink Systems, Amersfoort, the Netherlands
2008-present: Senior Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, the Netherlands and Executive Director, ICCA
2004-present: Adjunct Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Lise Bosman is a South African/Dutch arbitration specialist based at the Peace Palace in The Hague, as Executive Director of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and Senior Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa (where she teaches the LLM course on international arbitration), and has published and spoken widely in the field of international arbitration. Lise is General Editor of the ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration (a seven-volume loose-leaf collection of arbitration-related legislation and commentary on over 85 jurisdictions; published by Kluwer since 1984) and General Editor and contributing author of Arbitration in Africa: a Practitioner's Guide (published by Kluwer in 2013). Her areas of specialization are: international commercial arbitration law and practice; the practice and development of international arbitration in Africa; international investment law; investor-State arbitration; and State-State arbitration.
Legal Background
  • Civil Law
  • Common Law
  • International Law
Types of agreements from which disputes in your practice most frequently arise
  • Not Applicable
List arbitration/ADR articles, book chapters, books and where published
General Editor, Arbitration in Africa: A Practitioner's Guide (Second Edition, Kluwer, 2021)
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