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Viva is an Associate in King & Spalding’s New York office and a member of the International Arbitration practice.  Her practice involves commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, as well as enforcement proceedings before U.S. courts.  

Viva studied law at McGill University and at the National University of Singapore, graduating with joint Bachelors of Common and Civil Law.  During law school, Viva represented McGill University at the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, winning second-place for best-written Claimant's memorandum and an honourable mention for Respondent's memorandum.  Viva was also a Law Clerk at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts.

Prior to law school, Viva worked for the Government of Canada, assisting with international trade and investment treaty negotiations. 

Viva is a Fulbright Scholar (2014-2015); a member of the Global Shapers Community (an initiative of the World Economic Forum); and a former Visiting Scholar and Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and University of Ottawa, respectively. 

Viva holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons.) in Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Windsor and her Master of Arts degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa. 

Viva co-leads the Research Project on Space-Related Disputes at McGill University’s Institute of Air & Space Law.

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Credentials

B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University, Faculty of Law

B.S., University of Windsor

M.A., University of Ottawa, Canada

New York

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

American Society of International Law (Space Law Interest Group)

Canadian Council on International Law

International Bar Association (Space Law Committee)

International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF)

New York City Bar Association (Working Group on Business and Human Rights)

Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners

Young ICCA

French

Hindi

Matters

Representing Chevron Corporation in a treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in The Hague, concerning the US $9 billion “Lago Agrio” judgment issued by the Ecuadorian courts, resulting in precedent-setting awards in favor of Chevron, including a finding of denial of justice and treaty breaches by Ecuador's courts, as well as numerous interim measures awards ordering Ecuador to prevent enforcement of the court judgment.

Representing the Republic of Turkey in an ICSID arbitration brought by Westwater Resources, Inc. involving uranium mining projects.

Represented Union Fenosa Gas in an ICSID arbitration against the Arab Republic of Egypt concerning the Damietta LNG Project. The tribunal awarded UFG over US $2.2 billion, finding that Egypt’s unilateral interruption of gas supply to the plant breached Egypt’s treaty commitments to treat UFG’s investments fairly and equitably.

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Representing Chevron Corporation in a treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in The Hague, concerning the US $9 billion “Lago Agrio” judgment issued by the Ecuadorian courts, resulting in precedent-setting awards in favor of Chevron, including a finding of denial of justice and treaty breaches by Ecuador's courts, as well as numerous interim measures awards ordering Ecuador to prevent enforcement of the court judgment.

Representing the Republic of Turkey in an ICSID arbitration brought by Westwater Resources, Inc. involving uranium mining projects.

Represented Union Fenosa Gas in an ICSID arbitration against the Arab Republic of Egypt concerning the Damietta LNG Project. The tribunal awarded UFG over US $2.2 billion, finding that Egypt’s unilateral interruption of gas supply to the plant breached Egypt’s treaty commitments to treat UFG’s investments fairly and equitably.

Matters

Representing Chevron Corporation in a treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in The Hague, concerning the US $9 billion “Lago Agrio” judgment issued by the Ecuadorian courts, resulting in precedent-setting awards in favor of Chevron, including a finding of denial of justice and treaty breaches by Ecuador's courts, as well as numerous interim measures awards ordering Ecuador to prevent enforcement of the court judgment.

Representing the Republic of Turkey in an ICSID arbitration brought by Westwater Resources, Inc. involving uranium mining projects.

Represented Union Fenosa Gas in an ICSID arbitration against the Arab Republic of Egypt concerning the Damietta LNG Project. The tribunal awarded UFG over US $2.2 billion, finding that Egypt’s unilateral interruption of gas supply to the plant breached Egypt’s treaty commitments to treat UFG’s investments fairly and equitably.

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Matters

Representing Chevron Corporation in a treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in The Hague, concerning the US $9 billion “Lago Agrio” judgment issued by the Ecuadorian courts, resulting in precedent-setting awards in favor of Chevron, including a finding of denial of justice and treaty breaches by Ecuador's courts, as well as numerous interim measures awards ordering Ecuador to prevent enforcement of the court judgment.

Representing the Republic of Turkey in an ICSID arbitration brought by Westwater Resources, Inc. involving uranium mining projects.

Represented Union Fenosa Gas in an ICSID arbitration against the Arab Republic of Egypt concerning the Damietta LNG Project. The tribunal awarded UFG over US $2.2 billion, finding that Egypt’s unilateral interruption of gas supply to the plant breached Egypt’s treaty commitments to treat UFG’s investments fairly and equitably.

Credentials

B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University, Faculty of Law

B.S., University of Windsor

M.A., University of Ottawa, Canada

New York

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

American Society of International Law (Space Law Interest Group)

Canadian Council on International Law

International Bar Association (Space Law Committee)

International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF)

New York City Bar Association (Working Group on Business and Human Rights)

Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners

Young ICCA

French

Hindi