Victoria Shannon Sahani is an Assistant Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. She received the Lewis Prize for Excellence in Legal Scholarship given by the Francis Lewis Law Center in 2014 and the Law Alumni Faculty Fellowship Award for Teaching in 2015. She is an expert on all aspects of domestic and international dispute resolution procedures, including civil procedure, negotiation, mediation, domestic arbitration, international arbitration, and investment treaty arbitration. Her scholarship examines innovations in international and domestic dispute resolution, like third-party financing. Her forthcoming article, published in the UCLA Law Review in February 2016, proposes changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, evidentiary privileges, and international arbitration rules to address third-party funding of disputes. She currently teaches or has previously taught civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution, professional responsibility, and international investment treaty arbitration.
Professor Sahani is a Member of the Editorial Committee for the forthcoming 2015 Benchbook on International Law published by the American Society of International Law (ASIL). She is also a Member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), made up of the top academics in the field of international arbitration from around the globe, and the Task Force on Third-Party Funding jointly organized by the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), which is the premier international commercial arbitration policy and membership organization, and Queen Mary University of London. The mission of the Task Force is to develop guidelines and norms for third-party funding by bringing together leading third-party funders, State parties, private parties, arbitrators, counsel, arbitral institutions, leading academics in the field, and representatives from trade and regulatory authorities, such as national bar associations, the Civil Justice Council, the Association of Litigation Funders, the International Bar Association, and the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on International Law. She is also a Member of the Advisory Council of the Alliance for Responsible Consumer Legal Funding (ARC Legal Funding), which is a multi-stakeholder alliance involving litigation funders, consumers, academics, community activists, policy makers and other industry supporters that advocates for responsible regulation and best practices on the consumer side of the litigation finance industry.
In addition to authoring several articles, Professor Sahani is working on the second edition of her 2012 book entitled Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration (2012: Wolters Kluwer). She is also working on a chapter discussing third-party funders as stakeholders in international arbitration for the forthcoming book Cambridge Compendium of International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (Andrea Bjorklund, Franco Ferrari & Stefan Kröll eds., Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming in 2017). She also previously published a book chapter entitled “The 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration” in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation: The Fordham Papers (2011), Arthur Rovine, ed. (2012: Brill / Martinus Nijhoff Publishers). She frequently speaks at conferences around the world on cutting-edge topics, such as third-party funding, ethics, class arbitration, case consolidation, insolvency, enforcing arbitral awards, and managing document production effectively. Professor Sahani also previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School where she co-taught “Introduction to Investment Arbitration.”
Professor Sahani served for five years as Deputy Director of Arbitration and ADR in North America for the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). In this capacity, Professor Sahani advised government attorneys, in-house counsel and law firm attorneys on all phases of arbitration, mediation, and ADR, including negotiating and drafting dispute resolution clauses, selecting neutrals and enforcing arbitral awards. She also assisted the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which serves as the United States National Committee to the ICC, in nominating arbitrators, mediators, and experts for ICC Cases.
Prior to joining the ICC, Professor Sahani served as an associate with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where she specialized in complex tax credit and municipal bond financing arrangements for affordable housing and community development real estate transactions, as well as matters involving American Indian tribes. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she traveled to New Orleans in January 2006 to assist the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Fair Housing Project with two housing discrimination claims.
Professor Sahani participated in the inaugural 2003-2004 class of the Harvard University Management Fellowship Program, during which time she served as External Relations Fellow in Harvard’s Office of Government, Community, and Public Affairs.
Professor Sahani holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.