Seminar Invitation – Protecting Investment in Mining Projects – 5 Oct. 2023, Perth

Event Date | 05 Oct 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The best time to adopt an international arbitration provision, or structure one’s investment to take advantage of treaty protections, is at the beginning of a venture. International commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration can provide powerful protections, and allow a company to leverage third-party funding and a procedure that may allow opportunities for a business resolution.

This session by Dentons will cover key trends and developments in the area of mining disputes resolution and assist you in the protection and operation of mineral exploration and development projects around the world.


Ms Diora Ziyaeva, Partner 

Diora Ziyaeva is a Partner at Dentons LLP in New York. Her practice focuses on investor-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration, and public international law. Dual qualified in New York and Uzbekistan, she has 14 years of experience successfully representing corporate clients and sovereign States in over 30 significant international arbitration proceedings.

Notably, she is currently acting for a Canadian mining company in a US $300 million ICSID claim against Colombia. She has also successfully defended the state of Turkmenistan in seven investment disputes and the Republic of Kazakhstan in a US $1.15 billion arbitrations involving energy reserves. In addition, she has acted in a number of disputes involving the Republic of Venezuela, including US $30.31 billion arbitration, and the State of Papua New Guinea in US $100 million dispute.

Diora has been recognized as a ”Rising Star” by Law360, as a “Future Leader” in Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal, and as one of the American Bar Association’s On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers. Diora is the first female from the Republic of Uzbekistan to graduate from Harvard Law School. In addition, she is a member of the ICC (International Commercial Court) Commisssion on Arbitration and co-chairs the Investment Law Association, where she also seats on the Board of Directors. Diora is a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Term Member, a certified mediator, arbitrator, and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and at Fordham University School of Law, where she teaches investor-state arbitration.

Who’s Who Legal describes Diora as a “very strong strategist and highly competent at articulating persuasive arguments. She has a sharp mind and pays attention to every detail. Her mastery of common and civil law equips her to give the best strategic advice”.



Date: Thursday 5 October 2023

Time: 4.30pm networking drinks for a 5pm start

Venue: Dentons
Level 30, 152-158 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000

Format: Panel discussion followed by networking