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Executive Commissioner: Mr Mojtaba Kazazi

Mojtaba Kazazi is currently a practitioner in international law and an independent arbitrator in Geneva. He is a former judge of the high courts of Tehran, and has over 30 years of experience in international dispute resolution and claims proceedings, including negotiations, mass claims processing, and international arbitration.

He served as the Executive Head of the United Nations Compensation Commission (2007- December 2012), and as Secretary of the UNCC Governing Council with Security Council membership (1997-2007). He was instrumental in the setting up and functioning of the Compensation Commission as a subsidiary organ of the Security Council, and the resolution and payment of over 2.7 million claims (for a total claimed value of over USD 350 billion), filed through approximately 100 Governments. He worked extensively on the mass claims processing and the review of UNCC individual claims, including claims for serious personal injury and death, corporate and governmental claims, and claims for damage to environment and depletion of natural resources. He also set up and directed the UNCC monitoring programme for (over USD 4 billion) environmental awards, and a related regional inter-state programme in the Middle-East to promote cooperation on environmental issues.

Mojtaba Kazazi worked for several years as lead counsel and advocate and as chief negotiator on a large number of arbitration claims and settlement negotiations before the Iran-US Claims Tribunal at The Hague. More recently he has worked as arbitrator appointed by the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris; and as the Chairman of an Advisory Panel for the Government of Kuwait on monitoring the implementation of large-scale environmental remediation and restoration projects financed through compensation for damage to environment as a result of military operations.

Dr Kazazi is a Member of the Institut de Droit International (Institute of International Law) and a number of its commissions. He is also member of International arbitration Committee of International Law Association (London); ILA Study Group on International Courts and Tribunals; and the Board of Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre. His publications include a reference book on evidence in international law (Burden of Proof and Related Issues: A Study on Evidence Before International Tribunals (Kluwer, The Hague, 1996).