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Honours & Awards

Ø  ICSID Panel of Conciliators September 2017 - present

Ø  Finalist - Black Solicitors' Network Diversity Champion  Award 2018

Ø  Who’s Who of Australian Women 2017

Ø  Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017:

o   Leading Commercial Silk (International Arbitration)

o   Leading Construction Silk (International Arbitration)

Ø  Listed as 1 of 500 in Australian Women Lawyers as Active Citizens Register (part of the Australian Women Archives Project 2016)

Ø  Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016:

o   Leading Commercial Silk (International Arbitration)

o   Leading Construction Silk (International Arbitration)

Ø  Who’s Who Legal 2016 (Arbitration – UK Bar):

o   Leading Lawyer (1 of 68) – ‘ incredibly innovative’; ‘has a no nonsense approach’

Ø  Finalist, the Jacinta Fish Legal Mentor Award (2012)


Board & Committee Positions

Co-Founder The Alliance for Equality in Dispute Resolution (January 2018- present)

President (Chair July 2014-November 2017; Treasurer 2010-14, Director 2008-2010), Arbitral Women

President (Chair 2013-14; Director 2008-14), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia)

Director, Fundraising and Development Board of the Personal Support Unit (2016-2018)

Founding Director (2009), Vice Chair (2011-13), Society of Construction Law Australia Pty Limited

Director, ACICA (2010-15)

Chair (2016-present) Examination Board, Standing Committee of the CIArb (London)

Chair (2013-15), Education & Membership Standing Committee of the CIArb (London)

Chair (2008-2013), Education Committee (Australia)

Co-Chair (2013-present), Dispute Resolution Subcommittee of the IBA International Construction Projects Committee of the IBA

Secretary (2009-13), Negligence & Damages Committee of the IBA

Chair (2000-2005), Equal Opportunities Committee Bar Association

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Professional Qualifications

Bar of England & Wales (1990) (Middle Temple)

Bar of NSW, Australia (1994)

Senior Counsel (NSW) (2014)

Cambridge University, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Philosophy, Master of Philosophy

City University, London, Diploma of Law

Sydney University, Diploma of Law

Inns of Court School of Law, Gray’s Inn, London

Bar Vocational Course (Bar School), specialising in International Trade and Taxation

Certificate in Management Strategy and Leadership – Australian Graduate School of Management (2010)

Sydney University Law School: Former Adjunct Professor  (2009-13)

CIArb/Oxford University, Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration

IBA/College of Law, Guildford: Diploma in International Legal Practice

Accredited Mediator: NMAS and CEDR

CCL Academy London: Compliance Officer Training; Anti-Money Laundering Training

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Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb); Course Director of Diploma Course in International Arbitration (Asia)

Fellow International Bar Association (IBA)

Fellow Commercial Law Association of Australia 


Fellow Prime Dispute Online Services


Member London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

Member International Chamber of Commerce, Australia

Member Australasia Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA)

Member Inter-Pacific Bar Association

Member Arbitration Committee, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution


Member Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration

Member Dispute Resolution Boards Australia 

Member Dispute Resolution Boards Federation


Member Society of Construction Law (UK)

Member National Association of Women in Construction (Australia and UK) 

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Published Texts

‘International Commercial Arbitration’, Rana & Sanson, Thomson Reuters (2011)

Mediation Techniques, IBA e-book publication (chapter on “Preparing to act as counsel in a mediation”)

‘Alternative Dispute Resolution in Asia – a handbook for in-house counsel’ (LexisNexis, Singapore, Nov 2014)

 Book Review: Jan Paulsson’s ‘The Idea of Arbitration’ published in Transnational Dispute Management (Sep 2014)

TDM/ArbitralWomen Special Edition edited by Rashda Rana SC and Louise Barrington currently in preparation: ‘Dealing with Diversity in International Arbitration’ (launched in London on 2nd July 2015)


Rashda’s presentations and publications are extensive.  A full list may be downloaded here.

Recent examples include:

Unconscious Bias: Recognising and Managing (ArbitralWomen/VIAC joint seminar, Vienna 2016)

Pure Economic Loss in Construction: Position in England & Australia (Singapore, Aug 2015)

Dealing with Diversity in International Arbitration, TDM Special Issue (July 2015)

Minority repression suits under Malaysian Companies Legislation (Mar 2015)

Give me a Break! Interim Measures – Emergency Arbitrator, IBA Tokyo (ICP Committee) (Oct 2014)

The Growth of In-House Counsel in Asian Businesses (Kuching Jun 2014). 

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Teaching Experience

Teaching senior executives of banks, construction companies and insurance companies requirements for Governance, Risk and Compliance, incorporating anti-bribery and corruption and anti-money laundering components. 

Teaching at and Course Director for the International Commercial Arbitration Diploma course, a Chartered Institute of Arbitrators course which commenced in 2007.  The 2008 course was held in KL, Malaysia in June 2008; the 2009 & 2011 courses were held in Sydney, in 2010 the course was held in Penang, Malaysia and the 2012 and 2013 courses were held in Kuala Lumpur and Melaka, Malaysia; the 2014 Course was held in Penang in April and the 2015 Course was held in KL, Malaysia.

Devising and teaching a variety of different courses, including in arbitration in banking & finance (on the ISDA form of Master Agreement), preparation for Islamic banking and finance arbitration (with the CIArb and INCEIF Global Islamic University), construction law, banking law and contract law. Adjunct Professor at Sydney University teaching International Commercial Arbitration.

Teaching an exclusive Construction Law and Judicial Review Course to 150 members of the Malaysian Judiciary in conjunction with the KLRCA.