David W. Rivkin is the former President of the International Bar Association (IBA). Mr Rivkin is the first US lawyer to hold this position for a quarter of a century. His membership to the IBA spans a period of nearly three decades, during which he has held many senior positions. He has been a member of the IBA Management Board since 2003. Mr Rivkin is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in both the New York and London offices. He has broad experience in the areas of international litigation and arbitration and has handled international arbitrations throughout the world under common law, civil law and Islamic law systems. He is identified as one of the top 11 international arbitration practitioners worldwide in Chambers Global (2013) and is consistently ranked in the top tier of International Arbitration counsel and arbitrator in Chambers USA, where he is lauded as ‘a true giant in the field, whose depth of knowledge is incredible.’
Mr Rivkin has held leadership positions in many arbitration bodies including the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He is also a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, and an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations and various committees of the US Department of State. He has served as a member of the Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the Olympic Games in 2002, 2004 and 2008. Mr Rivkin graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1977 with a B.A. in History and received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980.