Dr. Daphna Kapeliuk


Commercial and International Litigation Department

Adv. Dr. Kapeliuk is a partner in the Commercial and International Litigation Department.

She specializes in international and domestic arbitration and is considered the leading Israeli expert and in these fields. She represents local and international clients in complex international arbitrations under various international arbitration rules, both in Israel and abroad, and advises corporations and senior business executives on international arbitration matters. As the only academic expert in the field, she has provided expert opinions on Israeli arbitration law in proceedings held before foreign tribunals.

Adv. Dr. Kapeliuk was an Invited Expert to the meetings of the Constitution, Legislation and Law Committee of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), with respect to a Bill amending the Arbitration Law, and a Bill amending the Courts Law by including a section on mandatory arbitration. She was appointed as a member of the “Ethics Committee” of the Israeli Institute of Commercial Arbitration.

Dr. Kapeliuk is also an expert in conflict of laws and private international law, and has represented foreign clients before Israeli Courts in matters concerning international jurisdiction as well as enforcement of foreign judgments.

Adv. Dr. Kapeliuk is regularly invited to speak about her fields of expertise at professional and academic international conferences and seminars, as well as at workshops for lawyers and for judges.

She was consistently ranked as a leading individual by Legal 500 in the category Mediation and International Arbitration in 2017 – 2020, and was quoted as having deep knowledge of international law and process.

Prior to joining Goldfarb Seligman, Adv. Dr. Kapeliuk was an associate professor of law specializing in international and domestic arbitration as well as in private international law. She published a book and numerous articles in major Israeli and American law reviews. Her publications are regularly cited by the Israeli Supreme Court, the District Courts, and the Magistrate Courts.


Doctor of Judicial Science J.S.D., Tel Aviv University, 2006

LL.M. (magna cum laude), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 1992

LL.B., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1990

Bar Admission

Israel Bar Association, 1991

"An expert in private international law and international arbitration."

The Legal 500 | 2022

"Has a deep knowledge of arbitration law, which spans ICC, LCIA, ICDR and ICSID proceedings."

The Legal 500 | 2021

"Combines an academic background with significant professional experience, and this combination makes her a go-to person in the field."

The Legal 500 | 2021

"Applies her creative mind to the case. She thinks outside the box and uses her wide academic knowledge to assist the clients."

The Legal 500 | 2020

"A creative thinker and deeply knowledgeable about international arbitration law and procedure."

The Legal 500 | 2021

Representative Work

Ad Hoc Arbitration

Ad hoc arbitration regarding a partnership in mining rights in Eastern Europe and West Africa.

LCIA Arbitration

LCIA arbitration regarding shareholder disputes in an amusement company.

ICC Arbitration

ICC arbitration regarding an investment in real estate projects in the US.

LCIA Arbitration

LCIA arbitration for a global mining group regarding mining rights in West Africa.