issue #05, January 2016
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2023

January 2023

  • International Law Association (ILA) 2023 - Building Tomorrow
    October 13, 1873 saw the birth of the International Law Association (ILA). It is with great pleasure that, on behalf of the French Branch and all ILA partner branches, throughout the year 2023, we invite you to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the organization, guided by the idea of "Building Tomorrow" (the motto associated with the anniversary). Twenty or so webinars are planned throughout 2023, which will be an opportunity to discuss each of the white papers prepared to guide our collective reflection. (WEBINAR) TOPICS: Anthropocene; Business and Human Rights; Cities; Civil Status; Corruption; Cultural Heritage; Democracy; Digital Challenges; Dispute Resolution; Energy; Finance; Food/Agriculture; Global Governance; Health; Human Rights; Intellectual Property; Investment; Labour; Mass Crimes; Migration; Ocean; Outer Space; SDGs; Taxation. Hybrid event planned in Paris (18, 19, 20 June 2023). Registration is open for all online events.
    12 January 2023 - 14 December 2023. Online and a potential hybrid event in Paris (June 2023),
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Webinar: The Implementation and Enforcement of the ECT Through Investment Arbitration
    A Webinar Series a Sustainable International Investment Law for Energy? The Role of the EU and the Future of the Energy Charter Treaty. * Moderator Ilaria Espa University of Lugano; * Economic constitutionalism and the constitutionalization of the internal market: energy investment disputes after Achmea and Komstroy - Csongor István Nagy ELKH Center for Social Sciences - Budapest; * Friends or Foes: Relation between the ICSID Convention and the EU Treaties - Michal Plšek University of Milano Bicocca; * The (failed) Modernisation of the ECT Dispute Settlement System - Luca Pantaleo University of Cagliari
    31 January 2023. 2 pm-4 pm,
    More information is available at the organisers website

February 2023

  • ILA 150: Webinar on the Anthropocene
    This is the third of a series of webinars scheduled to take place throughout 2023 to mark the 150th anniversary of the International Law Association (ILA). It will be an opportunity to look at possible future scenarios and to explore questions and options for potential solutions. Chaired by Mario Oyarzábal. Introduced by Sandrine Maljean-Dubois. Speakers: Nicolas Angelet; Winnie Cheche; Nisreen Elsaim; Carmen Gonzalez; Lamina Moshin; Nilufer Oral; Marcos Orellana; Hans van Loon; Salomon Yeo. Bilingual event (French / English); With simultaneous interpretation.
    1 February 2023. 12 PM - 3 PM (CET),
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • WCL Online Certificate Program in International Investment Arbitration
    The Program on International Investment Arbitration focuses on the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to handle international investment arbitral cases either as counsel or arbitrator, both from the substantive and procedural law standpoint. The syllabus is designed to explore the salient issues arising in the conduct of investment arbitrations, from the notice of arbitration to the enforcement of investment arbitral awards. The program will guide participants through the complex interactions between arbitral awards, national court decisions, national legislation, international arbitration treaties and the arbitral rules of leading international arbitration institutions relevant in this field, such as the ICSID Arbitration Rules. The course also has a strong substantive component that explores advancements in current arbitral practices including expropriation, fair and equitable treatment, full protection and security, national treatment and most favored nation treatment.
    1 February 2023. Online,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Webinar: Compensation and Valuation in Investment Treaty Claims: How to Account for Climate Change?
    This seminar addresses whether, and if so how, compensation standards and quantum valuations in investment treaty arbitration can take account of the impact of climate change. The two central areas of focus will be (1) the appropriate legal standard of compensation that should be used in deciding investment treaty claims involving challenges to climate mitigation measures and (2) ensuring that the valuation methodologies used in investment treaty arbitrations sufficiently capture the economic risks posed by climate change (and likely state measures to address it), especially for investments in carbon-intensive industries. MODERATOR: N Jansen Calamita; PANELLISTS: Emma Aisbett; Jonathan Bonnitcha; Boaz Moselle; Martins Paparinskis; Rick van der Ploeg
    2 February 2023. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (SGT) / 9:00 am - 11:00 am (GMT) / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (CET),
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Basel Winter Arbitration School 2023
    The school will feature prominent arbitration practitioners and academics covering different types of public, private and hybrid arbitration, and will include speakers from int'l arbitration institutions headquartered in Switzerland and other countries. The school’s interactive 6-day programme aimed at young professionals will introduce participants to different types of arbitration as well as related practice development and career opportunities. The curriculum includes classes on: * procedural aspects of key international dispute resolution institutions, including PCA, UNCLOS arbitration, The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights, investor-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration, arbitration and mediation at the WIPO; * transparency, digitalization, and diversity aspects of international dispute resolution; * oral and written advocacy skills as well as careers in arbitration. Deadline for registration 15 October 2022.
    5 February 2023 - 10 February 2023. Basel, Switzerland,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Webinar: The Implementation and Enforcement of the Ect: The Rock Hopper Case and its Implications
    A Webinar Series a Sustainable International Investment Law for Energy? The Role of the EU and the Future of the Energy Charter Treaty. * Moderator Elisa Baroncini University of Bologna; * An Acutely Sensitive Tribunal Marginalizing Environmental Issues in Rockhopper v. Italy - Stefano Saluzzo University of Piemonte Orientale; * Disputes concerning the protection of foreign investments in the exploitation of the natural resources of the sea. Do ECT dispute resolution mechanisms ensure an appropriate balancing of the protection of such investments against the protection of marine ecosystems? - Francesco Maria Di Majo, Partner-Law Firm Bridgelaw - Roma; * Rockhopper's Legacy - Chiara Venturini University of Roma Tor Vergata; * What Sustainable Foreign Investments in the Energy Sector with 'Direct Arbitration' in the Shadow - Chiara Cellerino University of Genova.
    7 February 2023. 2 pm/4 pm,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • iLaw2023 Global Forum on International Law - AAA-ICDR International Arbitration Track
    TOPICS: * Regional Reports on the Current State of Affairs in International Arbitration (Moderator: Eric P. Tuchmann - Speakers: B. Ted Howes; Martin F. Gusy; Gretta Walters) * International Arbitration of Life Sciences Disputes - Counsel's Perspective (Moderator: James P. Duffy IV - Speakers: Katie Gonzalez; Alex de Gramont; Thomas W. Walsh) * Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges (Keynote Speaker Kenneth R. Feinberg) * Investment Arbitration Reports (Moderator: Katharine Menéndez de la Cuesta): 1: The ICSID Report; 2: Achmea in the US; 3. Unnecessary Reform of the Investment Arbitration System. * International Construction Arbitration - Keeping the Project Moving Forward - Conflict Management Options (Moderator: Luis M. Martinez - Speakers: Ricardo A. Ampudia; Deborah Bovarnick Mastin; Mike Stenglein)
    17 February 2023. Miami, Florida, USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Webinar: The On-Going ECT Modernization Process in Times of Climate Crisis
    A Webinar Series a Sustainable International Investment Law for Energy? The Role of the EU and the Future of the Energy Charter Treaty. * Moderator Maria Rosaria Mauro University of Molise; * Diverging European Strategies in Times of Climate Crisis: The Energy Charter Treaty between Reshaping and Disruption - Mattia Colli Vignarelli University of Torino; * The Prospects of EU-driven Climate Change Action in the Process of Modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty - Carlo De Stefano University of Roma Tre; * Eco-sustainability of ECT and Its Modernisation under Scrutiny. An Analysis from the Perspective of Earth System Law - Endrius Cocciolo Universitat Rovira i Virgili - CEDAT, Leonie Reins Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
    21 February 2023. 2 pm/4 pm,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Webinar: Climate Change and Foreign Investment
    A Webinar Series a Sustainable International Investment Law for Energy? The Role of the EU and the Future of the Energy Charter Treaty. * Moderator Pia Acconci University of Teramo; * Children Strike Again! The Claim against ECT's Member States for conduct allegedly incompatible with Climate-related Human Rights Obligations - Mariangela La Manna Catholic University of Milan; * To what extent does the abandonment of the Energy Charter Treaty Affect the Protection and Promotion of Renewable Energy Investments? - Melike Naz Batmazoglu Royal Holloway - University of London; * Balancing Climate Obligation in the ECT Modernisation Process: what's next for the EU and its Member States? - Manfredi Marciante University LUISS Guido Carli; * China's Just, Equitable and Fair Transition to Decarbonisation in a Global Context - Qingxiu Bu University of Sussex.
    28 February 2023. 2 pm/4 pm,
    More information is available at the organisers website

March 2023

  • 7th AIAC Pre-Moot for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
    This will be the 4th physical pre-moot which will be held at the AIAC's Bangunan Sulaiman, Kuala Lumpur after virtual editions for the last three pre-moots, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AIAC Pre-Moot is an annual training opportunity for students that will be competing in the Vis Moot and students generally interested in int'l commercial arbitration. The AIAC Pre-Moot echoes the goal of the Vis Moot since it is designed to stimulate the study of int'l commercial law and the use of arbitration to resolve int'l commercial disputes. Furthermore, in light of Malaysia’s further development as an arbitration-friendly jurisdiction and growth of int'l arbitration caseload, it is important to encourage local and int'l students to study int'l arbitration. The AIAC Pre-Moot is a unique initiative which helps talented students from all over the world experience the atmosphere of a real arbitral proceeding. More info about the dates, deadlines and schedule in the flyer.
    10 March 2023 - 12 March 2023. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 8th EFILA Annual Conference 2023: Climate Change and International Investment Law & Arbitration: Challenges and Uncertainties
    TOPICS: - The Role of Law in Promoting, Facilitating and Protecting Investment in Net Zero: What is it and why does it matter?; - Challenges and Uncertainties; - Kluwer Arbitration: Data-Driven Arbitrator, Expert Witness and Counsel Selection; - Oxford-style debate: A modernized ECT is necessary to speed up the energy transition in accordance with the Paris Agreement goals; - 2022 Essay Competition Prize giving ceremony; - Fireside chat with Sir Francis Jacobs, KCMG, QC.
    16 March 2023. Madrid, Spain,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • WCL Tenth LL.M. International Commercial & Investment Arbitration Moot Competition
    The 2023 problem involves a commercial dispute under the rules of the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA). This event, created specifically for LL.M. students, seeks to foster the study of international arbitration for the resolution of international business disputes and investment disputes. Team members must be enrolled in a U.S. Master of Laws (LL.M.) program. Students from foreign law schools are also eligible to participate as long as they have a law degree and are enrolled in postgraduate law studies. The competition focuses primarily on oral advocacy before a panel of arbitration experts. Participants are required to submit a brief argument outline. No other written memorandum is required. The Competition alternates every year between a problem involving an International Commercial Dispute and a problem arising out of an Investment Protection Law or BIT Provision.
    24 March 2023 - 25 March 2023. Washington, D.C., United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website

April 2023

  • Columbia Arbitration Day 2023 - Arbitration Beyond the Box: New Innovations & Perspectives
    Columbia Arbitration Day is the annual flagship conference organized by the Columbia International Arbitration Association (CIAA). Since its inception in 2008, Columbia Arbitration Day has brought together scholars, practitioners, arbitrators, judges, and students for an annual discussion about the challenges that drive the international arbitration community. Featuring a conversation on the Supreme Court's arbitration legacy with Justice Stephen G. Breyer.
    14 April 2023. New York, NY, United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • ILI Training: Fundamentals of Investor-State Arbitration
    Overview: This course teaches lawyers, and other professionals, such as international investors (whether companies or individuals), as well as government officials about bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and investment chapters of free trade agreements, and how to work with them to resolve international disputes, including the valuation of damages and enforcement of arbitral awards. The use of BITs has exploded in recent years, with almost 3,000 such treaties in effect. This course provides the participants with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles applied in Investor-State arbitration. Course Advisors: Ian A. Laird; Dr. Borzu Sabahi.
    17 April 2023 - 21 April 2023. Online and Washington, D.C., USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website

May 2023

  • ILI Training: Arbitration and Mediation
    Overview: This seminar familiarizes participants with alternative methods of dispute resolution (ADR). The first part of the seminar introduces participants to the goals and techniques of mediation; the second half focuses on the legal issues involved in international commercial arbitration. The emphasis throughout is on the development of practical skills through lectures and hands-on exercises. Course Advisor: Anne Marie Whitesell.
    22 May 2023 - 2 June 2023. Online and Washington, D.C., USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • WCL International Commercial Arbitration Specialized Summer Program on International Commercial Arbitration
    Taught by leading practitioners and arbitrators from throughout the world, the International Commercial Arbitration Specialized Summer Program is a unique and concentrated three-week program that addresses fundamental issues of international commercial arbitration from a theoretical and a practical point of view. COURSES: * Evidence in international arbitration; * Damages & Compensation in International Arbitration ; * International Arbitration and Choice-of-Law Issues; * Corruption, Illegality, and Misconduct in International Arbitration * Mediation Theory & Practice. All courses have a duration of 14 hours (equivalent to one academic credit) Cursos en español: 5 al 15 de junio de 2023.
    30 May 2023 - 15 June 2023. Washington, D.C., United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website

June 2023

  • SAA/SCC International Diploma Course on International Arbitration for Foreign Arbitrators
    [The deadline for applying to the course is 10 March 2023.] Every year Sweden and Stockholm host hundreds of int'l arbitrations as a hearing venue and as the legal seat. The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Institute (SCC) and the Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA) therefore has launched a training for international arbitrators who would like to gain knowledge in arbitrating disputes in Sweden. The program runs for 2,5 days and includes 7 interactive modules led by leading Swedish arbitration specialists. The program is focused on key features and recent Swedish caselaw and is directed to the arbitral specialists with experience in international arbitration. Upon completion of the course, the participants will be awarded a SAA/SCC course diploma. By the end of the course, you will learn how to conduct the procedure and to deal with specific procedural issues in compliance with the Swedish arbitration law and best practices.
    1 June 2023 - 4 June 2023. Thoresta Herrgård (near Stockholm), Sweden,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 12. Baltic Arbitration Days
    The Baltic Arbitration Days is an international forum for arbitration practitioners and academics, which takes place every June in Riga and Jurmala. During two days of lectures and social functions, we discuss current issues of international commercial and investment arbitration. While Central- and Eastern Europe remains the focus of the conference, different guest countries or regions are designated each year, hosting speakers and participants from around the world. Topics: Legaltech&IT in Arbitration, Climate Related Arbitration, Investment Arbitration Update, Arbitration in Transport & Shipping, Energy & Construction Arbitration. Focus regions: CEE / Central Asia / Middle East. Pre-Conference Get Together: Saturday, 10 June 2023; Pre-Conference Drinks in Riga: Friday, 09 June 2023.
    11 June 2023 - 12 June 2023. Riga and Jurmala,
    More information is available at the organisers website

September 2023

  • WCL Online Certificate Program in International Investment Arbitration
    The Program on International Investment Arbitration focuses on the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to handle international investment arbitral cases either as counsel or arbitrator, both from the substantive and procedural law standpoint. The syllabus is designed to explore the salient issues arising in the conduct of investment arbitrations, from the notice of arbitration to the enforcement of investment arbitral awards. The program will guide participants through the complex interactions between arbitral awards, national court decisions, national legislation, international arbitration treaties and the arbitral rules of leading international arbitration institutions relevant in this field, such as the ICSID Arbitration Rules. The course also has a strong substantive component that explores advancements in current arbitral practices including expropriation, fair and equitable treatment, full protection and security, national treatment and most favored nation treatment.
    15 September 2023. Online,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • WCL Certificado a Distancia en Arbitraje Internacional de Inversiones
    Este programa de aprendizaje a distancia brinda a los participantes la flexibilidad de obtener un certificado en Arbitraje Internacional de Inversiones de una institución educativa de renombre mundial en Washington, D.C. y mantener sus compromisos profesionales cotidianos. El programa está dirigido por Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Profesora Adjunta, Miembro del Faculty Board del Centro de Arbitraje Comercial Internacional del WCL, y Socia Administradora de la Firma Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP en la oficina de Washington, D.C. Los participantes en el Programa aprenderán - Habilidades de negociación para acordar cláusulas de arbitraje eficientes; - Habilidades de escritura legal para reclamaciones, respuestas y otros alegatos relevantes; - Estrategias para tener éxito en procedimientos de arbitraje, incluyendo audiencias; - Aplicación del Derecho Internacional general y el Derecho de Inversiones en las sentenciasde los tribunales arbitrales.
    15 September 2023. Online,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • WCL Certificado a Distancia en Arbitraje Comercial Internacional
    American University Washington College of Law (WCL), continuando con su tradición de ofrecer programas de arbitraje internacional de excelencia en idioma español, ofrece este semestre un Certificado a Distancia en Arbitraje Comercial Internacional. El programa está dirigido por Horacio A. Grigera Naón Arbitro Independiente y Ex Secretario General de la Corte de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio Internacional.
    15 September 2023. Washington, D.C., United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website

October 2023

  • ILI Training: Foundations of Advanced Arbitration and Mediation
    Overview: The seminar comprises the first week of the Advanced Arbitration and Mediation seminar and examines the foundations of arbitration and mediation, including advanced legal issues in international commercial arbitration. Participants will learn the principles of mediation through case studies and practical exercises. The seminar is an indispensable asset to all professionals seeking to strengthen their knowledge of ADR. Course Advisor: Anne Marie Whitesell.
    30 October 2023 - 3 November 2023. Online and Washington, D.C., USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • ILI Training: Advanced Arbitration and Mediation
    Overview: This course examines the practical applications of arbitration and mediation and discusses advanced legal issues in international commercial arbitration. The second week of the course takes critical focus on developing practical skills and knowledge through a simulated arbitration process. The course is intended for judges, lawyers, non-lawyer professionals who want to understand arbitration and mediation, as well as government officials, judicial officers, officials of judicial and legal training units, and court administrators. Course Advisor: Anne Marie Whitesell.
    30 October 2023 - 10 November 2023. Online and Washington, D.C., USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website

November 2023

  • ILI Training: Fundamentals of Investor-State Arbitration
    Overview: This course teaches lawyers, and other professionals, such as international investors (whether companies or individuals), as well as government officials about bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and investment chapters of free trade agreements, and how to work with them to resolve international disputes, including the valuation of damages and enforcement of arbitral awards. The use of BITs has exploded in recent years, with almost 3,000 such treaties in effect. This course provides the participants with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles applied in Investor-State arbitration. Course Advisors: Ian A. Laird; Dr. Borzu Sabahi.
    27 November 2023 - 1 December 2023. Online and Washington, D.C., USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website

2024

May 2024

  • Dispute Resolution in M&A Transactions - 7th edition
    International Conference for Promoting Arbitration - The biggest M&A conference in the region, a truly unique event. Who should attend: * Arbitrators; * Attorneys; * In-house counsel; * M&A legal and business advisors. More information about the program and topics to be announced, in the meantime, visit the conference website to see the archives of the 6th (2022) and 5th (2019) editions of the conference.
    23 May 2024 - 24 May 2024. Warsaw, Poland,
    More information is available at the organisers website

Note: a list of prior events can be found here.

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