issue #05, January 2016
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3rd Young-OGEMID virtual symposium "Prove it! Evidence in International Arbitration (6-15 June 2016)"

Young-OGEMID's third virtual symposium discusses issues relating to the taking and presentation of evidence in international arbitration. Speakers with connections to multiple jurisdictions (Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico and the United States) discuss various issues of practical interest (such as how to present evidence in opening arguments and at the hearing and how to use a Redfern Schedule) as well as those of theoretical concern (such as the proper way to conceptualize evidence in international arbitration as well as how evidence in international arbitration measures up to evidence at the International Court of Justice).

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2017

June 2017

  • International Arbitration Course: IASC Madrid
    The IASC-Madrid is a one week introductory course of international arbitration for students and young practitioners based on a mock case that will walk them through all relevant phases of the arbitral procedure. The programme includes seminars, workshops and social events that will provide students with an invaluable insight of the field. Academic Council: José Ricardo Feris, Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Juan Fernández-Armesto, Alejandro Garro, Andrea K. Bjorklund, Stefan Kröll, Loukas Mistelis, Pilar Perales Viscasillas and Anne Marie Whitesell. In collaboration with: Corte de Arbitraje de Madrid. With the support of: ICC International Court of Arbitration.
    19 June 2017 - 24 June 2017. Madrid, Spain,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 3rd ICC Asia Conference on International Arbitration
    Attend ICC's annual Asia conference on international arbitration and keep up to date with the latest regional developments. The conference will offer a line-up of world-class speakers, topical discussions and an excellent opportunity to network. ICC INSTITUTE ADVANCED LEVEL TRAINING on "Production of Documents" Taking place on 27 June, this training will provide participants with practical insights on how to manage production of documents in international arbitration. 3RD ICC ASIA CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION: Attend this conference on 28 June to keep up-to-date with the latest regional developments in international arbitration. Themes of the sessions to be posted shortly. ICC INSTITUTE TRAINING FOR TRIBUNAL SECRETARIES: The training, held on 29 June, aims at teaching legal professionals the role and tasks of a tribunal secretary and the skills necessary to excel in this function.
    27 June 2017 - 29 June 2017. Singapore,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • ICC-FIDIC International Construction Contracts Conference
    Internationally renowned engineers, construction arbitration specialists and in-house lawyers of leading companies in the field will share their practical experience and knowledge on the FIDIC contracts and the related procedures for claims and disputes, Dispute Boards and ICC Arbitration in construction cases. FIDIC is the French acronym for the International Federation of Consulting Engineers. It was founded in 1913 to promote the professional interests of member associations and to disseminate information of interest to members of its constituent national associations. FIDIC membership represents more than 99 countries and most of the practising consulting engineers in the world.
    29 June 2017 - 30 June 2017. New Delhi, India,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Topical Issues in Investment Arbitration – Seminar Series: Session 3 - Ne ultra petita
    A series of three seminars on selected topics in investment treaty arbitration. Over the last three decades, investment arbitration has emerged as the predominant method for the resolution of investor-state disputes. Its popularity continues to increase among claimant investors but its conduct remains complex and several aspects are still debated. The purpose of this series of seminars is to discuss and debate three specialised topics at the fore of investment arbitration, bringing together academics, arbitration practitioners and policy advisors in a small international group in Paris. Speakers: Bart Legum; Natasha McNamara; Attila M. Tanzi. Moderator: Catharine Titi. Presentations and discussions will be in English.
    30 June 2017. Paris, France,
    More information is available at the organisers website

July 2017

  • 2017 Colloquium on International Law: Common Future in Asia
    Asia has been gaining increasing attention of the international community and should play an important role in shaping and developing int'l law. The Colloquium provides a prime opportunity for scholars and practitioners to share their insights into the topical issues of int'l law in Asia and enhance the understanding of the int'l community for the common future of Asia. KEYNOTE Speeches on: * Importance of Int'l Law and the Role of Asia in its Formulation; * One Country Two Systems: 20 years of Experience and Way Forward; * Regional Cooperation in Asia and Int'l Rule of Law; The Colloquium will focus on the following TOPICS: * One Country Two Systems: Interaction with Int'l Law; * Investment Collaboration - Opportunities & Challenges in Asia; * Interpretation of Treaties and UNCLOS: The Regime of Islands, Rocks and Offshore Archipelagos HKIAC is supporting and assisting with the planning of the Colloquium which is jointly organized by AAIL and CSIL.
    7 July 2017 - 8 July 2017. Hong Kong,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • EFILA Investment Treaty Arbitration Academy 2017
    The registrations are open until 1 July 2017! The Academy is designed to provide in-depth knowledge on all relevant aspects of investment treaty arbitration. The Academy is specifically designed for Government officials and practitioners who already have some knowledge of and experience with investment treaty arbitration law. Highly-qualified post-graduate students and Ph.D. candidates with prior specialization in international investment law will also be considered. The lecturers are: * Gloria Alvarez, University of Aberdeen; * Andrew Canon, Herbert Smith Freehills; * Lukasz Gorywoda, VVGB Advocaten; * Veronika Korom, Bredin Prat; * Nikos Lavranos, EFILA, NL-investmentconsulting; * Gerard Meijer, NautaDutilh; * Loukas Mistelis, Queen Mary University of London; * Rimantas Daujotas, Motieka & Audzevicius.
    17 July 2017 - 22 July 2017. Rotterdam, The Netherlands,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • CIArb International Arbitration Conference 2017
    The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is hosting the second of its three-part conference on "The Synergy and Divergence between Civil Law and Common Law in International Arbitration", with a specific focus on the African region. This conference will examine the different legal traditions that have given rise to arbitration today, the practical implications of harmonizing them as well as all issues relating to investment arbitration in the Africa. It's a not-to-be-missed event and a unique opportunity to exchange with political decision-makers, top industry experts, judges and leading practitioners in the field attending from all corners of the world. It follows the highly acclaimed conference in Dubai in March which focused on the Middle East and Asian regions and will wrap up with a final conference in Paris in December examining the European and American angles.
    19 July 2017 - 20 July 2017. Johannesburg, South Africa,
    More information is available at the organisers website

August 2017

  • 2017 Taipei International Conference on Arbitration and Mediation (Call for Papers)
    The Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei (CAA, Taipei) and the Asian Center for WTO & International Health Law and Policy, College of Law, National Taiwan University (ACWH) are to jointly host the "2017 Taipei International Conference on Arbitration and Mediation". The conference invites arbitration experts and scholars to provide the latest academic findings and case studies on any one of the following topics: 1. What Factors Define the Nature of an Arbitration as an Ad hoc or Institutional One; 2. Scrutiny Issue and Its Relation to the Nature of an Arbitration as an Ad hoc or Institutional One; 3. Transparency, Enforcement, Ethics and Fee, and Their Relations to the Nature of an Arbitration as an Ad hoc or Institutional One; 4. Other Fundamental Issues and Recent Development in Commercial Arbitration; 5. Investment Arbitration; 6. Recent Development of International Mediation. Paper Submission Deadline: May 31, 2017
    28 August 2017 - 29 August 2017. Taipei, Taiwan,
    More information is available at the organisers website

September 2017

  • Montreal in the Fall: Brierley Memorial Lecture - Lucy Reed "International Dispute Resolution Courts: Retreat or Advance?"
    This lecture on arbitration commemorates the life and work of John E.C. Brierley, who was Professor and Dean of Law at McGill. He was a prominent figure in the discipline of comparative law internationally and the leading Canadian expert on arbitration. The John E.C. Brierley Memorial Lecture is presented by McGill and its Research Team on Private Justice and the Rule of Law, with the support of the John E.C. Brierley Memorial Lecture Fund established by Yves Fortier and with the participation of the L. Yves Fortier Chair. Lecture by Professor Lucy Reed, Director of the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore. RSVP: pjrl.law@mcgill.ca
    12 September 2017. McGill University, Montreal, Canada,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact
  • 12th ICC New York Conference on International Arbitration
    The 12th ICC New York Conference is a "must attend" for arbitration professionals who want to keep up to date on the latest arbitration developments in North America. This conference will offer not only a line-up of top-class speakers, topical discussions and relevant news, but also an excellent opportunity to network. An advanced level training, organized by the ICC Institute of World Business Law, will take place the day before on 26 September. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Practising lawyers, corporate counsel, arbitrators, mediators, business professionals and academics from around the world.
    26 September 2017 - 27 September 2017. New York, NY, USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website

October 2017

  • Colloquium: International Investment Law & the Law of Armed Conflict (call for papers)
    Colloquium Theme: Recent events in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Crimea have (unsurprisingly) brought to the surface various systemic concerns regarding international investment protection and arbitration. Investment claims and scholarly literature increasingly illustrate the wide-ranging linkages between international investment law and the law of armed conflict. Hence, the Colloquium on `International Investment Law & the Law of Armed Conflict', aiming to chart the terrain of this multifaceted and complex relationship, could not be more timely. To this end, international lawyers are invited to submit abstracts by March 15, 2017. More info and key dates in the flyer.
    5 October 2017 - 6 October 2017. Athens, Greece,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact
  • Twelfth Annual International Commercial Arbitration Lecture: Pierre Mayer
    The 2017 Annual Lecture will be presented by Pierre Mayer Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris I and International Arbitrator.
    5 October 2017. Washington, D.C,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact
  • "Unseen Actors" in International Adjucation
    'Unseen actors' are central to the 'institutional makeup' of international courts and tribunals as registries and secretariats, law clerks and legal officers may exert varying levels of influence on the judicial process. At this conference, legal and political science scholars and members of adjudicatory institutions will consider and discuss the legitimacy of assigning 'unseen actors' certain roles in the judicial process as well as the implications thereof for the legitimacy of the dispute settlement mechanism as such. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 May. Feel free to email Prof. dr. Freya Baetens for further information. Call for Papers available at the conference website.
    26 October 2017 - 27 October 2017. The Hague, The Netherlands,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact

November 2017

  • 15th ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration
    ICC's annual Miami conference is the key forum for understanding international commercial arbitration in Latin America. This conference provides an indispensable update on developments in the region and is the most important gathering for the Latin American arbitration community. Not only does it offer a line-up of top-class speakers, topical discussions and relevant news, but also an excellent opportunity to network. The conference attracts more than 600 participants representing about 40 countries. The ICC Institute advanced level training on "Assessment of damages by arbitrators" will take place on 5 November 2017. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? * Practicing lawyers; * Arbitrators, mediators; * Corporate counsel; * Academic; * Professionals interested in and/or involved in international arbitration in Latin America and the Caribbean
    5 November 2017 - 7 November 2017. Miami, FL, USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • ILI training: Foundations of Advanced Arbitration and Mediation
    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
    6 November 2017 - 10 November 2017. Washington DC,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact
  • ILI training: Advanced Arbitration and Mediation
    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
    6 November 2017 - 17 November 2017. Washington DC,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact
  • Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration
    The Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration is organized biannually by the Center on International Commercial Arbitration with the purpose of presenting a global perspective of current developments in international arbitration throughout the world. The symposium hosts prominent speakers and generates a dialogue for salient issues in BIT and ICSID arbitration, as well as current developments in international commercial arbitration in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia.
    14 November 2017. Washington, D.C,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact
  • ILI training: Fundamentals of Investor-State Arbitration
    This course teaches lawyers, and other professionals, such as international investors (whether companies or individuals), as well as government officials how to draft, negotiate and interpret bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and investment chapters of free trade agreements, and how to resolve disputes arising from them, 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 and Dr. Borzu Sabahi
    27 November 2017 - 1 December 2017. Washington DC,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact
  • ILI training: International Investment Treaties and Investor-State Arbitration
    The use of investment treaties – including bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and free trade agreements (FTAs) - has exploded in recent years. Almost 3000 such treaties are in effect. Foreign investors have used BITs to initiate hundreds of international arbitration disputes against host governments with amounts ranging from a few million to several billion dollars in connection with foreign investments. This seminar teaches participants how to draft, negotiate, and interpret international investment treaties and also how to prevent and resolve disputes arising from them. Additionally, it includes advanced instruction in how and when international arbitration proceedings are initiated against nations that violate international treaties. Course Advisors: Ian A. Laird and Dr. Borzu Sabahi
    27 November 2017 - 8 December 2017. Washington DC,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact
  • Sixth Annual Damages Conference - Energy Damages in International Arbitration
    Damages in High-Stakes Energy Disputes: It is well known that the energy sector has generated a major volume of high-stakes int'l disputes in recent years. The massive investment needed to explore for, produce and transport energy regionally and globally, combined with the fiscal importance of such projects to investors and governments alike, create innumerable situations in which conflicts may arise at all stages of an energy project's life cycle. The damages claimed in such disputes are often in the hundreds of millions of US dollars. Yet the diversity of energy projects themselves as well as the sui generis nature of many individual conflicts preclude a "one size fits all" approach to damages in energy disputes. Instead, careful attention and creative thinking are required in each case. This conference brings together leading figures from the global spectrum of high-stakes energy disputes, including in-house counsel from major companies, quantum experts, advocates and arbitrators.
    30 November 2017. Houston, United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website

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

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