issue #05, January 2016
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2019

March 2019

  • Annual International Commercial Arbitration Lecture Series Speaker: Professor William Park
    The Annual Lecture series brings prominent leaders in international commercial arbitration to discuss pertinent issues before the Washington College of Law and Washington, DC legal community. The lecture is sponsored by Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. Topic: Balance and Proportionality in International Arbitration: Connecting the "How" to the "why"
    26 March 2019. Washington, D.C., United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 1st Annual Tulane Law Energy Conference: The Changing Landscape for Cross-Border Energy Transactions
    Tulane Center for Energy Law is hosting its first annual Tulane Energy Conference - The Changing Landscape for Cross-Border Energy Transactions. The Forum will gather global experts from industry, government and the legal academics to discuss current pressing energy challenges and opportunities. Topics include: international developments of LNG markets; international investment disputes and energy investments; and hot compliance issues on the global energy landscape.
    28 March 2019 - 29 March 2019. New Orleans, Louisiana. United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Eighth LL.M. International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition
    This event, specifically created for LL.M. students, seeks to foster the study of international arbitration for the resolution of international business disputes and investment disputes. 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. In 2019, the problem will be based on an International Commercial Dispute under the Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil Canada (CAM-CCBC).
    28 March 2019 - 30 March 2019. Washington DC, United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Environmental Considerations in Investment Arbitration
    The CERSA, Research Centre of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, organises a series of seminars on select topics in international investment law and investor-state dispute settlement. Int'l investment law & investor-state dispute settlement are undergoing rapid evolution and change. International investment law is facing some of the biggest challenges in its history and it is the object of various reform efforts. ISDS remains a complex mechanism and several aspects are still debated. The purpose of this series of seminars is to discuss and debate selected topics in int'l investment law and investment dispute settlement, bringing together academics, practitioners and policymakers in a small int'l group in Paris. SPEAKERS/PANELISTS: Attila M. Tanzi; Aniruddha Rajput; Gloria Alvarez; Raymundo Tullio Treves; Amelia Keene. MODERATOR: Catharine Titi. Registration is free of charge but places are limited.
    28 March 2019. Paris, France,
    More information is available at the organisers website

April 2019

  • 2019 CPR International Mediation Competition
    As the only international mediation competition held in Latin America, the CPR International Mediation Competition is a unique opportunity for students to learn and practice mediation and negotiation skills through the role-playing of a mediation problem drafted by experienced mediators and practitioners. The competition convenes students and distinguished ADR professionals from around the globe providing exceptional network opportunities. The competition will be hosted by CAM-CCBC and will be preceded by a training for students, taking place on April 4, 2019. Pre-registration is open until November 25, 2018.
    5 April 2019 - 6 April 2019. São Paulo, Brazil.,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact
  • Sexta Competencia de Arbitraje Internacional de Inversión
    Las controversias relativas a inversiones sometidas a arbitraje se han convertido en los últimos años en uno de los acontecimientos más relevantes en el arbitraje internacional. En consecuencia, el arbitraje de inversión es una nueva área del derecho de gran interés y actualidad. La Competencia de Arbitraje Internacional de Inversión tiene por finalidad fomentar el estudio de la solución de controversias relativas a inversiones mediante el arbitraje internacional, a través de la simulación de un proceso arbitral y el uso de un caso hipotético. Los participantes actuarán en representación de las partes y presentarán una memoria de demanda y otra de contestación que contengan las pretensiones de su cliente y su sustento jurídico, para luego participar en audiencias donde actuarán en representación de las partes frente a un tribunal arbitral.
    8 April 2019 - 12 April 2019. Bogota, Colombia,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • International Economic Law in the Era of Distributed Ledger Technology
    The emergence of new technologies within the rapidly developing digital economy, such as Distributed Ledger Technology (commonly referred to as Blockchain), have the potential to transform the current international regulatory framework that governs economic transactions. Although these new technologies are not yet established in international practice, their current development demands closer analysis of the implications for global governance. [Dateline for submission of abstracts: 29 January 2019]
    9 April 2019. Turin, Italy,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Joint UNCITRAL-LAC Conference on Dispute Settlement
    The conference is organized jointly by UNCITRAL and the Ljubljana Arbitration Centre (LAC) and will take place at the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This time we will focus on: * New instruments for the enforcement of settlement agreements reached through international mediation; * Expedited proceedings; * Dispute avoidance and dispute resolution in construction industry; * Damages in international arbitration. On the day following the conference (10 April 2019), the Ljubljana Willem C. Vis Pre-Moot will take place, which will be a good opportunity for the teams for one final practice before the Moot in Vienna.
    9 April 2019. Ljubljana, Slovenia,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • The psychology of persuasion in International Arbitration
    A Presentation by Sophie Nappert, Arbitrator at 3 Verulam Buildings on 'The psychology of persuasion in International Arbitration.' RSVP Chantelle Roles (see flyer)
    10 April 2019. London, UK,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact
  • Understanding Chinese State-owned Entities: Doing Business and Resolving Disputes with Chinese State-Owned Entities
    The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and International Court of Arbitration (ICC) are organising a half-day seminar on Thursday, 11 April, 2019 in Paris. Join Teresa Cheng GBS SC JP, Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Alexis Mourre, President of ICC International Court of Arbitration, Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General of HKIAC and a panel of eminent experts as they discuss legal issues relevant to doing business and resolving disputes with Chinese State-owned entities (SoEs). Seats are limited. See flyer for further details.
    11 April 2019. Paris, France,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • ILI Training: International Commercial and Investor-State Mediation
    The frameworks for Int'l Commercial Mediation, and Investor-State Mediation are fast developing and are potentially the most effective and cost-efficient forms of dispute resolution, both in the context of cross border international commerce, and in the investor-state investment context. One part of this seminar focuses on the new developing framework for International Commercial Mediation, including the enforcement of mediated settlements under the Singapore Convention on Mediation, and also on the Investor-State Dispute Resolution framework. The second part of this seminar focuses on skills training to manage an international commercial or investor-state mediation either as a mediator, or as a party, or as an advocate assisting a party to a mediation. Course Advisors: Hernando Otero
    15 April 2019 - 19 April 2019. Washington, D.C., USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website

May 2019

  • Evolution, Evaluation and Future Developments in International Investment Law: 10 Year Anniversary Conference of the International Investment Law Centre Cologne
    The anniversary conference will take place under the motto "Evolution, Evaluation and Future Developments in International Investment Law" in the premises of the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry. SPEAKERS: * Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel; * Prof. Dr. Christoph Schreuer; * Dr. Claudia Annacker; * Dr. Patricia Nacimiento; * Prof. Dr. Christian Tams; * Prof. Dr. Bruno Simma; * Prof. Dr. Christian Borris; * Dr. Anke Sessler; * Prof. Dr. Dr. Rudolf Dolzer; * Markus Gabbert; * Prof. Dr. Peter Cameron; * Dr. Markus Burgstaller; * Nadia Darwazeh; * Francisco Abriani; * Dr. Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert; * Dr. Moritz Keller; * Corinne Montineri; * Prof. Dr. August Reinisch. REGISTRATION until 08 May 2019.
    16 May 2019. Cologne, Germany,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact
  • ILI Training: Arbitration and Mediation
    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
    20 May 2019 - 31 May 2019. Washington, D.C., USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 15th IFCAI Biennial Conference: Roles and Responsibilities of Key Stakeholders in Conflict Resolution - Finding the Right Balance to Maximise Strategic and Effective Conflict Resolution
    TOPICS: * Conflict Diagnosis, Conflict Resolution Strategies and Versatile Use of ADR Mechanisms - How to Use These Tools for Strategic and Effective Conflict Resolution? * Issues Giving Arbitrators a Headache when Striving for an Effective Arbitral Process - What Are the Topical Questions? * Interplay Between Arbitral Tribunals and State Courts during the Arbitral Proceedings - How to Find the Right Balance? * Interview: Maxi Scherer; Dinner Speech: John Beechey CBE.
    23 May 2019. Helsinki, Finland,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Prague Negotiation and Mediation Week
    Join our top trainers for a week long intensive programme in international mediation and negotiation. Learn from the experts in the field and gain practical skills and strategies to get better deal and resolve disputes in international settings. Apart from the challenging programme, the organisers have prepared for you a rich social programme for networking. It includes a welcome drink in a medieval monastery, a drive with a historical tram and final cocktail at the Art Francesco Gallery with a demonstration of drypoint print.
    27 May 2019 - 31 May 2019. Prague, Czech Republic,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Specialized Summer Program on International Commercial Arbitration
    This three-week Summer Program exposes practitioners and students to critical skills and practical insights into handling arbitration cases under various arbitration systems. The program brings together world-renowned practitioners and arbitrators who will present six seminars designed for professional development. The summer curriculum was carefully designed with the idea of providing participants a comprehensive understanding of how international commercial arbitration works. The program begins with general courses during the first week and continues with more specific issues. Luncheons and networking activities provide participants with the opportunity to exchange information and interact with their peers and expert instructors.
    28 May 2019 - 13 June 2019. Washington DC, United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website

June 2019

  • Riga, Latvia
    TOPICS: Arbitration in construction and public procurement disputes / Current events regarding BREXIT / EU and investment arbitration. FOCUS COUNTRIES: Estonia, Finland, Russian Federation and Ukraine. Online registration is open from 15 February 2019 to 10 June 2019.
    13 June 2019 - 14 June 2019. 8th DIS Baltic Arbitration Conference 2019,
    More information is available at the organisers website

August 2019

  • Taipei Int'l Conference on Arbitration and Mediation - A New Wave of Reflections and Reforms in International Arbitration and Mediation (Call for Papers)
    The conference theme is "A New Wave of Reflections and Reforms in International Arbitration and Mediation". Arbitration experts and scholars are welcome to provide unpublished academic papers and case studies on any one of the following topics: * Reform initiatives in international commercial arbitration (such as the Prague Rules comparing to the IBA Rules in the area of evidence taking). * Possible reforms of the ICSID Rules. * The blurring distinction between international investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration (such as the trend of commercial arbitration centers handling investor-State disputes). * The new Convention on the Enforcement of International Settlement Agreements and its corresponding UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Mediation and International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, 2018. Call for Papers Abstract submission deadline: April 10, 2019, see flyer for more info.
    15 August 2019 - 16 August 2019. Taipei, Taiwan,
    More information is available at the organisers website

September 2019

  • Colloquium: Actors in International Investment Law: Beyond Claimants, espondents and Arbitrators [call for papers]
    This year's Colloquium focuses on actors in int'l investment law beyond claimants, respondents, and arbitrators. Panels will explore particular actors. POTENTIAL TOPICS: 1. Arbitral Institutions and Appointing Authorities (Including expert witnesses and tribunal secretaries); 2. Counsel; 3. TPF; 4. Public Participation (Including civil society, amici curiae, transparency in investment negotiations); 5. Scrutiny by Public Institutions (Including screening of FDI on grounds of national security and government screening of concluded IIAs); 6. National Governments and Treaty Negotiators; 7. Investment Promotion Agencies and Political Risk Insurance; 8. The European Union; 9. International Organisations (Excluding the EU); 10. Academics; 11. National Courts; 12: The Investor's Home State; 13: Other Investors (Beyond the Claimant Investor); 14: Other Tribunals (Including influence of existing case law). DEADLINE: Abstracts by 31 March 2019. More info in the flyer.
    26 September 2019 - 27 September 2019. Paris, France,
    More information is available at the organisers website

October 2019

  • American Society of Comparative Law 2019 Annual Meeting Program: Comparative Law and International Dispute Resolution Processes
    The American Society of Comparative Law's 2019 annual program, which will be held at the University of Missouri, seeks to delve more deeply into how comparative law operates formally and informally, visibly and invisibly, publicly and privately, in cases involving cross-border dispute resolution. The program includes two plenary sessions that are intended to provide an overview of comparative law in international dispute resolution as well as recommendations and forecasts for the future of the field. ASCL is accepting proposals for concurrent panels and for a works in progress conference until May 20, 2019. Conference papers will be published in the Journal of Dispute Resolution.
    17 October 2019 - 19 October 2019. Columbia, Missouri, United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website

November 2019

  • 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
    4 November 2019 - 8 November 2019. Washington, D.C., USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 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
    4 November 2019 - 15 November 2019. Washington, D.C., USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Call for Papers: Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration: International Arbitration in Times of Economic Nationalism
    The purpose to present a global perspective of current developments in int'l arbitration throughout the world. The symposium hosts prominent speakers and generates a dialogue about salient issues in international commercial arbitration, as well as current developments in BIT & ICSID arbitration, in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia. Submissions may include any original articles that analyze the trends, developments, and challenges in int'l arbitration in times of economic nationalism. Economic crises, financial volatility, social transformations, and political instability around the world have created a favorable environment for economic nationalism and other movements that may prove disruptive of the global economic world order that arose after the Cold War. International commercial and investment arbitration are particularly sensitive to such trends. Deadline for submissions: August 15, 2019. More details in the flyer. (Papers in book format and in TDM)
    14 November 2019. Washington, D.C. United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website

December 2019

  • 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; Dr. Borzu Sabahi
    2 December 2019 - 6 December 2019. Washington, D.C., USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 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; Dr. Borzu Sabahi
    2 December 2019 - 13 December 2019. Washington, D.C., USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website

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

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