issue #05, January 2016
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provides a condensed overview of recent events of interest to the international arbitration community.

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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

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
  • International Investment Treaties and National Governance (call for papers)
    International investment treaties establish a preferential system for the protection of the property of foreign investors. Under these treaties, covered investors are granted substantive rights, which are independent (and often stronger) than those provided in domestic law. In addition, covered investors are given the option of enforcing these rights outside of the host state's courts through international arbitration. Investment treaties are often said to have two principal effects for the states which enter into them. First, it is asserted that investment treaties act to increase levels of foreign investment in host states. Second, it is said that investment treaties have a positive effect on governance. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Please submit a 1-page abstract (no more than 500 words) of the paper you plan to present to cilayel@nus.edu.sg, no later than 31 July 2017. We expect to be able to announce the result of the paper selection in early August 2017. See website for details.
    16 November 2017 - 17 November 2017. Singapore,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 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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