issue #05, January 2016
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2018

July 2018

  • Arbitration Academy 2018
    ALL applications to attend the 2018 session must be submitted BEFORE March 9th, 2018, 23:59 hrs. The Academy was created to address the increasing demand for specialized teaching in int'l arbitration. The Academy provides advanced Summer Courses in Paris to students and young practitioners interested in int'l arbitration. The Curriculum is conceived by int'l arbitration academics and practitioners to cover all aspects of int'l arbitration, and the Courses are taught by the most renowned experts in the fields of int'l commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. The Curriculum includes a 105-hour General Course, alternating every year between int'l commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration, Special Courses, as well as Workshops and Seminars. The program will commence with an Inaugural Lecture and also includes the Berthold Goldman Lecture.
    2 July 2018 - 20 July 2018. France,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact Arbitration Academy
  • U.S. Supreme Court "International Law" Year in Review
    ASIL's Dispute Resolution Interest Group will host a panel discussion of the decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court's 2017-2018 term involving issues relating to int'l law and/or int'l relations. The discussion will include an in-depth look at the reasoning behind the decisions in Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC; Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran; Animal Science Products v. Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.; and Trump v. Hawaii. Our panelists, comprising some of the leading experts on int'l law issues, will also explore what these decisions tell us about the current Supreme Court's views on matters of int'l interest, as well as the influence the newly appointed Justice Gorsuch has had on these issues. PANELISTS: John B. Bellinger III (Arnold & Porter LLP), Harold Hongju Koh (Yale Law School), (Donald Earl Childress III), Jessica Ellsworth (Hogan Lovells LLP). MODERATORS: Charles Kotuby (Jones Day LLP) and Jennifer Permesly (Skadden Arps)
    19 July 2018. Washington, DC. United States.,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • AALCO Annual Arbitration Forum: Connecting Asia & Africa, Connecting Investment & ADR - Opportunities and Challenges
    Inaugural Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) Annual Arbitration Forum. TOPICS - DAY 1: * Panel Discussion: The 5 Pillars of ADR; * Panel Discussion: Investing in Asia & Africa; * Doing business in Asia and Africa. A practical guide for investors (Break-out Sessions covering North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia & East Asia); DAY 2: * Panel Discussion: Connecting Asia with Africa through The Belt & Road Initiative; * Panel Discussion: Shift in paradigm of international trade and investment law in Asia and Africa; * Contemporary Developments in the Field of ADR in Asia & Africa (Break-out Sessions covering North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia & East Asia); * Panel Discussion: AALCO and the harmonisation of legal regimes.
    21 July 2018 - 22 July 2018. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • CIArb Asia Pacific Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration
    Registrations are open for the 2018 CIArb Asia Pacific Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration. Following the success in Singapore in 2016 and Hong Kong in 2017 this pre-eminent tertiary course offers a prestigious globally recognised qualification and is aimed at meeting the increasing demands for accredited arbitrators and arbitration practitioners to resolve cross border disputes in the Asia Pacific and beyond. The course fee includes entry to not only the course but high-end networking/social events including the course dinner which will have The Hon Christian Porter, Attorney General of Australia as the guest speaker. To register and gain further information, you can visit the CIArb website.
    28 July 2018 - 5 August 2018. Perth, Australia,
    More information is available at the organisers website

August 2018

  • Litigation, Arbitration and Meditation: Competitive or Collaborate/Cooperate Relations? (Call for papers)
    [Call for Papers - abstracts by April 30, 2018] The conference invites arbitration experts and scholars to provide the latest academic findings and case studies on any one of the following topics: 1. A reverse trend of traditional or modified mode of court systems serving as an alternative to arbitration? 2. How to revise court systems to make them more competitive in terms of time, costs & quality for private disputes...? 3. Turning the rivalrous relations into cooperative or convergent ones among the different modes of dispute settlement mechanism? 4. The possibility of eliminating the dichotomy of domestic/foreign arbitral awards and its implications for the enhancement of the preference for arbitration. 5. Ex aequo et bono arbitration in the contemporary world. 6. Revisiting lex mercatoria in int'l commercial arbitration. 7. Other Fundamental Issues & Recent Development in Commercial Arbitration. 8. Investment Arbitration. 9. Recent Development of Int'l Mediation.
    27 August 2018 - 28 August 2018. Taipei, Taiwan,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 6th Annual East Africa International Arbitration Conference (EAIAC) 2018 - Re-focusing regional trade, energy and arbitration
    This year's theme is 'Re-focusing regional trade, energy and arbitration'. EAIAC has been running for 6 years. This year, we take it back to Addis where it started in 2013. Addis is also home to the AU Headquarters, the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) and the 6,000 MW Grand Ethiopian Reinessance Dam (GERD). 2018 is the year for African introspection. In trade, 44 members of the African Union (AU) recently signed the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA). In energy, there is growing cross-border energy infrasturcture and trade, including regional power transmission systems and cross-border oil pipelines. What does this mean for African international commercial and investment arbitration? Incredible potential! [Early Bird Fees until 31st July 2018]
    30 August 2018 - 31 August 2018. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
    More information is available at the organisers website

September 2018

  • CIArb Mediation Symposium 2018: Mastering Mediation
    CIArb's 11th Mediation Symposium will embark on the theme 'Mastering Mediation'. Kindly hosted by CMS London, this event will comprise of discussions, workshops and networking reception, and will once again provide the backdrop for a stimulating and invigorating dialogue among mediators and those interested in mediation. Although targeted at practitioners, this flagship event will also be of interest to academics, lawyers, politicians and the judiciary as well as business leaders with an interest in the developing world of mediation.
    12 September 2018. London, United Kingdom,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Kyiv Arbitration Days 2018: Think Big!
    The UBA has the pleasure of inviting you to attend the annual International Conference "KYIV ARBITRATION DAYS 2018: Think Big!" and check out the refreshed event format! No matter the changes, the starry cast of speakers is our traditional foundation! This year our key presenters include Emmanuel Gaillard (Shearman Sterling LLP); Georgios Petrochilos (Three Crowns); Michael Ostrove (DLA Piper); Oleksiy Filatov, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration; Ivan Lishchyna, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine; Yaroslav Tekliuk, Director of Legal Department at Naftogaz of Ukraine and many others. The KAD-2018 is a platform for a wider-than-ever int'l network of business communication due to a large number of foreign guests uniting well-known professionals and new names in int'l arbitration. Therefore we offer a unique opportunity to meet and share ideas with top-notch world-class experts, which will lay the foundation for fruitful cooperation in the future.
    14 September 2018. Kyiv, Ukraine,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Colloquium: International Investment Law & Competition Law
    Although international investment law and competition law coexist regularly in international praxis, scholarly analysis largely treats them as parallel universes, and as a result their actual and potential overlap has yet to be sufficiently explored. The Colloquium aims to address this and, to this end, interested academics and practitioners, senior and junior, are invited to submit paper abstracts on the interaction of the two disciplines. The Colloquium is coordinated by Dr Katia Fach Gómez (University of Zaragoza, Faculty of Law), Dr Anastasios Gourgourinis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Law; Athens PIL), and Dr Catharine Titi (CNRS and CREDIMI, University of Burgundy). (May 2018: Registration is now open at event website)
    27 September 2018 - 28 September 2018. Zaragoza, Spain,
    More information is available at the organisers website

October 2018

  • Annual International Commercial Arbitration Lecture Series 2018 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.
    4 October 2018. Washington, D.C., United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Religion and Ethnicity on the International Bench (Call for Papers, deadline 18 July 2018)
    On 4 and 5 October 2018, the third and final conference in the /Identity on the International Bench/ Series is taking place in The Hague, organized by the PluriCourts Centre of Excellence, Oslo University. The aim of this conference is to analyse when and how adjudicators’ identity and, in particular, features relating to religion and ethnicity (including race, language, culture, ancestry and membership of minority groups, among other) may affect the composition of international courts and tribunals, as well as judicial reasoning and decision-making. The conference will also investigate whether the prevalence of certain religious and political backgrounds, ethnic identities and languages, may also have implications for the perceived legitimacy of the international adjudicatory process itself. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 18 July 2018
    4 October 2018 - 5 October 2018. The Hague, The Netherlands,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • The 5th Meeting of the CEA International Chapters
    Co-organized by the Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA) and the CEA Italian Chapter, the 5th Meeting of the CEA International Chapters, will be held on Friday, October 5th, 2018 in Rome at Villa Aurelia. SPEAKERS and MODERATORS include:; Massimo Coccia; José Antonio Caínzos; Rinaldo Sali; Jesús Pérez de la Cruz Oña; Eléonore Caroit, Lalive, Ginebra; Marco de Benito; Claus Von Wobeser; Alexis Mourre; Mélida N. Hodgson; Thomas Clay; Amaia Rivas Kortazar; Gabriel Bottini; Blanca Gómez de la Torre; Carmen Martínez López; Félix Montero; Fernando Marcondes; Yves Derains; Sofia Martins; Giovanni Pagnacco; Ferdinando Emanuele; Ignacio de Castro; Claudia Frutos-Peterson; Carolina Pina; Javier Fernández-Samaniego; Giulio Palermo; José Daniel Amado; Fernández-Armesto; Martin Doe.
    5 October 2018. Rome, Italy,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • ILI Training: 2018 Advanced Oil, Gas, Power, and Sustainable Energy
    Countries face many challenges related to sustainable development of their energy sectors. Governments must adapt policies and legal framework to efficiently develop their natural resources (both conventional and renewable resources); diversify and optimize the energy source mix, address climate change impact and meet INDC requirements, attract capital and expertise to develop the entire energy sector value chain; capture economic rents to pass through energy sector benefits to local communities; ensure optimum local content development; improve linkages to power sector; foster transparency, corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship... COURSE ADVISORS: Guly Sabahi, independent legal adviser and outside general counsel. Robert Lesnick is an Executive Advisor to businesses and governments seeking to develop projects which expand development and use of natural gas.
    22 October 2018 - 2 November 2018. Washington, D.C., United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website

November 2018

  • The 13th Annual Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation - Facing the Future in International Arbitration: Evolving Issues, Practices and Solutions
    KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Hilary Heilbron QC - The Impact of Cultural and National Differences on Recognised Norms in International Arbitration; TOPICS: * Impact on international arbitration of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); * ICCA-ASIL web based damages analysis tool; * Public policy exception and the New York Convention; * Corruption and illegality in international arbitration; * Convention on the Enforcement of Mediated Settlement Agreements and Enforceability of consent awards. Conference Co-Chairs: Benno Kimmelman and Edna Sussman.
    2 November 2018. New York, United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • ILI Training: 2018 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 is a Professor and Faculty Director of the Program on International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at Georgetown University Law Center and Director of the ILI Center on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Ms. Whitesell was Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration from 2001 to 2007. She has practiced with law firms in both the United States and in France and was a lecturer at the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Institut de Droit Comparé.
    5 November 2018 - 9 November 2018. Washington, D.C., United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • ILI Training: 2018 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 is a Professor and Faculty Director of the Program on International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at Georgetown University Law Center and Director of the ILI Center on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Ms. Whitesell was Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration from 2001 to 2007. She has practiced with law firms in both the United States and in France.
    5 November 2018 - 16 November 2018. Washington, D.C., United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • ODR FORUM 2018 - Innovation and Impact: Online Courts and the Changing Landscapes of Digital Justice
    Join your international colleagues in Auckland - consistently voted one of the world's top ten "livable" cities - to explore current developments in the rapidly evolving world of digital platforms, portals, networks and courts. The two key themes for the 2018 Forum are Innovation and Impact. The first, which will be the focus for presentations on the first day, will explore updates and developments in the world of taking dispute and justice systems online. The second day will address some of the challenges and critical questions that arise through moving beyond innovation into the disruptions that digital justice can create. This "impact" discussion may show that these can be ambivalent developments, in both fostering access to legal and other resources, and challenging other norms. More information and a call for presentation is available on the conference website.
    14 November 2018 - 15 November 2018. Auckland, New Zealand,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • ILI Training: 2018 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 is co-chair of the Crowell & Moring's International Dispute Resolution Group. Dr. Borzu Sabahi is an attorney in the International Arbitration group of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.
    26 November 2018 - 30 November 2018. Washington, D.C., United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • ILI Training: 2018 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 is co-chair of the Crowell & Moring's International Dispute Resolution Group. Dr. Borzu Sabahi is an attorney in the International Arbitration group of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.
    26 November 2018 - 7 December 2018. Washington, D.C., United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • ILI Training: 2018 Multilateral and Regional Trade Agreements
    The seminar will cover the basic GATT and WTO rules, and examine the implications of the growth of RTAs. The course is designed to help governments and enterprises to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by multilateral and regional trade agreements, as well as to deal with their challenges. It will be taught by present and former senior government officials, leading academics and practitioners, and officials from multinational organizations. COURSE ADVISOR: Patrick Macrory is Director of ILI's International Trade Law Center. He was a senior partner in two of Washington's largest law firms, and has practiced trade law for more than forty years.
    26 November 2018 - 30 November 2018. Washington, D.C., United States,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Casablanca Arbitration Days 2018: The New York Convention at 60: Has it Worked for Africa?
    The Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA), the Casablanca International Mediation & Arbitration Centre (CIMAC) and McDermott Will & Emery are delighted to invite you to attend the upcoming fourth edition of the Casablanca Arbitration Days. The conference will take place at the Four Seasons Casablanca on November 29-30, 2018. This event will provide exceptional opportunities for prominent lawyers and decision-makers to discuss the future of Casablanca as a seat of arbitration in Africa, sharing knowledge and engaging with peers in an open environment. Due to the limited number of places available, we encourage you to confirm your interest and RSVP. Simultaneous translation in Arabic, English and French will be provided.
    29 November 2018 - 30 November 2018. Casablanca, Morocco,
    More information is available at the organisers website

December 2018

  • CIArb: Dispute Appointment Service (DAS) Convention 2018
    Now in its sixth year, this internationally distinguished event will continue to address issues associated with the role of dispute resolution professionals. This one-day meeting will look at the theme 'Alternative dispute resolution - processes and ethics'. Kindly hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright, the day will end with a networking drinks reception.
    6 December 2018. London, United Kingdom,
    More information is available at the organisers website

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

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