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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September 2017

  • 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
  • SIA-WIPO JOINT SYMPOSIUM 2017: ADR for Art and Cultural Heritage Disputes
    Join Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office, Queen Mary University of London's School of Int'l Abritration and the World Intellectual Property Organization's Abitration and Mediation Center for a one day symposium examining the viability and applicability of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in resolving art and cultural heritage disputes. Topics will include: * Contracts, Intellectual Property and Disputes relating to Art and Cultural Heritage; * Institutional ethics and dispute resolution policies; * Authenticity, attribution and provenance, ownership; * Benefits and limitations of ADR in the art and cultural heritage sector; * Drafting effective mediation and arbitration clauses and submission agreements; The seminar is co-chaired by Ann Thornton (Vice-Provost & University Librarian, Columbia University), Prof. Maxi Scherer (School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London) and Heike Wollgast (WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center).
    26 September 2017. New York, USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Mediation Symposium 2017: Mediation in a Changing World - Adding Real Value and Understanding the Impact of Bias
    This year's symposium will be exploring some important contemporary themes: How mediation and mediators might add real value above and beyond conventional negotiation and how understanding unconscious or cognitive biases and the developing world of neuroscience might enhance significantly what we do. This symposium aims to break new ground and highlight the latest innovations in mediation with distinguished thought leaders. The one-day event also aims to foster good practice within the mediation community as well as open up the latest ideas to a wider audience. In setting out theories and concepts before exploring their application in negotiations, this meeting will equip both practitioners and business leaders with a valuable conceptual framework and the practical skills they need to make a difference. The event also offers an invaluable networking opportunity and is followed by a drinks reception.
    27 September 2017. London, UK,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Enforcement of Arbitral Awards
    The conference will examine the increasingly important issues of award enforcement through counsel experienced in representing both award creditors and debtors. The challenges in locating and levying on hidden assets will also be discussed as will issues arising out of awards against foreign sovereigns. Panelists will also discuss steps that may be taken in advance of awards, including obtaining attachments to secure payment. The conference will consist of two sessions. The first will be two panel discussions in the morning in which panelists will describe the legal landscape and refer to the problems that arise as a result, oftentimes, of efforts made by judgment or award debtors to hide assets. Materials, including statutes, rules, articles and cases, to which reference is made in the conference will be provided.
    28 September 2017. New York, USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website

October 2017

  • GIAC Arbitration Days in Tbilisi
    Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC) will hold the 4th annual GIAC Arbitration Days in Tbilisi on 2-3 October 2017. The two-day conference, led by featuring international experts in the field of international arbitration, is a welcome opportunity for practicing lawyers, arbitration professionals and academics coming from numerous jurisdictions around the globe to share practical experience and engage in dynamic discussions of distinct topics on international arbitration. Over the course of the main conferences several events will be organized, including the round table discussion with participation of local and foreign judges and ICDR Y&I - ICC YAF joint session - Mock Arbitration on Cross Examination. Use this opportunity to be updated on hot arbitration topics, for networking and last but not least, for visiting gorgeous Georgia and tasting wine made according to the oldest wine-tradition in the world.
    2 October 2017 - 3 October 2017. Tbilisi, Georgia,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 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
  • 3rd Annual EFILA Lecture 2017 - Most Favoured Nations Clauses in BITs - What is their Real Purpose (and their Real Effect) - Judge Christopher Greenwood, QC
    On 12 October 2017 Judge Christopher Greenwood, QC, will deliver the 3rd Annual EFILA Lecture 2017 entitled: "Most Favoured Nations Clauses in BITs - What is their Real Purpose (and their Real Effect) ?" The Lecture will take place in Brussels at the Press Room. The event is free of charge, but registration is required. More information on the EFILA website.
    12 October 2017. Brussels, Belgium,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 6th Annual Hong Kong Arbitration Week
    It brings us great pleasure to bring you the 6th Annual Hong Kong Arbitration Week. Hong Kong Arbitration Week attracts an ever growing number of users and practitioners from every corner of the globe. Arbitrators, practitioners, academics, and business leaders come together to exchange insights on the changing landscape of international arbitration. The HKIAC looks forward to welcoming you to Asia's World City for a week of engaging, fruitful and enjoyable debate! Events include: - 14th IFCAI Biennial Conference; - Law Rocks!; - ADR in Asia Conference; - HK Arbitration Charity Ball; - UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Judicial Summit; - 2nd Annual Harbour Lecture - Asia Pacific; - 7th Annual GAR Live; - HK45 Pub Quiz; - HKIAC Arbitrator Training Series: IBA Arb40 - Toolkit for Award, and more.
    15 October 2017 - 20 October 2017. Hong Kong,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Twenty Ninth ITF Public Conference: Treaty Law Issues in International Investment Law
    Questions of applicability, interpretation and succession of treaties are decisive for resolution of many investor-state disputes. Although States can be bound by treaties under international law, investors are not parties to treaties but still have rights and obligations under international investment law. Complex issues of treaty law may arise at the stage of entering into effect and application of unratified investment treaties, for example related to the impact of unratified treaties on customary international law and provisional application of unratified treaties, such as the Energy Charter Treaty. When applying and interpreting international treaties, tribunals also deal with issues of application of investment treaties in the context of territorial changes and armed conflicts. They also rely on the Vienna Convention on the Law of the Treaties and engage other extraneous legal rules and actors for treaty interpretation.
    20 October 2017. London, United Kingdom,
    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

  • Kiev Arbitration Days 2017: Think Big!
    The KAD 2017 will bring together world-class dispute resolution practitioners and prominent arbitration experts to discuss problems and perspectives of international arbitration. This conference is conducted under the auspices of the Ukrainian Bar Association. The conference will provide a perfect opportunity for leading international arbitration experts to meet with their European and Ukrainian peers and will create new and promising possibilities of future cooperation. For more information about the program visit the conference website.
    3 November 2017. Kyiv, Ukraine,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 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
  • DAS Convention: Technology and ADR - The Risks and Opportunities
    CIArb's flagship Dispute Appointment Service (DAS) Convention returns with vigour for a fifth consecutive year, to assess the impact of technology on the ADR process, and explore how dispute resolvers can best prepare and adapt to both the efficiencies and the challenges that technological advances bring to the conduct of proceedings. The event has been designed to gather members of the judiciary, together with a distinguished group of ADR experts, to engage in a high-level discussion on selected topics in the areas of arbitration, mediation and construction adjudication. The Convention aims to provide ADR practitioners with a forum to address and discuss practical issues associated with the role performed by dispute resolution professionals. The emergence of electronic and digital filing platforms and case management tools in the last decade has further underpinned the importance technology is having on the dispute resolution process.
    8 November 2017. London, UK,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 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
  • 8th CAM Annual Conference
    Do not miss the appointment with the most important Italian event concerning International Arbitration: the 8th Edition of the CAM Annual Conference focuses on “Arbitration and Intellectual Property Disputes”. The CAM Annual Conference was created to launch a wide-ranging debate on the most important issues of international arbitration and has become the most relevant CAM international event, as well as a standing appointment of the arbitration world. The debate with the audience is always very lively and challenging thanks to the eminent speakers of international repute as well as to the expertise of the participants who offer many suggestions and contributions. Each year, more than 100 professionals from all over the world participate in the CAM Annual Conference: this is a proof of the high quality of the initiative. A Social Event, in one of the most amazing location in Milan, is planned
    24 November 2017. MIlano, Italy,
    More information is available at the organisers website or contact Milan Chamber of Arbitration (CAM), Ada Cannata,
  • 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

December 2017

  • 37th Annual Meeting of the ICC Institute of World Business Law
    This annual conference of the ICC Institute of World Business Law will gather international business practitioners, legal experts and academics to deliberate on the topic of “Expedited Procedures in International Arbitration”. 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. The Institute will also publish a book on Expedited Procedures in International Arbitration (Dossier XVI of the Institute series). Prepared by some of the key speakers, each participant will receive a free copy as part of their conference materials.
    1 December 2017. Paris, France,
    More information is available at the organisers website

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

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