issue #05, January 2016
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2017

November 2017

  • 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
  • HKIAC Arbitration Clause Negotiation Workshop
    You are an in-house counsel, a contract manager, a transactional or dispute resolution lawyer. You have received a call from your management team or client at 6:30 p.m. asking you to finalise an arbitration agreement within a few hours before the deal is sealed. How do you secure the best possible arbitration agreement for your company or client, while bearing the business objectives in mind and making sure that the corporate policy is followed? What are the key drafting points you need to consider and what part of the arbitration agreement may be traded off against other terms of the contract? For anyone who has faced these questions, we welcome you to the HKIAC Arbitration Clause Negotiation Workshop in London. The workshop will feature a real-time negotiation over arbitration clauses to be included in two agreements concerning a Chinese private equity fund's investment in a joint venture through a UK company.
    27 November 2017. London, UK,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Arbitral Parents: Managing Parenthood in the Context of an International Practice
    ArbitralWomen / Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners (YAWP), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution Young & International (ICDR Y&I) and Jones Day are delighted to invite you to an evening discussion taking place at Jones Day's London office on Wednesday 29 November to discuss Managing Parenthood in the Context of an International Practice. The panel will focus on, amongst other topics: * Finding work / life balance as an ArbitralMother / ArbitralFather; * Communicating pregnancies to the law firm; * Preparing for and returning from maternity / paternity leave; and * Managing caseload, clients and travel pre-and post-maternity / paternity leave. Speakers/panellists: * Sylvia Tonova; * Melissa Magliana; * Sarah Vasani; * Juliet Blanch; * Claire Morel de Westgaver; * James Egerton-Vernon; * Geraldine Gallacher. If you would like to attend, please RSVP (See flyer)
    29 November 2017. London, UK,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • 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
  • Food Law Comparative Perspectives: Safety, Trade, and Culture in Hong Kong, Asia, and the EU
    Attendance is free of charge but is reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. For centuries Hong Kong has been at the center of trading routes, connecting and blending eastern and western cultures. Hong Kong's role, as a pivotal interconnection point of trading flows and as an investment platform is deemed to remain central despite the enhancements of old routes and the creation of new routes with the Belt and Road Initiative. The conference will explore in particular the role of Hong Kong, as connector for imports-exports of food products and investments in the food sector in Asia. Relying on a multidisciplinary approach, it seeks to address some of the most relevant issues related to trade and investments in the food sector: * The role of HK as a connector in cross border trade and investment in the food and beverage sector through its network of free trade and investment agreements; * The relationship between law, enforcement in food safety in HK; * ...
    1 December 2017. Hong Kong,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • CIArb International Arbitration Conference 2017
    Join us this winter in Paris to discuss "The Synergy and Divergence between Civil Law and Common Law in International Arbitration" from both a European and American angle. TOPICS: * The Role of Legislation in Developing and Sustaining an Arbitration Friendly Seat; * What the Client Wants: Strategic Choices in Drafting Arbitration Agreements; * The Perspective from Arbitral Institutions on Building the Synergy between Civil and Common Law; * The Art of Advocacy: The Civil and Common Law Styles; * Civil-Common Law Divergence and Convergence: The Telecommunications and New Technologies Case Study * The New Global Order and Arbitration; * Judicial Intervention, Perceptions and Reactions: The Civil and Common Law Approaches; * Arbitrators: The Civil and Common Law Styles; * The Civil-Common Law Dichotomy: Practical Solutions to Current Problems. SPEAKERS include: Lord Keen of Elie QC, Lord Goldsmith QC PC, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury and many more.
    7 December 2017 - 8 December 2017. Paris, France,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of UNCITRAL Global Inclusion and Dispute Resolution: Harmonization Trends in International Arbitration
    UNCITRAL and the CRCICA have the pleasure to announce holding a regionally exclusive conference celebrating the UNCITRAL's 50th Anniversary: "GLOBAL INCLUSION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION: HARMONIZING TRENDS IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION" on 9-10 December 2017 at CRCICA Auditorium, Cairo / Egypt. Similar celebratory conferences were held in Austria, Cameroon and India. The Cairo version is the exclusive one in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region. The agenda will focus on the applications of the New York Convention, the UNCITRAL Model Arbitration Law and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Recent global trends in the Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement will be specifically tackled in an interesting multilateral context. Relevant updates will be highlighted, including the discussions and possible outcomes of the most recent UNCITRAL ISDS Session to be held in Vienna just few days before the Conference.
    9 December 2017 - 10 December 2017. Cairo, Egypt,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • The Belt and Road Initiative: Economic Legal Landscape and Dispute Settlement
    Organised jointly by the CRCICA, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and the Beijing International Arbitration Center (BIAC), this conference on "The Belt and Road Initiative: Economic Legal Landscape and Dispute Settlement" will be held on the 12th of December 2017.
    12 December 2017. Cairo, Egypt,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • Foreign Direct Investment Operations and Investment Disputes in the African Extractive Sector: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa's Growth & Development
    Int'l investment agreements have played a key role in Africa's development. African States are party to numerous bilateral and multilateral investment treaties which have traditionally offered protection to foreign investors and which have permitted recourse to arbitration to settle investment disputes, under the auspices of the ICSID, or similar fora. African States increasingly participate in investment arbitration with foreign investors challenging the legality of regulatory measures in various areas. The Conference seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the challenges raised by FDI operations in the African extractive sector and of their contribution to Africa's development and growth; the Conference will shed light on the protection of foreign investors in the African extractive sector and on the protection of numerous 'public interests' at stake in this sector. Conveners: Dr. Harelimana; Prof. Dr. Radi; Dr. Gerdau de Borja Mercereau.
    14 December 2017. Dubai. UAE,
    More information is available at the organisers website

2018

January 2018

  • 5th ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration
    ITA, IEL and ICC join forces again this year to bring speakers from around the globe and across the industry to focus on the key issues in this practice - from a keynote address delivered by Richard Westerdale, Senior Adviser at the Bureau of Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State on the role of geopolitics in the genesis of disputes in the sector, through the uncertainty of cross-border resource development involving undelimited maritime boundaries to the increasing sophistication of "resource nationalism" in emerging markets. The program includes 3 ever-popular features: the Corporate Counsel Roundtable with in-house arbitration counsels; a luncheon interview with David R. Haigh, Q.C., by Margaret Moses, and all you need to know about last year's energy disputes: the Year in Review presented by Laurence Shore. Additionally, the conference will include a session on emergency arbitrators & emergency arbitration featuring Alexis Mourre as well as a Young Lawyers Roundtable.
    18 January 2018 - 19 January 2018. Houston, Texas, USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website

February 2018

  • HIALSA International Arbitration Workshop 2017-2018 (5 of 9): Damages in international arbitration
    Confirmed Speaker(s) for this session: Professor Mark Kantor (Independent Arbitrator) About the HIALSA International Arbitration Workshop 2017-2018: The Workshop builds upon Harvard Law School's rich traditions in advocacy and international law to offer HLS students an in-depth introduction to the practice of international arbitration. The Workshop will comprise nine individual sessions-beginning with the preliminary steps in a dispute and concluding with the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards-drawing upon the diverse experiences of leading practitioners and arbitrators. The Workshop will supplement Harvard Law School's course offerings in international investment and commercial arbitration, as well as lectures and seminars hosted by HIALSA. The Workshop is truly the first of its kind, offering to HLS students an extraordinary opportunity to develop and hone their practical skills in international arbitration.
    12 February 2018. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA,
    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 15th February, will explore updates and developments in the world of taking dispute and justice systems online. The second theme, for the 16th, 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.
    15 February 2018 - 16 February 2018. Auckland, New Zealand,
    More information is available at the organisers website

March 2018

  • HIALSA International Arbitration Workshop 2017-2018 (7 of 9): Knowing your audience: differences in written and oral advocacy across jurisdictions and fora (Supported by Young ICCA)
    Part of the Harvard International Arbitration Conference. About the HIALSA International Arbitration Workshop 2017-2018: The Workshop builds upon Harvard Law School's rich traditions in advocacy and international law to offer HLS students an in-depth introduction to the practice of international arbitration. The Workshop will comprise nine individual sessions-beginning with the preliminary steps in a dispute and concluding with the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards-drawing upon the diverse experiences of leading practitioners and arbitrators. The Workshop will supplement Harvard Law School's course offerings in international investment and commercial arbitration, as well as lectures and seminars hosted by HIALSA. The Workshop is truly the first of its kind, offering to HLS students an extraordinary opportunity to develop and hone their practical skills in international arbitration.
    24 March 2018. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website
  • HIALSA International Arbitration Workshop 2017-2018 (8 of 9): Roundtable discussion: the in-house counsel's perspective.
    Part of the Harvard International Arbitration Conference. In-house counsels confirmed. Final list of panelists to be announced. About the HIALSA International Arbitration Workshop 2017-2018: The Workshop builds upon Harvard Law School's rich traditions in advocacy and international law to offer HLS students an in-depth introduction to the practice of international arbitration. The Workshop will comprise nine individual sessions-beginning with the preliminary steps in a dispute and concluding with the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards-drawing upon the diverse experiences of leading practitioners and arbitrators. The Workshop will supplement Harvard Law School's course offerings in international investment and commercial arbitration, as well as lectures and seminars hosted by HIALSA. The Workshop is truly the first of its kind, offering to HLS students an extraordinary opportunity to develop and hone their practical skills in international arbitration.
    24 March 2018. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA,
    More information is available at the organisers website

April 2018

  • 2018 CPR International Mediation Competition (pre-register no later than December 8, 2017)
    CPR is delighted to announce the II edition of its International Mediation Competition, which will take place for 2 days on April 17 & 18, 2018, in São Paulo, Brazil and will be hosted by CIESP/FIESP. The Award Ceremony will take place at the law firm of L.O. Baptista Advogados in São Paulo. The second edition of the competition will be open to teams selected from around the world. Teams are invited to PRE-REGISTER as soon as possible and no later than DECEMBER 8, 2017. The selected teams will be announced by DECEMBER 15, 2017. More information on the rules, how to register etc on the website.
    17 April 2018 - 18 April 2018. São Paulo, Brazil,
    More information is available at the organisers website

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

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