29 April 2014

CONFERENCE: Investor-State Arbitration and Beyond

Britinsh Institute of International and Comparative Law is announced 22nd ITF Public Conference Investor-State Arbitration and Beyond at Thursday 8 May 2014, 8:30 - 17:30 in BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9 JP.

This meeting proceeds from the observation of a period of unprecedented re-examination and innovation with respect to the dispute settlement aspects of the investor-state treaty regime. The purpose of this meeting is to address some of the most important policy and rule changes which have taken place over the past several years and ask about changes and new structures currently under consideration.

Keynote Address
"The Tokyo Resolution of the Institut de Droit International on Investment Treaty Arbitration"
Professor Andrea Giardina, Chiomenti Studio Legale; University of Rome (Sapienza)

Panel 1: Alternatives to Ad Hoc Dispute Settlement. This panel will look at proposals and mechanisms for alternatives to "ad hoc" arbitral tribunals, such as the use of specialised dispute settlement mechanisms for particular classes of claims, treaty-based interpretative committees, and the use of treaty-based appellate mechanisms.
Anne van Aaken, University St Gallen
Bart Legum, Dentons
Ted Posner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Yanick Radi, University of Leiden
Christoph Schreuer, University of Vienna

Panel 2: Beyond Arbitration. This panel will consider the adoption by some states of domestic legislation to replace investment treaties and the future of ISDS in investment treaties between developed states, such as the US and EU.
Mark Kantor, Indipendant Arbitrator
Mark McNeill, Shearman & Sterling
Rodrigo Polanco, University of Chile; World Trade Institute
Christian Vidal-Leon, Price Waterhouse Coopers
Jason Yackee, University of Wisconsin

Panel 3: Making the Most of Current Processes. This panel will look at recent changes to existing investor-state arbitral structures, such as UNCITRAL's new rules on transparency, innovations in mediation practice, and the role of treaty secretariat's as potential engines for reform.
Alejandro Carballo, Energy Charter Secretariat
Jean Kalicki, Arnold & Porter; Georgetown University
Wolf von Kumberg, Northrup Grumman Corporation
Julia Salasky, UNCITRAL Secretariat

Closing Remarks
N Jansen Calamita, Investment Treaty Forum

Details here.

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