GAR Live Atlanta: in pictures

GAR Live Atlanta: in pictures

04 December 2019

Photos for the 2nd GAR Live Atlanta, held at the Atlanta Centre for Mediation and Arbitration at Georgia State University College of Law, are now available.

Bermann on commercial arbitration and its critics

Bermann on commercial arbitration and its critics

04 December 2019

In a keynote address at GAR Live Atlanta, Columbia Law School professor George A Bermann argued that international commercial arbitration is well-placed to answer attacks from its critics – while suggesting that its claims to various forms of autonomy may be excessive.


Charles Adams

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Charles Adams, Jr., is the former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Finland (2015-2017) and Global Head of Orrick's International Arbitration Practice Group based in Geneva. Charles' experience spans four decades at the highest levels of international dispute resolution, in more than 300 international arbitration proceedings as counsel and chairman or party-arbitrator in arbitral fora all over the world. 

Randall Hafer

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Throughout his entire career, Randy Hafer has focused his practice exclusively on issues related to the construction industry. He has been involved in matters all over the United States and internationally on a wide variety of construction projects, including tunnels, wastewater treatment plants, airports, power plants, mass transit systems, mining facilities, bridges and highways, hospitals, office buildings, sports arenas, resort condominiums, universities and schools, manufacturing and processing facilities, and military facilities.

Ank Santens

White & Case

Ank Santens is an international arbitration specialist based in New York. She serves as counsel or arbitrator in commercial, investment, construction, and insurance arbitrations around the world, under all major international arbitration rules (ICC, ICDR/AAA, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL) as well as under ad hoc and regional rules.

Keynote Speaker

George Bermann

Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law; Director, Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration

George A. Bermann is the Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law, and the director for the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (CICIA) at Columbia Law School. A Columbia Law School faculty member since 1975, Bermann teaches courses in transnational dispute resolution (international arbitration and litigation), European Union law, administrative law, and WTO law. He is an affiliated faculty member of the School of Law of Sciences Po in Paris and the MIDS Masters Program in International Dispute Settlement in Geneva. He is also a visiting professor at the Georgetown Law Center. At the Law School, he founded both the European Legal Studies Center and the Columbia Journal of European Law.


Mark Cymrot

Baker & Hostetler

Brent Clinkscale

Independent Arbitrator

John Keefe

Keefe Chambers

Neil Gaudion


Shelby Guilbert

King & Spalding

Shelby Grubbs

Miller & Martin

Calvin Hamilton

Hamilton Abogados

Don Harvey

Secretariat International

Grant Hanessian

Baker McKenzie

Glenn Hendrix

Arnall Golden Gregory

John Hinchey

JAMS Medication, Arbitration and ADR Services.

India Johnson

American Arbitration Association

Mark Kantor

Independent Arbitrator

Kurt Lindquist

Womble Bond Dickinson

Veronica O’Brien

Regional General Counsel, Andritz

Carita Wallgren-Lindholm

Lindholm Wallgren

Keith Richardson

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Andrew Tuck

Alston & Bird


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs' opening remarks

Charles Adams, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Randall Hafer, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton 
Ank Santens, White & Case

9.45: Session one: The year in review, a guide through the essentials

All the developments in both regional and international arbitration that you need to know about.

Some of the topics our esteemed panel are expected to discuss include:

  • The Prague Rules, HKIAC rules and others, their status and developments to date
  • What have recent cases such as Henry Schein v. Archer & White Sales, Vantage Deepwater Company v. Petrobras, USDC SD Tx and Achmea revealed as pressing issues?
  • Recent trends in arbitration such as transparency and summary disposition

Shelby Grubbs, Miller & Martin

Shelby Guilbert, King & Spalding
Calvin Hamilton, Hamilton Abogados
Mark Kantor, Independent Arbitrator
Andrew Tuck, Alston & Bird

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: The GAR Live Debate on construction – which blueprints are best?

In a twist on the Oxford Union style, we discuss and debate the pros and cons of several motions seeking enforcement of contractual clauses excluding or limiting certain damages and claims, including provisions:

  • Prohibiting the recovery of consequential damages
  • Imposing caps on damages
  • Shortening periods for asserting claims

Randall Hafer, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Neil Gaudion, FTI Consulting 
Don Harvey, Secreteriat International
John Hinchey, JAMS Mediation, Arbitration and ADR Services
Veronica O’Brien, Regional General Counsel, Andritz
Keith Richardson, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

12.45: Keynote speech: “The Self-Styled Autonomy of International Arbitration” introduced by Douglas Yarn, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law

George Bermann, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School and Reporter and Chief Reporter, American Law Institute Restatement (Third) of US Law of International Commercial Arbitration

13:30: Networking lunch 


14.30: Session three: Expecting the unexpected, a simulation

This role-playing session will examine unanticipated problems that can arise during arbitrations, testing the judgment and reflexes of experienced arbitrators.

You can be sure to expect:

  • Unexpected witnesses
  • Unexpected exhibits
  • Absent witnesses
  • Cyberbreaches
  • Arbitrator misbehaviour

Ank Santens, White & Case

John Keefe, Keefe Chambers
Glenn Hendrix, Arnall Golden Gregory
Carita Wallgren Lindholm, Lindholm Wallgren
Kurt Lindquist, Womble, Bond Dickinson

15.45: Coffee break

16.15: Session four: The GAR Live Question Time

GAR Live wants YOU to submit your burning questions to the panel.

Ideas for questions:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Constructions
  • Technology and artificial intelligence
  • Transparency
  • Judicial and bureaucratic hostility

Charles Adams, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Brent Clinkscale, Independent Arbitrator
Mark Cymrot, BakerHostetler
Grant Hanessian, Baker McKenzie
India Johnson, American Arbitration Association

17.30: Chairs' closing remarks

Charles Adams, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Randall Hafer, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton 
Ank Santens, White & Case

17.45 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception 


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Georgia State University – College of Law, 85 Park Place NE


  • "GAR Live Inquisition was particularly good - it gave a very good discussion of the important issue.", Gene Burd, Arnall Golden Gregory. 

  • "GAR is a substantial part of the global discussion on issues in international arbitration. I wanted to be part of the conversation!" Christopher Campbell, Willoughby & Hoefer

  • "Engaging and relevant to current topics. Excellent way to keep a pulse on what's happening in IA." Marc Lee, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Ticket Prices

2nd Annual GAR Live Atlanta Only (Private Practice)
Type Price Until
Super Early $300 26 July 2019
Early $450 23 Aug 2019
Standard $600 9 Sept 2019


Type Price
Standard $0


AtlAS Events Only (Private Practice)
Type Price Until
Super Early $150 26 July 2019
Early $175 23 Aug 2019
Standard $195 9 Sept 2019


AtlAS In-house/Governmental
Type Price
Standard $0


ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
Type Price
Standard $0


Combined GAR Live & AtlAS Events (Private Practice)
Type Price Until
Super Early $383 26 July 2019
Early $531 23 Aug 2019
Standard $676 9 Sept 2019