Tuesday, 17 May 2018, Washington DC, USA

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2017 Programme

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' welcome

Matthew Slater, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Caroline Richard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

9.10: Session one: Investment disputes year in review

Practitioners from around the region will discuss key themes and developments of the past year, and their implications.

Topics are expected to include:

  • Case developments: Key decisions, including annulment and set-aside (Yukos and Exxon)
  • Changing political landscape: The impact of Trump and Brexit on trade and investment agreements
  • Damages: Are tribunals getting it right?
  • "The ERA Pledge": Its present and future impact

Michael Reisman, Myles S. McDougal Professor of International Law, Yale Law School


Nigel Blackaby, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Carolyn Lamm, White & Case
Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez
Glenn George, NERA Economic Consulting

10.30: Coffee break 

11.00: Session two: The GAR Live symposium

Our espresso version of Tylney Hall, themed around investment disputes. A chance to continue the conversation from session one, and also dig into other topics, such as the proposed amendments of the ICSID rules.

Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), World Bank
Gaela Gehring Flores, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

12.30: Networking lunch

14.00: Session three: Corruption defence to investment treaty claims - a diversionary tactic or effective shield?

This session will see our distinguished panel discuss the emergence, and evolution, of corruption and illegality in investment treaty claims.

Questions the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • To what extent are these defences effective deterrents to corruption in making investments?
  • To what extent are these defences presented as boilerplate or diversionary tactics?
  • How should tribunals address such defences so as to give them due consideration, without allowing spurious claims to derail the arbitration?
  • How effective have tribunals been at doing so?

Patrick Pearsall, Jenner & Block

Baiju Vasani, Jones Day
Jonathan Blackman, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Justin Jacinto, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle
Miguel López Forastier, Covington & Burling

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Session four: The GAR Live debate

Motion: "This house believes that investor-state arbitration will remain an essential component to the success of future investment treaties." 

Claus von Wobeser, Von Wobeser y Sierra

Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle
Nikos Lavranos, NL-investmentconsulting and Secretary General, European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA)
Ina Popova, Debevoise & Plimpton
Mélida Hodgson, Foley Hoag

Mark Kantor, Independent Arbitrator
Carolyn Lamm, White & Case
David Rivkin, Debevoise & Plimpton

17.30: Chairs' closing remarks

Matthew Slater, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Caroline Richard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

17.40 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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