Thursday, 24 October 2019, Hong Kong

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2018 Programme

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration 

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Tomas Furlong, Herbert Smith Freehills
Sapna Jhangiani, Clyde & Co

9.10: Session one: A fireside chat with two leading arbitrators

Tomas Furlong, Herbert Smith Freehills
Sapna Jhangiani, Clyde & Co

Keynote speakers:
Lawrence Boo, The Arbitration Chambers
Bernard Hanotiau, Hanotiau & van den Berg

10.00: Session two: New frontiers in international arbitration: environment, climate change and human rights 

The session will explore the use of arbitration as a mechanism for resolving disputes in emerging contexts, including the environment, climate change, and human rights. We will look at how the features of arbitration may prove advantageous or problematic in these new frontiers and how arbitration might be better adapted to resolve these types of disputes. The goal is to stimulate a constructive discussion on the pros and cons of arbitration, from the perspective of users (i.e. the parties) and other stakeholders (e.g. the public).

Topics and issues which may merit discussion include:

  • The use of arbitration to resolve climate change related disputes , and compared with the proposal of the IBA Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights to establish an International Court for the Environment

  • The use of arbitration to resolve disputes relating to human rights, in particular proposals to adapt the UNCITRAL Rules for use in cases involving allegations of business-related human rights abuse

  • The "backlash" against investment arbitration in particular as it relates to concerns regarding transparency, bias and alleged failures to take account of the public interest in investment disputes

  • Whether the "truth and reconciliation" function of judicial processes can be accommodated within an arbitral process

Tomas Furlong, Herbert Smith Freehills

Antony Crockett, Herbert Smith Freehills
Diane Desierto, Desierto & Desierto
Anya George, Schellenberg Wittmer
Thomas Snider, Al Tamimi & Co

11.15: Coffee break 

11.45: The debate 

An Oxford Union-style debate before a panel of three judges.

Motion: [This house believes that] After a decade of innovation the arbitration community still aren't providing what users want.

Sapna Jhangiani, Clyde & Co

Mariel Dimsey, CMS Hasche Sigle
Sheila Ahuja, Allen & Overy
Olga Boltenko, Fangda Partners
Robert Kirkness, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Rishab Gupta, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas
Edwina Kwan, King & Wood Mallesons
Seungmin Lee, Shin & Kim

13.00: Chairs’ closing remarks

Tomas Furlong, Herbert Smith Freehills
Sapna Jhangiani, Clyde & Co

13.10 onwards: Networking lunch sponsored by Clyde & Co

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