Thursday 10 September 2020, 12pm BST, Zoom

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Bernard Hanotiau

Hanotiau & van den Berg

Bernard Hanotiau is a member of the Brussels and Paris Bars. He is also professor emeritus of international law from the University of Louvain. Since 1978, he has been involved in hundreds of arbitration cases as party-appointed arbitrator, chairman, sole arbitrator, counsel and expert in all parts of the world, according to the rules of most arbitral institutions and the Uncitral Rules.

In March 2011, Mr. Hanotiau received the GAR “Arbitrator of the Year” award. In April 2016, he also received the Who’s Who Legal “Lawyer of the Year” for Arbitration award.

Carolyn Lamm

White & Case

“Carolyn Lamm is one of the ‘firm’s most well-known names for international arbitration’ and ‘one of the best arbitration lawyers.’ Clients say: ‘She is superwoman! She’s fabulous and you could not find a better counsel.’”

Carolyn Lamm regularly serves as lead counsel in high-stakes, cutting-edge cases, successfully resolving significant international arbitrations involving international corporations and sovereign clients. She also serves as lead counsel in arbitration-related litigation. 


Chiann Bao

Arbitration Chambers

Yas Banifatemi

Shearman & Sterling

Klaus Peter Berger

Independent Arbitrator

Christiane Deniger

Burford Capital

Yves Derains

Derains & Gharavi

John Fellas

Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Cesare Jermini

Bär & Karrer

Mark Kantor

Independent Arbitrator

Peter Leaver QC

One Essex Court

Clotilde Lemarié

Pinsent Masons

Michael Mcilwrath

Baker Hughes

Wendy Miles QC

Twenty Essex

Ed Poulton

Baker McKenzie

Klaus Reichert SC

Brick Court Chambers

Christophe Seraglini

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Emanuela Truffo

Studio Legale Jacobacci

Baiju Vasani

Ivanyan and Partners


11:45-12:00: Log in/ Registration

12:00-12:25: Fireside chat with arbitrators

After six months working in an entirely new way, we interview three leading figures about their recent experiences and explore the question of whether the practice of arbitration is entering a totally new era.

Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers

Yves Derains, Derains & Gharavi
Bernard Hanotiau, Hanotiau & van den Berg
Carolyn Lamm, White & Case

12:25-13:15: Working in the virtual world: new bones of contention – arbitrators vs. counsel

There’s been lots of discussion about how to set up virtual hearings, but very little deliberation about everything that goes before that in the new more virtual era. Yet if anything – it’s preparation that’s causing greater pain, at least to those at the coal face. In this session counsel, arbitrators and clients will discuss some of the bones of contention that are starting to emerge when it comes to case preparation, timetables and procedural questions caused by covid-19, and what amounts to a reasonable request.

In particular, they are expected to discuss:

  • What are the real challenges posed by covid-19?
  • Which of these are not sufficiently acknowledged by arbitrators or other stakeholders?
  • What solutions has anyone found?
  • Are arbitrators flexible enough in the face of reasonable e-working related requests?
  • The art of advocacy in the virtual environment

Mark Kantor, Independent Arbitrator 

Yas Banifatemi, Shearman & Sterling
Christiane Deniger, Burford Capital
Michael Mcilwrath, Baker Hughes

13:15-13:30 Break

13:30-14:15: The GAR Live Question Time

This session provides an opportunity for the audience to pose questions directly to an esteemed panel of arbitrators and advocates. Questions can be on any of the burning issues of the day but a portion of the time will be devoted to the legal theories arising from COVID-19 cases.

Peter Leaver QC, One Essex Court

Klaus Peter Berger, Independent Arbitrator
Cesare Jermini, Bär & Karrer
Christophe Seraglini, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Emanuela Truffo, Studio Legale Jacobacci

14:15-15:00: The GAR Live Debate: This house believes that most cases don’t need an oral hearing

In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion. Our judges will then grill our debaters on their stated positions before deliberating and delivering their verdicts. In a twist from the norm, our audience will act as the third and final judge and via live polling cast their vote on the motion.  

Klaus Reichert SC, Brick Court Chambers

John Fellas, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Clotilde Lemarié, Pinsent Masons
Baiju Vasani, Ivanyan and Partners
Ed Poulton, Baker McKenzie
Wendy Miles QC, Twenty Essex

15:00-15:30: Networking


  • “The quality of discussion was very good and I found the topics very relevant.” - Christopher Ojo, Bayo Ojo & Co

  • “Excellent quality of discussions and topics.” - Dele Sanya Juliuson, Association of Certified Commercial Diplomats

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price
Tier 1 £150
Tier 2 £200


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