Paul Friedland

White & Case

Paul Friedland is a partner in White & Case's New York office and global head (since 2002) of the Firm's International Arbitration Practice Group, which comprises 175 lawyers and is ranked No.1 by Chambers and Global Arbitration Review. Paul has served as counsel or as arbitrator in numerous international arbitrations, both commercial and investor-state, and is repeatedly ranked among the world's leading arbitration practitioners. 

Karyl Nairn QC

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Karyl Nairn is global co-head of Skadden’s International Litigation and Arbitration Group. She focuses on complex international commercial arbitration and litigation, as well as investment treaty arbitration, acting for governments and corporations across a range of industry sectors, including finance and banking, oil and gas, commodities, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications.

Keynote Speaker

Dame Elizabeth Gloster

One Essex Court

Dame Elizabeth Gloster practised as a commercial and Chancery QC at One Essex Court from 1991 until 2004, before accepting an appointment as a High Court judge, becoming the first woman to be appointed a judge of the Commercial Court. She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2013 and became Vice-President of the Civil Division of that Court in 2016. Since retiring from the Court of Appeal in 2018, Liz has returned to One Essex Court to practise as a full-time commercial arbitrator.


Ania Farren

Vannin Capital

Judith Gill QC

20 Essex Street

Lord Goldsmith QC

Debevoise & Plimpton

Bernard Hanotiau

Hanotiau & van den Berg

Christopher Harris QC

3 Verulam Buildings

Laurent Lévy

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

Robert Pé

Arbitration Chambers

Sat Plaha


Noradèle Radjai


Audley Sheppard QC

Clifford Chance

Laurence Shore


May Tai

Herbert Smith Freehills

Fang Zhao

Hui Zhong law Firm


14.00: Light lunch and registration

14.30: Chairs’ opening remarks
Paul Friedland, White & Case
Karyl Nairn QC, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

14.40: Keynote address
Dame Elizabeth Gloster, One Essex Court

15.10: Session one: The GAR Live debate

In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion. A panel of judges will then voice opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

Motion: “This House believes that an increasingly populist world is bad for arbitration”

Judith Gill QC, 20 Essex Street Chambers
Bernard Hanotiau, Hanotiau & van den Berg
Laurent Lévy, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

Lord Goldsmith QC, Debevoise & Plimpton
Christopher Harris QC, 3 Verulam Buildings

Noradèle Radjai, LALIVE
Laurence Shore, BonelliErede 

16.10: Coffee break

16.40: Session two: Will International Arbitration lose to China’s “International Courts” in the race to capture Belt & Road disputes?

As the pace increases in the race to capture Belt & Road initiative disputes, our panel of arbitrators and counsel will discuss arbitration’s ability to keep up with the challenge posed by China’s “international courts”. Can arbitration remain an attractive option in settling disputes? Is arbitration vulnerable to losses in the face of China’s changing system?

Audley Sheppard QC, Clifford Chance

Ania Farren, Vannin Capital
Robert Pé, Arbitration Chambers
Sat Plaha, BDO
May Tai, Herbert Smith Freehills
Fang Zhao, Hui Zhong Law Firm

17.35: Chairs’ closing remarks
Paul Friedland, White & Case
Karyl Nairn QC, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

17.40: Close of conference

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