Wednesday, 26 September 2018, New York, USA

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Catherine Amirfar

Debevoise & Plimpton

Catherine Amirfar is a litigation partner in the International Dispute Resolution Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Public International Law Group. Her practice focuses on international commercial and treaty arbitration, international and complex commercial litigation, and public international law. Ms. Amirfar regularly represents multinational corporations, sovereigns, and international organizations in U.S. courts and before international arbitration tribunals.

Laura Robertson

Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Arbitration, ConocoPhillips

2017 programme

9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs' opening remarks

Hagit Muriel Elul, Hughes Hubbard & Reed
James Hosking, Chaffetz Lindsey

9.45: Session one: The year in review - arbitration in the age of Trump

All of the developments in international arbitration that you need to know about since GAR's last visit to New York. Including:

  • The rise of nationalism - is it compatible with international dispute resolution?
  • Recent cases and outlook for the new US Supreme Court
  • New York as a seat of arbitration - has the new president created an image problem for the IA business?  An insider's and outsider's perspective

Edward Kehoe, King & Spalding

Alexandra Dosman, New York International Arbitration Center
John Pierce, WilmerHale
Marc Veit, LALIVE
Ina Popova, Debevoise & Plimpton
Julissa Reynoso, Winston & Strawn

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: The GAR Live symposium

Our espresso version of the popular Tylney Hall format.

Rachel Thorn, Cooley
Dana MacGrath, Sidley Austin

12.45: Networking lunch

14.15: Session three: Is arbitration insufficiently predictable?

The panel will address a number of questions, including:

  • Does arbitration have a predictability problem? 
  • What causes the unpredictability?
  • Is appellate arbitration a panacea for unpredictable results?
  • Damages: Are awards impossible to predict?
  • Transparency: Will greater access to awards lead to greater predictability?

Aníbal Sabater, Chaffetz Lindsey

Jean Kalicki, Independent Arbitrator
David Mitchell, BDO
Louise Firestone, SVP and General Counsel, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
George Bermann, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law; Director, Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, Columbia Law School

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Session four: The GAR Live Inquisition - on Making Arbitration Great Again

In a new format for GAR Live, this session will replicate a US senate committee hearing with a succession of witnesses being ‘grilled' by a panel of GAR Live inquisitors, who are seeking to get to the bottom of a problem.

This panel will explore why some clients are abandoning arbitration. And ask: Does arbitration have an attractiveness problem? If so, how can we make it great again?

John Fellas, Hughes Hubbard & Reed
James Hosking, Chaffetz Lindsey
Lucy Greenwood, Independent Arbitrator

Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Caline Mouawad, King & Spalding
Miriam Harwood, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle
Mark Morril, Independent Arbitrator

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

Hagit Muriel Elul, Hughes Hubbard & Reed
James Hosking, Chaffetz Lindsey

17.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to a drinks reception kindly hosted by King & Spalding

New York, USA