Fifth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference – April 5, 2011

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington DC 20036

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The Future of ICSID?

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), located in Washington, DC, is the leading international arbitration institution devoted to investor-State dispute settlement.  In over forty years of operation, ICSID has been at the forefront of new developments in this fascinating and growing field of international law and dispute resolution.  ICSID, like all international institutions, has been buffeted by the winds of change, and in particular by the exponential growth of international foreign direct investment.  Although the past ten years has witnessed significant growth and developments in ICSID arbitration, some of the fundamental issues facing arbitrators, practitioners and academics continue to be the topic of heated debate.  The future of ICSID, including its essential place in global economic development and its support for rule of law, is the topic of our fifth annual conference.

This conference continues our tradition of focusing on four topical and pressing issues – by establishing a dialogue between some of the brightest new stars in the field and some of its most seasoned practitioners.  Eight up-and-comers are preparing papers on four of the most controversial and important issues in international investment law today.  On the 5 April 2011, our young authors will pair up to defend their positions before a panel of arbitrators, arbitration specialists and experts in international investment law.  The discussion and debate that will follow is sure to be of tremendous value to the international business lawyer, litigation specialist or trade and investment law policy expert.


Ian A. Laird is Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring. His practice is focused in the field of international investment law and arbitration. He is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of

Todd Weiler is an investment treaty counsel and arbitrator and noted expert on NAFTA Chapter 11. He is the co-founder of and the publisher of

Luncheon Speaker:  Meg Kinnear is the Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment disputes (ICSID). The former Senior General Counsel and Director General of the Trade Law Bureau of Canada, a joint legal unit of the Department of Justice and of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, Ms. Kinnear was responsible for the conduct of all international investment and trade litigation involving Canada. She was also responsible for legal support for investment and trade treaty negotiations and for the implementation of such treaties.


Catherine M. Amirfar is a Partner in the Litigation Department in Debevoise & Plimpton’s New York office. Her practice focuses on international litigation and arbitration and commercial litigation. She routinely acts as counsel in complex arbitration cases, and her recent representations include disputes involving Latin America and disputes dealing with the gas and energy and financial industry sectors.

Freya Baetens is an Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Leiden University. She is an Executive Board Member of the Society of International Economic Law and Fellow of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. Ms. Baetens has assisted several arbitration tribunals and regularly contributed to expert opinions.

Nigel Blackaby is a Partner in international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and is Head of the firm’s Latin America dispute resolution group, based in Washington, D.C.  He acts as counsel and arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations with a particular focus on Latin American commercial arbitration and arbitrations under investment treaties.

John Crook teaches arbitration at George Washington University Law School and has been an arbitrator on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission and under NAFTA. He was a United States Agent at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal and helped to create the United Nations Compensation. He has appeared in several ICJ cases and written extensively on dispute settlement. Mr. Crook was recently nominated as vice-president of the ASIL.

John Fellas is a Partner in the New York office of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed where his areas of concentration are international commercial litigation and arbitration, securities and intellectual property. He is recognized by Chambers Global and Chamber USA (International Arbitration) as “one of the most effective practitioners in the United States”. His memberships include London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Panel of International Arbitrators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Panel of International Arbitrators and Conciliators, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) among others.

Joshua Fellenbaum is an Attorney in the Stockholm office of Mannheimer Swartling. He is a member of their Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focuses on international dispute resolution issues, with a particular emphasis on State responsibility, infrastructure and general commercial issues. He has been involved in cases under institutional arbitration organizations including the ICC, LCIA and SCC rules. Mr. Fellenbaum has also been involved in ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL rules and Swedish arbitration law.

Gonzalo Flores serves as Senior Counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the World Bank Group’s organization that provides facilities for the conciliation and arbitration of investment disputes between States and foreign nationals. In this capacity, Mr. Flores has served as Secretary of the Tribunal in numerous ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitral proceedings instituted under the ICSID Convention, The ICSID Facility Rules and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

Oscar Garibaldi is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP. He is trained as a common-law, civil-law and public international –law lawyer. His current practice is centered on international arbitration and international litigation. Mr. Garibaldi specializes in investor-State dispute resolution and also represents clients in international commercial arbitration and trade disputes.

Christopher Gibson is an Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School. He is an expert in international law, international arbitration and international intellectual property issues. Before joining Suffolk University Law School, Professor Gibson was a partner in the London office of Steptoe & Johnson, where he specialized in the area of international arbitration, as well as international intellectual property and technology disputes and transactions. He is actively involved in international arbitrations and has sat as an arbitrator under the ICC, AAA, UNCITRAL, UDRP and Nominet DRS rules.

Miriam K. Harwood is a Partner in the International Arbitration group of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle’s New York office. Her practice focuses on international commercial arbitration, particularly as counsel for foreign states, state-owned entities and governmental agencies. She has acted as counsel in arbitrations conducted in the United States and abroad, and has appeared in proceedings before the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Sungjin Kang is an assistant in Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton’s Brussels office. He practices international economic law and EU law (trade and competition law). Mr. Kang has published numerous articles on various aspects of international economic law.

Sabine Konrad is a Partner in the Frankfurt office of K & L Gates. Her principal area of practice is international dispute resolution, in particular international arbitration and public international law. She regularly advises investors and governments in matters of investment protection. Ms. Konrad was designated by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Panel of Arbitrators of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Silvia Marchili is a foreign legal consultant in King & Spalding’s Houston office for the International Arbitration Group. Her practice focuses on representing global companies in complex international arbitration cases against foreign governments before the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and other arbitration institutions.

Jennifer Haworth McCandless is a Partner in Sidley Austin’s Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice in the area of international dispute resolution, including international arbitration and disputes before the World Trade Organization (WTO). She has advised and represented private and sovereign clients in proceedings before ICSID, as well as in ad-hoc arbitration such as under UNCITRAL. In addition, she has counseled clients on the selection of arbitration clauses to be included in investment treaties and in international commercial agreements.

Wendy J. Miles is a Partner in the Litigation/controversy Department in Wilmer Hales’ London office. Her practice focuses on international dispute resolution dealing with both private and public international law issues. She has acted as advisor and advocate for a number of international companies and states or state parties in arbitration proceedings conducted in various jurisdictions. Ms Miles regularly acts as counsel in international arbitration proceedings administered under various international arbitral institutions and rules, including the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, PCA and UNCITRAL. She also sits as arbitrator in international commercial disputes, often involving English governing law and situs, between Asian-Pacific and European parties.

Timothy G. Nelson, is a Partner in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s New York office. He has represented clients in arbitration before international and domestic arbitral bodies, such as the AAA, ICDR, ICC, ICSID among others. Mr. Nelson is a member of the ABA-ASIL Joint Task Force on Treaties in U.S. Law.

Michael  D. Nolan is a Partner with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Nolan’s practice has a particular focus on international arbitration and litigation. He has represented clients or served as arbitrator in cases under AAA, ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and other rules. Mr. Nolan has represented both investors and states in arbitrations pursuant to bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty.

Federico Ortino is Reader in International Economic Law in the School of Law at King’s college London. He is a member of the ILA Committee on International Trade Law, a founding Committee Member of the Society of International Economic Law and a consultative member of the Investment Treaty Forum. From 2006 through 2008 he was a co-rapporteur to the ILA Committee on the Law of Foreign Investment.

Martins Paparinskis is a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, University of Oxford. He conducts research in the area of investment protection law. His forthcoming publications include a monograph on international minimum standard and fair and equitable treatment and a collection of documents in international investment protection.

Antonio Parra is the Honorary Secretary General of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). He served as the Secretary General of ICCA from 2004 to 2010. Currently a consultant with the World Bank, he was previously with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) serving as Senior Counsel, Legal Adviser and Deputy Secretary-General. At the World Bank and ICSID, he took part in the preparation of the Convention Establishing the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency and the formulation of the World Bank Guidelines on the Treatment of Foreign Direct Investment.

Philippe Pinsolle is a Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group. He has acted as Counsel in more than 120 international arbitrations, with a particular focus on investor-State arbitrations and commercial disputes involving industries such as oil and gas, energy, construction and defense. Mr. Pinsolle regularly acts as chairman, sole arbitrator and party appointed arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional international arbitrations.

Jeffrey A. Rosenthal is a Partner in the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. His practice focuses on general commercial and international arbitration and litigation. He has represented numerous foreign and domestic entities before a wide variety of judicial and arbitral bodies. Mr. Rosenthal has arbitrated cases through merit hearings concerning international joint venture disputes, bilateral investment treaty disputes and tort law, intellectual property, and maritime issues.

Borzu Sabahi is Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Fulbright & Jaworski. He primarily works in the area of international arbitration. He has worked on arbitration cases involving energy, satellite television, licensing, foreign investment and allocation of water under major arbitration rules. Mr. Sabahi also advises on various pre-dispute matters such as the choice of dispute settlement methods, arbitration clauses, applicable law, and structuring investments to take advantage of investment treaties.

Constantinos Salonidis is a Greek attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Foley Hoag in their international arbitration and litigation group. His practice focuses on international dispute resolution, especially in cases involving the representation of sovereign clients before the International Court of Justice and arbitration panels administered under the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, the UNCITRAL and ICC Arbitration Rules.

Marco E. Schnabl is a Partner in the international arbitration and litigation groups of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, based in the New York City office. He has appeared for claimants and respondents in proceedings before the leading international arbitral institutions including several involving investment treaty arbitrations.

Mara V.J. Senn is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Arnold & Porter. She is a member of Arnold & Porter’s international arbitration group. She has litigated cases in United States District courts, Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court, in addition to a variety of international for a including ICSID.

Margrete Stevens is a consultant in King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C. office working on investment treaty claims with the firm’s International Arbitration group. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Ms. Stevens worked for nearly 20 years at the World Bank Group’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), where she served as Senior Counsel.

Claire Stockford is a counsel in the London office of Crowell & Moring and a member of the International Dispute Resolution and Antitrust Recovery practice groups. Her practice encompasses all forms of commercial dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation, as well as damages claims arising from cartel activity. Ms. Stockford specializes in complex international disputes. She has advised on and represented clients in arbitrations conducted under both institutional, ICC, LCIA and ad hoc rules in London, Geneva and Zurich.

Sylvia Tonova is an Attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of White & Case and practices with the International Arbitration and Litigation Groups. She concentrates her practice on the representation of sovereign States and private clients in investment treaty and commercial arbitration matters. She successfully represented Bulgaria in Plama Consortium Limited v Republic of Bulgaria before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in an arbitration of a dispute arising under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Baiju S. Vasani is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. and London offices of Crowell & Moring’s International Dispute Resolution Group. He focuses his practice exclusively on international investment and commercial arbitration covering various industries. He has counseled the Republic of Korea in relation to international dispute resolution under its current and future bilateral and multilateral treaties.


Regular Fee (after 8 March 2011)

$750.00 USD
$475.00 USD for full-time academics, government employees, and in-house counsel.

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Fee includes: Written course materials, a copy of Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law, Volume 5, Todd Weiler & Ian A. Laird, Editors (the proceedings of this conference when published a $125.00 value), refreshments at breaks, luncheon and a drinks reception following the program. The fee does not include accommodations.

Cancellations: 50% of the Symposium fee will be refunded for any cancellation received in writing by Juris Conferences LLC prior to Monday, March 21, 2011. No refund can be made for cancellations received after this date. You are welcome to send a substitute at any time. Please notify us if you plan to send a substitute since updated registration materials will be required.

Earn 7 hours NYS CLE credit hours (transitional and non-transitional) in the Areas of Professional Practice. (see our website for full information)

This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6.00 total CLE hour(s) instruction.


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