Fourteenth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration: A Debate & Discussion – “Evidence of Systemic Reform; True or False?”

Tuesday 31 March 2020, Washington D.C
Crowell & Moring LLP
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004


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Fourteenth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration

*Fourteenth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration

*ONLY available to Full-Time Academics, Government Employees, and Full-Time In-House Corporate Counsel.

Financial Aid:
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Continuing Legal Education: Earn 7 hours of NYS CLE credit (transitional and non-transitional) in the Areas of Professional Practice.

Student Rate:
For full-time students only; e-mail copy of current student ID with registration form to: for current rate and questions.

Fee includes:

Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law - Volume 10

Written course materials, a copy of the  Investment Treaty Arbitration, Volume 14, when published, refreshments at breaks, luncheon, and a drinks reception following the program. The fee does not include accommodations.


JURIS’ 14th Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference: A Debate & Discussion, tackles four questions of systemic reform currently under consideration in various fora. Following a true/false format, authors and panelists consider everything from whether the revised investment chapter in the new NAFTA represents a paradigmatic shift for the US Government to proposed proscriptions on double-hatting and proposed prescriptions for security for costs orders. The discussion and debate for each topic promises to be as lively and enlightening as ever!

08:00 – 09:00 Networking Registration – coffee and tea upon arrival

09:00 – 10:30 Session 1. True or False: The USMCA Chapter on Investment Represents the New State-of-the-Art in Investment Protection Treaties.

Moderator: TBA

Authors:Jennifer Ivers – White & Case (DC)
Kate McNulty – Covington (DC)

Panelists: Devin Bray – De Brauw (Amsterdam)
Ted Posner – Weil (DC)
Jennifer Thornton – Arent Fox (DC)
Elizabeth Whitsitt – University of Calgary Faculty of Law

10:30 – 10:45     Networking Coffee/Tea Break

10:45 – 12:15 Session 2. True or False: The Time has Come to Outlaw Double-Hatting?

Moderator: George Ruttinger – Crowell Moring (DC)

Authors: Katelyn Horne – Arnold and Porter (DC)
Guled Yusuf – Allen and Overy (London)

Panelists: Paolo Di Rosa – Arnold and Porter (DC)
Ian Laird – Crowell Moring, and JURIS Conference Co-Chair Emeritus (DC)
Danielle Morris – WilmerHale (DC)
Fernando Tupa – Curtis Mallet (Buenos Aires)

12:15 – 13:15     Networking Lunch

13:15 – 13:45     Keynote Luncheon Address: Lucinda Low – Steptoe (DC)

13:45 – 15:15 Session 3. True or False: Security for Costs Should be Mandated for Investor-State Arbitration?

Moderator: TBA

Authors: Carlos Guzmán – Squire Patton Boggs (DC)
Matilde Flores – Chaffetz Lindsey

Panelists: Jeffery Commission – Burford Capital
Lindsay Gastrell – ICSID
Miriam Harwood – Squire Patton Boggs (DC)
Frédéric Sourgens – Washburn University School of Law

15:15 – 15:30 Networking Coffee/Tea Break

15:30 – 17:00 Session 4. True or False: Thanks to Reforms Proposed Under the Auspices of the ICSID and UNCITRAL, Investor-State Dispute Settlement is Finally Headed in the Right Direction?

Moderator: TBA

Authors: Eva Chan – Skadden (NYC)
John Laird – Crowell & Moring (DC)

Panelists: Joshua Fellenbaum – Fieldfisher (London)
Mark Kantor – Independent Arbitrator
Frauke Nitschke – ICSID
Don Wallace – International Law Institute
Diora Ziyaeva – Dentons (NYC)

17:00 – 18:00 Cocktail Reception


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