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

A four-session conference hosted on Zoom by JURIS Conferences.
(Sessions will be held at the same time on Tuesday May 26th, June 2nd, June 9th, and June 16th.  The full program is described further below)

Session II:

Tuesday 2 June 2020
10:30 AM EST / 4:30 PM CET (1.5 hours)
Zoom Webconference

Registration Includes One Month of Complimentary Access to:
JURIS Arbitration Law


Conference Registration Fee (Session II):          $150.00

Please note: Conference registration fee only includes participation in Session 2 in this four-session series of conferences.  Information regarding registration for remaining sessions is forthcoming. If you would like to attend all four sessions, we offer a discounted price for the 4-Session Package:

Conference Registration Fee (All Sessions):          $500.00

Fee includes:
Conference fee includes conference participation and written course materials, including a copy of the book resulting from this conference Investment Treaty Arbitration, Volume 14 (when published).

Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law - Volume 10

The conference registration fee also includes one month of complimentary access to Arbitration Law, a database powered by JURIS covering virtually all forms of international, as well as U.S., arbitration.  Arbitration Law’s digital library, containing 13,500 documents and over 200 proprietary treatises, practice manuals, and monographs, offers exclusive access to comprehensive and authoritative works that analyze all aspects of the arbitral process.  In addition to primary resources, Arbitration Law contains exclusive works contributed by preeminent arbitration practitioners and scholars, including Emmanuel GaillardLawrence NewmanDoak BishopGeorge BermannEdna SussmanLoukas A. MistelisMichael Moser, Lucy ReedLaurence Shore,  and dozens more. Arbitration Law also offers access to 11 of JURIS’ exclusive arbitration journals and their archives, including the Dispute Resolution Journal, American Review of International Arbitration, European International Arbitration Review, World Arbitration and Mediation Review, and more.

Added Video Bonus: Introduction by Todd Weiler of Keynote Address Speaker Lucinda Low – Steptoe & Johnson (DC)

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

Financial Aid:
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Continuing Legal Education:

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NYS CLE credit (nontraditional) in the Areas of Professional Practice (1.5 hours for an individual session; 7 hours for the full 4-Session Conference) and a general certificate of attendance will be provided upon receiving signed Attorney Affirmation Form and attendance is verified. If you need a form or have questions regarding CLE please contact:

Conference Chairs

Todd Weiler launched JURIS’ conference and book series on international investment law and arbitration in 2006. He is a leading expert on international investment law and arbitration, having participated in many dozens of disputes as counsel, expert, or arbitrator since being called to the bar of Ontario in 1999. He holds a M.A. in public policy and a LL.B. from Western University (Canada), a LL.M. in international trade law from the University of Ottawa, and a LL.M. and a S.J.D. in international investment law from the University of Michigan.  He is also currently pursuing a Ph.D. in international and transnational history at Western University.  His name has appeared on the Who’s Who Legal list of leading international arbitration lawyers since 2007 and on the Global Arbitration Review’s list of the world’s leading specialist international arbitration firms, the GAR 100, since 2011.

Kabir Duggal, Arnold & Porter (New York) focuses his practice on international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters, serving both as counsel and arbitrator. Dr. Duggal’s experience includes complex disputes under numerous bilateral/multilateral investment treaties and contracts in South Asia, Latin America, Central Asia, Middle East, Europe, and Africa. His experience flows from his triple training in international law, common law, and civil law traditions. The total value of the disputes he has been involved in exceeds 80 billion dollars. He has facilitated the mediation and negotiation of complex disputes. He also acts as a Consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) on the creation of a novel “Investment Support Program” (which was shortlisted by Global Arbitration Review for the category of “Best Developments” for 2018). He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Investment Support Program. Dr. Duggal is a Lecturer-in-Law at the Columbia Law School, teaching “International Investment Law and Arbitration.” He is also a Course Director and Faculty Member for the Columbia Law School-Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Comprehensive Course on International Arbitration.

Keynote Speaker:

Lucinda Low is a partner in the Washington, D.C. and Hong Kong offices of Steptoe. Ms. Low’s practice includes representing audit committees, boards of directors, and companies in internal, government, and international financial institution audits, investigations, and enforcement matters involving fraud, bribery, corruption, and other compliance issues. Ms. Low is recognized by Chambers market commentators for her “incredible technical proficiency, spectacular advocacy skills, and cultural know-how.” She has particular authority in matters involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, and other international business compliance issues. According to Chambers, clients concur that Ms. Low is “very impressive” and credit her with “an attention to detail that is second to none.” In the FCPA/anti-corruption realm, Ms. Low helps clients develop and implement customized compliance programs tailored to their business risks that meet regulatory expectations, assists with due diligence in M&A and other transactions, provides risk-mitigation and risk assessment strategy, conducts internal investigations, and defends clients in government investigation and enforcement matters, including multijurisdictional investigations. She also has significant experience in investment disputes between foreign investors and host governments, and commercial arbitration, including serving as counsel, arbitrator, and an expert witness. Ms. Low is a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Integrity (formerly known as Transparency International – USA) and the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law. She is a former president of the American Society of International Law and a former chair of the ABA Section of International Law. She was the 2003 recipient of the William Ray Vallance Award presented by the Inter-American Bar Foundation, which is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution toward improving the law and jurisprudence of the Western Hemisphere.


The 14th Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference will tackle four questions of systemic reform currently under consideration in various fora.  Following a true or false format, authors and panelists will consider a range of subjects, including, for example, whether the revised investment chapter in the new NAFTA represents a paradigmatic shift for the U.S. government to proposed prescriptions on double-hatting and security-for-costs orders.

The first session, chaired by Todd Weiler (independent counsel, consultant, expert, and arbitrator) will address whether the new USMCA investment chapter represents the new state-of-the-art in investment protection treaties. Authors Jennifer Ivers (White & Case), Kate McNulty (Covington), and co-author Alyssa Howardhave drafted papers (which will be made available to participants) taking opposing positions.  Panelists Michael Nolan (Milbank LLP), Devin Bray (De Brauw), Ted Posner (Weil), Jennifer Thornton (Arent Fox), and Elizabeth Whitsitt (University of Calgary Faculty of Law), will participate in a round table discussion of the issues raised in each paper.

(26 May 2020) Session I – True or False: The USMCA Chapter on Investment Represents the New State-of-the-Art in Investment Protection Treaties.

Moderator: Todd Weiler – Independent Arbitrator

Jennifer Ivers – White & Case (DC)
Kate McNulty – Covington (DC)
Alyssa Howard (co-author) – White & Case (DC)

Devin Bray – De Brauw (Amsterdam)
Michael Nolan – Milbank Tweed (DC)
Ted Posner – Weil (DC)
Jennifer Thornton – Arent Fox (DC)
Elizabeth Whitsitt – University of Calgary Faculty of Law

(2 June 2020) Session II – True or False: The Time has Come to Outlaw Double-Hatting?

Moderator: George Ruttinger – Crowell Moring (DC)

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

Kabir Duggal – 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)

(9 June 2020) Session III – 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: Meriam Nazih Al-Rashid – Eversheds Sutherland (New York)

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

Joshua Fellenbaum – Fieldfisher (London)
Anna Holloway – ICSID
Mark Kantor – Independent Arbitrator
José Antonio Rivas – Independent Counsel (DC) 
Diora Ziyaeva – Dentons (NYC)

(16 June 2020) Session IV – True or False: Security for Costs Should be Mandated for Investor-State Arbitration?

Moderator: Timothy Nelson – Skadden (New York)

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

Jeffery Commission – Burford Capital
Lindsay Gastrell – Arbitration Chambers
Miriam Harwood – Squire Patton Boggs (DC)
Frédéric Sourgens – Washburn University School of Law, and JURIS Conference Co-Chair Emeritus

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