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

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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.

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

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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.

Conference Chairs

Todd Weiler’s practice has focused exclusively on international investment law and arbitration since being called to the bar of Ontario in 1999. He received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Waterloo (Canada), a M.A. and LL.B. from Western University (Canada), a LL.M. from the University of Ottawa, and a LL.M. and S.J.D. from the University of Michigan.  He is also currently pursuing a Ph.D. in international and transnational history at Western University.  From 1990 to 1996, he performed policy analysis for various departments of the Government of Canada and from 1997 to 1998 he clerked for Mr. Justice Howard Wetston at the Federal Court of Canada.  In addition to inaugurating Juris’s conference and book series on international investment law and arbitration, Dr. Weiler is also a co-founder of both, managed by Oxford University Press, and the Society of International Economic Law. 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.

Meriam Al-Rashid is a Partner in Dentons’ New York office.  She is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group where she focuses on international and commercial arbitration and risk management, covering various industries across the globe, including infrastructure, oil and gas, mineral resources, hospitality and real estate.  Her experience includes participation in arbitration before the ICDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICC, ICSID and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague. Ms. Al-Rashid acts as arbitrator on commercial and investor-state disputes primarily involving parties from the Middle East and North Africa.  She has served as counsel in disputes and transactions involving parties from Libya, South Africa, Iraq, Republic of Austria, the United Kingdom, and the United States among many others.

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.

Miriam K. Harwood is Co-Head of the Squire Patton Boggs  Investment Arbitration practice and a Partner in the world-ranked International Dispute Resolution Practice Group, based in the firm’s New York office. Her work in international arbitration includes commercial disputes and investment treaty claims on behalf of foreign states, governmental agencies and private entities in a broad array of cases. She has handled arbitrations under the authority of major international arbitral organizations, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), and under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade and Law (UNCITRAL).


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: Michael Nolan – Milbank Tweed (DC)

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: Timothy Nelson – Skadden (New York)

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, and JURIS Conference Co-Chair Emeritus

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: José Antonio Rivas – Independent Counsel (DC)

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

Panelists: Joshua Fellenbaum – Fieldfisher (London)
Mark Kantor – Independent Arbitrator
Martina Polasek – ICSID
Diora Ziyaeva – Dentons (NYC)

17:00 – 18:00 Cocktail Reception


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