Sixteenth Annual Leading Arbitrators’ Symposium – Webconference

A four-session conference hosted on Zoom by JURIS Conferences.
(Sessions II-IV will be held at the same time on June 24, July TBA, and August TBA)

Session II:
Wednesday 24 June 2020
1:00 PM-2:30 PM EST / 7:00 PM-8:30 PM CET (1.5 hours)
Zoom Webconference


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Please note: Conference registration fee only includes participation in Session 1 in this four-session series of conferences.  Information regarding registration for remaining sessions is forthcoming.” 

Financial Aid:
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Continuing Legal Education:
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 any questions regarding CLE please contact

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Session I:
Wednesday 20 May 2020
1:00 PM-2:30 PM EST / 7:00 PM-8:30 PM CET (1.5 hours)
Zoom Webconference

Conference Chair

Grant Hanessian is a Partner in the New York office of Baker & McKenzie.  Mr. Hanessian is the U.S. member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, chairman of the Arbitration Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business (U.S. national committee of the ICC) and a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators.  Mr. Hanessian has more than 25 years of experience as counsel and arbitrator in disputes concerning contract, investment treaty, energy, construction, commodities, financial services, insurance, intellectual property and other matters before virtually all of the world’s major arbitration institutions.


Juan Fernández-Armesto (Armesto & Asociados) is an arbitrator specializing in investment and commercial disputes involving states and state-controlled entities.

Emilie Gonin (Doughty Street Chambers) is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in investment treaty arbitration, public international, human rights and commercial arbitration.  Having joined the Bar from the International Arbitration and Public International Law group of a magic circle firm in London, she has developed a full-time practice in these fields.  She is recommended in the Who’s Who Legal for Arbitration at the English Bar and ranked as a future leader. She has represented States, sovereign entities and corporations in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations conducted under all the major arbitration rules (ICSID, ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SCC, UNCITRAL) across a range of sectors. She also appeared as counsel for parties before a number of international courts, including the ICJ, the ECtHR and the CJEU. Being a Paris Bar qualified Avocate à la Cour, Ms Gonin also regularly advises on issues of French law.   She teaches investment treaty arbitration at Sciences Po Paris and speaks fluent French, Italian and German.

Bernard Hanotiau (Hanotiau & van den Berg) is an international arbitrator.  For the last forty years, Mr. Hanotiau has been involved in commercial and investment arbitrations in all parts of the world.

John Judge (Arbitration Place) has appeared as counsel before trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and also before administrative and arbitral tribunals. Mr. Judge is also experienced in international commercial arbitration as counsel and as arbitrator.

Sophie Nappert (3VB) is an arbitrator in independent practice, based in London, and the peer-nominated moderator of OGEMID.  Ms. Nappert completed the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School Programme on Blockchain Strategy and pioneered its scholarship on technology in arbitration with contributions in co-authorship on the impact of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain on the arbitral process.

Craig Miles (King & Spalding) is a Partner in King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Group in their Houston office.  His practice focuses on representing foreign investors in disputes with host governments, primarily before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and private parties in commercial disputes before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and other domestic and international arbitral institutions. 


The Leading Arbitrators Symposium on the Conduct of International Arbitration, an annual highlight of the International Arbitration calendar since 2005, is “going digital.”  On May 20, 2020, we will begin a monthly series of 90-minute conversations with the world’s leading arbitrators.

The first session will consider one of the principal issues confronting the international arbitration community as a result of Covid-19: the increased focus on virtual hearings

Audio and videoconferencing have been available to arbitrators and counsel in international arbitrations for many years.  However, current restrictions on travel and physical gatherings have pushed arbitrators and counsel to confront the possibility of conducting evidentiary hearings entirely by such means.   

Please join us for a lively exploration of this topic on 20 May 2020 from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM EST / 7:00 PM-8:30 PM CET.  This Zoom conference, chaired by Grant Hanessian (Baker & McKenzie, New York), will feature a discussion among Juan Fernández-Armesto (Armesto & Asociados), Bernard Hanotiau (Hanotiau & van den Berg), John Judge (Arbitration Place), Sophie Nappert (3VB), Craig S. Miles (King & Spalding), and
Emilie Gonin (Doughty Street Chambers)

The conference registration fee 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 offers over 13,500 documents.  In addition to primary resources, Arbitration Law contains exclusive works contributed by preeminent arbitration practictioners and scholars, including our esteemed panelists and Emmanuel GaillardLawrence NewmanDoak BishopGeorge BermannEdna SussmanLoukas A. MistelisMichael Moser, Lucy ReedLaurence Shore, Lawrence Newman, and dozens more.  Arbitration Law’s digital library offers exclusive access to comprehensive and authoritative works that analyze all aspects of the arbitral process.