Sixteenth Annual Leading Arbitrators’ Symposium on the Conduct of International Arbitration – 4-session Webconference

A four-session conference hosted on Zoom by JURIS Conferences;
Session recordings available on JURIS’ YouTube Channel


Click here to register for the virtual conference.

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

The conference registration fee includes one month of complimentary access to Arbitration Law, a database powered by JURIS covering virtually all forms of international and 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.

Financial Aid:
Our Financial Aid policy is available here

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 have any questions regarding CLE please contact

Click here to download attorney affirmation forms for CLE credit.
Session I: CLE Attorney Affirmation Form
Session II: CLE Attorney Affirmation Form

To receive CLE credit and a Certificate of Attendance, please complete this form and e-mail it to

Click here to download the Program Evaluation Form for Session II of this conference.

Conference Chair

Grant Hanessian is an independent arbitrator and neutral in New York, specializing in international, investor-state and complex commercial disputes. For more than three decades, Mr. Hanessian has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a wide range of commercial and treaty disputes arising under the laws of many common and civil law countries and public international law. Prior to July 2020, he was a partner at Baker McKenzie, where he practiced for 33 years, and served as global co-head of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice, head of its International Arbitration Practice in North America and head of its New York office Litigation Department.

He is a member of the American Arbitration Association—International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s International Advisory Committee and its Advisory Committee on Brazil, Vice President (for U.S.) of the London Court of Arbitration’s North American Users’ Council, a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s User’s Council, the International Arbitration Club of New York, the Arbitration Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on International Commercial Disputes, Club Español del Arbitraje, the Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance (P.R.I.M.E.) Arbitration Rules Drafting Committee and is a founding board member of the New York International Arbitration Center.

Mr. Hanessian is editor of ICDR Awards and Commentaries Vol. I (Juris Pub. 2012) and Vol. II (forthcoming Juris Pub. 2020) and co-editor of International Arbitration Checklists (Juris Pub., 3rd ed., 2016), Gulf War Claims Reporter (ILI/Kluwer, 1998), Baker & McKenzie’s International Litigation & Arbitration Newsletter (2010-2020) and Baker & McKenzie’s International Arbitration Yearbook (2009-2019). He is Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches the LL.M. International Arbitration Practicum course. He is a frequent speaker at arbitration conferences and law schools around the world and anually lectures at the Columbia University Center on Sustainable Investment’s Executive Training on International Investment Arbitration for Government Officials


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

Session I: The Increased Focus on Virtual Hearings. (Recording)

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.   

Originally hosted on 20 May 2020, this session is available as a recording. To view this recording, please head to Arbitration Law or contact us at This Zoom webconference, chaired by Grant Hanessian (Hanessian ADR, New York), featured a discussion among the following panelists:

Juan Fernández-ArmestoArmesto & Asociados
Bernard HanotiauHanotiau & van den Berg
John JudgeArbitration Place
Sophie Nappert3VB
Craig S. MilesKing & Spalding
Emilie Gonin – Doughty Street Chambers

Session II: Accelerating Change; Will International Arbitrations be Different When the Pandemic is Over? (Recording)

Originally hosted on 24 June 2020 this session is available as a recording
To view this recording, please head to Arbitration Law or contact us at This Zoom webconference, chaired by Grant Hanessian (Hanessian ADR, New York), featured a discussion among the following panelists:

Matthias Scherer (LALIVE)
Adriana Braghetta (Adriana Braghetta Advogados)
Michael Hwang (Michael Hwang Chambers)
Michael McIlwrath (Global Litigation Counsel)
Lucy Reed (Arbitration Chambers)
Laurence Shore (Bonelli Erede Lombardi Pappalardo)

Session II Topics

  • Procedural Conferences and Oral Arguments: 
    • Will it become generally accepted to use videoconferencing for these? 
    • Will there be have more “midstream conferences” (e.g., “Kaplan openings”) by videoconference to identify relevant issues, witnesses and documents and thereby focus subsequent submissions and hearings? 
    • Will we see more requests for summary disposition?  Will arbitrators be more willing to encourage and decide such requests?  Should they be?
  • Evidentiary hearings: 
    • Will the use of videoconferencing accelerate movement towards paperless hearings, as arbitrators, counsel and expert witnesses become more familiar with technology and the use of multiple screens during hearings? 
    • Given “Zoom fatigue”, online hearings, and particularly cross-examinations, have become shorter and more focused. Will this continue for physical hearings when travel resumes? Will arbitrators become more insistent in limiting hearing days?  Would that be a good thing?
    • To deal with the “tyranny of time zones”, will there be asymmetrical hearings (for legal/procedural arguments, the tribunal initially sits with one side at a time, with recordings/transcripts available to other side, followed by shorter reply arguments with all counsel)?
    • Will counsel consider whether certain kinds of fact and expert witnesses better suited to videoconferencing. Is “hot-tubbing” easier by videoconference?
  • Deliberations: Will arbitrators have more availability for deliberations before (“Reed Retreats”) and immediately after hearings conducted by videoconference?  Will it become more common to reconvene the parties for additional argument where post-hearing deliberations reveal theories or arguments the parties have not made?
  • Regional, Cultural, Enforcement Considerations: Do counsel and arbitrators have different views on the above matters based on their jurisdiction? Are civil arbitrators generally better suited to some of these practices than common law arbitrators? Under what circumstances might some national courts decline to enforce virtual awards over a party’s objection, even if the applicable procedural rules permit such hearings?
  • Cost and Efficiency: If there is less travel, will arbitrators be more available?  If the process is more efficient, will clients realize cost savings?

“After-Hours” Meeting

JURIS Conferences will host an “after-hours” meeting on Zoom to serve as a virtual post-conference cocktail hour. This meeting is intended to encourage prolonged discussion in a more informal setting. Participants will receive further information regarding this meeting once they have registered for the conference.

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