Fifteenth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration: A Debate & Discussion; 4-Session WebConference

hosted on Zoom by JURIS Conferences.
Each 90 minute session will be held at the same time on
May 4, May 13, May 18, and May 25; with a bonus Keynote Address by
Annette Magnusson on May 11.
The full program is described further below.


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Purchasing registration for Sessions I-IV includes one year of complimentary access to the Investment Treaty Arbitration Library, an online library available on JURIS’s Arbitration Law database that includes access to all Volumes of the Investment Arbitration and International Law series, as well as recordings of the 14th and 15th Investment Treaty Arbitration Webinars.

Purchasing registration for an individual session includes a digital PDF book copy of Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law – Volume 15. It will be produced following the webinar and purchasers of an individual session will be sent instructions on how to download.

Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law - Volume 10

Financial Aid

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

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NYS CLE credit (non-traditional) in the Areas of Professional Practice (1.5 hours for an individual session and 1 hour for Keynote Address; 7 hours for the full Conference) and a general certificate of attendance will be provided upon receiving signed Attorney Affirmation Form and attendance is verified. You may submit form and any questions regarding CLE to:

Session I (May 4, 2021): Click here to download the Attorney Affirmation Form
Session II (May 13, 2021 ): Click here to download the Attorney Affirmation Form
Session III (May 18, 2021): Click here to download the Attorney Affirmation Form
Session IV (May 25, 2021): Click here to download the Attorney Affirmation Form

Conference Chairs

Todd Weiler launched JURIS’s Investment Treaty Arbitration 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, of 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.


The 15th 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:

Session I

(4 May 2021) Session I – The ICSID/UNCITRAL Draft Code of Conduct for Arbitrators: Voluntary or Mandatory?

Stephen Jagusch – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (London)

Voluntary: Mercy Okiro – Mount Kenya University School of Law
Mandatory: Namrata Shah – Rashmikant and Partners (Mumbai)

Mohamed Abdel Wahab – Zulficar & Partners (Cairo)
Hafez Virjee – Independent Arbitrator
Rekha Rangachari – New York International Arbitration Center
John Fellas – Independent Arbitrator

Complimentary Keynote Address – May 11

Annette Magnusson – Co-founder, Climate Change Counsel

Session II

(13 May 2021) Session II – Yes or no: the global SARS-COVID-19 pandemic should have no impact on the valuation of expropriations that occurred before 2020?

Sabine Konrad – Morgan Lewis (Frankfurt)

No: Elizabeth Chan – Three Crowns (London)
Yes: Alex Witt – Arnold & Porter (London)

Isabel Kunsman – Alix Partners (Washington, DC)
Tina Cicchetti – Independent Arbitrator
Robert Volterra – Volterra Fietta (London)
Funke Adekoya – AELEX (Lagos)

Session III

(18 May 2021) Session III – Better or worse: comparing the new model BITs of India, Colombia, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands with their respective predecessors or older treaties?

Freya Baetens – Leiden University

Better: Cherine Foty – Jones Day (Paris)
Worse: Paola Patarroyo – Esguerra Asesores Jurídicos (Bogota)

Martina Polasek – ICSID
Melida Hodgson – Jenner & Block (New York)
Crina Baltag – Stockholm University
Ian Laird – Crowell Morning (Washington, DC)

Session IV

(25 May 2021) Session IV – Focus on Substance v. Dispute Resolution Forum: What is the best way to go about the ISDS Reform Process

Tai-Heng Cheng – Sidley Austin (New York, Singapore)

True:  Ibrahim Shehata – Shehata & Partners (Cairo)
False: Sudhanshu Roy – Foley Hoag (Washington, DC)

Nicole Silver – Greenberg Taurig (Washington, DC)
Julie Bedard – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York)
Chiann Bao – Independent Arbitrator
Freddy Sourgens – Washburn University


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