Fifteenth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration: A Debate & Discussion – 4-Session Web-Conference

A four-session conference hosted on Zoom by JURIS Conferences.
Sessions will be held at the same time on Tuesdays: May 4, May 11, May 18, and May 25. The full program is described further below.

Registration includes one month of complimentary access to:
JURIS Arbitration Law


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Conference Fee Included:
Conference fee (both individual 1-session and 4-Session) includes conference participation and written course materials, including a copy of the book resulting from this conference: Investment Treaty Arbitration, Volume 15 (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.

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.

Our Financial Aid policy is available here

NYS CLE credit (non-traditional) 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. 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 11, 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 UNCITRAL Draft Code of Conduct for Arbitrators: Voluntary or Mandatory?

Moderator: TBA

Mercy Okiro – Independent Arbitrator (Kenya)
Namrata Shah – Rashmikant and Partners (India)

Panelists: TBA

Session II

(11 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?

Moderator: TBA

Elizabeth Chan – Three Crowns LLP (London)
Alex Witt– Arnold and Porter (London)

Panelists: TBA

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?

Moderator:  TBA

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

Panelists: TBA

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

Moderator: TBA

Ibrahim Shehata – Shehata & Partners (Cairo)
Sudhanshu Roy – Foley Hoag (DC)

Panelists: TBA


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.