YAI Talks # D.C.

in Washington, D.C., USA

Offices of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
777 6th Street, N.W., 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20001

Registration begins at 9:45 am.

Past Event


Presented by the ITA Young Arbitrators Initiative (YAI)

Sponsored by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

YAI TALKS are a series of local events presenting talks, workshops or interviews that cover a wide range of subjects relating to arbitration, aimed to learning, provoking conversation and sharing knowledge and experiences among young practitioners. Our kick-off event will start in D.C. and will continue in a different location quarterly.


  • Thursday, May 12, 2016 (10.00 am - 12-30 pm)


  • Free, including brunch

Schedule and Faculty

9:45 am

Arrival and Registration

10:00 am

Welcome and kick-off YAI Talks

  • Montserrat Manzano, Chair, ITA YAI, Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City
  • Silvia Marchili, Vice Chair, ITA YAI, King & Spalding, Houston

10:10 am

Claims by dual nationals against countries of their own nationality.

In Serafín García’s Decision on Jurisdiction (December 14, 2014), the tribunal held that two dual nationals of Spain and Venezuela could bring investment claims against Venezuela under the Spain-Venezuela BIT in an UNCITRAL arbitration. What are the particulars of this case that led the Tribunal to allow for the dual national claims to proceed? Should we expect similar rulings from other tribunals and an uptick in claims filed by dual nationals against their own states? The panel will discuss these and other related topics involving claims by dual nationals against countries of their own nationality.

Moderator: David Orta, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Washington, D.C.


  • Catherine Kettlewell, Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.
  • Patrick T. Childress, Sidley Austin, Washington, D.C.
  • Michelle Grando, White & Case, Washington, D.C.

11:00 am

Coffee break

11:10 am

Collection of ICSID awards.

The recent Dutch court decision regarding the Yukos award focuses attention on the difficulties associated with collecting an investment treaty award against a sovereign government and what steps should be taken by an investor to best lay the groundwork for collecting on an award. The panel will discuss some of the recent cases regarding collection of ICSID awards and techniques utilized by counsel to position their clients for obtaining payment of investment treaty awards.

Moderator: Michael Nolan, Milbank Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Washington, D.C.


  • Sara K. McBrearty, King & Spalding, Houston
  • Isaiah Soval-Levine, Derains & Gharavi PLLC, Washington, D.C.
  • Hugh Carlson, Three Crowns, Washington, D.C.

11:55 am

Closing Remarks

12:00 pm


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