Arbitration Reform in Practice – What Changes?

17th ITA-ASIL Conference

in Washington, D.C., USA

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

The ½-day ITA-ASIL Conference is presented annually in Washington, D.C. by the ITA Academic Council with the American Society for International Law (ASIL) immediately preceding the ASIL Annual Meeting. Scholarship is a hallmark of this conference. The conference concludes with a networking luncheon.

The conference is a unique opportunity to hear from reformers and practitioners in dialogue with one another on the future of international arbitration.  The panelists will approach this much discussed topic in a format of debate and engagement with one another.  We will appraise the many reform processes currently underway in both commercial and investment arbitration from the diverse perspectives of those reforming the system and those who act within it as counsel and users.  What are the main trends and what will be the consequences of these reform efforts on actual practice?  What do stakeholders and practitioners think about these reform efforts?  Have we reached ‘reform fatigue’ and will the reforms already in place satisfy the critics?

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Conference Co-Chairs

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
Professor of Law
Co-Director of the Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS)
Law Faculty, University of Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland

Patrick W. Pearsall
Partner, Chair of Public International Law
Jenner & Block LLP

Washington, D.C.

Schedule and Faculty

8:00 am


Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am


Welcome and Introduction

  • Joseph E. Neuhaus, Chair, ITA Advisory Board
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York City
  • Prof. Sean D. Murphy, President, ASIL
    The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.

9:05 am


Remarks - ISDS Reform: The Long View

What are the long-term goals of those seeking to change how investment disputes are resolved? Should today’s proposed reforms be best understood as seeking to advance lawyerly goals like ‘rule of law’ or ‘sovereign equality’? Or are they really about securing economic fairness or justice in the sense of political economy? Prof. Alvarez will put the reforms being considered in places like UNCITRAL in historical context to consider where we might be going and why.

  • Prof. José E. Alvarez, Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law, New York University School of Law, New York

9:35 am


What Does Reform Look Like? What are the Most Important Issues at Stake?

Commercial and investment arbitration proceedings are presently being considered for reform in many different dimensions. Several initiatives have been taken in various fora (such as the ICC, ICSID, and UNCITRAL) with the aim of improving the procedures at stake. This panel will identify the core features of these reform proposals and discuss how arbitration may evolve as a result. These reforms will also be discussed from the perspective of their impact on approaches to international dispute settlement more broadly.

Introduction and Moderator: Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Co-Chair

Panelists:

  • Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong
  • Anna Joubin-Bret, Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and Director of the International Trade Law Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, Vienna (invited)
  • Meg Kinnear, Vice President and Secretary-General, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Washington, D.C.
  • Marek Krasula, Counsel, SICANA, Inc., ICC International Court of Arbitration, New York

Roundtable and Q&A

10:45 am


Break

11:15 am


Reform in Practice: A Roundtable Discussion

How will the various reform efforts currently ongoing in various fora impact practitioners and users of international arbitration? Are the reforms contemplated sufficient to quell the scepticism of many regarding private international dispute resolutions legitimacy? The panel will take up some of the themes discussed in the first session and debate whether we have come far enough, whether and to what extent more reform is necessary, and how the reforms contemplated may impact the practice of arbitration in the years to come.

Introduction and Moderator: Patrick W. Pearsall, Co-Chair

Panelists:

  • Simon Lester, Associate Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Gaela Gehring Flores, Partner, Arnold & Porter, Washington D.C.
  • Ana Maria Ordoñez, Director of Agencia Nacional de Defensa Juridica del Estadio, Republic of Colombia (invited)

Roundtable and Q&A

12:25 pm


Concluding Remarks

  • Prof. Chiara Giorgetti, Chair, ITA Academic Council
    University of Richmond School of Law, Washington, D.C.

12:30 - 2:00 pm


Luncheon

A Conversation with

The Hon. Gabrielle Kirk McDonald
President, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Former Judge, Iran–United States Claims Tribunal
The Hague

Interviewed by

Prof. Victoria S. Sahani
Professor of Law
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ

This interview is the latest in a series organized by the ITA Academic Council to record the evolution of modern international arbitration in the words of those who have led it.

For information and to register for the 114th ASIL Annual Meeting, April 1-4, 2020, also presented at The Washington Hilton Hotel, please visit: www.asil.org/annualmeeting.

Hotel Information

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009. You may book, modify, or cancel hotel reservations online. The reduced conference room rate is $169 + applicable taxes/night. We anticipate the room block will sell out, so we encourage you to make your reservation early. 

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CLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 2.75 hours, no ethics. Course ID Number: 174079586. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

For this conference, ITA will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. Attorneys filing by self-submission in certain states may be required to pay an additional fee. ITA conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Lanyard Sponsorship (Exclusive) - $3,500

  • Exposure to thousands of ITA and ASIL constituents
  • Recognition as a Sponsor on the conference websites, in the conference brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference
  • Name/logo on the conference name badge lanyard
  • Name/logo on the conference website with link to firm/company page
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the conference
  • Post-conference recognition at ITA’s website and in its quarterly News & Notes

Conference Luncheon - $2,500 each

  • Exposure to thousands of ITA and ASIL constituents
  • Recognition as a Sponsor on the conference websites, in the conference brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference
  • Name/logo on the conference website with link to firm/company page
  • Recognition at the Luncheon
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the conference
  • Up to 3 complimentary guests at the Luncheon
  • Space for promotional materials at the conference
  • Post-conference recognition at ITA’s website and in its quarterly News & Notes

Conference Breakfast and Coffee Breaks - $2,000 each

  • Exposure to thousands of ITA and ASIL constituents
  • Recognition as a Sponsor on the conference websites, in the conference brochure, in e-marketing and at the conference
  • Name/logo on the conference website with link to firm/company page
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the conference
  • Space for promotional materials at the conference
  • Post-conference recognition at ITA’s website and in its quarterly News & Notes

Exhibitor - $1,500 each

  • Space to display company/firm materials at the conference.
  • Name/logo on Conference website with link to company page.
  • Post-conference recognition on the ITA website and in its newsletter, News and Notes

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