Transnational Arbitration

#YoungITATalks - 2023: The Year Ahead in Arbitration

Live Webinar - 12.30 pm -1.30 pm London

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12.30 pm -1.30 pm London

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Join our online event for a round-up of the latest developments in international arbitration, looking ahead to what 2023 has in store. Our speakers will be covering hot topics such as the future of the Energy Charter Treaty, the reforms to investor-State dispute settlement debated by UNCITRAL Working Group III, revising the Arbitration Act 1996, tactical arbitrator challenges and more.

As we enter the New Year, we welcome new voices in international arbitration, giving younger practitioners the opportunity to present and debate the biggest questions in arbitration today. Our audience will have the chance to vote for the trend they believe will come to define 2023.

#YoungITATalks Online is a series of virtual and in-person events presented around the world, featuring talks, workshops or interviews that cover a wide range of subjects relating to arbitration. The #YoungITATalks series is designed for education, conversation and sharing knowledge and experiences among young practitioners.

This event is presented tuition-free.

Schedule and Faculty

12:30 pm London - Welcome

  • Katrina Limond, Young ITA UK Chair, London

12.40 pm London - 2023: The Year Ahead in Arbitration

Join our speakers for a round-up of the latest developments in international arbitration and a look ahead to the hot topics likely to define 2023.

Moderators: Katrina Limond, Young ITA UK Chair, London; Robert Bradshaw, Young ITA UK Vice-Chair, London


  • Aashna Agarwal (Allen & Overy, London)
  • Sophie Freelove (Vinson & Elkins, London)
  • Nina Melzer (LALIVE, London)
  • Stela Negran (LALIVE, London)
  • Lucy Preston (Orrick, London)

1:15 pm London - Audience questions and voting

1:30 pm London - Adjourn

About the Speakers

Aashna Agarwal
Allen & Overy

Aashna is an associate in the international arbitration team at Allen & Overy in London. She works on global arbitrations across various sectors, with a particular focus on the energy and construction sectors. She is experienced in arbitration related court proceedings and also advises on public international law, commercial law and business & human rights.

Sophie Freelove
Vinson & Elkins

Sophie is an associate in the International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration practice group at Vinson & Elkins in London. Her practice focuses on advising clients on a range of international arbitration and litigation matters, with a particular focus on the energy and construction sectors.

Nina Melzer

Nina is an associate in the arbitration team at LALIVE in London. She specialises in international commercial arbitration with a focus on complex supply-chain and post-M&A disputes. She advises clients in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, aerospace and defence sectors. She has acted as counsel in numerous international arbitration proceedings under the rules of various institutions (including ICC, DIS, DIA).

Nina is also a member of the initiative for young arbitrators of the German Arbitration Institution (DIS40) and Arbitral Women.

Stela Negran

Stela is an associate at LALIVE. Her main area of practice is international arbitration, including commercial and investment treaty arbitration. She has experience in international disputes under the major arbitral institutional rules, including ICSID and the ICC, as well as ad hoc proceedings (UNCITRAL).

Stela holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Master of Laws in International Business Law from Queen Mary, University of London.

Lucy Preston

Lucy is a managing associate at Orrick. Her practice primarily focuses on commercial arbitration across a range of sectors, including construction, energy, infrastructure and technology.

She has worked with clients and disputes in many jurisdictions and in most of the major forums, with a particular focus on ICC, LCIA and SIAC arbitrations.

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