Call for Papers: Impact of COVID on Disputes and Arbitration in the Hospitality Industry and the Construction Industry

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The UNIL LL.M. Programme in International Business Law & CEDIDAC, along with the Hospitality and Tourism Law (HTL) and the Center on International Commercial Arbitration at American University, Washington College of Law are inviting abstracts on the impact of COVID on disputes and arbitration in the hospitality industry and the construction industry.

Deadline for Abstracts: March 27, 2021 Deadline for Papers: September 24, 2021
Conference Date: October 15, 2021

Topic Ideas & Suggestions.  

In order to encourage a wide range of submissions, UNIL’s LL.M. & CEDIDAC and WCL HTL & Arbitration Center are prepared to facilitate interdisciplinary discussions among legal and academic faculty & researchers and practitioners to encourage abstracts on the most recent innovations, trends, concerns and practical challenges presented by COVID in industry and COVID restrictions on arbitration. Papers of interest might discuss the following topics:

  • The impact of COVID on hospitality agreements or construction agreements;
  • The impact of COVID on arbitration;
  • The impact of COVID on using online dispute resolution;
  • After COVID, the landscape of arbitration and lessons-learned;
  • After COVID, the return to the new normal in legal agreements;
  • After COVID, the return to the new normal in operations as influenced by the pandemic;
  • After COVID, unintended economic partners and adversaries when banks foreclose on properties.

Submissions & Peer-Reviewed Publication

Abstracts of up to 500 words from scholars at any stage of their career should be sent to Dr. Shaheeza Lalani ( with copy to Steven G. Shapiro (  Selected papers will be included in a peer-reviewed publication, co-edited by Steven Shapiro).

For more information, contact:

Steven G. Shapiro
Director of Hospitality and Tourism Law Program
American University Washington College of Law