Organizers & Sponsors

Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration:

Arbitration in Times of Economic Nationalism

November 14, 2019
Room NT01
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Ave. N.W., Washington, DC


8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.- Registration (Program is free and Open to the public)

9:00 A.M. – 9:15 A.M.- Opening Remarks and Symposium Introduction

Horacio A. Grigera NaónDirector, Center on International Commercial Arbitration American University Washington College of Law.  

9:15 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.- Panel I
Public Policy Considerations in International Arbitration

Panel Chair: Jingzhou Tao, Managing Partner, Dechert LLP, Beijing, China.
Klaus Rilke, Salusse, Marangoni, Parente e Jabur Advogados, Sao Paulo, Brazil: Latet anguis in herba? The hidden danger in the public policy exception for the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards.

Abhisar Vidyarthi & Sikander Hyaa, Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai, India: Moving Towards a Common Definition of Public Policy.

Kazim Sedat Sirmen, Associate Professor, Ankara University Faculty of Law Ankara, Turkey and BAU University, Washington, D.C.: The Public Policy Factor and its Perception in European and Turkish Courts in the Recognition and Enforcement of the Foreign Arbitral Awards in International Commercial Arbitration.

Claudia Frutos Peterson, Managing Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP:  Public Policy Challenges in International Arbitration Practice.

10:30 A.M. – 10:40 A.M.- Break
10:40 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.-  Panel II
Policy Trends Regarding International Commercial Arbitration: a Global Comparison

Panel Chair: Jane Y. Willems, Associate Professor, Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing.
Rafael Carlos del Rosal Carmona, Director, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), New York, USA: International Arbitration in Mainland China: Between “Open for Business” and the Wish for Control.      

Maciej Zenkiewicz, Professor, Department of Economic Law, Externado University, Bogota, Colombia: How International is the International Commercial Court of China: Judicial Activism and International Initiative in Chinese Court.

Dan Xie, PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia: Do International Commercial Courts Compete with Arbitration? The Example of the China International Commercial Court.

Gordon Blanke, Partner o DWF, LLP and 
Faris Nasrallah, Attorney, Dubai, UAE:  The Future of Arbitration in Dubai and the Middle East. 

12:00 P.M. –1:00 P.M.- Lunch (Warren Terrace Lobby)

1:00 P.M. – 2:10 P.M.-  Panel III
Trends in the Regulation of International Commercial Arbitration                               

Panel Chair: Tarek Rchaid, Special legal Consultant, UAE Law.
Bjorn Arp, Adjunct Professor. American University Washington College of Law.  

Alex Kamath, Harvard Law School, Massachusetts, USA: Recent Trends and Challenges in Public Private Partnerships Dispute Resolution in Latin America.

Karen Seif, Doctor of Juridical Science Candidate, University of California, Berkeley, USA: International Arbitration in Dubai Courts: Let the Data Speak for Itself.

2:10 P.M. – 2:20 P.M.-  Break

2:20 P.M. – 3:40 P.M.- Panel IV
Procedural Innovations to Make Investment Arbitration Sustainable for the Future

Panel Chair:  Arif H. Ali, Partner, Dechert LLP.

Zsófia Young, Associate, Lalive LLP, London, UK: Seeming Causality between the Attack on Investment Arbitration and the Rise of Resource Nationalism.

Ankita Ritwik, Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, DC, US: A Levee Against Rising Tides: How Investor-State Arbitration Can Rein in Economic Nationalism.

Pablo Pérez Salido, Attorney, Washington, DC, USA:  Reforming The International System Of Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Challenges and Prospects To Achieve Multilateral Consensus at the UNCITRAL Working Group III.

Gunjan Sharma, Attorney, Volterra Fietta, London, UK: Procedural Innovations in Investment Treaty Arbitration in Times of Economic Nationalism.

3:40 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.- Break
4:00 P.M. – 5:20 P.M.- Panel V
Regional Trends in International Investment Arbitration: Fragmentation vs. a Global Approach of the Challenges Ahead

Panel Chair:  Nigel Blackaby, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.
Jacek Zralek, Associate Professor, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland: The Impact of Economic Nationalism on International
Arbitration – A Central European Perspective.

Juan Miguel Alvarez Contreras, Attorney, Chemas Roldán & Associates,
Bogotá, Colombia: The USMCA Revisited: The Beginning of the End for Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Between Developed Countries … And Developing as Well?

David Gantz, Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Arizona: Canada’s Approach to Investor State Dispute Settlement: Will the CETA, USMCA or CPTPP Model Prevail?

Guillaume Aréou, Associate, Reed Smith, Paris, France: The African States’ Diverging Policies towards International Arbitration.

5:20 P. M. – 5:30 P.M. Closing remarks
Horacio A. Grigera Naón

5:30 P. M. – 8:00 P.M. Closing Launching of DC Very Young Arbitration Practitioners (DC VYAP) - Networking Reception.