VI Symposium on Salient Issues in International Arbitration: "Does a Transnational Legal Order Exist in International Arbitration?"

NOVEMBER 10 AND 11, 2021, FROM 9:00AM TO 12:30 PM


All panels will take place on Zoom
The event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  

day 1 -Wednesday, November 10, 2021

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.:
Opening Remarks

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.:
The Application of UNIDROIT Principles in International Commercial Arbitration

  • Panel Chair: Ignacio Tirado Secretary-General, UNIDROIT, Rome
  • Panelists:
    • Michael Joachim Bonell, Professor Emeritus at the University of Rome I Sapienza; Consultant, Unidroit; Editor-in-Chief, UNILEX; and Eleonora Finazzi Agrò, PhD, University of Rome I Sapienza; Attorney at law (Rome, Italy); Co-Editor-in-Chief, UNILEX (Section Unidroit Principles)

Does a Transnational Legal Order Exist in International Arbitration? The Case of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts

    • Björn Arp, Fellow, Center on International Commercial Arbitration

Communicating between Courts: The influence of foreign “leading cases” in domestic jurisdictions

    • Sébastien Manciaux, Professor (Maître de conférences) at the University of Burgundy (Bourgogne)

Some Thoughts on the Arbitral Legal Order Concept

11:15 – 12:45 a.m.:
A Transnational Legal Order and International Commercial Arbitration

  • Panel Chair: Jane Willems, Associate Professor, Tsinghua University, China
  • Panelists:
    • Oluwaseun O. Ajayi, Senior Attorney, Office of General Counsel, Government Accountability Office (GAO), Washington, D.C.

Recognition of Foreign Arbitral Awards: The Success of the New York Convention in U.S. Courts and its Signal Contribution to International Arbitration

Who is liable? The good, the bad and the ugly in the Interim Measures of International Commercial Arbitration

Transnational Legal Order in International Arbitration: The Case of Corruption

Arbitration in FRAND-related disputes: challenges and issues

12:45 pm: End of first day

DAY 2 - Thursday, November 11, 2021

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.:
A Transnational Legal Order and Investment Arbitration

  • Panel Chair: Rodrigo Polanco Lazo, Conseiller Juridique, droits hispanophones, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law
  • Panelists:
    • Mary Mitsi, Lecturer in Commercial Law, Queen Mary university of London

Transnational decision-making: Dialogue between legal systems, arbitrators, and judges

    • Ioana Bratu, Legal Counsel at GE Renewable Energy, London, and PhD candidate at OU London

The Preliminary Ruling’s Role in the European Union’s Persistent Objection’ as to the Formation of a Transnational Legal Order

    • Qingxiu Bu, Associate Professor and Chair of the Global Law Initiative, Sussex Law School

The Arbitrability of Antitrust Disputes: The Critics of the Chinese Supreme People’s Court in Shell v. Huili

    • Andres Talavera, Full-time Professor, School of Law, Universidad del Pacífico, Perú

The Evolution of The Lex Mercatoria and the emergence of the Transnational Investment Treaty Lex (TRANSIT Lex)

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.:
Transnationalism in Action: Preventing Disputes, Allegations of Corruption and International Arbitration

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.:
Conclusions and Closing Remarks

Event Organizers

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Institut Suisse de Droit Comparé


Hague Conference on Private International Law
Bucerius Law School
Escuela Libre de México
Tsinghua University School of Law (Beijing)
African Arbitration Academy

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