Nov 14 Thu

Arbitration in Times of Economic Nationalism

09:00AM - 05:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom

This event includes five panels featuring speakers whose works were selected and based on a call for papers.  Authors will share the panel with an expert in the field who will act as chairs:

Economic crises, financial volatility, social transformations, and political instability around the world have created a favorable environment for economic nationalism and other movements that may prove disruptive of the global economic world order that arose after the Cold War. International commercial and investment arbitration are particularly sensitive to such trends. The symposium seeks to critically assess the current status quo and the various options that lay ahead for international arbitration in times of  nationalism

 The final papers will be published as a hard copy in book format and in electronic format by the online journal Transnational Dispute Management (TDM), the media partner of this Symposium. Please click here to read more. 

The event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required. Please click here to register.


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

Horacio A. Grigera Naón
Director, 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.

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.

12:00 P.M. –1:00 P.M.   Light Lunch

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

Panel Chair: Bjorn Arp, Adjunct Professor. American University Washington College of Law

2:10 P.M. – 2:20 P.M.     Break

2:20 P.M. – 3:40 P.M.     Panel IV: Nationalistic Trends in Investment Arbitration.                                      

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

3:40 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.     Break

4:00 P.M. – 5:20 P.M.     Panel VI
Regional Trends in International Investment Arbitration: Fragmentation vs. a Global Approach.

Panel Chair: Nigel Blackaby, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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

This symposium is organized with the institutional sponsorship of the German Arbitration Institute (DIS) in Bonn (Germany), the World Trade Institute in Bern (Switzerland), and the Externado University in Bogotá (Colombia).  Sponsors include ASIL and Dechert LLP. Media Partner: TDM.


Center on International Commercial Arbitration


Washington College of Law
Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington DC