Global Arbitration Review are delighted to host this half-day event on Tuesday, 9 May 2019 as part of London International Disputes Week. Our conference will focus on “Arbitration and its place in the world order”, with two panels considering different angles on that theme. Topics to be discussed include: arbitration in a populist/nationalist world; the erosion of international cooperation and what it means for arbitration; the implications for commercial arbitration of the attacks on investment arbitration; whether arbitrators are usurping the development of commercial law from the courts; whether concerns about cost and delay are impeding the spread of international commercial arbitration; the impact on the future of arbitration of massive infrastructure disputes arising along the Belt & Road.
14.00: Welcome coffee and registration
14.15: Chairs’ opening remarks Paul Friedland, White & Case Karyl Nairn QC, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
14.20: Keynote address Dame Elizabeth Gloster, One Essex Court
14.50: Session one: The GAR Live debate
In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion. A panel of judges will then voice opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.
Motion: “This House believes that an increasingly populist world is bad for arbitration”
Judith Gill QC, 20 Essex Street Chambers Bernard Hanotiau, Hanotiau & van den Berg
Laurent Lévy, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler
Lord Goldsmith QC, Debevoise & Plimpton Christopher Harris, 3 Verulam Buildings
15.50:Session two: Will International Arbitration lose to China’s “International Courts” in the race to capture Belt & Road disputes?
As the pace increases in the race to capture Belt & Road initiative disputes, our panel of arbitrations and counsel will discuss arbitration’s ability to keep up with the challenge posed by China’s “international courts”. Can arbitration remain an attractive option in settling disputes? Is arbitration vulnerable to losses in the face of China’s changing system?
Audley Sheppard QC, Clifford Chance
Ania Farren, Vannin Capital
Gervase MacGregor, BDO Robert Pé, Arbitration Chambers May Tai, Herbert Smith Freehills Fang Zhao, Hui Zhong Law Firm
17.35: Chairs’ closing remarks Paul Friedland, White & Case Karyl Nairn QC, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom