Commercial Disputes Resolution will host its fifth Arbitration Symposium on 26 April 2018. Four members of 20 Essex Street who act as counsel in international arbitration and also those who accept arbitrator appointments will be sharing their expertise across a number of panels throughout the day.
13.15 – 14.00: Best practice in infrastructure arbitrations: One Belt, One Road – Duncan Matthews QC will chair this session to which Simon Milnes will contribute his expertise in public international law and state investment. This session will discuss a number of themes and topics, including investor-state dispute resolution, bilateral investment treaty protections, choice and use of English law, selection of institutional rules, and litigation funding.
15.45 – 16.20: Answering expectations in investment arbitration – Sudhanshu Swaroop QC will join this panel to consider recent developments in international investment arbitration, current trends at major investor-state arbitral fora, including ICSID, and enforcement and transparency issues, in a session that is both topical and practically relevant.
16.40 – 17.15: Development and diversity in international arbitration – Sara Masters QC joins an impressive panel to discuss the hot topic of diversity in international arbitration. This panel will discuss solutions to opening up the ‘closed’ arbitral community, the increasing drive for diversity, as shown by the Arbitration Pledge campaign, trends in tribunal selection in both commercial and investment arbitration, and how working as a tribunal secretary, or for an arbitral institution, informs career options.