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By the end of the 1990s, and even by the end of the 2000s, it may have been possible to keep up to date individually by directly digesting the few investment arbitration awards and main publicly disclosed international commercial arbitration awards. Out of approximately 3,300 investment treaties in force, 1,138 have been invoked in investment arbitrations. As those investment cases have led to 225 awards rendered between 2011 and 2020, and as the use of international commercial arbitration has also reached new heights during the last decade, WAU will provide an international arbitration update focused on key investment and international commercial issues with global and regional impact.
The WAU panels will follow a dynamic format where a presenter will first provide an update of the issue that the panel will address, including relevant treaty and international customary norms, as well as case law. An open discussion by the panelists, including practitioners, counsel for investors, counsel for States, arbitrators, officials of international organizations and arbitration centers, and academics, will then follow. After each panel, there will be a networking space in breakout rooms for panelists and WAU attendees to meet and interact.
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On behalf of WAU, its circles of supporting firms, organizations, experts, panel speakers and moderators, we welcome the global community, newcomers, and experienced practitioners alike to the Second edition of the World Arbitration Update.
WAU Founders,
José Antonio Rivas & Ian A. Laird


With only one edition, the World Arbitration Update made a significant impact in five continents updating on topics of investment and commercial arbitration and decentralizing international arbitration around the globe. WAU2021 had a total of 15 panels with 80 speakers, 852 attendees and over 2,500 registrations.



Meg Kinnear - ICSID Secretary - General

Christina L. Beharry - Foley Hoag LLP

David Pawlak- Pawlak LLC

Dr. Kabir Duggal- Columbia Law School

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab - Zulficar & Partners

Eduardo Zuleta - Zuleta Abogados

Gaela Gehring Flores- Allen & Overy LLP

Karim A. Youssef - Youssef & Partners

Mallory B. Silberman - Arnold & Porter LLP

Miguel A. Nakhle- Compass Lexecon

Prof. Chester Brown- Sydney University

Prof. Julien Chaisse - City University of Hong Kong

Rafael Boza- Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Ucheora Onwuamaegbu- Arent Fox LLP


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International Dispute Resolution and the Ukraine-Russia Crisis

July 12 at 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm GMT

Supported by:
- School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London
- International Law Institute, Washington, DC
- Brill Research Perspectives in International Investment Law and Arbitration

World Arbitration Update (“WAU”) invites you to attend a 75-minute webinar discussion by leading practitioners in the international dispute resolution field on the recent developments concerning the intersection of dispute resolution and the Ukraine-Russia crisis. According to the Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine has so far experienced economic damage amounting up to $600 billion. Over $10 billion in airplane assets have been reportedly stranded in Russia setting off potentially large insurance claims and related disputes. Yale School of Management has collected data showing that almost 1,000 companies have publicly announced they are voluntarily curtailing operations in Russia to some degree beyond the bare minimum legally required by international sanctions. The Russian parliament continues to consider the expropriation of foreign assets. International disputes involving Russia and Ukraine are arising from the crisis and more likely to follow. Our speakers will discuss related topics, including: the impact of sanctions, the proposed formation of an international claims commission for Ukraine, the impact of the crisis on the legal profession, the potential and current international forums in which Ukrainian businesses and investors could submit legal recourse to address the consequences of the war in Ukraine, as well as an update on the ICJ case, Ukraine v. Russian Federation.



Lecture Theatre
School of International Arbitration
Centre for Commercial Law Studies
Queen Mary University of London
67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB


JULY 12, 2022


4:15 pm to 5:30 pm GMT


Moderators: Ian A. Laird – Crowell & Moring LLP, and Dr. Jose Antonio Rivas – Xtrategy LLP.
Introductory remarks: Prof. Loukas Mistelis
Speaker: Gene Burd, Partner – FisherBroyles, LLP
Speaker: Prof. Chiara Giorgetti – University of Richmond, School of Law
Speaker: Mark Meyer, Partner – Crowell & Moring LLP
Speaker: Simon Fawell – Signature Litigation LLP
Speaker: Olena Perepelynska, Partner, Head of International Arbitration, INTEGRITES