WAU 2024, 4th Edition
SAVE THE DATE!
WAU China: May 15 and 16, 2024
WAU India, Middle East & Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and the Americas: May 20 through 23, 2024

WAU 2024, 4th Edition
SAVE THE DATE!
WAU China: May 15 and 16, 2024
WAU India, Middle East & Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and the Americas: May 20 through 23, 2024

Below are all the panels of WAU 2024. To register, please scroll down and choose the panels that you will attend. In each panel below, choose either:

- in-person registration, or
- virtual registration

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2024 – BEIJING TIME / TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2024 – EST

Welcoming Reception and Opening Remarks by BAC and WAU: Ms. Jiang Lili

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 14, 2024
05:00 am to 07:00 am

Beijing Time Zone

May 14, 2024
05:00 pm to 07:00 pm
Host: Beijing Arbitration Commission - BAC/ Beijing International Arbitration Center
34/F, China Merchants Tower, No.118 Jian Guo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022, China
Event Dynamic: In-Person

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2024 – BEIJING TIME / TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2024 – EST

Keynote Speaker: Prof. ZHAO Hong, Professor of Law, Peking University, former Member and Chairperson of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 14, 2024
09:00pm to 09:25pm

Beijing Time Zone

May 15, 2024
09:00 am to 09:25 am
Host: Beijing Arbitration Commission – BAC/ Beijing International Arbitration Center
17/F, China Merchants Tower, No.118 Jian Guo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022, China
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

New Developments in Chinese Arbitration

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 14, 2024
09:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Beijing Time Zone

May 15, 2024
09:30 am to 11:00 am
Host: Beijing Arbitration Commission – BAC/ Beijing International Arbitration Center
17/F, China Merchants Tower, No.118 Jian Guo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022, China
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

The Perspective of China under the New York Convention, Its Reservations, and Exceptions such as the Public Policy Ground in Connection to the Enforcement of International Commercial Arbitral Awards in China

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 14, 2024
11:30 pm to 01:00 am

Beijing Time Zone

May 15, 2024
11:30 am to 01:00 pm
Host: Beijing Arbitration Commission – BAC / Beijing International Arbitration Center
17/F, China Merchants Tower, No.118 Jian Guo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022, China
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2024 – BEIJING TIME / WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2024 – EST

Efficiency Management and Up-to-Date Practices of Arbitral Institutions

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 15, 2024
04:15 am to 05:45 am

Beijing Time Zone

May 15, 2024
04:15 pm to 05:45 pm
Host: Beijing Arbitration Commission – BAC/ Beijing International Arbitration Center
17/F, China Merchants Tower, No.118 Jian Guo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022, China
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2024 – BEIJING TIME /WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2024 – EST

Growth in Renewable Energy Projects in the Asia-Pacific Region and Arbitration as Means to Solve International Commercial and Arbitration Disputes

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 15, 2024
11:00 pm to 12:30 am

Beijing Time Zone

May 16, 2024
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Host: Beijing Arbitration Commission – BAC / Beijing International Arbitration Center
17/F, China Merchants Tower, No.118 Jian Guo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022, China
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2024 – BEIJING TIME /THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2024 – EST

Chinese Participation in the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) System: Chinese Investors in the World Relying on ISDS to Protect their Investments, and China as Respondent Host State

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 16, 2024
02:00 am to 03:30 am

Beijing Time Zone

May 16, 2024
02:00 pm to 03:30 pm
Host: Beijing Arbitration Commission – BAC/ Beijing International Arbitration Center
17/F, China Merchants Tower, No.118 Jian Guo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022, China
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

What is the Evolution of Third-Party Funding in China in Litigation and Arbitration?

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 16, 2024
03:45 am to 05:15 am

Beijing Time Zone

May 16, 2024
03:45 pm to 05:15 pm
Host: Beijing Arbitration Commission – BAC / Beijing International Arbitration Center
17/F, China Merchants Tower, No.118 Jian Guo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022, China
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2024 – DOHA TIME /MONDAY, MAY 20, 2024 – EST

The impact of regional arbitral centers and internationalized commercial courts in the development of international dispute resolution

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 20, 2024
04:00 am to 05:15 am

Doha time Time Zone

May 20, 2024
11:00 am to 12:15 pm
Host: Al Messila, Luxury Collection Resort, Doha
Um Al Saneem Street Street Number 970, Doha, Catar
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

International commercial arbitration- The Limits of the Public Policy ground for setting aside or non-enforcement of arbitration awards by national courts

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 20, 2024
06:30 am to 07:45 am

Doha time Time Zone

May 20, 2024
01:30 pm to 02:45 pm
Host: Al Messila, Luxury Collection Resort
Um Al Saneem Street Street Number 970, Doha, Catar
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

Impact on investment arbitration of the US and other countries’ elections in 2024

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 20, 2024
01:00 pm to 02:30 pm
Host: Crowell & Moring LLP
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

Drafting a Memorial in International Arbitration with Structure, Logic and Appeal

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 20, 2024
03:00 pm to 04:30 pm
Host: Crowell & Moring LLP
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024 – SINGAPORE TIME /TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024 – EST

Strategic Lawyering involving Contract or Treaty Breaches & Human Rights Violations

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 21, 2024
06:00 am to 07:15 am

Singapore Time Zone

May 21, 2024
06:00 pm to 07:15 pm
Host: K&L Gates Straits Law LLC
9 Raffles Place, #32-00 Republic Plaza, Singapore 048619
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

Achieving Procedural Efficiency and Minimizing Costs of International Arbitrations in India

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 21, 2024
09:00 am to 10:15 am

Delhi Time Zone

May 21, 2024
06:30 pm to 07:45 pm
Host: Taj Mansingh Hotel in New Delhi
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2024 – WARSAW TIME/WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2024 – EST

Effective cross-examination of expert witnesses

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 22, 2024
04:00 am to 05:30 am

Warsaw Time Zone

May 22, 2024
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Host: Pricewaterhousecoopers Polska
11, Polna, 00-633
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

Managing of a specialized international arbitration practice

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 22, 2024
06:00 am to 07:30 am

Warsaw Time Zone

May 22, 2024
12:00 pm to 01:30 pm
Host: Pricewaterhousecoopers Polska
11, Polna, 00-633
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

The effects of geopolitics and global trends on the energy disputes in Central and Eastern Europe

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 22, 2024
08:30 am to 10:00 am

Warsaw Time Zone

May 22, 2024
02:30 pm to 04:00 pm
Host: Pricewaterhousecoopers Polska
11, Polna, 00-633
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2024 – BOGOTA TIME/THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2024 – EST

Inclusion of Human Rights Clauses in Investment Treaties

With the support of Centro de Arbitraje y Conciliación, CCB

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 23, 2024
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Bogota Time Zone

May 23, 2024
09:00 am to 10:30 am
Host: Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá
Calle 67 # 8-32/44, Sala 301-302
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

Disputes Originated by Energy Transition Policies

With the support of Centro de Arbitraje y Conciliación, CCB

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 23, 2024
03:30 pm to 05:00 pm

Bogota Time Zone

May 23, 2024
02:30 pm to 04:00 pm
Host: Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá
Calle 67 # 8-32/44, Sala 301-302
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual

Infrastructure projects in Colombia and Latin America–subways and road infrastructure— seen from the perspective of international commercial arbitration

With the support of Centro de Arbitraje y Conciliación, CCB

Description of session

EST Time Zone

May 23, 2024
05:30 pm to 07:00 pm

Bogota Time Zone

May 23, 2024
04:30 pm to 06:00 pm
Host: Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá
Calle 67 # 8-32/44, Sala 301-302
Event Dynamic: In-Person + Virtual
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International Dispute Resolution and the Ukraine-Russia Crisis

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.

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The Actions of Russia, Countermeasures and Resulting International Disputes, Including Investor-State and Commercial Arbitration

September 26 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm GMT

DETAILS

Date:

JULY 12, 2022

Time:

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm GMT

ORGANIZERS

Moderators: Gene Burd (FisherBroyles) (TBC)

Presenter: Rob Houston (K&L Gates Straits Law LLC)

Panelist: Tatyana Slipachuk (Of Counsel at Chief Legal Department of the Ukrainian Parliament, Special Advisor at Sayenko Kharenko Law Firm) (TBC)

Panelist: Raja Bose (K&L Gates Straits Law LLC) (TBC)

Panelist: Derek Loh (Deputy Director-General (Economic & Social), Attorney-General’s Chambers, Singapore) (TBC)

Panelist: Simon Chesterman (Dean, National University of Singapore School of Law) 

In response to the imposition of international sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has imposed sweeping economic measures on foreign investors from States it considers “unfriendly”, including Singapore, the UK, the US, and EU Member States.  Both international sanctions on Russia and Russia’s own economic measures on foreign investors have had wide-ranging impacts across global market sectors, affecting foreign investors from around the world both directly through compliance mechanisms and indirectly through international commercial contracts.   

However, a number of venues exist for the resolution of the wide range of disputes anticipated to result from the current crisis.  In particular, foreign investors may still seek protection under investment treaties.  Currently, there are 62 BITs in force between Russia and other States, including 27 States that Russia has determined to be “unfriendly” as a result of international sanctions imposed on Russia.  Such treaties generally include substantive obligations to promote and protect foreign investment (e.g., to provide fair and equitable treatment, not to undertake unlawful expropriation of foreign investments, etc.) as well as for access to investment treaty arbitration against the Host State in certain circumstances.  Such public international law obligations under international investment treaties now appear at odds, for example, with recent economic measures imposed by Russia against foreign investors including: 

  • Currency Transfer Restrictions 

  • Transaction Approval Requirements 

  • Prohibition of Foreign Currency Export 

  • Restrictions on Debt Repayment 

  • Prohibition of Certain Exports and Imports 

  • Non-Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights 

Also, the Russian Duma has considered additional measures (which many anticipate to be expropriatory) to effect the transfer of ownership or operation of certain foreign investments where foreign investors have ceased operating in Russia in the current climate of international sanctions. The resulting international legal climate arising from Russia’s actions in Ukraine breaks new ground in public and private international law. Practitioners are therefore broadly anticipating a wave of disputes both in international commercial arbitration and in investor-State arbitration, including with respect to claims advanced by covered investors in investment treaty arbitration against Russia for economic measures like the above.   

This panel will explore the implications of these developments both from a global perspective and a regional perspective in Southeast Asia, highlighting the following key points of interest: 

  • The Current International Sanctions Climate 

  • Regional Focus on International Sanctions in Southeast Asia 

  • Consideration of Current Venues for Disputes Arising from the Invasion of Ukraine 

  • Potential Mechanisms for Foreign Investors to Pursue Claims Arising from the Conflict in Ukraine in Investment Treaty Arbitration 

  • Anticipated Disputes and Issues in International Commercial Arbitration Prompted by the Conflict in Ukraine 

  • The Current Landscape for Sovereign Immunity and the Potential for Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Against State Assets 

This program will provide a brief summary of recent developments in relation to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and identify key legal issues, including the interplay between international sanctions and customary international law (e.g., the characterization of countermeasures and the application of the law of State Responsibility (including State Defences) in Public International Law as well as issues arising in Private International Law and International Commercial Arbitration (such as Force Majeure).  The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A period as well as a networking session.