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Investor-State Dispute Settlement: What does a random investment case look like?

Wednesday, 27 May, 2015 - 14:00 to Wednesday, 27 May, 2015 - 18:30
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Conference room Rome (level -1)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 5 / Boulevard de la Plaine 5, B-1050, Brussels
BDA (Brussels Diplomatic Academy), AIA (Association for International Arbitration) en SCC (Swedish Chamber of Commerce)

ISDS disputes are usually resolved through international arbitration, which is a well-established legal method for resolving cross-border conflicts. The international debate surrounding investment protection and ISDS has been characterized by misconceptions and confusion. The aim of this joint event is to explain the basis and functioning of ISDS and to take away the misconceptions and confusion in public and political debate.

TARGET GROUPS: government officials responsible for negotiations of investment treaties and involved in representing a state in dispute resolution proceedings, attorneys specializing in dispute resolution, in-house counsel, civil servants in state investment’s policies, and investors in all kind of businesses. 

LANGUAGE: English.

FEE: 250 EUR (VAT excluded)

Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Download the registration form (Word) and send it to events@arbitration-adr.org


No Agenda item Speaker Time
1. Opening Gunter Gaublomme – welcome word + intro AIA/SCC/BDA 14.00 – 14.10
First Panel: ISDS – Recent Development (Moderator: Iuliana Iancu)
2. The role of ISDS in a developed world: why it was there and why it should still be here. Christer Söderlund, Vinge 14.10 – 14.25
3. Trends involving Amici Curiae: Pros and Cons. John Willem, White & Case 14.25 – 14.40
4. Procedural Development: Emergency Arbitrator in ISDS cases Natalia Petrik, SCC 14.40 – 14.55
5. ISDS and Sustainable Development Sukma Andrina, SCC 14.55 – 15.10
6. Q&A   15.10 – 15.25
  Coffee break   15.25 – 16.00

Second panel: ISDS Reform– way forward (Moderator: Johan Billiet)
Background: Quite a number of BITs will expire soon and in parallel to that, there are negotiations of huge investment pacts such as the TTIP and TPP. Seizing this momentum, different organizations have forwarded proposals to reform ISDS. The session therefore aims to reflect the reform proposal based on arbitration practitioner's perspectives:

7. ISDS and public interest Gaëtan Verhoosel, Chair of the International Bar Association Committee on Investment Arbitration. 16.00 – 16.15
8. Transparency in ISDS – recent development Fredrik Andersson, Mannheimer Swartling 16.15 – 16.30
9. Conflict of law and choice of arbitrator P. Lefebvre, Hanotiau en Van den Berg 16.30 – 16.45
10. Private adjudication and the public interest N. Angelet, Liedekerke 16.45 – 17.00
11. Q&A and debate   17.00 – 17.15
12. Concluding remarks   17.15 – 17.25
13. Networking   17.25– 18.30