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Thursday, July 13, 2017

(LIT) Conformity and Creativity In Rules Of International Arbitration: Should Arbitral Institutions Be Choosing A Path Of Convergence?

Date(s): July 13, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM  EST - 8:00 PM  EST

Lowenstein Sandler LLP 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20037

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Presented by: Litigation Law Forum

Marinn Carlson, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Eloise Obadia, Partner, Derains & Gharavi
Janet Whittaker Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
Alexandra “Xander” Meise, Of Counsel, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Theresa Bowman 
Associate, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP
What is the role of innovation and creativity in International Arbitration moving forward? ICSID and the ICC have both recently announced updates to their rules, and other institutions could be close behind. Will the ICSID and ICC updates reflect a pattern and goal of uniformity, consistency and foreseeability as across the ADR institutions, or are we seeing an emerging trend of creativity and variety? From a policy and practicality standpoint, how uniform should institutional rules be?
Join us for a conversation on how varied the future of International Arbitration rules will be, and how innovative the field ought to be moving forward.

 Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

Thank you to Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP for sponsoring!

  DC Bar International Law Section

Thank you to all the Co-Sponsors!

Advance Registration:

Members: $10
Non-members: $20
Student Non-members: $10

After 7/10/2017:
Members: $15
Non-members: $25
Student Non-members: $15

Speaker Biography:

Marinn Carlson is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP who focuses her practice in international dispute settlement, with an emphasis on investment disputes, including investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration. She has represented foreign investors, as well as respondent governments in (ICSID) and UNCITRAL arbitrations under investment treaties and trade agreements, including NAFTA. She has represented corporate clients in a wide range of institutional and ad hoc international commercial arbitrations. She has also represented clients in U.S. litigation with international ramifications, and as amici curiae in foreign affairs, intellectual property and Commerce Clause cases before the United States Supreme Court and various courts of appeal. She counsels clients in sectors ranging from financial services to energy to infrastructure development on the implications of international trade and investment rules for their global operations. Ms. Carlson has been recognized by Latinvex as one of Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers in Arbitration and Litigation. She has been named as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation, a publication honoring the achievements of female lawyers in dispute resolution practices in the United States.
Eloise Obadia is a partner at Derains & Gharavi who specializes in investment arbitrations. Before joining Derains & Gharavi, she was Senior Counsel and Team Leader at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), serving as Secretary of the Tribunal in more than 60 arbitral proceedings brought under the ICSID Convention, the ICSID Additional Facility Rules and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Rules. While at ICSID, Eloïse also supervised a team of lawyers charged with developing internal best practices.

Janet Whittaker is a partner at Clifford Chance LLP who specializes in complex international arbitration and litigation. She previously served as Legal Counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and has been a Lecturer in International Arbitration at Stanford Law School. She also sits as arbitrator. She has handled international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations held by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), American Arbitration Association (AAA/ICDR), and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Her matters have involved a broad range of industries including energy, financial services, infrastructure, insurance, information technology, mining, and oil and gas, and international human rights law.

Alexandra (Xander) Meise represents and advises sovereign governments and private entities in the prevention and resolution of international public and private law disputes, especially those grounded in alleged treaty-breaches and international investment claims. In addition, she has advised governments and multinational corporations on best practices for adhering to international human rights norms and social responsibility standards, and has counseled governments on investment and sustainable development-related legal reforms. This work has included representing parties before US federal courts, the International Court of Justice, and international arbitration panels, as well as in negotiations between sovereign States and/or with international organizations, NGOs, and private entities.  Xander incorporates into her practice her prior experience working for an international political development organization, the US State Department, and international criminal tribunals in countries such as Yemen, Cambodia, East Timor, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Spain, and Switzerland.
Theresa Bowman, moderating, is an associate at Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP where she counsels both foreign sovereigns and private entities in international arbitration and domestic litigation matters.  She specializes in issues of foreign sovereign immunity in U.S. Courts involving a wide variety of subject matters and including energy, infrastructure, asset management and human rights.

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