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Mon, 24/4/2017
Dr Kate Parlett is speaking at a symposium at the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law in Luxembourg on “The Expert in the International Adjudicative Process”. Kate will draw upon her expertise in presenting and examining scientific and technical experts in inter-State disputes before the International Court of Justice and quantum and technical experts in investor-State arbitration. The symposium is jointly hosted by the Max Planck Institute, the Swiss National Science...
Fri, 21/4/2017
In partnership with the HKIAC, 20 Essex Street will host a seminar titled 'Spotlight on Sovereign Wealth Funds: litigating banking and invesment disputes under the spectre of corruption and bribery' on the 6th June 2017. Trillions of dollars are under management by sovereign wealth funds. The Malaysian 1MDB corruption allegations have hit the headlines and major London litigation involving sovereign funds has included Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs in...
Fri, 21/4/2017
Trillions of dollars are under management by sovereign wealth funds. The Malaysian 1MDB corruption allegations have hit the headlines and major London litigation involving sovereign funds has included Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs in 2016, with LIA v SocGen upcoming in 2017.Cases such as KWL v UBS have exposed the corrosive effect of bribery of public officials. Banks around the world are under scrutiny in relation to investment...
Thu, 20/4/2017
Dr Philippa Webb will join an esteemed list of boundary experts from the worlds of government, academia, international law and social sciences at The London International Boundary Conference 2017. She will be covering the topic of 'Indigenous peoples and boundaries'. The conference will be a valuable and practical update for all international trading stakeholders on international boundaries and sovereignty disputes. Before being admitted to the New York Bar in 2006 and...
Wed, 19/4/2017
Dr Philippa Webb will chair the 26th Annual SLS/BIICL Workshop on Theory in International Law taking place on Wednesday 26th May 2017. This year's conference 'Inside the mind of international decision-makers' is inspired by ground-breaking research and seeks to better understand the behaviour of those who shape international law - it's international and domestic judges, arbitrators, and state officials. To view the full conference progamme and register your attendance...
Thu, 13/4/2017
Monica Feria-Tinta will be joining the 3rd Annual GAR Live Energy Disputes panel to discuss "International boundary disputes and energy related natural resources". Monica practises in public international law and international arbitration (including investment arbitration in the energy sector). Her litigation practice includes inter-state disputes before international courts and arbitral tribunals and her domestic practice in the energy sector focuses on extra-territorial claims...
Thu, 13/4/2017
Gordon Nardell QC will join an eminent panel of legal energy experts at the CDR Spring Arbitration Symposium 2017 to discuss 'Energy and commodities arbitrations: latest trends'. Gordon's practice has a strong emphasis on energy related disputes. His expertise has been sort after to advise, litigate as well as serve on ADR panels in energy cases surrounding investment treaties and sovereign claims; energy markets; environmental impacts of energy projects; nuclear power;...
Fri, 7/4/2017
Using the long-standing dispute over the territory of Western Sahara as a case study Dr Kate Parlett highlights the need for treaty parties to take account of potential human rights implications in the application of trade and investment agreements, particularly where there are issues concerning the right to self determination. 
Wed, 5/4/2017
Sara Masters QC was hosted by the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre (SIDRC) to deliver a talk titled "Brexit-Is the Party Over for London Dispute Resolution?" which was subsequently covered in the Korean edition of 'Legal Times' (document below). 
Wed, 5/4/2017
As foreign direct investment grows, so too does the number of disputes between states and investors. Increasingly these disputes are resolved by international arbitration proceedings but once resolved, the enforcement of awards against states brings its own challenges. Whilst enforcement of arbitral awards should be ‘almost a matter of administrative procedure’ (to use the language of PetroChina International (Hong Kong) (Corp Ltd [2011]), immunities remain to some, a ‘hurdle...