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Alexander Layton QC will be lecturing at the University of Lausanne on the topic of 'Provisional measures in cross border cases - English Law perspective' 1st November 2017.

His practice covers a wide range of commercial and other disputes, many of which involve questions of private international law or arbitration, as well as aspects of public international law, state immunity and contentious Chancery work. His practice is mainly in the High Court and Court of Appeal and in arbitral tribunals, he has also been admitted ad hoc to the Bars of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. Alexander acts as both counsel and arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations in the UK and abroad. He has given expert evidence on English and European law in proceedings in Europe, Russia, Canada, Latin America and the United States and has lectured frequently on topics of European and international law in Britain, Europe and the United States.

Where are we now? What are the clients asking and how to advise them?

Angharad Parry provided a legal update webinar for LexisNexis. Please view the LexisNexis website to purchase this webinar.

On 27-28 October, Professor Guglielmo Verdirame and Dr Kate Parlett will participate in the 3rd Conference on International Humanitarian Law in Rome, Italy. The conference will address The Protection of Civilian Population in Warfare – The Role of Humanitarian Organizations and Civil Society and will be held at the Scuola Ufficiali Carabineri. Guglielmo will contribute a paper on humanitarian organizations and civil society in public international law, and Kate will moderate a panel on humanitarian organizations and civil society in international humanitarian law. The keynote will be delivered by H.E. Christos Stylianidis, the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. He will address the audience at the presence of the Italian Ministers of Defence, Foreign and Home Affairs as well as of the Commander of the Carabinieri, General Tullio Del Sette, and of the Secretary General of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Elisabetta Belloni. Information on the conference, including registration information, is available here.

In addition, Guglielmo and Kate are part of a small group of experts who will have a private audience with Pope Francis. The Pope will address them on issues of international humanitarian law, at Vatican City.

Commercial and investment arbitral activity in relation to the energy and mining sectors of Africa and Latin America has risen rapidly.

In the first of a series of events focusing on energy and mining arbitration in these two regions, on 28th of September, 20 Essex Street held (on this occasion in partnership with Ince & Co) an event discussing the landscape, the peculiarities, the issues to be considered prior to arbitration, cases, trends, and enforcement challenges, concerning energy and mining arbitration arising from the African region, drawing some comparisons with Latin America. 

An esteemed panel consisting of Nuno Frota (partner (African Group), Ince & Co), Michael Tselentis QC (Arbitrator, 20 Essex Street), Colin Johnson (Vice-President, Charles River Associates), and Tunde Ogunseitan (Counsel, ICC), explored such topics from the perspective of the transactional lawyer, the arbitrator, the expert and the arbitral institution. Cases discussed included the Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited  vs Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited  (TANESCO) (an ICSID case raising important connections between banking/financing and energy), Petrotrans vs Ethiopia (a 1.4 billion dollar commercial arbitration concerning a mining concession) and the recent  US$ 2 billion (plus interest and costs) ICC claim by Cobalt International Energy vs SONANGOL, arising from Angola.

Monica Feria-Tinta, who is curating these series, chaired the panel.   

The series are a reflection of the growing expertise 20 Essex Street has on dispute resolution arising from Africa and Latin America, both in arbitration and litigation. The second in these series of events will focus more closely on Latin America and will take place earlier next year. 

For further information on the work of 20 Essex Street on dispute resolution arising from Africa and Latin America see the brochure below.

Dr Kate Parlett is speaking at the Permanent Court of Arbitration India Conference in New Delhi next Saturday 7 October, on advocacy in inter-State disputes. Kate will be drawing upon her experience as advocate before the International Court of Justice in disputes on matters including sovereignty over territory, maritime boundaries, and transboundary environmental harm.

For those wishing to attend, registration information can be found in the attached document.

Dr Kate Parlett will participate as part of the faculty for a Capacity Building International Seminar on Investment Treaty Arbitration, taking place on 8 October 2017 in New Delhi. Kate regularly represents both States and investors in investment treaty arbitrations, across a range of sectors and geographic regions. 

For those wishing to attend, registration information can be found in the attached document.

Michael Ashcroft QC will be joining Norweigan firm Schjødt to provide a workshop for key players in Nordic arbitration on the 16th November 2017 covering the following areas:

Trends in Nordic arbitration

  • "Emergency arbitrators" – the experience from UK and Sweden (SCC)
  • The increasing use of "witness statements" – does it really enlighten the case and enhance efficiency? Supreme Court Judge Borgar Høgetveit Berg
  • Discussion

The scope of arbitration and assistance from the courts in arbitration cases

  • When may an arbitration clause be invoked against a third party? Illustrated by the Norwegian Supreme Court case Skaugen Marine v. MAN Diesel
  • Interim measures in international arbitration cases seated in Norway – jurisdiction issues in light of the Norwegian Supreme Court´s decision in Rt. 2015 p. 1040
  • Freezing orders – the experience from Sweden and UK
  • Recent developments in which Courts have become involved in the arbitration process
  • Discussion

Tapas and refreshments will be served after the workshop.

To register for this workshop please see the event webpage.

Dr Kate Parlett is speaking at a conference at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington DC on “The Duties, Rights and Powers of International Arbitrators”. Kate is participating in a panel on the EU’s proposal of an investment court system, and her presentation focusses on procedural innovations in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). 

Full event details can be found on the attached programme.

At the New York State Bar Association Guatemala Seasonal Meeting 2017 taking place 12-14th September David Barniville SC will be participating on the distinguished 'Hot Topics in International Litigation and Arbitration' panel which will cover the latest developments in international arbitration and litigation in the United States, Latin America and around the world. Topics for discussion will include:

  • Recent court rulings
  • Current activity in international arbitration in different parts of the world
  • Enforcing and challenging arbitration awards under the New York Convention and other international treaties

For more information about this panel session and the Seasonal Meeting in general please see the event website

Dr Kate Parlett's workshop in Washington DC addresses issues of competition and collaboration amongst international courts and tribunals. The workshop, which is organized by PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo, will bring together judges of international courts, leading practitioners in international dispute settlement, and academics to discuss the potential for cross-fertilization in procedural and substantive issues, as a way to address concerns about fragmentation in the international legal system. Drawing upon recent literature and experience, Kate will address “Cross-fertilization in practice: a ‘managerial’ approach from the counsel table”, and will discuss the ways in which counsel (representing States and other actors in the international legal system) have contributed and can contribute in the future to cross-fertilization in practice, and the challenges to counsel making such contributions.