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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.

At The London Centre for International Law Practice 2nd Annual Conference on Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and AfricaGordon Nardell QC gave a presentation on the growth of renewables in sub-Saharan Africa and the way it is shaping disputes in the region. Among other things, Gordon cited the South African REIPP programme and its impact on the courts’ approach to environmental impact assessment of proposals for new fossil-fired generating capacity. Gordon’s slides can be viewed in the attachment below.

8th-19th May 2017 Malcolm Holmes QC was invited to draw upon his experience as a respected international arbitrator to present a series of lectures discussing the current environment of intenational arbitration at various legal institutions in Beijing. Malcolm's tour engagements included: 

'International Commercial Arbitration' China Foreign Affairs University (Beijing)

'Recent Developments in Costs including Third Party Funding' CIETAC (Beijing)

'Mediation & Arbitration in International Commercial Arbitration' Beijing Arbitration Commission

Malcolm also visited Xi'an where he accepted an appointment to become a member of a new panel of international arbitrators.

On 4th May 2017 Professor Michael Bridge, Michael Coburn QC and Luke Pearce presented a review to a delegation in London on the issues arsing out of the landmark cases Spar Shipping and MSC v Cottonex and how they may impact the future repudiation of commercial contracts.

If you would like this presentation to be held in your offices or recieve the handouts from the evening's seminar please contact the Marketing Communications Manager Tamara McCombe tmccombe [at] 20essexst [dot] com

The City Law School Oil and Gas Law Research Group (OGLRG) is comprised of academics and researchers at City University and seeks to establish close cooperation with the industry and energy sector law firms. OGLRG is hosting an 'Arbitration and Mediation in Oil and Gas Industry' panel discussion Tuesday 2nd May which Karen Maxwell will join to discuss “Obstacles to Enforcement of Arbitral Awards” with case studies based on reported arbitrations.

For more information on the event, the speakers and how to register please see the event page.

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 Foundation and the Faculty of Law at the University of Geneva.

For more information please refer to the event webpage.

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 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 relationships and also money-laundering allegations.

In this seminar Members of 20 Essex Street will explore this uniquely potent combination of fraud, investment, banking and politics, including the relevance of corruption and bribery to potential investment treaty claims. 

Andrew Fulton will address the legal principles regarding bribes and secret commissions and provide an overview of rights and remedies.

Philip Edey QC will address the issues and lessons learnt in LIA v Goldman Sachs.

Kate Parlett will address the potential for sovereign wealth funds to file claims under bilateral investment treaties, and discuss the potential bars to such claims where there is evidence of corruption.

Sudhanshu Swaroop QC of 20 Essex Street will focus on corruption/bribery as a sword in investment treaty arbitration, and the circumstances in which the corrupt conduct of State officials and other persons might form the basis for a claim under investment treaty.

Duncan Matthews QC will be chairing the evening.


Date: 6th June 2017

Time: 5:30-7:30pm (registration and networking from 5:30)

Venue: Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, 38/F Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Hong Kong 

To book a place at this seminar please register on the event page via the HKIAC website.

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 brought before English courts. Her non-contentious practice in the energy & natural resources sector often involves areas of public international law. She has advised on matters concerning exploration of gas in one of the largest undeveloped gas reserves in South America, the Camisea Gas Project, and the rights of indigenous populations in the Amazon; acted as an expert on issues of human rights of Mayan communities and corporate responsibility with regards to hydro-electric projects in Guatemala; and advised on regulatory aspects as to a large-scale hydroelectric project on one of the longest undammed rivers remaining on mainland South East Asia, situated in Myanmar.

A list of Monica's writings regarding legal issues and energy & natural resources can be found on the 20 Essex Street website.

To register for this event please see the event website.