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Monica Feria-Tinta will be joining Mr. Surya Deva, Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, as speaker on "New Perspectives on overcoming hurdles for parent company liability", at the 2018 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights to be held at the Palais de Nations in Geneva.

The panel will look into the topic of parent company liability in the wake of cases such as AAA v Unilever, Lungowe v Vedanta and Okpabi v Shell, and will discuss the rise of mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence legislation across different jurisdictions, as well as recent developments on treaty-making in the area of business and human rights.

The UN Forum, to take place from 26 to 28 November, is the world's largest annual gathering on business and human rights with more than 2,000 participants from government, business, law firms, investor organisations, UN bodies, civil society and the media.

The UN Human Rights Council established the Forum in 2011 to serve as a global platform for stakeholders to ”discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights.” It is guided and chaired by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights, as per Human Rights Council resolutions 17/4 and 35/7. 

The members of 20 Essex Street will be hosting a fraud seminar and drinks reception 19 June 2018 at South Place Hotel. Topics on the evening will be:

Hunting ghosts in the machine – developing pre-emptive procedures to tackle electronic and cyber fraud - Paul Lowenstein QC

Pre-action remedies and the rule against reflective loss - Blair Leahy

Pre-action remedies and arbitration - Belinda McRae 

 

Further event details can be found in the invitation attached. Please RSVP to the Marketing & Practice Support Executive, Tamara McCombe, to book you place.

On 10 May 2018 Thomas Raphael QC will deliver a lecture at the Singapore Law Academy of Law on the current developing international practices on how and where to decide FRAND cases, and consider whether it makes sense. He will address topics such as:

  • Who decides?
  • What should the courts decide on?
  • How should the courts determine who can enforce what obligations, the relief that can be sought for infringements
  • How a FRAND rate is decided – and the implications of these on parties to a FRAND negotiation or deal.
  • How should they shape their remedies?

For more details and how to register please see the attached flyer.

On 31 May 2017 GAR Live introduced a new style of session - the GAR Live Inquisition. Duncan Matthews QC (20 Essex Street), Audley Sheppard QC (Clifford Chance), Wendy Miles QC (Debevoise & Plimpton) and Alejandro Escobar (Baker Botts) were grilled by David Rivkin QC (Debevoise & Plimpton) and Lisa Bingham (PCA) on whether arbitrators ‘make’ international law. Ben Carroll (Linklaters) moderated. 

A review of the event and edited transcript can be read on the GAR website.

Monica Feria-Tinta will be speaking on Monday 14 November 2016 on state-owned entities and enforcement of awards, in a session on developments in Russian Arbitration, at Russian Law Week 2016. Russian Law Week explores the latest developments in Russian Law and offers an opportunity for UK and Russian practitioners to engage.

More information on the event can be viewed on The Law Society's website

Legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius (ICJ Advisory Opinion)
11th December 2017

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

Monica Feria-Tinta was a panel speaker.

Monica Feria-Tinta will be speaking at the "New opportunities for convergence in alternative dispute resolution" conference, organised by the United Nations UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific and THAC. She will be joining an esteemed line-up of speakers including Professor Philippe Sands QC (Matrix Chambers) and Mark Feldman (Associate Professor at Peking University), as a panelist on "Alternative Dispute Resolution and its use for the enforcement of environmental obligations".

The event, to take place in Bangkok from 17-18 May 2018, is an inaugural two-day flagship conference to discuss emerging trends in relation to alternative dispute resolution and the importance of a harmonised legal framework.

The event brochure is attached below, for further information.

Monica Feria-Tinta will be joining Lord Carnwath, UK Supreme Court, and a stellar line-up of speakers at the upcoming conference “Environmental Dispute Resolution and Small States", 6-7 September 2018.

The event is organised by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and the Centre for Small States, Queen Mary University of London.

The conference will explore the opportunities and challenges of resolving environmental disputes with and within Small States, in relation to a range of dispute resolution methods.

To register your interest to attend please see here.

On 4 April 2018 Monica Feria-Tinta will join Ricardo Abello (Agent for Colombia in the Advisory Opinion OC-23/17) and Law Faculty members of Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, on a panel discussing the new frontiers of litigation in international environmental law, in the wake of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights' recently issued Advisory Opinion.

The event is organised by Universidad de los Andes, Center for Socio- Juridical Research (CIJUS) and the Colombian Academy of International Law (ACCOLDI).

Further details can be found in the flyer attached.

Gordon Nardell QC addressed the recent conference on Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa, organised by the London Centre for International Law Practice and hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills at their London office. Gordon gave an update on arbitration in the Gulf states, focusing on developments in the UAE and Qatar. Gordon’s presentation covered topics including the contested “conduit” jurisdiction of the DIFC Court for enforcing arbitral awards against UAE assets; and the implications of the Saudi-led GCC boycott of Qatar for dispute-resolution there.

A copy of Gordon’s slides can be found below.