Seminars and Presentations

University of East Anglia Law School

On Monday 3 July Govert Coppens will participate in a workshop on “The Future of International Courts” at the University of East Anglia Law School. Govert will be speaking on “International investment disputes: End of the road or a new beginning?”.  For more information on the event, and to register, please click here.

Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS)

On Wednesday 7 June 2017, Graham Coop spoke at a CCLS forum event on “Current Trends in International Energy Arbitration”. For more information about the event, held at Queen Mary University of London, please see the event flyer.

BIICL

On 31 May 2017 Robert Volterra participated in an event, held at SOAS, University of London, on “Brexit, China and Other New Challenges to International Trade Law”. Robert participated in a round table discussion titled “From Multilateralism to Bilateralism? New Trends in International Trade Treaty Making”. For more information, see the event flyer.

University of Notre Dame

On Tuesday 30 May Suzanne Spears participated in a panel discussion at an event, hosted by Volterra Fietta and the University of Notre Dame, entitled ‘Can foreign investors sue the UK for Brexit?’ For more information on the event, please see the event flyer here.

Kuala Lumpur International ADR Week

The KLIAW 2017 took place from 15-17 May 2017. On 16 May Robert Volterra spoke on a panel focused on analysing the developments and trends in the global international arbitration market since 2016.

Young Arbitrators Forum

On 12 May 2017, Isabella Seif spoke at a Young Arbitrators Forum event held in Rome titled “The Law Applicable to International Investment Disputes”. Isabella spoke on the application of EU law by international investment tribunals. For more information on this event, please click here.

Cambridge Arbitration Day 2017

On Saturday, 18 March 2017, Giorgio Francesco Mandelli spoke at Cambridge Arbitration Day 2017 on “Defending Investment Arbitration:  A Lost Battle?” and, more specifically, on “Stronger Pre-Conditions To Arbitration – Recent Trends In Treaty Drafting”.

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University of Oxford

On 17 March 2017 Robert Volterra spoke at the ‘Negotiating Brexit’ conference at St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford.  The conference brought together leading academics, practitioners and policymakers who are involved in ‘Negotiating Brexit’.  For more information, please see the event flyer here.

Centre for Advanced Research in Dispute Settlement (CARDS)

On 1 March 2017, Giorgio Francesco Mandelli and Robert Kovacs delivered a training session on Investment Treaty Arbitration to a group of 25 students from the Centre for Advanced Research in Dispute Settlement (CARDS), which is an initiative of the D.S. National Law University, Vizag, India.

Queen Mary University of London

On 14 February 2017 Graham Coop presented a lecture to students at Queen Mary University of London on recent developments under the Energy Charter Treaty.

New Zealand Law Foundation 2017 International Dispute Resolution Fellow

Between 28 February and 2 March 2017 Robert Volterra participated in a series of events through the New Zealand Law Foundation:

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International Energy Charter Expert Meeting

On Friday 27 January 2017, partner Suzanne Spears participated in the International Energy Charter Expert Meeting on Investment Protection Standards under the Energy Charter Treaty.

C5 Upstream Oil & Gas Legal Forum

Graham Coop spoke at C5’s Upstream Oil & Gas Legal forum on International Law and State Immunity – How to Get More than a Pyrrhic Victory. The forum was held in London on 24-25 January 2017 and Graham’s presentation took place on 25 January 2017. For more information, click here.

UK Environmental Law Association

On Monday 5 December, Christophe Bondy addressed the members of the UK Environmental Law Association and their guests on the issue of international trade negotiations and the environment, at the UKELA’s conference on “The Implications of UK Trade Negotiations for Environmental Law After Brexit”.

Centre for Transnational Legal Studies

On Thursday 1 December, Christophe Bondy was invited to lecture on international investment law at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies, London.

United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights

On 14-16 November, Suzanne Spears participated in the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva.  The theme of this year’s Forum was “Leadership and Leverage: Embedding human rights in the rules and relationships that drive the global economy”. Further information is available here.

Europe’s Proposed Investment Court System

On Friday 21 October partner Christophe Bondy participated in a seminar of invited experts at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College, to discuss the challenges and potential parameters of the European Union’s proposed Investment Court System (ICS) with representatives of the European Commission.

Executive Training on Investment Dispute Resolution

On Thursday 20 October partner Christophe Bondy together with officials from the Permanent Court of Arbitration taught an all-day Executive Training on Investment Dispute Resolution at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. The 25 participants came from government, the private sector, international organisations, and academia.

International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) event

On 9 November, 2016 Suzanne Spears served as an arbitrator for a debate on “What Does Brexit Mean for the Future of International Arbitration in London?”  The event was organised by Young ICCA and hosted by Jones Day in London.  For more information on the event, contact the ICCA.

Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA) Panel

On 17 October 2016, Dr. Robert Kovacs participated in a panel discussion titled “Guerrilla Tactics in International Arbitration From South-East Asia to the Atlantic” at a conference in Dublin presented by AFIA and the Dublin Dispute Resolution Centre.  For more information on this event, click here.

King’s College London Transnational Law Institute (TLI) Conference

On 30 September 2016 – Professor Robert Volterra spoke on a panel of experts discussing Arbitration of Maritime Disputes at a TLI Conference co-sponsored by Berkeley Law of California.  The subject of this event was Stress Testing and the Law of the Sea, Dispute Resolution and New Challenges.  For more information on this event, click here.

Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) Training

Robert Volterra presented a session on ‘Settlement of International Investment disputes: ICSID as a self-contained system’ at the Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) Training on Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration held in London on 5-9 September 2016.

Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) Training

Suzanne Spears presented a session on ‘Settlement of International Investment disputes: Practice under ad hoc arbitration using UNCITRAL’ at the Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) Training on Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration held in London on 5-9 September 2016.

 

Energy Charter Executive Training Programme Oct 2016

Christophe Bondy was an instructor at the Energy Charter Secretariat’s 9th Executive Training Programme for Young Energy Professionals, focussing on investment dispute resolution. The programme took place in Brussels, Belgium from 19-21 October 2016 at the Energy Charter Secretariat Knowledge Centre. For more information, click here.

 

Brussels Diplomatic Academy – AIA Investment Arbitration Masterclass (Brussels, 19-22 September 2016)

Graham Coop was among several experts teaching an Investment Arbitration Masterclass co-hosted in Brussels from 19 to 22 September 2016 by the Brussels Diplomatic Academy and the Association for International Arbitration (AIA). Mr Coop presented his topic, “ISDS in the ECT and its application through ECT cases” on 22 September (Day 4) of the event. For more details on this event, click here.

 

C5 Conference

On 30 June 2016, Graham Coop participated in a panel discussion on The Effects of Declining Oil Prices and the Development of a Global Gas Market on Contract Negotiation at the 6th Annual Congress on Successfully Negotiating & Renegotiating Long Term Gas Supply Contracts hosted by C5 in Berlin, Germany. Graham made a presentation on the topic “Renegotiating Gas Contracts in a Declining and Globalising Environment”.

2017 London International Boundary Conference

Volterra Fietta and King’s College will host the 3rd London International Boundary Conference (LIBC) on 5-6 June 2017 at King’s College in London.  The event will provide insights and talks from the leading minds on international boundary and sovereignty issues.   Volterra Fietta and King’s College are also proud to introduce the LIBC Scholarship, which will be awarded to six (6) chosen applicants in public service and graduate enrolment.  For information and to register for this event click here.

Foreign Investment Round Table 2016

In July 2016 Robert Volterra participated in the Foreign Investment Virtual Round Table 2016. A PDF of the report can be viewed here.

CETA, Brexit and the future of the Canada-UK economic relationship.  

On 28 June 2016, Christophe Bondy spoke on a panel of experts before an invite-only audience of leading Canadian businesses at Canada House, London, on the prospects for CETA and the Canada-UK economic relationship in light of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

International Bar Association Conference

Suzanne Spears spoke in Washington DC at the International Bar Association’s 2016 conference in a session entitled: “Conveniens and non-conveniens: the proliferation of judicial and non-judicial mechanisms for resolving and managing disputes involving corporate adverse impacts on human rights.”  The conference was held 18-23 September 2016 and Ms. Spears spoke 21 September 2016 at 10:45 – 12:30 pm.  For more information on the event, click here.

International Law Association Conference

Robert Volterra spoke in Paris at an ILA conference on “L’Artique, nouvelle frontière du droit international?” (“the Arctic, new border of international law?”) on 6 June 2016.  The topic of his panel is “Problèmes de revindications et de délimitations”. (“Claims and delimitations issues”).

 

 

Energy and Arbitration Conference (AIA)

Graham Coop presented his remarks “Energy Arbitration and EU Law” as a panelist at the Energy and Arbitration Conference in Brussels on 19 May 2016.  The event was organised by the Association for International Arbitration, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre, Arbitration Austria and The Greek Energy Forum.

International Boundary Conference

Christophe Bondy gave his remarks “Canada and arctic sovereignty: a technical perspective?” at the International Boundary Conference in London in December 2015.

Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference

On 19 May 2016, Suzanne Spears spoke at the Investment Treaty Forum (ITF) Public Conference organised by the British Institute for International and Comparative Law. This year’s conference addressed the Role of Proportionality in International Investment Law.

International Arbitration Institute Treaty-Making Conference

Christophe Bondy presented his remarks “The next generation: investor obligations, counterclaims and a shift of balance?” at the International Arbitration Institute Conference on Treaty-Making in International Investment Law, London, 19 April 2016.

OECD Investment Treaties Conference

Christophe Bondy presented his remarks “Fair and equitable treatment as a treaty or as a customary international law obligation” at the OECD Conference on Investment Treaties: The Right to Regulate and the Quest for Balance on 14 March 2016.

BIICL Seminar

Christophe Bondy presented his remarks in a talk entitled “The challenges of rule-making through treaties in an age of overlapping investment agreements” at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Rapid Response Seminar on the Investment Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, 10 March 2016.

Kings College – Public International Law

Christophe Bondy chaired a panel on Public International Law at Kings College in London at the 10th Annual International Graduate Law Conference on 4 April 2016.

International Law Association-Spring Conference

Christophe Brondy chaired a panel discussion on “Non-State actors in the Development of Public International Law”, at the International Law Association British Branch Spring Conference on 8-9 April 2016.

GAR Live Investment Treaty Conference

Christophe Bondy was invited and spoke in a panel discussion on “Mega-treaties and their implications for international investment law”, 2nd GAR Live BITs Conference in Washington DC, 18 April 2016.

Integration and International Dispute Resolution in Small States

Robert Volterra spoke at a conference on International Dispute Resolution in Small States on 19 and 20 May 2016. For information on this event click here.

 

 

International Disputes Seminar

On 26, April 2016, Robert Volterra spoke at a seminar co-chaired by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers on “Public International Law before the English Courts” which was held at the Army & Navy  Club in St. James Square in London.

Panel Discussion – Yukos Award Quashed

On 5 May 2016, Govert Coppens participated in a panel discussion and provided analysis on the Hague District Court’s quashing of the $50bn arbitral award against the Russian state.  For more details, click here.

 

4 March 2016

Suzanne Spears spoke at the Cambridge International Arbitration Day.

London School of Economics

On 14 December 2015 Suzanne Spears spoke at the London School of Economics at an event to launch a report on Human Rights Defenders and Business by the Institute for Human Rights and Business. For further information, please click here.

The London International Boundary Conference 2015

The London International Boundary Conference 2015. Hosted by King’s College London (Department of Geography), Volterra Fietta, Marbdy Consulting Ltd and Maritime Zone Solutions Ltd. The event was held at The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR. Conference details can be found here.

24 November 2015

Robert Volterra spoke at The 7th South China Sea International Conference “Cooperation for Regional Security and Development” in Vietnam. Robert was moderator on the session “International Law” and also spoke on “Obligation of Self-restraint, No Threat and No Use of Force”.

20 November 2015

Christophe Bondy spoke at the International Arbitration Institute Conference “Treaty Making in International Law”. Christophe spoke on investor obligations and counterclaims. For further information please click here.

18 November 2015

Suzanne Spears spoke at the United Nations in Geneva during a Forum on Business and Human Rights on “Addressing the challenges that Human Rights Defenders face in the context of business activities in an age of a shrinking civil society space.” For further information please click here

13 November 2015

Robert Volterra participated in a roundtable discussion on “Time for an appellate/permanent system for investment disputes? Assessing the report of the EFILA task-force” at the Scottish Centre for International Law of the Law School of the University of Edinburgh.

6 November 2015

Christophe Bondy chaired a panel at the 44th Annual Canadian Council on International Law Conference. The panel was sponsored by Volterra Fietta and addressed minimum standards of treatment in international investment law. For further information please click here.

31 October 2015

Christophe Bondy spoke at the International Conference on Changing Dynamics of International Arbitration in India. Christophe spoke about India’s proposed model bilateral investment treaty. For further information please click here.

26 October 2015

Suzanne Spears gave the keynote address at a conference in London entitled “Beyond Good Business: Advocating for Women’s Human Rights in the Context of Natural Resource Extraction.” Click here for further information.

11-12 October 2015

Robert Volterra participated in the conference “International Conference on Judiciary and Arbitration” organised by The High Judiciary Institute, Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Robert presented a paper on “Article 54 of the ICSID Convention and the enforcement of ICSID awards in the domestic courts of ICSID Member States.”

7 October 2015

Suzanne Spears spoke in Vienna at the International Bar Association’s Annual Conference on the topic of “Is there a role for arbitration in the resolution of environmental and social disputes.” Click here for further information.

17 September 2015

Robert Volterra spoke on a panel regarding Investment Treaty Arbitration at the annual Legal Business Arbitration Summit in London.

24 June 2015

Giorgio Mandelli spoke as part of a panel on “Strategic Objectives Behind Preliminary Measures in Arbitral Proceedings” at an ICC Arbitration Seminar on “Emergency and Preliminary Measures” in London.

22 May 2015

Patricio Grané-Labat spoke at the Madrid Arbitration Day. The title of the event was “Investment Arbitration and WTO Litigation at a crossroads” and the topic of his panel was “Trade and investment disputes in real life: are they complementary, what are the pros and cons of parallel proceedings, how should they be coordinated?”

30 April 2015

Giorgio Mandelli spoke as part of a panel on “An Alleged Democracy Deficit: What is the Future for Investment Treaty Arbitration?” at the ABA—Section of International Law 2015 Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

On 14 April 2015

Patricio Grané-Labat gave the keynote address at the 9th Annual International Graduate Law Research Conference at King’s College. The topic of his address was whether Israel committed war crimes in Gaza since June 2014 and whether the International Criminal Court could prosecute those responsible now that the State of Palestine is a State Party to the Rome Statute.

15 March 2015

Robert Volterra spoke at the Cambridge Arbitration Day on new trends in treaty arbitration. Click here for more details.

12 February 2015

Robert Volterra spoke on “The infringement of the obligations of self-restraint and cooperation under Articles 74(3) and 83(3), and possible strategies to bring disputes emanating from such infringement before relevant courts and tribunals” at a symposium on “The Rule of Law in the Seas of Asia” in Tokyo, Japan.

24 September 2015

Robert Volterra chaired Arthur Watts International Law Seminar on “International Law in Domestic Courts: A Global Perspective” at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

18 September 2015

Christophe Bondy spoke at the Twenty Fifth Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference “The ICSID Convention at 50” held at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

12 February 2015

Robert Volterra spoke on “The infringement of the obligations of self-restraint and cooperation under Articles 74(3) and 83(3), and possible strategies to bring disputes emanating from such infringement before relevant courts and tribunals” at a symposium on “The Rule of Law in the Seas of Asia” in Tokyo, Japan.

14 November 2014

Robert Volterra gave a presentation on “What is an abuse of a treaty right?” at the 2nd Annual GAR Live, Paris.

October 2014

Robert Volterra gave a presentation on “Boundary disputes in East Asia: applicable law, key disputes and oil and gas” as a part of the IBA Annual Meeting Panel “When State interests collide: exploration and production in offshore areas in dispute” in Tokyo

25 September 2014

Robert Volterra and Giorgio Mandelli presented on “Settlement Of International Investment Disputes: ICSID As A Self-Contained System” at the Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) Conference held in London on 22-26 September 2014.

25 September 2014

Robert Volterra, Giorgio Mandelli and Anass El Mouden presented on “Settlement Of International Investment Disputes: Practice Under Ad Hoc Arbitration Using UNCITRAL” at the Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) Conference held in London on 22-26 September 2014.

24 May 2014

Giorgio Mandelli chaired a panel on “The Protection of Foreign Investment” at the International Law Association (ILA) British Branch Spring Conference held at King’s College London on 23-24 May 2014.

6 May 2014

Robert Volterra chaired a seminar on “The ICJ Judgment in Australia v Japan (Antarctic Whaling): Implications for International Law and Litigation”. This event is part of the Arthur Watts public international law seminar series, sponsored by Volterra Fietta in collaboration with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (click here for more details).

15 April 2014

Giorgio Mandelli chaired a panel on “International Human Rights Law – New Actors and Challenges” at the International Graduate Legal Research Conference 2014 held at King’s College London on 14-15 April 2014.

13 March 2014

Bernhard Maier spoke about alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and bilateral investment treaties at the 2014 Mining Projects, Law and Regulation in West Africa Forum.

5 March 2014

Patricio Grané Labat moderated a panel on Business Opportunities at the UK-Central American New Business Opportunities Conference. Click here for more information about the conference. Click here for a photograph of the panel.

10 May 2013

Robert Volterra chaired a panel on The Litigation of Public Law Concepts in Investor-State Arbitration – Practical and Theoretical Considerations at the Twentieth Public Meeting of the Investment Treaty Forum.

28 January 2013

Robert Volterra spoke at New York University’s Investment Law Forum on a panel of the world’s leading arbitrators and arbitration practitioners. Robert discussed the application of investment arbitration doctrine from several seminal cases to the Chevron v Ecuador II UNCITRAL arbitration.

2 November 2012

Robert Volterra spoke about: Challenges to Arbitrators, ICSID/ AAA/ ICC Joint Colloquium: The Frontiers of Arbitration, Washington DC.

19 October 2012

Robert Volterra chaired a conference: The Global Crisis and International Economic Law: Bridging the Gap between World Economic and Legal Integration, BIICL, London.

4 October 2012

Robert Volterra spoke at the 7th International Hydrographic Office’s Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea Conference 2012: UNCLOS in a changing world on “The Judgement in the Dispute Concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary Between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal (Bangladesh/Myanmar) Case”.

24 September 2012

Robert Volterra and Chris Stephen spoke about: International Investment Law: historical background, policy objectives and issues, AILA Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration Training Programme, London.