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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

5th EFILA Annual Conference: Investment Protection in the EU: Alternatives to intra-EU BITs

30 January 2020

Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: Exchange House, 12 Primrose St, London EC2A 2HS

Keynote Speaker: Meg Kinnear, Secretary General of ICSID


09:00-09:15: Welcome Address by Chair of the Executive Board of EFILA

  • Prof. Loukas Mistelis (Queen Mary University of London and Chair of the Executive Board of EFILA)

09:15-10:45: Panel 1: Investment/investor protection under EU law?

Chair: Judge C. Vajda (Court of Justice of the European Union)


  • Alejandro Garcia (Partner, Clyde & Co.)
  • Raffaella Assetta (European Commission, deputy head of unit DGFISMA)
  • Dr. Patricia Nacimiento (Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP)
  • Dr. Alexandra Diehl (Local Partner, White & Case)

10:45-11:15 Tea/coffee break

11:15-12:45 Panel 2: Alternative tools for effective investment/investor protection

Chair: Prof. Nassib G. Ziadé (CEO of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR- AAA))


  • Mark E. Appel (Arbitrator, Mediator, ArbDB Chambers)
  • Mélida N. Hodgson (Partner, Jenner & Block LLP)
  • Eloïse M. Obadia (IFC/WorldBank)
  • Prof. Gerard Meijer (Partner, Linklaters)

12:45-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-15:30: Keynote Speech: Meg Kinnear, Secretary General of ICSID

“Alternative Dispute Resolution in Investment – The Role of Complementary Mechanisms and Approaches”

Chair: Lord Goldsmith QC (Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton)


  • Monty Taylor (Partner, Arnold & Porter)
  • Prof. Stephan Schill (University of Amsterdam)
  • Dr. Paschalis Paschalidis (Senior Associate, Shearman & Sterling)
  • Arne Fuchs (Partner, McDermott Will & Emery)
  • Mirjam van de Hel (Partner, NautaDutilh)

15:30-16:00 Tea/coffee break

16:00-17:30 Panel 3: The future of the ECT and intra-EU ECT disputes

Chair: Dr. José Ángel Rueda García (CUATRECASAS)


  • Robin Rylander (Senior Associate, Mannheimer Swartling)
  • Dr. Wojciech Sadowski (Partner, KL Gates)
  • Luciana Ricart (Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle)
  • Quentin Declève (Associate, VAN BAEL & BELLIS)

17:30-17:45 Closing remarks

  • Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos (Secretary General of EFILA)

18:00-20.00 Drinks

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