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6th Annual EFILA Conference, “The Renewed Roles of States in Arbitration”

When: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - Thursday, January 14, 2021, 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Online

Queen Mary University of London and EFILA are co-hosting the 6th EFILA Annual Conference. The conference takes place online on 14-15 January 2021 in the afternoon. It will examine the renewed and enhanced role of States in arbitration, discussing inter alia the toolbox of States as well as damages and valuation issues. The Keynote Speaker will be Professor Gary Born while the event is chaired by Professor Loukas Mistelis.

The detailed programme and registration information is available on the Efila website.

Registration is essential in order to get log in details.


Thursday 14 January 2021 [all times mentioned are GMT time]

13.00-13.15 Welcome Address by Prof. Loukas Mistelis (Queen Mary University of London and Chair of the Executive Board of EFILA)

13.15-14.45 Panel 1: The renewed role of States in arbitration

Chair: Professor Attila Tanzi (University Bologna and 3VB)


  • Jim Boykin (Hughes Hubbard & Reed)
  • Lucian Ilie (Reed Smith)
  • Evgenyia Rubinina (ENYO law)
  • D. Ilze Dubava (Latvian Government lawyer)

14.45-15.00 Presentation by Jus Mundi of its Search Engine for International Law and Arbitration

15.00-16.30 Keynote Speech: The Multilateral Investment Court (MIC)

Gary Born, Wilmer Hale, Partner and Chair International Arbitration Practice Group

Chair: Epaminontas Triantafilou (Quinn Emanuel)


  • Kirstin Schwedt (Linklaters)
  • Samantha J. Rowe (Debevoise)
  • Dany Khayat (Mayer Brown)
  • Kimbeng Tah (Gambia Principal State Counsel & International Arbitration Lead)

Friday 15 January 2021 [all times mentioned are GMT time]

13.00-13.15 Welcome Address by Prof. Nikos Lavranos (Secretary General of EFILA)

13.15-14.45 Panel 2: The toolbox of States against Claimants

Chair: Andrew Cannon (Herbert Smith Freehills)


  • Rafael Gil Nievas (Spanish Government lawyer)
  • Guled Yusuf (Allen & Overy)
  • Dr Veronika Korom (Queritius)
  • Dr Tim Rusche (European Commission)
  • Laura Rees-Evans (Fietta)

14:45-15:00 2020 Essay Competition Prize giving ceremony

15.00-16.30 Panel 3: Best Practices for Defending Investor-State Damage Claims on Quantum

Chair: Kathleen Paisley (Ambos NBGO Law firm)


  • Anthony Theau Laurent (Accuracy)
  • Dr Herfried Wöss (Wöss & Partners)
  • Ayse Lowe (Bench Walk Advisors)
  • Sandy Cowan (Grant Thornton)

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