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Inaugural SIA/QMUL and ICSID Joint Arbitration Symposium: "Current Trends In Investor-State Arbitration: Annulment And Appeals, Challenge To Arbitrators And Transparency"

8 September 2016

Time: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Venue: Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5DA


The School of International Arbitration (SIA) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) are organising a Joint Arbitration Symposium to be held in London on 8 September 2016. This inaugural annual joint symposium will focus on current trends in Investor-State Arbitration and in particular, Review of Practice and Experience of ICSID Annulment Procedure, the experience and scope for further development of appellate and standing bodies, challenge of arbitrators, transparency of proceedings and the role of tribunals in ensuring legitimacy of the process. The topics will be addressed by an illustrious array of moderators, speakers and commentators while ample time will be left for discussion.


The event is accredited for 6 CPD points with the Bar Standards Board


08:30–09:00: Registration and Coffee

09:15–09:30: Introductory Remarks by Professor Julian D M Lew QC and Meg Kinnear

09:30–11:00: Panel 1: ICSID Annulment Procedure - Review of Practice and Experience

  • 2016 ICSID Annulment Report:
  • Opening - Doak Bishop / Silvia Marchili
  • Discussants - Sir Franklin Berman; Tan Sri Dato Cecil Abraham; Jean Kalicki
  • Moderator - Norah Gallagher

11:00–11:30:  Tea/Coffee break

11:30–13:00: Panel 2: Appellate and Standing Bodies

  • Is there Scope for an Appellate Body? - Lord Goldsmith QC
  • Lessons from Other International Institutions? - Nikos Lavranos
  • FTAs with an Appeals Mechanism - Jeremy K Sharpe
  • Need for Consistency - Professor Stephan Schill
  • Moderator - Sylvia Noury

13:00–14:00: Lunch break

14:00–15:30: Panel 3: Challenge of Arbitrators

  • Setting the Scene - Epaminontas Triantafillou
  • State Perspective: Need for Change? - Marie Talasova
  • Standards for Independence and Impartiality in Investment Arbitration - Chiara Giorgetti
  • Need for a New Code of Conduct for Investment Arbitrators - Michael Schneider
  • Moderator - Karel Daele

15:30–16:00: Tea/Coffee break

16:00–17:15: Panel 4: Tribunal’s Role in Ensuring Legitimacy

  • Managing Transparency - Salim Moollan QC
  • Dealing with Amici / Non-disputing Parties - Audley Sheppard QC
  • Reasoning of Awards - Mahnaz Malik
  • Limiting Time and Costs - Andres Jana
  • Moderator - Sophie Lamb

17:15–17:30: Closing Remarks by Professor Loukas Mistelis

17:30-19:00:  Drinks Reception

How to book

Register online via our e-shop.


  • Academic/Government Lawyer - £100
  • QMUL Alumni - £150
  • Standard Fee - £180


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