Centre for Commercial Law Studies

MONTREAL EVENT: Investment and Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the CETA

1 November 2014

Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Venue: Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (room 100), McGill Faculty of Law, Montreal, Canada

One of the most interesting chapters of CETA is the investment chapter, which aims to clarify key substantive provisions commonly found in investment treaties, including the fair and equitable treatment provision, in addition to including detailed procedural provisions delineating with more specificity the characteristics of arbitrators and their powers in resolving cases.

Participants in a closing roundtable will discuss the implications of CETA, one of three investment agreements – the other two are the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – that will shape world investment and trade in the twenty-first century.

This conference is jointly organised by Pierre Bienvenu, Andrea K. Bjorklund, Stavros Brekoulakis, and Sabine Konrad.


  • 8:30 – 9:00 Coffee
  • 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
  • 9:15 – 10:45 Session 1: Policy Considerations on Investment Protection, including Substantive Standards of Protection and ISDS:  The Negotiators’ Perspectives
    Pierre Bienvenu
    , Global Co-Head of International Arbitration, Senior Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Montreal
    Sylvie Tabet, General Counsel and Director, Trade Law Bureau, Government of Canada
    Colin Brown, Trade and Investment Lawyer, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission (invited)
    Commentator: Alexis Mourre, Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • 10:45 – 11:15 Coffee/ Tea Break
  • 11:15 – 12:45 Session 2:  Salient Legal Issues in the Substantive Standards of Protection in CETA
    Stephen Drymer
    , Woods LLP
    Howard Mann
    , International Institute for Sustainable Development
    Sabine Konrad
    , Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
    Hamid Gharavi
    , Partner, Derains & Gharavi
    Mark Kantor
    , Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, Faculty of Law
  • 12:45 – 14:00 Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Stephen Schwebel, former Judge of International Court of Justice
  • 14:00 – 15:30 Session 3:  Salient Legal Issues in Investor-State Dispute Settlement in CETA
    Debra Steger, University of Ottawa (invited)
    Andrea K. Bjorklund
    , L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law, McGill University, Faculty of Law
    Andrew Newcombe
    , Associate Professor, University of Victoria, Faculty of Law
    John Gaffney, Senior Associate, Al Tamimi & Company
    Sophie Nappert
    , Independent Arbitrator, 3 Verulam Buildings
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Coffee/ Tea Break
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Session 4:  Roundtable:  Prognosis for CETA and Concluding Remarks
    Stavros Brekoulakis
    , Professor in International Arbitration, School of International Arbitration, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London
    August Reinisch
    , Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna
    Mark Bungenberg
    , Professor, University of Siegen
    Gonzalo Flores, Senior Counsel & Team Leader, ICSID
    Martin J. Valasek
    , Norton Rose Fulbright

Please download the programme for this conference.

How to Book

Please use the McGill University registration link for this conference.


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