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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

PARIS EVENT: Arbitration Is Dead, Long Live Arbitration!

12 April 2018

Time: 2:00 - 6:00pm
Venue: Queen Mary University of London Institute in Paris, 9-11 rue Constantine, 75007 Paris, France

Image of a crown6th Sciences Po Law School (SPLS) / Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Joint Annual Arbitration Conference: Arbitration Is Dead, Long Live Arbitration!

Detailed Program (Coming Soon)

14.00 Welcome & Registration

Panel 1: Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

Some voices in the international arbitration community have predicting a gloomy future for investor-State arbitration. Among other things, the European Commission has been working on establishing a Multilateral Investment Court to replace arbitration as a means for ISDS. UNCITRAL set up a Working Group aiming to explore the feasibility of different avenues to overcome the criticism against the current state of ISDS.

What is the state of play: Is arbitration still an option for ISDS or should it be replaced by other mechanism(s)?

Moderator: Diego P. Fernández Arroyo (Sciences Po, Paris)


  • George Bermann (Columbia University, New York)
  • Catherine Kessedjian (Université Paris 2)
  • Joongi Kim (Yonsei University, Seoul)
  • Catharine Titi (Université de Bourgogne, Dijon).

Panel 2: International Commercial Arbitration

The so-called public backlash against investor-State arbitration has led some practitioners to worry that international commercial arbitration might be affected in various ways. Among other things, there is a debate whether increased transparency may damage international commercial arbitration.

Is this an exaggerated worry or are there signs of collateral damages for international commercial arbitration?

Moderator: Maxi Scherer (Queen Mary, London)


  • Stefano Azzali (Milan Chamber of Arbitration)
  • Andrea Carlevaris (Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Milan)
  • James Castello (King & Spalding, Paris)
  • Philippe Pinsolle (Quinn Emanuel, Paris)

17.00 End


How to book

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