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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Investor-State Arbitration in 25 Years: Evolution or Extinction?

When: Thursday, April 11, 2024, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: CCLS, Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary, University of London, 69 Lincoln's Inn Fields London WC2A

The investor-State dispute settlement system is undergoing unparalleled transformation in the face of calls for the greater regulatory freedom for States. Debates over an investment court in lieu of arbitration also continue apace in various fora, including UNCITRAL Working Group III. So what will be the fate of investor-State arbitration 25-years from now? Will it fundamentally change into a different mechanism or will it evolve to still retain elements of the system we see today? Will it adapt to meet the changing needs of global business, or face extinction in the face of growing criticism? Join us for a thought-provoking debate on ‘Investor-State Arbitration: Evolution or Extinction?’ as we delve into the complexities and challenges of investor-State arbitration. 


Opening Remarks: Dharshini Prasad, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher 

Judge of the Debate: Matthew Gearing KC, Barrister and Arbitrator, Fountain Court Chambers

Moderator: Mary Mitsi, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Queen Mary University of London


-          Team Evolution: Maanas Jain, Barrister and Associate, Paul Hastings; Nefeli Lamprou, Managing Associate, Linklaters

-          Team Extinction: Emilie Gonin, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers; Manuel Casas, Barrister, Twenty Essex

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