Time: 11:00am - 6:30pm
Venue: Clifford Chance, 10 Upper Bank Street, London E14 5JJ
This event is hosted by the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) and the School of International Arbitration (SIA), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
This conference will offer the first systematic, multi-disciplinary analysis of legal reasoning in international arbitration. It will do so by examining: 1) the purposes and functions of reason-giving in arbitration; 2) the sources of reason-giving in arbitration; 3) the various influences, including extra-legal influences, on the making of arbitral decisions, and thus consideration of the virtues (and vices) of arbitrators; and 4) the modes and devices of reasoning employed by arbitrators in two different contexts: commercial and investment arbitration. The conference will examine these themes by bringing together arbitration practitioners and scholars with theorists and historians of legal reasoning.
An important aim of the event is to identify what is unique about legal reasoning in international arbitration, which necessitates: 1) an examination of the historical development of international arbitration, and the social and political contexts in which it operates; and 2) comparative analysis with other contexts of legal reasoning, including domestic and other international adjudication.
The Media Partner for this event is Transnational Dispute Management (TDM).
Panel 1 – The Purpose(s) and Function(s) of Reason-Giving in Arbitration
This introductory session will examine the purpose and function of legal reasoning, with special attention to the uniqueness of the arbitration context.
Chair: Dr Maks Del Mar (Queen Mary University of London)
Panel 2 – The Sources of Reason-Giving in Arbitration
Here we examine the possible sources of reason-giving in arbitration, including:
Chair: Professor David Caron (KCL)
Panel 3 – The Virtues and Vices of Arbitrators: Influences, Values, Ideologies
This panel will consider the following issues:
Chair: Professor Stavros Brekoulakis (Queen Mary University of London)
All attendees are welcome to attend the drinks reception that will follow this event.
Panel 4 – Modes, Devices and Techniques of Reasoning in Commercial Arbitration
This panel will look at how commercial arbitrators may go about giving reasons:
Chair: Juliet Blanch (Chambers and Partners)
Panel 5 – Modes, Devices and Techniques of Reasoning in Investment Arbitration
Here we continue the theme of modes, devices and techniques of reasoning, but in the specific context of investment arbitration, and thus including for instance:
Chair: Anna Joubin Bret (International Investment Lawyer)
Download the full programme here [PDF 190KB].
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