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Posted Feb. 23, 2009

J.B. Moore Society Symposium Examines International Arbitration

International Arbitration

Scholars and attorneys will examine one of the fastest-growing fields of international dispute resolution at a Law School conference Feb. 27 in Caplin Pavilion.

Sponsored by the J.B. Moore Society of International Law, “International Arbitration: A Look Into the Future” will focus on issues created by the unprecedented expansion of international arbitration among companies, investors and sovereign states.

For example, Argentina faces dozens of investment arbitrations in the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes due to regulatory actions taken in the wake of its economic collapse. The arbitration with Russian energy conglomerate Yukos has generated multiple claims totaling in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

“The rapid expansion of international arbitration poses new challenges,” said symposium organizer Travis Mock. “Arbitration began as a fast, simple, and confidential alternative to traditional litigation. As commercial arbitration becomes mainstream, there is a debate as to when arbitration is appropriate and when access to litigation should be guaranteed. In addition, sovereign states are increasingly finding their regulatory sovereignty circumscribed by foreign investors’ arbitration claims.  International arbitration is changing the way businesses, investors and sovereign states behave.”

The J.B. Moore Society of International Law, founded in 1951, is the oldest student organization of its kind in North America. The society sponsors speaker programs, an annual symposium and international moot court teams.

For more information, contact Travis Mock.

Schedule

FRIDAY, FEB. 27 — CAPLIN PAVILION
10-10:05 a.m. Welcome

Dean Paul G. Mahoney; University of Virginia School of Law

10:05-11:35 a.m. Panel  One, "Growing Private Commercial Arbitration: The Effects on Companies and Consumers"

Harry Burnett; Co-head, Fulbright & Jaworski Latin America Practice Group and the New York office’s International Arbitration Group

Stacie Strong; University of Missouri School of Law

Greg Williams; Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Washington, D.C.

11:35-11:45 p.m. Break
11:45 a.m.-
12:15 p.m. 
Lunch
12:15-2 p.m. Panel Two, "Sovereign States and Investment Arbitration — Second Thoughts?"

William Burke-White; University of Pennsylvania Law School

Elodie Dulac; Shearman & Sterling International Arbitration Practice

Oscar Garibaldi; Partner, Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C.

2-3:30 p.m. Closing Reception