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The Eighth Annual Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation, Arthur W. Rovine, Director, is returning to New York. 

The Conference will be held on April 11 - 12 at Fordham University School of Law. 

To download the conference program, please click here.

 

Thursday | April 11

8:30  REGISTRATION 

9:00  WELCOME
Arthur W. Rovine, Conference Director

9:15  KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler¸ Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva
Multiple Proceedings – New Challenges for the Settlement of Investment Disputes

9:30  INVESTOR-STATE ARBITRATION
Andrea K. Bjorklund, University of California at Davis, California
Constraints on Power and Authority in Investment Arbitration

Rudolf Dolzer, University of Bonn, Germany
Investments Made in Accordance with National Law

Abby Cohen Smutny, White & Case, Washington, D.C.
Investment Treaty Protections, Political Risk, and Tribunal Decision-Making

John Townsend, Hughes Hubbard, Washington, D.C.
Satisfaction of Conditions Precedent in the BIT

11:15  BREAK

11:30  CLASS ACTIONS AND MASS CLAIMS
James Carter, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, NY
FRAND Arbitrations: How to Manage a New Mass Claim Problem

John Crook, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.
Mass Claims at the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission

Christopher Drahozal, University of Kansas School of Law, Kansas
The Supreme Court and Class Arbitration: There and Back Again

Veijo Heiskanen, Lalive, Geneva
Consistency and Accuracy in International Mass Claims

Roman Khodykin, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, London
Why is Class Arbitration Unpopular Across the Pond?

S.I.Strong, University of Missouri, Columbia
The $2.4 Billion Question: Would a Contractual Waiver of Mass Procedures Have Been Enforceable in Abaclat?

1:15  LUNCH

2:30  ARBITRATION OF INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES ON ENERGY ISSUES
Arif Ali, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, NY
Gas Pricing Disputes: Defining the Issues, Controlling the Outcomes

Nigel Blackaby, Freshfields, Washington, D.C.
Investment Arbitration of Energy Disputes

John Bowman, King & Spalding LLP, Houston
Choice of Law in International Petroleum Contracts

Caline Mouawad, King & Spalding LLP, NY
Energy Disputes in Times of Civil Unrest

4:15  BREAK

4:30  MEDIATION
Elizabeth Birch, Gray's Inn, London
Aspects of International Mediation

David Bristow, Team Resolution, Toronto
Preparation for the Mediation of a Complex Construction Dispute

Robert B. Davidson, JAMS, New York
The Growth of International Mediation

Helene de Kovachich, Tribunal Administratif du Québec, Québec
The Judicial Mediation Model of the Quebec Administrative Tribunal

6:15  END of Thursday


Friday | April 12

8:30  REGISTRATION 

9:00  INVESTOR-STATE ARBITRATION
Tom Johnson, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague
Do Australia and Other States Really Want to Throw Out Investor-State Arbitration?

Mark McNeill, Shearman & Sterling, Paris
Bias in Investor-State Arbitration: Perception and Reality

Laurence Shore, Herbert Smith Freehills, NY
For Better or Worse, is there a Common Law of Investment Arbitration?

Todd Weiler, Independent Arbitrator, Ontario
The Meaning of a De Minimus Test in International Investment Law

10:45  BREAK

11:00  THE ARBITRATION OF INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DISPUTES
Gary L. Benton, Silicon Valley Arbitration Center, Palo Alto
The Android Wars: International Technology Arbitration in an Alternate Universe

Thomas D. Halket, Halket Weitz LLP, NY
When Laws Collide: Can an IP Arbitration Award Violate the Antitrust Laws?

John Judge, Arbitration Place, Toronto
The Impact of Technology on the Nature of Substantive Claims Asserted in International Arbitration

Paul Klaas, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis
Technical Expertise of Advocates and Arbitrators in International Technology Arbitration: Benefit or Burden?

Steven Reisberg, Willkie, Farr and Gallagher, NY
Arbitration of Patent Disputes

1:00  END of Friday