The Eighteenth Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference

Recent Developments in Investor-State Arbitration:
Questions of Jurisdiction and Consent

Friday 11 May 2012 08:30 to 17:00


Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, 10 Thornhaugh St, London, WC1H 0XG


Sir Frank Berman QC
, Essex Court Chambers

N. Jansen Calamita
, British Institute International & Comparative Law; University of Birmingham
Professor Zachary Douglas, Matrix Chambers; Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Professor Kaj Hobér, Manheimer Swartling; University of Uppsala
Professor Céline Lévesque, University of Ottawa
Professor Maurice Mendelson QC, Blackstone Chambers
Lucy Reed, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Sergey Ripinsky, UNCTAD
Matthew Saunders, DLA Piper
Christina Schuetz, Clifford Chance (Moscow)
Professor S.I. Strong, University of Missouri
Professor H.E. Veenstra-Kjos, University of Amsterdam
Professor Guglielmo Verdirame, 20 Essex Street Chambers; Professor of International Law, King's College London
Gaëtan Verhoosel, Covington & Burling

The event programme is available to download here.


Recent developments in investor-State arbitration have highlighted once again the central role of consent in the establishment of arbitral jurisdiction. While consent remains a fundamental aspect of dispute resolution in public international law generally, its role is especially critical and complicated in investor-State arbitration where multiple treaties may intersect and the consent of multiple entities (State and individual) is involved.

This public meeting of the Investment Treaty Forum will examine the role of consent in the establishment of jurisdiction across three panels addressing problems and issues of importance and interest to practitioners, academics and government lawyers:

(1) Class Actions, Consent & Jurisdiction (looking at the issues raised by Abaclat v. Argentina among others);

(2) Counterclaims and Countermeasures (looking at the recent decisions in Roussalis v. Romania and Paushok v. Mongolia and the related issues raised when States assert countermeasures as a defense, as in Corn Products v. Mexico and ADM v. Mexico); and

(3) Competence de la Competance: Judicial Supervision of Jurisdictional Matters (looking at the issues raised in the recent set aside actions in BG Group v. Argentina (DC Ct. App. 2011) and Mexico v. Cargill (Ont. Ct. App. 2011)).

The event programme is available to view here.

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