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The Inaugural ISDS@Singapore Public Conference: Dimensions of Legitimacy in Investor-State Dispute Settlement

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13th September 2019

Time: 1.30pm - 6.15pm (registration from 1:00pm)

Venue: NUS Law (Bukit Timah Campus)
469G Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259776

The landscape of investor-State dispute settlement is changing. In 2017, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law conferred a broad mandate on Working Group III to consider possible reform of ISDS.

The progressive agenda was borne from growing concerns over the system and the substance of decision-making in ISDS. To its critics, the repeat appointment of certain decision-makers when investor-State disputes are settled by arbitration and the uneven quality of decisions rendered unite to undermine confidence in the ability of ISDS, in its present form, to adequately safeguard the interests of investors, States, and relevant stakeholders.

The inaugural ISDS@Singapore Public Conference assembles leading policy-makers, practitioners and academics to discuss the different dimensions of a legitimate, sustainable ISDS. It marks the first time that an Investment Treaty Forum-led conference is held in Singapore.


  • Mr Cavinder Bull, SC, CEO, Drew & Napier LLC
  • Mr Toby Landau QC, Barrister and Arbitrator, Essex Court Chambers
  • Dr Jean Ho, Associate Professor, NUS Law
  • Ms Daphne Hong, Director‐General, International Affairs Division (IAD) of the Attorney‐General's Chambers
  • Ms Miriama Kiselyova, Investment Expert & Legal Adviser, Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU
  • Ms Athita Komindr, Head of the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific
  • Prof Yarik Kryvoi, Director of the Investment Treaty Forum, BIICL
  • Mr Jonathan Lim, Senior Associate, WilmerHale
  • Ms Lim Seok Hui, CEO, SIAC
  • Ms Inga Martinkute, PhD candidate, NUS Law
  • Dr Nimnual Piewthongngam, Director, DPU Praxis Center and Lecturer, Dhurakij Pundit University
  • Prof Lucy Reed, Director, Centre for International Law and Professor, NUS Law
  • Mr Jeremy Sharpe,Partner, International Arbitration and Public International Law practices, Shearman & Sterling
  • Prof M Sornarajah, CJ Koh Professor, NUS Law

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Conference convened by Prof Yarik Kryvoi, Senior Research Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum and
Dr Jean Ho, Associate Professor, NUS Law.

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Registration Fee

Free to attend for members of the Investment Treaty Forum. ITF Members wishing to attend should register by emailing the Events team.

For other attendees the following fees apply:

  • YSIAC/BIICL Members/NUS Law Staff & Students: £30 (approx. 50 SGD)
    (you will be asked to confirm your YSIAC membership or NUS affiliation when making a booking at this rate)
  • Early bird rate (until 2 August 2019): £45 (approx. 80 SGD)
  • Standard rate (after 2 August 2019): £60 (approx. 100 SGD)

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 3.5 CPD Points (TBC)
Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Training Level: Foundation

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