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Thirty Fourth ITF Public Conference: State Regulatory Powers and their Limits

Date: 10-11 September 2020

Time: 10 September 13.30 - 17.00 | 11 September 13.30 - 16.30 BST

Venue: Online

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Event Details

This online conference will address limits of state regulatory powers under international law. The speakers will include a mix of law firm partners, independent arbitrators, academics and valuation experts. The topics covered will include the most recent developments in investor-state dispute resolution, new trends in investment treaty making, force majeure, hardship and the right to regulate as well as the impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on investors. We will also discuss differences between various regions and the practical ways how new international investment agreements can better balance protection of investors and interests of States.

Provisional Programme

10 September 2020 (13.30 - 17.00 BST)

13:30 - 13:40
Opening remarks
Prof Yarik Kryvoi, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London

13:40 - 14:30
Keynote: Sylvie Tabet, Trade Law Bureau, Government of Canada, Ottawa

14:30 - 14:40 - refreshment break

14:40 - 16:00
Panel 1. Managing conflicting interests of states and investors: scoping the issues
Chair: Prof Robert Volterra, Volterra Fietta, London
•   Dr Inga Martinkute, Vilnius University, Vilnius
•   Roland Ziadé, Linklaters, Paris
•   Louise Woods, Vinson & Elkins, London

16:00 - 16:10 - refreshment break

16:10 - 17:30
Panel 2. The right to regulate as interpreted in recent investor-state and commercial awards
Chair: Jessica Gladstone, Clifford Chance, London
•    Manish Aggarwal, Three Crowns, London
•    Thayananthan Baskaran, Baskaran, Kuala Lumpur
•    Can Yeginsu, 4 New Square, London

11 September 2020 (13.30 - 16.30 BST)

13:30 - 14:50
Panel 3. New trends in bilateral and multilateral investment agreements: strengthening the state at the expense of the investor?
Chair: Diana Rosert, UNCTAD, Geneva
•   David Gaukrodger, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris
•   Robert Hunter, Osborne Clarke, Cologne
•   Prof. Jansen Calamita, National University of Singapore, Singapore

14:50 - 15:00 - refreshment break

15:00 - 16:20
Panel 4. Force majeure, hardship and the right to regulate
Chair: Dr Aniruddha Rajput, International Law Commission and Withers, London
•   Alan Bonfiglio Rios, Government of Mexico, Mexico
•   Chloe Carswell, Reed Smith, London
•   Ike Ehiribe, 7 Stones Chambers, London

16:20 - 16:30
Concluding remarks: José Manuel Gutiérrez Delgado, Government of Spain, Madrid

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How will the online format work?

  1. full programme online including comfort breaks - you will also get a recording of all presentations and slides to refer back to
  2. plenty of time for information-rich discussion involving key policymakers, practitioners and academics
  3. conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies and the list of participants with affiliations
  4. speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Zoom online conference platform
  5. opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers (both written and oral)
  6. networking opportunities - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 6 CPD hours.


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