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Integration and International Dispute Resolution in Small States

Date: 19th May 2016 - 20th May 2016

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Venue: WilmerHale, 49 Park Lane, LONDON, W1K 1PS

Event Details


19 May - 12:30-19:00 (followed by reception at 19:00)

20 May - 09:30-17:00

Venue: Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, 49 Park Lane London W1K 1PS

Co-organised by

The aim of this 1½ day conference is to bring together academics, representatives of Small States, as well as lawyers litigating in or for Small States (defined as those states with a population of 1.5m or less), to discuss the particular issues these jurisdictions face in regard to international dispute resolution and regional integration.

Small States are a micro-cosmos and allow the study of some legal phenomena more easily. On the other hand, Small States face specific issues due to their demographical, geographical size, and the size of their economies. Of particular interest are the commercial relations between large economies and Small States, the role of Small States as financial centres as well as B2B and State to State dispute resolution involving Small States.

Confirmed participants

Keynote speaker:

  • Gary Born, Chair International Arbitration Practice, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Speakers and Chairs:

  • Prof Nadja Alexander, Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy
  • Justice Winston Anderson, Caribbean Court of Justice
  • Agnieszka Ason, Technische Universität, Berlin
  • Elizabeth Bakibinga-Gaswaga, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Professor George Barker, Australia National University
  • Dr David S Berry, Dean of Law, University of the West Indies
  • Conway Blake, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, London
  • James Bridgeman, FCIArb, Dublin
  • N Jansen Calamita, Director, Investment Treaty Forum, BIICL
  • Barbara Dohmann QC, Blackstone Chambers
  • Professor Sue Farran, University of Northumbria, Newcastle
  • Stephen Fietta, Partner at Fietta, London
  • Steven Finizio, WilmerHale
  • Jack Graves, Touro College of Law, Central Islip, New York
  • Françoise L M Hendy, Chief Treaty Negotiator Office of the Special Advisor (International Business, Financial Services & Investment) Barbados High Commission
  • Desley Horton, WilmerHale
  • Michel Kallipetis QC, Independent Mediators Limited and Quadrant Chambers, London
  • Edwini Kessie, Office of the Chief Trade Advisor, Pacific Island Countries, Vanuatu
  • Alex Layton, QC 20 Essex Street
  • Dr Eva Lein, Herbert Smith Freehills Senior Research Fellow in Private International Law, BIICL
  • Brian McGarry, Director, Centre for Diplomacy & International Security, London Centre of International Law Practice
  • Professor Baldur Þórhallsson, University of Iceland, Small States Studies
  • Lauge Poulsen, Lecturer, University College London
  • Dr Jan Yves Remy, Sidley Austin, Geneva
  • Dominic Roughton, partner Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London
  • Professor Francesco Schurr, University of Liechtenstein
  • Geoff Sharp, Clifton Chambers, Wellington
  • Mele Tupou, Chief Executive, Ministry of Justice, Tonga
  • Professor Robert G Volterra, University College London, partner Volterra Fietta
  • Professor Gordon Walker, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha
  • Tony Willis, Brick Court Chambers

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CPD Accreditation

CPD hours have been applied for.

Registration and Pricing

BIICL Members:

  • Individual - £100
  • Full-time Academic - £75
  • Full-time Student - £40


  • Individual - £175
  • Full-time Academic - £125
  • Full-time Student - £75

N.B. The Academic rate also applies to staff of government and non-profit organisations.


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Sponsored by

Event convened by Dr Petra Butler, Queen Mary Centre for Small States, Dr Eva Lein, BIICL and Rhonson Salim, Open University.

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