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5th EFILA Annual Conference

30 January 2020 in London!

Investment Protection in the EU: Alternatives to intra-EU BITs

Keynote Speaker: Meg Kinnear, Secretary General of ICSID

Watch the keynote speech by Meg Kennear (SG of ICSID)


08:30-09:00 Registration and buffet breakfast sponsored by Clyde & Co.

09:00-09:15 Welcome Address by Chair of the Executive Board of EFILA
Prof. Loukas Mistelis (Queen Mary University of London and Chair of the Executive Board of EFILA)

09:15-10:45 Panel 1: Investment/investor protection under EU law?
Chair: Judge C. Vajda (Court of Justice of the European Union)
Alejandro Garcia (Partner, Clyde & Co.)
Raffaella Assetta (European Commission, deputy head of unit DGFISMA)
Dr. Patricia Nacimiento (Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP)
Dr. Alexandra Diehl (Partner, White & Case)

10:45-11:15 Tea/coffee break sponsored by Arnold & Porter

11:15-12:45 Panel 2: Alternative tools for effective investment/investor protection

Chair: Prof. Nassib G. Ziadé (CEO of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA))
Mark E. Appel, Esq. (Arbitrator, Mediator, ArbDB Chambers)
Mélida N. Hodgson (Partner, Jenner & Block LLP)
Eloïse M. Obadia (IFC/WorldBank)
Prof. Gerard Meijer (Partner, Linklaters)

12:45-14:00 Lunch break sponsored by JUS MUNDI

14:00-15:30 Keynote Speech: Meg Kinnear, Secretary General of ICSID
“Alternative Dispute Resolution in Investment – The Role of Complementary Mechanisms and Approaches”

Chair: Lord Goldsmith QC (Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton)
Monty Taylor (Partner, Arnold & Porter)
Prof. Stephan Schill (University of Amsterdam)
Dr. Paschalis Paschalidis (Senior Associate, Shearman & Sterling)
Arne Fuchs (Partner, McDermott Will & Emery)
Mirjam van de Hel (Partner, NautaDutilh)

15:30-16:00 Tea/coffee break sponsored by NautaDutilh
and 2019 Essay Competition Prize giving ceremony sponsored by Norton Rose and Brill

16:00-17:30 Panel 3: The future of the ECT and intra-EU ECT disputes
Chair: Dr. José Ángel Rueda García (CUATRECASAS)
Robin Rylander (Senior Associate, Mannheimer Swartling)
Dr. Wojciech Sadowski (Partner, KL Gates)
Luciana Ricart (Counsel, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle)
Quentin Declève (Associate Van Bael & Bellis)

17:30-17:45 Closing remarks

Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos (Secretary General of EFILA)

18:00-20.00 Drinks sponsored by Jenner & Block

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