8th EFILA Annual Conference 2023

16 March 2023 hosted by Cuatrecasas in Madrid

Climate change and international investment law & arbitration: challenges and uncertainties


Download the Conference booklet with all bios of the Speakers here   




some photo impressions of the EFILA Annual Conference 2023









08:30-09:00 Registration and buffet breakfast sponsored by Quinn Emanuel

09:00-09:15 Welcome Address by Chair of the Executive Board of EFILA Mrs. Mirjam van de Hel – Koedoot (Partner, NautaDutilh)


09:15-10:45 Keynote Speech: WENDY MILES, KC (Twenty Essex, London)

The Role of Law in Promoting, Facilitating and Protecting Investment in Net Zero: What is it and why does it matter?

Chair: Dr. José Ángel Rueda García (Partner, CUATRECASAS)


Cecilia Carrara (Partner, Legance)

Samantha J. Rowe (Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton)

Dr. Paschalis Paschalidis (Counsel, Arendt)

David Sandberg (Senior Associate, Mannheimer Swartling)


10:45-11:15 Tea/coffee break sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland


11.15-12.45 Panel 1: Challenges and Uncertainties

Chair: Dr. Moritz Keller (Partner, Clifford Chance)


Alexander G. Leventhal (Partner, Quinn Emanuel)

Marieke Faber (Partner, NautaDutilh)

Timothy Foden (Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner)

Laura Cózar (Partner, Accuracy)


12:45-13.00 Kluwer Arbitration: Data-Driven Arbitrator, Expert Witness and Counsel Selection

Ewa Cairns-Szkatuła (Wolters Kluwer, Director Technology Product Management)


13.00-14:30 Lunch break sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton


14.30-16.00 Panel 2: Oxford-style debate: The motion of the house is:

A (modernized) ECT is necessary to speed up the energy transition in accordance with the Paris Agreement goals

Chair: Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos (Secretary-General of EFILA)


Anja Ipp (co-founder Climate Change Counsel)

Prof. Dr. Yannick Radi (Professor of Public International Law, Faculty of Law of UC Louvain)

Prof. Belen Olmos Giupponi (Professor and Head of Law, University of Portsmouth)

Prof. Rafael Gil Nievas (Of Counsel, Eversheds-Sutherland)

Risteard de Paor (Of Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills)

Lourdes Martínez de Victoria Gómez (State’s Attorney, International Arbitration Department, General State Attorney’s Office – Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Spain)


16:00-16.30 Tea/coffee break sponsored by Legance Avvocati Associati

2022 Essay Competition Prize giving ceremony sponsored by Brill Nijhoff and Norton Rose Fulbright


16.30-17.30 Fireside chat with Sir Francis Jacobs, KCMG, QC, Professor of Law, King’s College and Jean Monnet Professor, formerly AG of the CJEU

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


17:30-17.45 Book presentation: EU Investment Protection Law (Commentary on CETA) [Beck/Nomos/Hart, 2023] by Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos (Secretary General of EFILA) with Ignacio Diaz (CliffordChance) and Fernando Irurzun (CliffordChance)


17:45-20.00 Drinks sponsored by Boies Schiller Flexner



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