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Wed, 19 May


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ILA-Canada Biennial Conference - International Arbitration: Charting the Path Ahead

The ILA Canada will be holding its biennial conference on May 19th and 20th, titled: "International Arbitration: Charting the Path Ahead." Legal scholars and practitioners from several jurisdictions will be sharing their insights on the future of international arbitration.

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ILA-Canada Biennial Conference - International Arbitration: Charting the Path Ahead
ILA-Canada Biennial Conference - International Arbitration: Charting the Path Ahead

Time & Location

19 May 2021, 10:30 – 20 May 2021, 13:45

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About the Event

                                                                                   ILA-Canada Biennial Conference                    

                                                                 International Arbitration: Charting the Path Ahead

                                                                                          May 19 and May 20, 2021

                                                                                        Time: 10:30am – 1:45pm ET

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May 19th

Theme: Canada’s Important Contributions to ISDS and International Commercial Arbitration

10:30 - 10:35am Words and Welcome: Kimberley Stewart, CEO/Founder, Arbitration Place and Marsha S. Cadogan, Founder, Canaan Bridges Consulting Inc. and MSC Intellectual Property & Technology Law, Vice-President/Secretary, ILA-Canada.

10:35 - 11:00am   Keynote: Andrea Bjorklund, Professor and the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law, McGill University Faculty of Law.

Title of Keynote: “A Time for Trade-offs”

11:00 – 11:15am

Questions to Keynote Speaker: Konstantia Koutouki, Full Professor, Université de Montreal, President, ILA-Canada

11:15 - 12:30pm Panel One: Two speed Investment Arbitration: The interplay of new and older BITs and Investment Chapters in Recent Trade Agreements

Chair: Armand de Mestral - Professor Emeritus; Jean Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration, Expert in International Arbitrational Law, McGill University.

Wolfgang Alshner - Professor International Economic Law, Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa

Sylvie Tabet - General Counsel, Trade Law Bureau, Global Affairs Canada

Commentator : Lukas Vanhonnaeker - Post-doctoral fellow McGill University, Faculty of Law, Stagiaire, EU Commission, Brussels

12:30 - 1:45pm Panel Two: Arbitration or an International Investment Court: The search for a new Paradigm

Chair: Matthew Kronby – Partner, International Trade and Investment, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Marc Bungenberg - Director of the Europa-Institut, Saarland University, Germany, Professor for Public International Law and European Law; Directeur Europa-Institut, Université da la Saar, Allemagne, Professeur du Droit International Public et Droit Européen

Céline Lévesque - Full Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and Arbitrator Commentator: Ursula Kriebaum - Professor of Public International Law, University of Vienna


May 20, 2021

Theme: International Commercial Arbitration - Charting the Path Ahead

10:30 - 10:50am Keynote: The Honourable Barry Leon, Arbitrator and Mediator – Arbitration Place, 33 Bedford Row Chambers (London), Caribbean Arbitrators; former Presiding Judge, BVI Commercial Court

Title of Keynote:Considerations for the Future of Commercial Arbitration in Canada

10:50 - 10:55am: Questions for Keynote speaker

Video break: (Arbitration Place)

10:55 - 12:10pm  Panel One: International Intellectual Property Disputes and Arbitration: Intersections and Issues

Chair:  Michael Erdle - Chartered Mediator and Arbitrator, Practical Resolutions Inc.

The Honourable Faith Hochberg – U.S.D.J (ret.), U.S Federal Court Judge, FCIArb, Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators, Hochberg ADR LLC, “Strategic Considerations in Drafting Arbitration Agreements”

Heike Wollgast - Head, IP Disputes Section, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, “Resolving international intellectual property disputes through WIPO Arbitration”

Christopher Gibson - Professor of Law, Director of ADR Program and Director of the Business Law and Financial Services Concentration, Faculty of Law, Suffolk University, “Exercising Opportunities for Control in Technology ArbitrationsMark Kantor – International Arbitrator in Investment and Commercial Disputes, “Patent Rights and Arbitration: Why and Why Not"?

Commentator: Natalia Gulyaeva – FCIArb, Office Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells CIS (Arbitrating Technology IP Disputes)

12:10 – 12:15pm

Break (Announcements and Musical Interlude: Live Band - A.J Ensemble)

Panel Two: Charting the Future in International Arbitration

12:15 - 1:30pm

Chair: Oonagh E. Fitzgerald - Senior Fellow, Human Rights Research & Education Centre, University of Ottawa; Director, ILA- Canada; Co-chair, Canadian Environmental Domestic Advisory Group under CETA

Gus Van Harten - Professor and Associate Dean (Academic), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Laura Cundari - Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Partner at Blake, “Domestic and International Institutional Rule Changes 2020-21: Maximizing Efficiency in Arbitration

Ksenia Polonskaya – Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University, “Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility in Investment Arbitration’’

David Pavot – Professor, Research Chair on Anti-doping in Sports, Business School, University of Sherbrooke, “Current issues of the Court of Arbitration in Sport

Commentator: Catherine Kessedjian - Prof. émérite, Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II; President, Organizing Committee ADI/ILA 2023.

Conference Closing   1:30 - 1:45pm

1:30 - 1:35pm Closing remarks: Konstantia Koutouki and Armand de Mestral

1:35 - 1:45pm Closing performance: Jazz band– A.J Ensemble

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