Friday, July 24, 2009

Conference: Ethics, Issue Conflicts and Arbitrator Challenges

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law will host the Thirteenth Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference on Friday, September 11, 2009. The theme is: "Ethics, Issue Conflicts and Arbitrator Challenges." Here's the idea:
In recent times ethical issues have featured prominently in investment treaty arbitration. Parties have challenged arbitrators on numerous occasions, in different forums, national and international (most recently in Hrvatska Elektroprivreda, d.d. v. Slovenia; EDF v Argentina awards and the NAFTA case Grandriver Enterprises v USA) and on a variety of grounds. The conference will review and analyze the emerging practice on relevant matters such as repeat appointments, issue conflicts, duty of disclosure, financial interest, same-chamber barrister participation and others, with a view to discern good practices in this area for both counsel and arbitrators.