4th ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration

Houston, Texas, • English

The ICC International Court of Arbitration (ICC) is co-organizing along with the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) and the Institute for Energy Law (IEL) the 4th edition of the joint ITA-IEl-ICC conference on International Energy Arbitration to be held in Houston, Texas on 12-13 January 2017.



  • 2016 Energy Arbitration Year in Review
  • Oral History Luncheon Interview
  • Young Lawyers Roundtable
  • ITA-IEL-ICC Forum
  • Co-chaired by Suzana Blades (ConocoPhilips Company), Juliet Blanch (Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP) and James Tancula (Mayer Brown LLP)

Who should attend

Arbitrators, legal practitioners, in-house counsel, and academics who would like to learn more about developments in international energy arbitration.


Thursday, January 12

2:30 pm – Registration

3:00 pm – Welcome

3:05 pm – Welcome to the Roundtable

3:10 pm – What Would You Do? – Ethical Dilemmas in Arbitration

4:00 pm – The Call for Specialized Arbitrators, Forums and Procedures in Energy Arbitration

5:00 pm – Welcome Reception

7:00 pm – Joint Conference Dinner at Tango & Malbec Argentinian Steakhouse

Friday, January 13

8:00 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – Welcome Back

9:05 am – Keynote Presentation: The 2017 Global Energy Outlook

9:40 am – Expropriation Risk in DCF Determinations of Fair Market Value: Should it Affect Compensation and if so How?

10:40 am – Coffee Break

11:00 pm -How Good is an Award if You Can’t Enforce It? The Challenges of Enforcing Arbitration Awards Around the World

12:00 pm – Luncheon

A Conversation with Prof. William (Rusty) W. Park, Past President of the London Court of International Arbitration
General Editor of Arbitration International, R. Gordon Butler Scholar in International Law, Boston University School of Law Boston

Interviewed by Prof. Catherine A. Rogers, Penn State Law, Director, Institute for Ethics, Regulation & The Rule of Law, Queen Mary University of London

2:00 pm – How to Deal with Increasing Number of Disputes in Light of Low Oil Price Environment?

3:00 pm – Coffee Break

3:20 pm – 2016 Year in Review: The Top 10 Developments in International Energy Arbitration

4:00 pm – Tools for Managing the Arbitral Tribunal: Tips from Counsel, Arbitrators and Institutions

5:00 pm – Closing Remarks

5:15pm – Young Lawyers Networking Reception

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Aaron Rofkahr, Senior Counsel – Litigation, Chevron Upstream, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., San Ramon

Abby Cohen Smutny , ITA Chair, White & Case LLP, Washington D.C

Alan R. Crain , Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Governance Officer, Baker Hughes Incorporated, Houston

Alexis Maniatis , The Brattle Group, Washington, D.C.

Andrea Carlevaris , Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, and Director of Dispute Resolution Services of the ICC, Paris

Clyde W. Lea , Reed Smith LLP, Houston

Dietmar W. Prager , Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Diego Gosis , GST LLP, Miami

Dr. Michel Léonard , CEO & Chief Data Scientist, MaKro LLC, New York

Elina Mereminskaya , Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana, Santiago de Chile

Ginny Castelan , King & Spalding, Houston

Hewitt Pate , Vice President and General Counsel, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon

James E. Tancula , Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago

Jamie Miller , IEL YEP Representative, King & Spalding LLP, Houston

Janet Langford Carrig , Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ConocoPhillips, Houston

Juan Felipe Merizalde , Dechert, Washington, D.C.

Juliet Blanch , Juliet Blanch Arbitration, London

Lauren Friedman , Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York

Laurence Shore , Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP, New York

Lawrence P. Simon, Jr. , IEL Chair, Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette

Marcia E. Backus , Vice President and General Counsel, Occidental Petroleum, Houston

Mark Kantor , Independent Arbitrator, Washington, D.C.

Mark Lowes , Vice-President – Litigation, KBR, Houston

Michael Kim , Kobre & Kim, New York/Seoul/London

Miguel López Forastier , Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C.

Montserrat Manzano , ITA YAI Chair, von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C., Mexico City

Pablo D. López Zadicoff , Compass Lexecon, Washington, D.C

Prof. Catherine A. Rogers, Penn State LawDirector, Institute for Ethics, Regulation & The Rule of LawQueen Mary University of London

Prof. Peter Cameron , Co-Director, International Centre for Energy Arbitration (ICEA), and Director, University of Dundee Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy (CEPMLP), Edinburgh

Prof. William (Rusty) W. Park, Past President of the London Court of International Arbitration, General Editor of Arbitration International, R. Gordon Butler Scholar in International Law, Boston University School of Law, Boston

Rocío Digón , Managing Director and Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, SICANA, Inc., New York

Sarah Ladislaw , Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washington, D.C.

Suzana M. Blades , Managing Counsel – Arbitrations, ConocoPhillips, Houston

Teresa Garcia-Reyes , ICC YAF North America Chapter Representative, Senior Counsel, Litigation, GE Oil & Gas, Houston

Tomas Vail , White & Case, London

Torsten Lörcher , Global Head of Dispute Resolution Group, CMS, Cologne

Wendy Miles , Boies, Schiller & Flexner, London

William Knull , Independent Arbitrator, Houston

Logistical notes


Hyatt Regency Houston
Galleria Houston, Texas

Registration fee

Registration includes the conference, course materials, welcome reception and conference luncheon.

Payment must accompany registration.

Note: Early registration pricing is available through December 16, 2016.

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