ICC YAF: The Law Applicable to International Investment Disputes

Rome, Italy, • English

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) is organizing a conference in Rome on 12 May 2017. The Department of Law of LUISS Guido Carli is generously sponsoring this conference.


The outcome of a dispute may greatly depend on the rules determined to be applicable. International investment arbitration does not differ from other arbitral procedures: the principle of party autonomy is the primary rule governing the arbitration. Only in the absence of a choice of law, arbitrators are entitled to exercise a certain degree of discretion in the determination of the applicable law. But, what are the solutions adopted in the absence of such choice? What are the interactions between the different legal systems involved (i.e., domestic and international law)? Moreover, given the new European Union competence over foreign investments, can EU law be deemed applicable to the resolution of a dispute?

Who should attend?

This conference is aimed at young arbitration practitioners of approximately 40 years and under: counsel, arbitrators, corporate counsel or academics. The ICC YAF Conference will be an ideal forum for young practitioners to exchange thoughts on international arbitration, and to enrich their network in the region.


16:00-16:30Arrival and registration
16:30-16:45Welcome address and opening remarks
18:15-18:45Closing Remarks
After the conferenceReception at La Limonaia


Michele CuratolaLombardi Molinari Segni
Prof. Zachary Douglas, QCMatrix Chambers/Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
María de la ColinaCurtis Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Hege Elisabeth KjosUniversiteit van Amsterdami
Maria Laura MarcedduKing’s College London
Domenico PauciuloLUISS Guido Carli
Isabella SeifVolterra Fietta
Giovanni ZarraUniversità degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Logistical notes

Aula Nocco, LUISS Guido Carli Department of Law, Via Parenzo 11, Rome

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