9:00 – 9:30 Registration and breakfast
9:30 – 9:40 Welcome Address
José Ricardo Feris , Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration®, Paris
Sarah Reynolds , Associate, Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago
9:40 – 10:00 Keynote Speech “Responding to the Challenges and Critiques of Arbitration”
Laurence Shore , Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, New York
10:00 – 10:15 Q&A
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 12:00 Do Class Arbitrations Have a Place in International Commercial Arbitration?
In the past decade, the Supreme Court of the United States has handed down a number of decisions that have garnered much attention and impacted the status of arbitration. Panelists will lead this interactive discussion, respond to criticisms of arbitration and address key questions including: i) the impact of cases such asBazzle, Concepcion, Stolt-Neilson, American Express, Oxford Health Plans , etc. on arbitration, ii) how to address issues that plague consumer/employment arbitration that are shared by international arbitration; and iii) the future of class/group claims in international arbitration in the wake of Abaclat .
- Gregory A. Litt , Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, New York
- Mariana Lozza , Deputy Director of the Direction of International Affairs and Controversies at the Treasury Attorney General’s Office, Argentine Republic, Buenos Aires
- Andrew J. Pincus , Partner, Mayer Brown LLP, Washington, D.C.
- S.I. Strong , Professor of Law, University of Missouri Law School, Columbia, Missouri
Moderator: Teresa Garcia-Reyes, Senior Counsel, GE Oil & Gas, Houston
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch ( Luncheon Speech “The Future of Investment Mediation”)
Eloïse Obadia , Partner, Derains & Gharavi International, Washington, D.C.
2:00 – 4:00 Exploring the Shades of Gray: Unanswered Questions on Enforcement of Awards
This session will present a synopsis on two enforcement decisions that are rich with policy implications affecting arbitration. Participants will then break out into small working groups, led by the ICC YAF Representatives for North America, to delve deeper into the unanswered questions raised by the decisions in intimate mini-debates. The session will conclude with an open forum discussion.
1) Micula v. Gov’t of Romania : which court got it right?
- What is the proper procedure for recognizing ICSID awards?
- What is (or should be) the applicability of international comity, act of state doctrine and foreign sovereign compulsion doctrine in international arbitration?
– Yasmine Lahlou , Partner, Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, New York
– Daniel Grodinsky, Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Montreal
Moderator: Tomás Solís , Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs, Washington, D.C.
Working Group Leaders: Teresa Garcia-Reyes , Daniel Grodinsky,Yasmine Lahlou, Sarah Reynolds, Quinn Smith, Elizabeth Silbert, Tomás Solís
2) In the line of cases (and fire): Chromalloy – Baker Marine – TermoRio – Commisa
- Can the Second Circuit enforce the Commisa award and stay within bounds of the decision in Baker Marine?
- Would a decision to enforce the Commisa award require breaking new ground?
– Elizabeth Silbert , Partner, King & Spalding LLP, Atlanta
– Quinn Smith , Founding Partner, Gomm & Smith, Miami
Working Group Leaders: Teresa Garcia-Reyes, Daniel Grodinsky, Yasmine Lahlou, Sarah Reynolds, Quinn Smith, Elizabeth Silbert, Tomás Solís
4:00 – 4:10 Closing remarks
5:30 – 8:00 Reception on board Private River Cruise
Following the conclusion of the conference sessions, ICC YAF has organized a private river cruise along the Potomac to enjoy drinks, food and networking while taking in stunning views of DC’s famous landmarks and monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Kennedy Center and the Pentagon.
Boarding location: DC Cruises, 3100 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007