07Dec 18

ICDR-AAA/ICC/ICSID 35th Annual Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration

Washington DC, United States, • English

Join us for the annual joint colloquium organized by the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association (ICDR-AAA), and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).


Since 1983, the three leading international arbitral institutions annually co-organise a joint colloquium that covers significant topics in international arbitration. This year’s event focuses on best practice in key areas of international arbitration. Sessions will address practical challenges faced by practitioners—i.e. ethical dilemmas, media scrutiny, compliance with awards—and offer guidance from experts in the field on how to manage these effectively. As in past years, the leadership of ICSID, the ICC Court and ICDR-AAA will also discuss priorities and trends at their respective institutions.


8:30-9:00Registration and Coffee

Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General, ICSID

9:15-10:00Keynote Address

Dyalá Jiménez Figueres, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica

10:00-10:30Institutional Developments from ICSID/ICDR-AAA/ICC

A discussion of each organization’s highlights and priorities.

·         Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General, ICSID

·         India Johnson, President and CEO, ICDR-AAA

·         Alexis Mourre, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration®

10:30-11:00Coffee & Tea Break
11:00-12:00Surveying Current Issues in Compliance and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards

What happens once an award is issued? Compliance, recognition and enforcement is an issue faced by all counsel who practice arbitration. In this session, experts will share their experiences with compliance, the challenges faced in enforcing awards in different fora and legal contexts, and discuss best practices.

·         Moderator: Alexis Mourre, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration®

·         Arif Ali, Dechert LLP

·         Mark Kantor, Georgetown Law

·         Silvia Marchili, King & Spalding LLP

·         Ucheora Onwuamaegbu, Arent Fox LLP

13:30-15:00Mastering Effective Techniques for Cross-Examination

Cross-examination is one of the most difficult yet important skills for counsel to master. This panel will consider how to, and how not to, conduct effective cross-examination. The panel will feature commentary from an esteemed panel of arbitrators and counsel who will share their experience, demonstrate best practice, and discuss how cross-examination should be approached in arbitration.

·         Moderator: Meg Kinnear, ICSID

·         Ian Binnie, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

·         Stephanie Cohen, Cohen Arbitration

·         Mark Friedman, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

·         Peter Griffin, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

15:00-16:00Leveraging Strategic Communications in International Arbitration

The new media landscape has practical implications for counsel in high-profile arbitrations, adding a public-relations dimension to cases. It also has an impact on how arbitration is perceived generally by the public and decision makers. This session will address both aspects, from handling case-specific media scrutiny to how the media shapes public perceptions of arbitration.

·         Moderator: Anne Urda, Law 360

·         Jennifer Haworth McCandless, Sidley Austin LLP

·         Patrick Pearsall, Jenner & Block

·         Tom Sikora, ExxonMobil

·         Andres R. Romero-Delmastro, Chevron Corporation

16:00-16:30Coffee & Tea Break
16:30-17:30Assessing the Ethical Conduct of Counsel in International Arbitration

This session will explore the real-life ethical issues encountered by counsel in international arbitration and discuss the rules and guidelines needed to establish standards for conduct.

·         Moderator: Eric P. Tuchmann, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ICDR-AAA

·         Julie Bédard, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

·         Jean Kalicki, Kalicki Arbitration

·         Catherine A. Rogers, Penn State Law

·         Abby Cohen Smutny, White & Case LLP

17:30-17:45Closing Remarks and Adjourn to Reception


Arif AliCo-Chair, Dechert LLP, Washington, DC
Julie BédardPartner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, New York/Sao Paulo
Ian Binnie CC, QCCounsel, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP, Toronto
Stephanie CohenIndependent Arbitrator, Cohen Arbitration, Brooklyn
Dyalá Jiménez FigueresSecretary of Foreign Trade, DJ Arbitraje, Costa Rica
Mark FriedmanPartner, Deveboise & Plimpton LLP, New York
Peter GriffinFounding Partner, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP, Toronto
India JohnsonPresident & CEO, ICDR-AAA, New York
Jean KalickiIndependent Arbitrator, Kalicki Arbitration, New York/Washington, DC
Mark KantorAdjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law, Washington, DC
Meg KinnearSecretary-General, ICSID, Washington, DC
Silvia MarchiliPartner, King & Spalding LLP, Houston
Jennifer Haworth McCandlessPartner, McCandless, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, DC
Alexis MourrePresident, ICC International Court of Arbitration®, Paris
Ucheora OnwuamaegbuInternational Attorney, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, DC
Patrick PearsallPartner, Jenner & Block, London
Catherine A. RogersProfessor of Law and Paul and Marjorie Price Faculty Scholar, Penn State Law, University Park, PA
Andres R. Romero-DelmastroSupervising Counsel, International Litigation, Chevron Corporation, San Francisco
Tom SikoraCounsel, International Disputes Group, ExxonMobil, Houston
Abby Cohen SmutnyPartner, White & Case LLP, Washington, DC
Eric P. TuchmannGeneral Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ICDR-AAA, New York
Anne UrdaEditor in Chief, Law360, New York

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