This online event is hosted by CIArb, taking place on 11 November 2021 at 6.00pm UK time, please check your local time zone.
The Alexander Lecture 2021 will be delivered live by Wendy Miles QC FCIArb, Twenty Essex, from COP26 (UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021). The lecture will focus on ADR, sustainability and climate change and is entitled International Arbitration and Sustainable Investment: Facilitator or Foe?
Can international arbitration rise to the challenge of climate change?
Wendy Miles QC explores how international arbitration can play its part in global action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. She will explore:
The role that international arbitration can play in facilitating the global, systemic transition to net zero.
How international arbitration can be a catalyst for unlocking the $70 trillion of capital investment required to achieve net zero.
The need for arbitrators and counsel to understand how sustainable investments can be made viable prospects for institutions.
The role of professional bodies like CIArb in equipping arbitration practitioners with the knowledge they need to handle climate-related disputes.
Whether international arbitration needs to adapt if it is to be a true facilitator of the net-zero transition.
Whether or not it’s time to rethink damages modelling in transition projects or investment.
Wendy is a specialist in international arbitration and dispute resolution with a focus on private and public international law.
With over 25 years of experience, Wendy has advised on international law matters and conducted arbitrations under all the major institutions and ad hoc. She has advised a wide range of multinationals, including corporates, sovereign States and State entities and multilateral State organisations.
Wendy has assisted clients across numerous sectors, including energy, natural resources, banking, insurance, financial services, gaming, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, licensing, telecommunications and construction. She has sat as arbitrator since 2005, as sole, co-arbitrator and chair under most major arbitral institutions. Wendy has been appointed by the United Kingdom to the ICSID Panel of arbitrators and ICSID Panel of conciliators effective from 10 November 2020.
In the field of climate change and finance, Wendy acts as global coordinating counsel to various major corporates in relation to climate change transition, disclosure, reporting, compliance and investment. She regularly advises investors and States in respect of climate related physical, transition and litigation risk. She works closely with a number of States in relation to climate transition regulatory structures to mobilise finance and formulate climate investment policy. She also works closely with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and has represented it at the Conferences of the Parties on climate since 2015.