Evolution, Not Revolution: CIArb’s Work on ISDS Reform at UNCITRAL Working Group III

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13 February 2019 | 17:45 - 20:00

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10 February 2019

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Dr Paul Tichauer FCIArb, CIArb’s representative at UNCITRAL WG III, will be chairing a panel discussion to mark the launch of CIArb’s ISDS position papers ahead of the UNCITRAL WG III 37th Session (New York, April 2019).

This event will bring together a broad spectrum of viewpoints on ISDS reform to launch and discuss CIArb’s ISDS reform discussion papers, with representatives from academia, investors, practitioners and policy makers.


5.45pm    Registration, tea and coffee
6.25pm    Introduction 
6.30pm    Discussion papers summary  
                Panel discussion followed by Q&A
8.00pm    Closing remarks
                End of meeting followed by drinks reception

*Please note that this programme is subject to change.


Event Speakers

Founding Chair of the Canada Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2017, Dr. Paul Tichauer is a member of the Standing Committee of the ICC International Center for ADR in Paris and an active independent arbitrator. Recent appointments include serving as Sole Arbitrator for the ICC and as Public Arbitrator for FINRA – the Financial Regulatory Authority in the USA. In addition, in 2018 Dr. Tichauer was appointed as the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ representative at UNCITRAL Working Group ll on the Settlement of Commercial Disputes and at UNCITRAL Working Group lll on Investor-State Dispute Settlement reform. He has also served as tutor and assessor at the CIArb’s Advanced Route to Fellowship courses in Vancouver, Toronto and New York. A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Tichauer received a BEng (Metallurgy) from McGill University, an MA (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from Oxford University and a PhD (Metallurgy) from MIT. In addition to serving as an arbitrator, Dr. Tichauer has been a successful CEO and COO for over 25 years and now has an active practice mentoring senior executives from a wide range of international businesses and professional firms. Canadian by birth and German by heritage, Dr. Tichauer resides in Toronto. 

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Arbitrator (practising from Essex Court Chambers, London); ICCA Governing Board Member; Visiting Professor on Investment Arbitration, Dickson School of Law, King’s College, London University; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Judicial Member of FIA Disputes Board and member of the FIA Formula One Contract Recognition Board; Former Vice-President of the LCIA and Chairman of the LCIA Board; Former President of the Milan Club of Arbitrators; Former Chairman of ARIAS (AIDA); Former Council Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law; Former board member of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce; Former United Kingdom Government Delegate and Adviser to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration; Former Editor and General Editor of “Arbitration International” 1985 - 2005; Assistant Recorder and Recorder 1986-2005; Deputy High Court Judge 1999 - 2008.

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Wolf von Kumberg has over 30 years of international legal and business experience. He holds degrees from Canadian and European Universities. Having served as Legal Director and Assistant General counsel to Northrop Grumman Corporation and before that to Litton Industries Inc., he has unique knowledge related to the Aerospace, Security and High Tech Industries. His practise involved most regions of the World and included, commercial, government and state entities. He is now applying this accumulated knowledge to the field of global compliance, security, commercial conflict avoidance and resolution. Wolf is a certified CEDR mediator and an arbitration Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has mediated numerous types of commercial disputes and has been involved in a variety of domestic and international arbitrations. He sits on the mediation panels of CEDR, AIAC, WIPO, SCCA and the AAA/ICDR. In addition, he is a member of arbitration panels at AAA/ICDR, AIAC, LCIA and the SCCA. He is a founding panellist of the Aerospace/Security panel of the AAA and has assisted in the development of Investor State Mediation Guide for the Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat and is helping to develop the field of Investor State mediation together with ICSID, CEDR, IMI and the ECT. As Assistant General Counsel at Northrop, Wolf was responsible for developing a dispute management process including an ADR Policy, Guidelines and International Dispute Clauses.

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Dr Crina Baltag is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Bedfordshire, Director of the Centre for Research in Law and LLM Course Coordinator at the same University. Crina also teaches the LLM courses on Alternative Dispute Resolution at Queen Mary University of London and she is a Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. She regularly sits as arbitrator in international commercial arbitration cases and acting as counsel and expert in investment arbitration cases. Crina is member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), The Center for American and International Law (CAIL), and the Thought Leadership Chair of Young ITA. Crina is member of the ISDS Academic Forum, Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement. Crina received her Ph.D. from the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London and holds an LL.M. in International Commercial Arbitration Law from Stockholm University and an M.Sc. in International Business from the Academy of Economic Studies, Romania. She is the acting Editor of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog and she regularly publishes on international commercial and investment arbitration. Her publications include the books: ‘ICSID Convention after 50 Years: Unsettled Issues’ (ed.), and ‘The Energy Charter Treaty. The Notion of Investor’, both with Wolters Kluwer.

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Partner at Pinsent Masons LLP whose practice focuses on international arbitration and multi-jurisdictional litigation. He is qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate (England & Wales), an Avocat au Barreau de Paris and a Registered Legal Practitioner with full rights of audience before the DIFC Courts in Dubai. He has experience of arbitrating international commercial disputes as advocate in English and/or French in London, Paris, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He also sits as an arbitrator and has acted as Chairman of an Arbitral Tribunal, as Sole Arbitrator and as Co-Arbitrator. He has also appeared on numerous occasions as advocate in France in the scope of cross-border civil and commercial disputes (Paris Court of Appeal, Paris Civil Court, Paris Commercial Court, etc.). Legal 500 endorses Jean-François as “a bright and upcoming partner with potential to be an impressive rain-maker”, noted for “inspiring client confidence and mastering every aspect of his cases”. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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Phillip is a barrister called to the Bar of England and Wales, an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator. Phillip practices in the field of international arbitration and litigation from his chambers in London, Nairobi and Kampala. He is a Vice-President of the LCIA African Users’ Council and on the LCIA Panel, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators President’s Panel and ICSID Arbitration and Conciliation Panel designated by the Chairman of ICSID. He is accredited to UNCITRAL Working Group II and Working Group III by the Republic of Uganda.

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