NYIAC Annual Grand Central Forum: In-Person Registration


July 13, 2022 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Exploring the UNCITRAL-ICSID Code of Conduct for Adjudicators

The Program
The UNCITRAL-ICSID Code of Conduct is now in its third draft, and important questions remain regarding the question of how many hats an arbitrator can wear.

In this interactive session, the panel considers the challenges of double-hatting in international arbitration, and particularly investor-state dispute settlement as discussed in Working Group III.  We begin with a historical overview of the Code and its evolution.  We then turn to the issues that surround multiple roles — e.g., independence, impartiality, appearance, lack of clarity, and issue conflict, etc.  The current text of the Code presents 3 options to limit multiple roles.  Do these represent the collective views of all stakeholders? Will the Code receive widespread adoption and a resulting change in behavior within our community Please come ready with questions.

The Speakers
Andrea Bjorklund | Full Professor, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies), and L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law, McGill Faculty of Law | Montreal, Canada
Kate Brown de Vejar | Global Co-Chair of International Arbitration and Deputy Managing Partner, DLA Piper | Mexico City, Mexico
Andrés Jana | Founding Partner, Jana & Gil Dispute Resolution | Santiago, Chile
Lauren Mandell | Special Counsel, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr | Washington, D.C., U.S.
Moderator and Program Chair Donald Frances Donovan | Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton | New York, U.S.

The Agenda (in EDT)
6:00pm: Welcome | Delegate Check-In
6:30pm: Substantive Session
7:45pm: Q&A
8:00pm: Networking | Cocktails & Canapés
9:00pm: Close of Session

Please Note: Covid-19 Policy for all delegates attending onsite: Valid ID and proof of vaccination (including 1 booster shot), with health survey sent via email to all onsite registered delegates for completion before entering.

We thank Debevoise & Plimpton for generously hosting NYIAC’s Grand Central Forum.