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The International Law Institute is pleased to be able to support the World Arbitration Week in their upcoming 3rd Edition conference the week of November 28 - December 2, 2022.

Washington D.C. is the epicenter of investment arbitration. It has the headquarters of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), law firms specialized in investment arbitration, public international law and international commercial arbitration, international organizations, United States federal agencies specialized in investment arbitration, embassies, vibrant law schools, NGOs and think tanks. Washington D.C. Arbitration Week (WAW) provides an organic D.C. forum in international arbitration for its legal community and the international and foreign community connected to it. WAW will further advance the analysis and discussion of developments reflected in arbitral awards, treaties and international instruments at the forefront of international arbitration.

WAW’s panels will follow a dynamic format and foster an open discussion about the future of international arbitration. They will shed light on new arbitration techniques, focus on developments and evolving interpretations and views, and discuss the best practices for international arbitration in the new virtual reality.

WAW 2022 will be a showcase of international arbitration in Washington, D.C. On behalf of all of our supporters, panel speakers and moderators, we welcome newcomers and experienced practitioners alike to our city and arbitration community.

WAW Founders, José Antonio Rivas & Ian A. Laird


FOR MORE INFORMATION: WWW.WASHINGTONARBITRATIONWEEK.COM 



 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2022

INAUGURAL SPEAKER ON STATUS OF CODE OF CONDUCT  

Speaker:   Chiara Giorgetti 
Time:  09:30 to 10:00 EST 
Host:   Allen & Overy LLP, 1101 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 
Register: Virtual Registration 
In-Person Registration 
 
THE NEXT VARIANT OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION: LIFE SCIENCES 
   
Time:  10:30 to 12:00 EST 
Host:   Allen & Overy LLP, 1101 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration 

BATTLING THE GOLIATH OF ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS: TOP BLUNDERS REVEALED
   
Time:  13:00 to 14:30 EST 
Host:   Allen & Overy1101 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration

ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AS AN EXCEPTION TO COMPLYING WITH INTERNATIONAL TRADE
AND INVESTMENT OBLIGATIONS
   
Time:  16:00 to 17:30 EST 
Host:   Allen & Overy1101 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration 



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2022
 
TECHNOLOGY: GADGETS IN THE ARBITRATION JUNGLE
 
Time:  09:00 to 10:30 EST
Host:  
Register: Virtual Registration 
 
  
DRAFTING A COMPELLING FACTS SECTION:
HOW TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE TRIBUNAL [ARBITRATION PRACTITIONERS’ SESSION]
 
 
Time:  11:30 to 13:00 EST
Host:   Miller & Chevalier, 900 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Register: Virtual Registration 
In-Person Registration

RIDING THE ARBITRATION BICYCLE: THE IMPORTANCE OF ACHIEVING BALANCE IN YOUR ARBITRATION CAREER
   
Time: 
13:30 to 15:00 EST
Host:   Miller & Chevalier, 900 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   

BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN TIME OF WAR AND CONFLICT: THE POWER OF INTERNATIONAL ADVOCACY
   
Time:  16:00 to 17:30 EST
Host:   Miller & Chevalier, 900 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   

ICC ARBITRATION CLAUSES: STABLE FOUNDATIONS IN AN INCREASINGLY UNSTABLE WORLD (WORKSHOP) 
   
Time:  18:15 to 19:45 EST
Host:   BakerHostetler, 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1100, Washington , D.C 20036
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2022
 

FAIR AND EQUITABLE TREATMENT AND DENIAL OF JUSTICE:
VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL TREATY OBLIGATIONS BY DOMESTIC COURTS? 
   
Time:  09:00 to 10:30 EST
Host:   Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, 1401 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   
 
PANEL ON HISTORY, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF ICSID: WHERE IT CAME FROM, AND WHERE IT MIGHT GO?
   
Time:   12:30 to 14:00 EST
Host:   ICSID, 1818 H ST. NW, MSC-30, WASHINGTON, DC 20433 
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MEG KINNEAR 
   
Time:  12:30 to 12:20 EST
Host:   ICSID, 1818 H ST. NW, MSC-30, WASHINGTON, DC 20433
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   
 
GUIDELINES ON PREVENTION AND DEFENSE IN INVESTMENT ARBITRATION
   
Time:  16:30 to 18:00 EST
Host:   Arent Fox, 1717 K St. NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20006
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   

INFLUENCE OF PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW IN INVESTMENT ARBITRATION
   
Time:  14:45 to 16:15 EST
Host:   Arent Fox, 1717 K St. NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20006
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2022

INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT PROTECTION OF SPACE ASSETS
   
Time:  09:00 to 10:30 EST
Host:   Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, 1501 K Street, N.W. #600, Washington, DC 20005
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   
 
THE ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES IN INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION:
AN UPDATE ON MERITS AND QUANTUM

Time:  12:00 to 13:30 EST
Host:   Sidley Austin, LLP 1501 L St NW, #600, WASHINGTON, DC 20005
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   

WORKING WITH YOUR EXPERT: HOW TO DRAFT THE DAMAGES SECTION OF A MEMORIAL
AND WORK WITH THE DAMAGES EXPERT IN PREPARATION OF THE HEARING? (PRACTICAL SESSION)
   
Time:  14:00 to 15:30 EST
Host:   Sidley Austin, LLP 1501 L St NW, #600, WASHINGTON, DC 20005
Register:  Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   
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FROM INCEPTION TO RECOVERY:
A PANORAMA OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION FEATURING WOMEN [ARBITRAL WOMEN AND WAW PANEL]
   
Time:  16:00 to 17:30 EST
Host:   Covington & Burling, 850 10th St. NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20268
Register:  Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration 


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2022

SEABED MINING: JURISDICTION, MERITS AND QUANTUM
   
Time:  08:30 to 10:00 EST
Host:    
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   
.
WHAT IS AN ARBITRAL AWARD BUT A PIECE OF PAPER WITHOUT ENFORCEMENT,
ASSET TRACERS TO HELP LEVERAGE COMPLIANCE, AND FUNDING TO ENFORCE AND COLLECT?

Time:  11:00 to 12:30 EST
Host:   Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   
.
ARBITRATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE MIDST OF CLIMATE CHANGE
   
Time:  13:00 to 14:30 EST
Host:   Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   
CLASS OR COLLECTIVE ACTION IN ARBITRATION
   
Time:  15:00 to 16:30 EST
Host:   Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Register: Virtual Registration 
  In-Person Registration   
 

 


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JURIS Conferences

Sixteenth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration: A Debate & Discussion


Friday, 14 October 2022


Hosted at Crowell & Moring LLP

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004



PROGRAM LINK



This four-panel program will feature leading arbitration practitioners and scholars who will tackle important questions of international investment law and arbitration.

We hope you will join us for our first return to in-person events.

Health safety is the number one priority of JURIS and our partners, please read the visitor policy and protocols here before completing an in-person registration (all attendees must be vaccinated and boosted).

Each panel will feature two authors whose writings have taken opposing views on the topic question. After the authors present their positions, the panel of speakers will engage in a moderated discussion of the topic question and the writings of the authors. Please see the program and faculty information below.


CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS

Todd Weiler              Independent Arbitrator & IIDS Expert (London, Ontario)
Kabir Duggal            Arnold & Porter (New York)
Rekha Rangachari   New York International Arbitration Center


CONFERENCE ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Camilla Gambarini   Withers (London)


PROGRAM SCHEDULE

8:00 – 9:00 AM      Registration      Coffee and tea upon arrival
9:00 - 10:30 AM     Panel 1              The Only Valid Basis for Treaty Claims Involving Judicial Action or
                                                          Inaction is the CIL Theory of Denial of Justice; True or False?


MODERATOR 

Nicole Silver                      Validity Finance (DC)


AUTHORS

True:      Cesar Riviere     Skadden (New York)
False:     Myriam Seers    Savoie Laporte (Toronto)



PANELISTS

Michael A. Fernandez     Rivero Mestre (New York)
Camilla Gambarini          Withers (London)
James Hosking               Chaffetz Lindsey (New York)
Caline Mouawad             Chaffetz Lindsey (New York)


10:30 - 10:45 AM     Networking   Coffee/Tea Break
10:45 - 12:15 PM     Panel 2          Yes or No: The UNCITRAL WGIII Proposal on Limit on Multiple Roles is a Good Idea?


MODERTOR 

Kathleen Claussen         University of Miami


AUTHORS

No:       Laura Yvonne Zieslinski     Holland & Knight (Mexico City)
Yes:      Yusuf Kumtepe                  Kabine Law Office (Istanbul)


PANELIST

Marinn Carlson       Sidley Austin (DC)
Kiran Nasir Gore    George Washington University Law School / Law Offices of Kiran N Gore (DC)
Miriam Harwood     Squire Patton Boggs (New York)
Amanda J. Lee       Costigan King (London)


12:15 - 1:00 PM       Keynote Address made by Frédéric G. Sourgens – Washburn University School of Law
  1:00 - 2:00 PM       Networking Lunch
  2:00 - 3:30 PM       Panel 3 – The State Enterprise as Investor: A Special Threat Requiring Special Rules or Not?


MODERATOR 

Teddy Baldwin    Steptoe (DC)


AUTHORS

Special Threat:               David Blackman    Chaffetz Lindsey (New York)
Not a Special Threat:     Jack Busby            Allen & Overy (London)


PANELISTS

José Antonio Rivas    Xtrategy LLP / Georgetown University Law Center (DC)
Charles Kotuby          University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Mahnaz Malik            Twenty Essex (London)
Kirsten Teo                Dechert (DC)


3:30 - 3:45 PM    Networking Coffee/Tea Break
3:45 - 5:15 PM    Panel 4 – The US will maintain its current BIT policy. It will not change
                            even if the US loses the pending NAFTA cases; True or False?



MODERATOR

Timothy G. Nelson    Skadden (New York)


AUTHORS

True:             Laura R. Zimmerman    Baker & McKenzie (New York)
False:           Zeïneb Bouraoui            Cleary Gottlieb (Paris)


PANELIST

Andrew Behrman       Baker Botts (New York)
Ian Laird                     Crowell & Moring (DC)
Floriane Lavaud         Debevoise & Plimpton (New York)
Ankita Ritwik              Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (DC)


5:15 - 6:15 PM   Cocktail Reception





REGISTRATION:

Register for the in-person event at the Washington, DC office of Crowell & Moring – Register at a discounted rate for our first return to in-person events. Registration fee includes live attendance, written course materials, a copy of the Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law – Volume 16 when published, refreshments at breaks, luncheon, and a drinks reception following the program. The fee does not include accommodations.


**Please read the visitor policy and protocols here before completing an in-person registration.**

All registrants who seek to enter the event location must be fully vaccinated and have received a booster vaccine. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated registrants. Visitors should not enter the office if they feel ill. An online OfficePass questionnaire will be circulated to registrants and must be completed 48 hours before entering the event.


Sixteenth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration:                $595.00    REGISTRATION
Sixteenth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration*:               $475.00     REGISTRATION

*ONLY available to Full-Time Academics, Government Employees, and Full-Time In-House Corporate Counsel.


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Continuing Legal Education:
7 hours of NYS CLE credit (transitional and non-transitional) in the area of Professional Practice and a general certificate of attendance will be provided upon request.

Student Rate: For traditional full-time students with current student ID; Contact JURIS Conferences at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for current rate.

Financial Aid: Our Financial Aid policy is available here




VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE


Join the event virtually with an online subscription to JURIS’s digital library – If you’ve decided not to attend the in-person conference but don’t want to miss the program, JURIS offers live virtual attendance and recording access as a bonus of our online database subscriptions. Purchase of a one-year online subscription to our Investment Treaty Arbitration Library includes live virtual attendance to the conference for you and any members of your organization. For an impressive value of only $500.00 USD, this online library includes access to all volumes of the Investment Arbitration and International Law series, additional publications from JURIS on investment arbitration (22 publications and growing), as well as recordings of the 14th and 15th Investment Treaty Arbitration webinars. The Investment Treaty Arbitration series is a collection of 15 (soon-to-be 16) volumes. The ITA books compile the papers and proceedings of JURIS Conferences’ annual conference on investment treaty arbitration, moderated by Todd J. Weiler alongside some of the most notable investment law practitioners (Ian A. Laird, Kabir Duggal, Rekha Rangachari, Borzu Sabahi, Frédéric G. Sourgens, and many others).

Subscribers to the full JURIS Arbitration Law database can also attend the conference virtually as a perk of their subscription.

If you or your organization are a current subscriber or have purchased a subscription and wish to register for the virtual conference, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NYS CLE credit (transitional and non-transitional) in the area of Professional Practice (7 hours) and a general certificate of attendance will be provided upon request.




FACULTY

Conference Co-Chairs:

Todd Weiler launched JURIS’s Investment Treaty Arbitration conference and book series on international investment law and arbitration in 2006. He is a leading expert on international investment law and arbitration, having participated in many dozens of disputes as counsel, expert, or arbitrator since being called to the bar of Ontario in 1999. He holds a M.A. in public policy and a LL.B. from Western University (Canada), a LL.M. in international trade law from the University of Ottawa, and a LL.M. and a S.J.D. in international investment law from the University of Michigan. He is also currently pursuing a Ph.D. in international and transnational history at Western University. His name has appeared on the Who’s Who Legal list of leading international arbitration lawyers since 2007 and on the Global Arbitration Review’s list of the world’s leading specialist international arbitration firms, the GAR 100, since 2011.

Kabir Duggal, of Arnold & Porter (New York), focuses his practice on international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters, serving both as counsel and arbitrator. Dr. Duggal’s experience includes complex disputes under numerous bilateral/multilateral investment treaties and contracts in South Asia, Latin America, Central Asia, Middle East, Europe, and Africa. His experience flows from his triple training in international law, common law, and civil law traditions. The total value of the disputes he has been involved in exceeds 80 billion dollars. He has facilitated the mediation and negotiation of complex disputes. He also acts as a Consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) on the creation of a novel “Investment Support Program” (which was shortlisted by Global Arbitration Review for the category of “Best Developments” for 2018). He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Investment Support Program. Dr. Duggal is a Lecturer-in-Law at the Columbia Law School, teaching “International Investment Law and Arbitration.” He is also a Course Director and Faculty Member for the Columbia Law School-Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Comprehensive Course on International Arbitration.

Rekha Rangachari is the Executive Director of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC). Prior to joining NYIAC, Ms. Rangachari was Director for the New York Commercial Division of the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR). Rekha is actively engaged with the arbitration community, serving as Board Member of ArbitralWomen and Co-Chair of Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers, on various bar association boards and committees, and as Adjunct Faculty at Seton Hall Law School.


CONFERENCE ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Camilla Gambarini is a Senior Associate at Withers in London. She is dual qualified in Italy and England & Wales as a Solicitor Advocate and specialises in public international law and international arbitration. Camilla represents investors and sovereign States in investment treaty arbitrations under the main arbitration rules and industry sectors, including energy and infrastructure, in EMEA, CIS and Latin America. She is listed as “Rising Star” (Public International Law) by Legal 500 UK, “Future Leader (Non Partner)” by Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration, and Best Lawyers ranked her as “Ones to Watch – Arbitration” in the UK.



ACCOMMODATIONS

While hotel accommodations are not included with in-person registration, we are happy to extend preferred recommendations (corporate rates) to the following hotels. Interested parties should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for codes to take advantage of these rates.

JW Marriott
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 393-2000
Web: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasjw-jw-marriott-washington-dc/

Waldorf Astoria Washington DC
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 695-1100
Web: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/dcawawa-waldorf-astoria-washington-dc/

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 582-1234
Web: https://www.reservations.com/hotel/grand-hyatt-washington

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WORLD ARBITRATION UPDATE ANNOUNCES ITS 2ND EDITION FROM SEPTEMBER 26 to 30, 2022.


WAU 2022 is connecting 5 continents by holding 21 panels, including 3 in-person panels in Singapore, Washington D.C. and Bogota, and 18 fully virtual panels to further expand international arbitration and public international law. At WAU, practitioners, States, private parties, arbitrators, international organizations, academics and students have the possibility to engage with each other and nourish the conversation on investment and international commercial arbitration, while being members of a forum that integrates the world through connectivity and precise updates.

Learn More at: https://worldarbitrationupdate.com/



The International Law Institute is honored to announce this program and support the World Aritration Update.



THE WORLD ARBITRATION UPDATE [WAU]


The World Arbitration Update (WAU) will update the global community on key and novel topics of investment and internationalcommercial arbitration, and public international law in a decentralized forum.

By the end of the 1990s, and even by the end of the 2000s, it may have been possible to keep up to date individually by directly digesting the few investment arbitration awards and main publicly disclosed international commercial arbitration awards. As 1,138 of the approximately 3,300 investment treaties in force have been invoked in investment arbitrations leading to 96 awards rendered between 2001 and 2010, and 225 awards rendered between 2011 and 2020. As the use of international commercial arbitration has reached new heights during the last two decades, WAU focuses on providing an international arbitration update focused on key investment and international commercial issues with global and regional impact.

The WAU panels will follow a dynamic format where a presenter will first provide an update of the issue that the panel will address, including relevant treaty and international customary norms, as well as case law. An open discussion by the panelists, including practitioners, counsel for investors, counsel for States, arbitrators, officials of international organizations and arbitration centers, and academics, will then follow. After each panel , there will be a networking space in breakout rooms for panelists and WAU attendees to meet and interact .

WAU connects different regions and the global community, and aims to decentralize and further expand international arbitration and public international law. At WAU, practitioners, States, private parties, arbitrators, international organizations, academics and students have the possibility to engage with each other and nourish the conversation on investment and international commercial arbitration, while being members of a forum that integrates the world through connectivity and precise updates.



EVENT SCHEDULE


 DATE   REGION   TIME    AGENDA  REGISTRATION 


MONDAY

SEPTEMBER 26

2022 


   


AMERICAS

  


8:30  AM 
–  
10:00 AM

E.S.T.

  


Community Consultations, Environmental Protection and
Investment Projects in International Arbitration.

Moderator
:  José Antonio Rivas (Xtrategy LLP).


Presenter: Ana Milena Vives (Xtrategy LLP).

Panelists:

Natalia Angel Cabo (Justice of the Constitutional Court of the 
   Republic of Colombia); 

James Anaya (University of Colorado); 
Andrea Bjorklund (McGill University); 

René Urueña (Los Andes University).



Virtual


In Person
in Bogota
   

11:30 AM

1:00 PM

E.S.T.

  Damages, Country Risk, and Interest Rates.

Moderator: Miguel Nakhle (Compass Lexecon).

Panelists:

Olga Ukhaneva (Charles River Associates); 
Carlos Pabón Agudelo (Infrastructure Economic Consulting,
   Managing Director); 
Matilde Flores (Chaffetz Lindsey);
Miguel Lopez Forastier (Covington & Burling); 
Robert Patton (NERA).


Virtual
    1:30 PM

3:00 PM

E.S.T. 
  Damages, Country Risk, and Interest Rates.

Moderator: Miguel Nakhle (Compass Lexecon).

Panelists:

Olga Ukhaneva (Charles River Associates);
Carlos Pabón Agudelo (Infrastructure Economic Consulting,
   Managing Director); 
Matilde Flores (Chaffetz Lindsey);
Miguel Lopez Forastier (Covington & Burling); Robert Patton (NERA).

Virtual
    4:00 PM

5:30 PM

E.S.T. 
  Capacity-Building, Institution-Creation, And Prospects For
Collaboration Regarding International Arbitration In The Caribbean.

Moderator:
Christina Beharry (Foley Hoag LLP).

Panelists:

Chris Malcolm (Jamaica International Arbitration Centre);
Marie Camille Pitton (OHADAC Regional Arbitration Centre);
Tanya Goddard (Arbitration and Mediation Court of the Caribbean-BVI,
   Secretary General);
David S. Berry (University of the West Indies);
François Lassalle (BVI International Arbitration Centre).

Virtual
     
     

TUESDAY

SEPTEMBER 27

2022 
 
AFRICA AND MENA
 
12:00 PM

1:30 PM

A.S.T.
 
Legal Developments in Arbitration in Sub-Saharan Africa
.

Moderator: Ucheora Onwuamaegbu (ArentFox Schiff LLP).

Presenters: Efemena Iluezi-Ogbaudu (CIDS).

Panelists:

Abayomi Okubote (Pensbury Attorney & Solicitors);
Victoria Kigen (Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration); 
Ana Carolina Dall’Agnol (Oxford and Kluwer Arbitration Blog);
Njeri Kariuki (NK Lex, Nairobi Kenya).


Virtual
    2:30 PM

4:00 PM

A.S.T.
  Legal Developments in Arbitration in the MENA Region.

Moderator: Randa Adrea (Crowell & Moring).

Presenters: Khushboo Shahdadpuri(Al Tamimi & Company).

Panelists:

Diana Hamade (Diana Hamade Attorneys at Law);
Dr. Moustafa Alam Eldin (Zulficar & Partners);
Professor Ilias Bantekas (Hamad bin Khalifa University). 

Virtual
    5:00 PM

6:30 PM

A.S.T.
  Sports Arbitration: The Advantages and Challenges of the
Arbitral Process on Efficiency and Transparency in the
Resolution of Sport Disputes.

Moderator: Tarek Saad (Crowell & Moring).

Panelists: Stephen Drymer (Woods).


Virtual
    7:30 PM

9:00 PM

A.S.T.
  Force Majeure, Change of Circumstances and Necessity in
a Fast Pace Evolving World.

Moderator: Alvaro Galindo (Universidad de las Américas and
                    Carmigniani Pérez Abogados).

Presenters: Munia El Harti Alonso (Xtrategy LLP);

Panelists:

Pascale Accaoui Lorfing (University of Burgundy);
Yulia Levashova (Nyenrode Business Universiteit);
Crina Baltag (Professor, Stockholm University).

Virtual
     
     

WEDNESDAY

SEPTEMBER 28

2022 
 
ASIA
 
8:00 AM

9:30 AM

S.G.T.
 
The Nuts and Bolts of Legal Finance for International
Arbitration Disputes:  From the Merits Assessment to
Enforcement of Awards.

Moderator: Bethel Kassa (GST).

Presenter: Ankita Ritwik (Gibson Dunn)

Panelists:

Nilufar Hossain (Omni Bridgeway);
Erika Levin (Fox Rothschild LLP);
Chris Weil (Mintz);
William Mara (Validity).


Virtual
    10:00 AM

11:30 AM

S.G.T.
  Intersection of Special Economic Zones in Asia and
International Arbitration.


Moderator: Julien Chaisse (University of Hong Kong).

Presenters: George Dimitropoulos (Hamad Bin Khalifa Univ.)

Panelists:

Junianto James Losari (City University of Hong Kong);
Dominic Dagbanja (The University of Western Australia);
Kehinde Olaoye (City University of Hong Kong);
Pilar Cerón (Xtrategy);
Humberto Macias (Próspera LLC). 

Virtual
    6:00 PM

7:30 PM

S.G.T.
  The Actions of Russia, Countermeasures and Resulting
International Disputes, Including Investor-State and
Commercial Arbitration.

Moderator: Gene Burd (FisherBroyles).

Presenter: Rob Houston (K&L Gates Straits Law LLC).

Panelists:

Tatyana Slipachuk (Ukrainian Parliament, Sayenko Kharenko
   Law Firm);
Raja Bose (K&L Gates Straits Law LLC);
Romesh Weeramantry (Clifford Chance Asia);
Hamish Egan (HKA).

Virtual


In Person
in Singapore
    4:00 PM

5:30 PM

I.R.S.T.
  Influence of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal on Public
International Law and Investment Law.

Moderator:
Heather Clark (IUSCT, Legal Adviser).


Panelists:


Reza Eftekhar (IUSCT, Legal Adviser);
Aniruddha Rajput (Member, ILC; Consultant, WithersWideWorld);
Damien Charlotin, (IAR – International Arbitration Reporter);
Kabir Duggal (Senior International Arbitration Advisor,
   Arnold & Porter).

Virtual
     
     

THURSDAY

SEPTEMBER 29

2022 
 
EUROPE
 
12:00 PM

1:30 PM

C.E.S.T.
 
Taking Stock of the ECT Modernization Process:
Fit for the 21st Century?


Moderator: José Antonio Rivas (Xtrategy LLP);

Presenters: Daniela Ghicajanu (Georgetown University).

Panelists:

Guy Lentz (ECT Secretary-General);
Nikos Lavranos (Intl. Dispute Resolution Arbitrator & Mediator);
Marinn Carlson (Sidley Austin);
Lukas Stifter (Chair, Modernisation Group - Energy
   Charter Treaty). 


Virtual

    2:00 PM

3:30 PM

C.E.S.T.
  Space Law and Arbitration.

Moderator and Presenter: Viva Dadwal (King & Spalding).

Panelists:

Irmgard Marboe (University of Vienna, Professor of
   International Law, Head of the National Contact Point
   for Space Law);
Werner Eyskens (Crowell Moring LLP);
Maximilian Trautinger (Schonherr);
Nick Storrs (Taylor Wessing);
Laura Yvonne Zielinski (Holland & Knight).

 Virtual
    4:00 PM

5:30 PM

C.E.S.T.
  Investment Arbitration Concerning Tax Measures.

Moderator: Sebastian Wuschka (Luther).

Panelists:

Trisha Mitra (Lalive);
Robert Danon (DANON);
Robyn Rylander (Mannheimer Swartling).

Virtual
    6:30 PM

8:00 PM

C.E.S.T.
  Investment Arbitration and Journalism.

Moderator: Mallory Silberman (Arnold & Porter).

Presenter: Clovis Trevino (Convington & Burling,
                   Former IAR Reporter).

Panelists:

Caroline Simson (Law360);
Jean Remi de Maistre  (CEO & Co-Founder of Jus Mundi); 
José Antonio Rivas (Xtrategy Partner, and Co-founder of
   World Arbitration Update (WAU) and Washington Arbitration
   Week (WAW)).

Virtual
     
     

FRIDAY

SEPTEMBER 30

2022 
 
DIVERSE TOPICS
 
7:00 AM

8:30 AM

E.S.T.
 
Diversity and International Arbitration: What Dispute
Settlement System Fosters Greater Diversity and Inclusion
in International Investment and Commercial Arbitration?


Moderator: Kabir Duggal (Arnold & Porter).

Panelists:

Amanda Lee (Careers in Arbitration);
May Tai (Herbert smith Freehills);
Gaela Gehring Flores (Allen & Overy).


Virtual
    9:00 AM

10:30 AM

E.S.T.
  UNCITRAL Working Group III and Fragmentation of ISDS.

Moderator: Margie-Lys Jaime (Republic of Panama).

Presenters: Maria Lucia Casas (Xtrategy LLP).

Panelists:

Anna Joubin-Bret (UNCITRAL);
Mairée Uran Bidegain (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile);
Katerina Florou (University of Liverpool).

Virtual
    12:00 PM

1:30 PM

E.S.T.
  Amendment to ICSID Rules.

Moderator: Gonzalo Flores (ICSID).

Panelists:

Martina Polasek (ICSID);
Mallory Silberman (Arnold & Porter);
Bart Legum (Honlet Legum Arbitration);
Antonio Parra (World Bank Consultant, and
   Former Deputy Secretary of ICSID);
Ian Laird (Crowell & Moring).

Virtual

In Person in
Washington, DC

    2:00 PM

3:30 PM

E.S.T.
  The Arbitral Process and New Technologies:
Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Hearings, Block Chain,
and their Influence.


Moderator: Sophie Nappert (Arbitrator and
                    co-founder of ArbTech).

Presenters: Sarah Chojecki(International Arbitration Specialist,
                     Tribunal Assistant).

Panelists:

Isabel Yishu Yang (ArbiLex);
Elizabeth Chan (Allen & Overy and 
   Metaverse Legal Administrator);
Colin Rule (Mediate.com and Arbitrate.com);
Pratyush Panjwani (Hanotiau & van den Berg).
Virtual


 
     
     



 

 

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Members of the Verkhovna Rada meet with the International Law Institute 


 
On September 2, 2022, the International Law Institute welcomed a delegation from the Verkhovna Rada for a discussion on the topic of Effective Governance through a sound legal infrastructure.


The esteemed delegation, led by Artem  Yanchuk, Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine consisted also of Svitlana Mishura, Deputy Head of the Main Legal Department; Tetiana Stefiuk, Head of the Secretariat of the First Deputy Speaker; and Lesia Savchenko, Acting Head of the Legislation Institute.


ILI Chairman Prof. Don Wallace Jr. led the discussion, joined by Arthur Rynearson, former Deputy Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senate and Roy Brownell Jr., former Deputy Chief of State to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The discussion centered on the U.S. Constitution, the legal profession, and the U.S. Congress.  


The members of the delegation are all part of a recently established Research and Drafting Center and were in Washington to support and develop the new Center. The visit to Washington DC was arranged by the American Councils for International Education.
 





 

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 CLSR ILI MOU 2022 COUNTER SIGNED


 

The International Law Institute is pleased to announce that it has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Center of Legal Studies and Research in the Bureau of Exports at the Council of Ministers, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The aim of this MOU is for the Center and ILI to collaborate on areas of legal and policy research, conferences and exchanges, and developing and delivering high quality legal training programs to the Center and its stakeholders.

The Center of Legal Studies and Research is committed to achieving its strategic goal of developing and enriching the legal environment in the Kingdom.

Since its establishment in 2018, the Center of Legal Studies and Research is charged with contributing to the development and enrichment of the legal environment in Saudi Arabia.

The Center is a trusted source of legal reference. It provides well-reasoned, practical legal solutions; carries out specialized training courses for leaders of legal departments within the government sector so that they may best serve the people of Saudi Arabia; contributes to the development of legislation and regulations, based on established values and legal heritage; prepares reports and summaries about modern legislation and regulations; and provides specialized legal expertise to legal and government stakeholders throughout the Kingdom.

The Center's primary tasks include:

  • Developing and enriching the legal environment in the Kingdom by providing integrated legal solutions of high quality
  • Preparing legal studies and research and developing legal research methods in a way that contributes to developing the research capabilities of specialists
  • Qualifying and training legal cadres in government agencies
  • Cooperation with fatwa and legislative bodies and legal studies and research centers in other countries
  • Supporting government agencies with legal outputs that take into account governance and performance indicators, and contribute to rationalizing public spending
  • Providing a legal reference for the laws and regulations of government agencies that fit future aspirationsAssisting in creating an attractive legal environment through knowledge sharing and cooperation with the leading authorities in this field
  • Contribute to holding seminars and work meetings for specialists and those interested in legal affairs
  • Establishing a database and central information for legal studies and research and making it available to the authorities


Today the Center represents a government agency with high aspirations, characterized by qualitative partnerships and integrated legal solutions based on qualified experts. The Center also holds a "Future Advisor Program" to build competencies of new graduates in the field of law in order to prepare them to support the work of the Center and act as successful future leaders.

The ILI is a leading provider of training and technical assistance in international law, international economics, and other aspects of international relations. ILI is an independent, non-political, non-profit educational institute serving a global constituency. The ILI and its global affiliates have trained over 40,000 officials from 186 countries in the U.S. and abroad. ILI also provides technical expertise to developing nations in the drafting of laws and the designing of their economic and government policies, in efforts to further support and promote good and efficient governance through the rule of law.

Per the memorandum of cooperation, the International Law Institute will conduct benchmark studies programs with by the Center of Legal Studies and Research. The ILI will also engage in exchanges, expertise, conferences, and seminars of common interest.

Our first share research and paper will be on the subject of Food Security.

The International Law Institute looks forward to this academic and professional relationship with the Center.


To Learn more about the Center of Legal Studies and Research please CLICK HERE


The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a conference on April 28, 2022 entitled "NATO: Strategic Lessons From the Russian Invasion of Ukraine". 

The conference and conference report provides commentatry from experts on the Russian/Ukrainine conflict; the resulting humanitarian crisis; and destabilization of the geopolitical order this confilict has created.


Contributors to this program included:


  EDITORS:  Professor Yonah Alexander and Professor Don Wallace Jr. 


    CONTRIBUTING SPEAKERS:      U.S. General [Ret.] Wesley Clark:                   Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Ambassador [Ret.] Robert Hunter:                  Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
Major General [Ret.] Dr. Mihail E. Ionescu:     Professor, National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA)
                                                                         Bucharest, Romania

Professor Herman Matthijs:                             University Ghent & Free University Brussels 


  COMMENTATORS:   Professor Natividad Carpintero-Santamaria:   Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and
                                                                         General Secretary of the Instituto de Fusión Nuclear “Guillermo Velarde”
Professor Shimon Shetreet:                             Greenblatt Chair of Public and International Law, Hebrew University of
                                                                         Jerusalem; and Former Cabinet Minister and MK, Israel
Bruce Weinrod:                                                Former Secretary of Defense Representative for Europe and
                                                                         former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and NATO Policy 



  CLOSING REMARKS:   General [Ret.] Alfred Gray, USMC:                  29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps (1987-1991);
                                                                         Chairman of the Board of Directors and Regents, Potomac Institute
                                                                         for Policy Studies 



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Please access the report HERE 



The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, the International Center for Terrorism Studies and the International Law Institute present a forum and accompanying report on "Combating the Religionization of Terrorism: Governmental, Inter-Governmental, and Non-Governmental Perspectives".

This forum focuses specifically on “Combating the Religionization of Terrorism” in view of the current Russian-Ukraine war as well as the escalating theological-inspired state and non-state terror activities globally. This timely Forum sought to determine whether inter-faith efforts can dampen the passions of conflict and violence, thereby advancing the cause of peace with justice. An inter-disciplinary panel of practitioners and scholars focused on past lessons and future prospects on governmental, inter-governmental, and non-governmental levels.

Contributions and insights were provided by an invited interdisciplinary panel of academics and practitioners who participated at a special virtual Forum held on May 25, 2022 administered remotely by the International Law Institute. The program of this event began with opening remarks by Professor Don Wallace, Jr. (Chairman, International Law Institute). The virtual Forum was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander (Director of the International Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies). Presentations and discussion were offered by Ambassador (Ret.) Stuart Eizenstat (Chairman of United States Holocaust Memorial Council); Dr. Andrew Sorokowski (Attorney and Historian; Former Managing Editor of the scholarly journal "Harvard Ukrainian Studies"); Professor Mohammad Faghfoory (Director, Graduate Program in Islamic Studies, The George Washington University); and Ambassador Javid Ahmad (Nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center; Formerly Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United Arab.)

This forum was conducted on May 25, 2022 via Zoom conferencing.


REPORT:

To access and download the Full Report from this program please click on the the link below:


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World Arbitration Update 



International Dispute Resolution and the Ukraine-Russia Crisis 



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The International Law Institute is pleased to be able to support the World Arbitration Update (“WAU”) in thier upcoming webinar "International Dispute Resolution and the Ukraine-Russia Crisis", we encourage your participation in this important program. 

The World Arbitration Update invites you to attend a 75-minute webinar discussion by leading practitioners in the international dispute resolution field on the recent developments concerning the intersection of dispute resolution and the Ukraine-Russia crisis. According to the Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine has so far experienced economic damage amounting up to $600 billion. Over $10 billion in airplane assets have been reportedly stranded in Russia setting off potentially large insurance claims and related disputes. Yale School of Management has collected data showing that almost 1,000 companies have publicly announced they are voluntarily curtailing operations in Russia to some degree beyond the bare minimum legally required by international sanctions. The Russian parliament continues to consider the expropriation of foreign assets. International disputes involving Russia and Ukraine are arising from the crisis and more likely to follow. Our speakers will discuss related topics, including: the impact of sanctions, the proposed formation of an international claims commission for Ukraine, the impact of the crisis on the legal profession, the potential and current international forums in which Ukrainian businesses and investors could submit legal recourse to address the consequences of the war in Ukraine, as well as an update on the ICJ case, Ukraine v. Russian Federation. 



TIME:     4:15 PM – 5:30 PM GMT

DATE:     July 12, 2022




VENUE:

     Lecture Theatre
     School of International Arbitration
     Centre for Commercial Law Studies
     Queen Mary University of London,
     67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
     London WC2A 3JB 


MODERATORS:

     Ian A. Laird – Crowell & Moring LLP
     Dr. Jose Antonio Rivas – Xtrategy LLP.


INTRODUCTORY REMARKS


     Prof. Loukas Mistelis


SPEAKERS:

     Gene Burd, Partner – FisherBroyles, LLP
     Prof. Chiara Giorgetti – University of Richmond, School of Law 
     Mark Meyer, Partner – Crowell & Moring LLP
     Olena Perepelynska, Partner, Head of International Arbitration, INTEGRITES
     Simon Fawell – Signature Litigation LLP 


REGISTRATION:

     IN-PERSON Attendance:
     https://lnkd.in/gYfZbztb

     VIRTUAL Attendance:        https://lnkd.in/gE3AdRKK



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Available at  www.worldarbitrationupdate.com 

 

 Marek Dubovec
Marek Dubovec 




The International Law Institute proudly welcomes Marek Dubovec as ILI’s Director of Law Reform Programs.  We are excited to include Marek’s leadership capabilities, internationally recognized expertise in secured transactions, and his trusted relationships with governments and international organizations to ILI's global capabilities.

For over 15 years, Marek has been working with international standard-setters, including UNCITRAL and UNIDROIT to draft conventions, model laws, principles and guides that assist States in modernizing their commercial law frameworks. He has worked on the implementation of these standards under the projects funded by the World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, FSD-Kenya, and others. He has assisted countries in Africa (e.g., Kenya), Asia (e.g., the Philippines), Eastern Europe (e.g., the Ukraine), the Middle East (e.g., the UAE) and Latin America (e.g. Colombia) with reforms of their secured transactions, factoring, warehouse receipts and related legislation. In these projects, Marek drafted laws and regulations, assisted with the building of registration systems, and provided capacity building to various stakeholders, including financial institutions, government officials, and judges.

Additionally, Marek is Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law and has served as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies of the Bank of Japan, and a visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.

Marek has served as delegate to the UNCITRAL Working  Groups I [MSMEs]; Working Group VI [Security Interests]; and Working Group V [Insolvency].  At UNIDROIT, Marek serves as Advisor to the Secretariat on Model Law on Warehouse Receipt and is a member of Working Groups and Drafting Committees for the projects on Model Law on Factoring and Digital Assets and Private Law. Marek has served as a delegate to the Organization of American States.

Marek has received the "The Commercial Finance Association Special Recognition Award of Leadership in the Development and Adoption of Modern and Effective Secured Transactions Laws" (2016); and the The Munger Prize for Scholars in International and Business Law, James E. Rogers College of Law (2004).  Marek is an Elected Member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and ALI Member of the Uniform Commercial Code and Emerging Technologies Committee.  Marek has also served as conference co-chair on: "Third Conference on International Coordination of Secured Transactions Law Reforms: Advancing Reforms Globally and in Latin America Through Enhanced Coordination", Los Andes University (Cartagena, Colombia), 2020; "Second Conference on Coordinating Secured Transactions Law Reforms: Advancing Global Reforms and Building a Uniform System", Universidad Carlos III de Madrid  (Spain) 2018; and "Secured Transactions Coordination Conference: Advancing Global Reforms", University of Pennsylvania Law School 2017.

Marek has produced several policy papers, reports and other publications for international organizations, including Secured Transactions, Collateral Registries, and Movable Asset-Based Financing Knowledge Guide and Guidance Notes on Distributed Ledger Technology and Secured Transactions for the World Bank Group. These publications have guided local policymakers and legislators in understanding the benefits of modern secured transactions frameworks as well as the challenges posed by modern technologies. He also developed the substantive content, in collaboration with a group of experts, for the Guide on Best Practice for Electronic Collateral Registries setting out the standards for the establishment and operation of electronic collateral registries. Some of his law reform work has been published, including in a co-authored book "Secured Transactions Law Reform in Africa".


On April 12 the International Law Institute hosted a conference and discussion on the release of Ambassador John Maresca's [Ret.] new book "The Unknown Peace Agreement: How the Helsinki–Geneva–Vienna–Paris Negotiations of the CSCE Produced the Final Peace Agreement to formally concluded World War Two in Europe".

The agreements setting the foundations of relations between Post Soviet Russia and the Western nations, is as critical and sensitive today, as it was 30 years ago.

The agreement, formally known as the Joint Declaration of Twenty Two States, signed by their heads of state or government, including George H W Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev on November 19, 1990 in Paris, this "peace treaty" ended World War II. The chief US negotiator of this agreement and many others, Ambassador Maresca has had a most distinguished career, twice Chef du Cabinet to NATO Secretaries General, and rector of the UN University for Peace, possibly most noteworthy was his appointment in early 1991 by Secretary James Baker as special envoy to open US relations with the newly independent states of the former USSR. He was the first American official to visit these countries, including Ukraine. His assistant throughout this mission was Marie Yovanovich, later US ambassador to Ukraine.

Ambassador presented his book and the "Baker mission". He was introduced by his former colleague Avis Bohlen, former assistant secretary of state and American ambassador to Bulgaria, and daughter of Charles Bohlen, who was once Jack Maresca's boss in the Department.



 

 

 




THE PUBLICATION:


TITLE:                THE UNKNOWN PEACE AGREEMENT

                          How the Helsinki–Geneva–Vienna–Paris Negotiations of the CSCE Produced the Final Peace Agreement
                          and Concluded World War Two in Europe


AUTHOR:            John J. Maresca


PURCHASE:      https://cup.columbia.edu/book/the-unknown-peace-agreement/9783838216324


John Maresca The Unknown Peace 

DESCRIPTION:

The “Joint Declaration of Twenty-two States,” signed in Paris on November 19, 1990 by the Chiefs of State or Government of all the countries which participated in World War Two in Europe, is the closest document we will ever have to a true “peace treaty” concluding World War II in Europe. In his new book, retired United States Ambassador John Maresca, who led the American participation in the negotiations, explains how this document was quietly negotiated following the reunification of Germany and in view of Soviet interest at that time in normalizing their relations with Europe. With the reunification of Germany which had just taken place it was, for the first time since the end of the war, possible to have a formal agreement that the war was over, and the countries concerned were already negotiating in Vienna in preparation for a summit-level signing ceremony in Paris. With Gorbachev interested in more positive relations with Europe, and with the formal reunification of Germany which had just taken place, such an agreement was — for the first time — possible. All the leaders coming to the Paris summit had an interest in producing a document which would formally conclude the War — a “peace agreement” -- and which would be signed at the summit level by the Chiefs of State or Government of the states which were participants in the war. This gave impetus for the negotiators in Vienna to draft such a document, intended to normalize relations among them. The "Joint Declaration" was negotiated carefully, and privately, among the Ambassadors representing the countries which had participated, in one way or another, in World War Two in Europe. And the resulting document—the “Joint Declaration” — was signed at the summit level, at the Elysée Palace in Paris, on November 19, 1990. But this “Joint Declaration" was overshadowed at the time by the "Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe" — signed at the same signing ceremony — and has remained un-noticed since then.


AUTHOR:

The “Joint Declaration of Twenty-two States,” signed in Paris on November 19, 1990 by the Chiefs of State or Government of all the countries which participated in World War Two in Europe, is the closest document we will ever have to a true “peace treaty” concluding World War II in Europe. In his new book, retired United States Ambassador John Maresca, who led the American participation in the negotiations, explains how this document was quietly negotiated following the reunification of Germany and in view of Soviet interest in normalizing their relations with Europe. With the reunification of Germany which had just taken place it was, for the first time since the end of the war, possible to have a formal agreement that the war was over, and the countries concerned were all gathering for a summit-level signing ceremony in Paris. With Gorbachev interested in more positive relations with Europe, and with the formal reunification of Germany, such an agreement was — for the first time — possible, because for the first time since the War it was possible to negotiate and agree with Germany as the single, sovereign state which had conducted the war. All the leaders coming to the Paris summit had an interest in a formal conclusion to the War, and this gave impetus for the negotiators in Vienna to draft a document intended to normalize relations among them. The Joint Declaration was negotiated carefully, and privately, among the Ambassadors representing the countries which had participated, in one way or another, in World War Two in Europe. The resulting document — the “Joint Declaration” — was signed, at the summit level, at the Elysée Palace in Paris. But there was no public announcement of the Joint Declaration and its significance, and it was overshadowed by the "Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe" — signed at the same signature event — and has remained un-noticed since then.

No one could possibly have foreseen that the USSR would be dissolved about one year later, making it impossible to negotiate a more formal treaty to close World War II in Europe. The “Joint Declaration” thus remains the closest document the world will ever see to a formal “Peace Treaty” concluding World War Two in Europe. It was signed by all the Chiefs of State or Government of all the countries which participated in World War II in Europe.

Ambassador John J. (“Jack”) Maresca spent a career as an American diplomat and negotiator, after six years as a US Naval Officer. He was the “Chef de Cabinet” for two NATO Secretaries General, and was involved in the CSCE negotiations from the time when NATO was preparing for them in Brussels. He went to Helsinki for the opening round of the CSCE, pursued the negotiations through the first CSCE conference, which was concluded at the summit level in Helsinki, and became the Deputy Head of the United States Delegation. He was then in charge of the State Department office which tracked the follow-up to the Conference and was later named as the Ambassador and Chief of the American delegation when the Conference was reconvened in Vienna to prepare for the second CSCE summit in Paris. He was then designated as a special Ambassadorial envoy to open US relations with the newly independent states, after the dissolution of the former USSR, and was the first official American visitor to these countries after their independence.