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


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.


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


Camilla Gambarini   Withers (London)


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?


Nicole Silver                      Validity Finance (DC)


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


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?


Kathleen Claussen         University of Miami


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


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?


Teddy Baldwin    Steptoe (DC)


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


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?


Timothy G. Nelson    Skadden (New York)


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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