The 10th Geneva Global Arbitration Forum

Wednesday & Thursday December 3 & 4, 2003

Settling Disputes on a Shrinking Planet

Wednesday December 4, 2003

First session: Improving efficiency in arbitral proceedings

12:00 Registration

14:00 Efficiency in mediation – Solving a complex, cross-border energy-infrastructure dispute in the shadow of three moving regulatory regimes

Thomas Walde, Jean Monnet Professor of European Energy Law and Economics, University of Dundee

14:30 Innovation to speed mass claims – the experience of international claims tribunals and the American Arbitration Association with class actions

Pierre A. Karrer, Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry, Zurich
William K. Slate, President, American Arbitration Association, New York
Norbert Wuehler, Director, Claims Processing Compensation Programmes, International Organization for Migration, Geneva

15:30 Coffee

16:00 Beyond gadgetry  - substantive new concepts to improve arbitral efficiency

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Schellenberg Wittmer; University of Geneva
Mitsuo Matsushita, Seikei University, Tokyo
Jean-Claude Najar, General Counsel, GE power Systems Oil & Gas, Florence

17:00 Fostering and rating arbitrators' efficiency – the view of the appointing authorities, Aaa, Icc, Cietac

Serge Lazareff, Chairman, Icc Institute of World Business Law, Paris
William K. Slate, President, American Arbitration Association, New York
Guiguo Wang, City University of Hong Kong

18:00 Cocktail reception

Thursday December 5, 2003

Second session: After the Lauder/Czech Republic saga-is there a better way for Investment arbitration?

09:30 The Lauder and Cme/Czech Republic conflicting awards

Jacques Werner, Conference Chairman

09:45 How to avoid conflicting awards? Is it up to the parties, or the arbitrators? Would an appellate body  do it?

Hans Bagner, Vinge, Stockholm
Jeremy Carver, Clifford Chance Llp, London
Bohuslav Klein, Klein Subrt Doskova, Prague
Wolfgang Kuehn, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojteck, Düsseldorf

11:15 Coffee

11:45 Has the proliferation of bilateral investment treaties gone too far? Is it now time for a multilateral investment treaty?

Bernardo M. Cremades, B. Cremades y Associados, Madrid
Kaj Hober, Mannheimer Swartling, Stockholm
Giorgio Sacerdoti, Bocconi University, Milan
Member, Appellate body, Wto, Geneva

12:30 Lunch

Third session: After Cancun- which way for the Wto dispute settlement system?

14:15 Intellectual Property and Public Health- will it be peace or war?

Thomas Cottier, Professor of Law, University of Berne
Daniel Gervais, University of Ottawa
Sisule F. Musungu, South Centre, Geneva
Eric Noehrenberg, Director, International trade & Market Issues, Ifpma, Geneva

15:15 Transparency, amicus curiae briefs, third part rights

Laurence Boisson de chazourne, University of Geneva
Y.S. Lee, Oakland University School of Business Administration, Rochester, USA
Mitsuo Matsushita, Seikei University, Tokyo

16:15 Toward remedies which expand rather than contract trade?

Arthur E. Appleton, White & Case, Geneva
Marco Bronckers, Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, Geneva
Faizel Ismail, Head of Delegation, South African Mission to the Wto, Geneva
Guiguo Wang, City University of Hong Kong

The conference will end at 17:30

Conference Chairman: Jacques Werner