The 14th Geneva Global Arbitration Forum

Day Two

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

09:00 Panel 1

Honouring the Legacy of Thomas Wälde:

In a time where States enact EmergencyMeasures to combat the economic crisis, is there some room for adjusting the Force Majeure / Hardship / Necessity concepts

Christoph Brunner, Python & Peter, Berne
Melaku Desta, Center for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), Dundee
Jacques Werner, Werner & Associés, Geneva
Roland Ziade, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Paris

10:30 Coffee

11:00 Panel 2

Current issues in damages evaluation :

  • Is there any place for punitive damages in arbitral awards?

  • Should interest be considered as damages?

John Y. Gotanda, Villanova University, Pennsylvania
Serge Lazareff, Chairman, ICC Institute of World Business Law, Paris
Philippe Preti, Baker & McKenzie, Geneva
Pierre Tercier, University of Fribourg

12:30 Lunch


14:00 Panel 3

How to make the arbitral awards in investment disputes acceptable to the Host States:

  • Is there any lesson to be drawn from the WTO dispute settlement system?
  • Is there a democratic deficit to be remedied in the investment dispute system?

Gary Horlick, Washington D.C.
Pierre Lalive, Lalive, Geneva
Maurice Mendelson QC, Blackstone Chambers, London
Federico Ortino, King’s College, London

15:30 Coffee

16:00 Panel 4

Will State Emergency Measures trigger WTO disputes?

What prospects exist  for reforming the dispute settlement system of the WTO – professional panelists, retroactive remedies, monetary compensation?

Charles C. Adams, Hogan & Hartson, Geneva
Gary Horlick, Washington D.C.
Petros Mavroidis, University of Neuchâtel and Columbia University
Guiguo Wang, Dean, City University of Hong Kong Law School

The Conference will end at 17:30

18:00 – 20:00

Cocktail reception at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues


Jacques Werner will be the chairman of the conference


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