The 6th Geneva Global Arbitration Forum

Wednesday & Thursday December 3 and 4, 1997

• Arbitration in China
• Arbitration under investment conventions
• WTO dispute settlement mechanism
• Claims arising out of the Gulf War

Wednesday December 3, 1997

First session: Arbitration on China

15:00 Registration

16:15 Cietac arbitration: a success story?

Michael J. Moser
Baker & McKenzie, Honk Kong

17:00 5 months after: international commercial arbitration in Hong Kong

Panel discussion including
Neil Kaplan Q.C.
Chairman, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

Marc Ronca
Schellenberg & Haissly, Zurich
President of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Guiguo Wang
Director, Centre for Chinese and Comparative Kaw, City University of Hong Kong

Norio Komuro
Professor, International Economic Law, Faculty of Law, Kobe University, Japan
Legal Adviser to the Japan Machinery Exporter's Association

18:00 Cocktail reception

Thursday December 4, 1997

Second session: Towards the globalization of economic disputes settlement

08:00 Registration

09:00 How efficient are the investment conventions in providing arbitral justice to the investors? How faire are they to the host countries?

Status review with
Mark Augenblick
Shaw Pittman Potts & Trowbridge, Washington, D.C., on Nafta

Christopher Koch
Counsel, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, on bilateral investment treaties

Jan Paulsson
Freshfields, Paris
Editor of Arbitration International, on Icsid

Thomas W. Waelde
Professor, University of Dundee, on the Energy Charter treaty

Panel discussion including
Aly Hamed Elghatit
ElGhait & Associates, Cairo

M. Sornarajah
Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

Brigitte Stern
Professor at University of Paris I

10:30 Coffee

11:00 Is the WTO dispute settlement mechanism responsive to the needs of the traders? Would a system of direct action by private parties yield better results?

Panel discussion moderated by
Petros C. Mavroidis
Professor of Law, University of Neuchâtel

and including
Thomas Cottier
Professor of Law, University of Bern

William J. Davey
Director, Legal Affairs Division, WTO

Eleanor M. Fox
Professor, New York University School Law

Gary N. Horlick
O'Melveny & Myers, Washington, D.C.

Norio Komuro
Professor, Faculty of Law, Kobe University, Japan

Douglas E. Rosenthal
Sonneschein Nath & Rosenthal, Washington, D.C.

12:30 Investment conventions, WTO, UN Compensation Commission: can their dispute settlement system achieve peace?

Giorgio Bernini
Professor, University of Bologna
Former Minister of Foreign Trade of Italy

13:00 Lunch

Third session: The settlement by the United Nations Compensation Commission of the claims arising out of the Gulf War

14:30 How the Uncc system works?

Norbert Wühler
Chief, Legal Service, United Nations Compensation Commission, Geneva

15:15 Claimants' expectations from the Uncc

Nicolas Ulmer
Winston & Strawn, Geneva

16:00 How fair and efficient is the Uncc system? A model to emulate?

Panel discussion including
Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel
Professor of Law, Cologne University
President, London Court of international Arbitration

Pierre Lalive
Lalive & Associés, Geneva
Professor of Law, University of Geneva

Delissa A. Ridgeway
Chair, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the USA, Washington, D.C.

The conference will end at 17:00

Conference chairman: Jacques Werner