2024 ASIL Abroad Meeting

University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
From 5 Jun to 6 Jun, 2024


ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association) is proud to be a supporting partner of the 2024 ASIL Abroad meeting from the 5-6 June at the University of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland. Co-chairs of this meeting are Simon Batifort (Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP), Christie Edwards (Stimson Center), and Neha Jain (Northwestern/European University Institute).

The two-day conference will consist of dual parallel tracks on Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law (Track 1) and International Dispute Resolution & International Economic Law (Track 2). Georges Abi-Saab (honorary professor at The Geneva Graduate Institute) will deliver a keynote speech, with Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (University of Geneva) as discussant. Track 1 sessions will address topics ranging from international accountability and justice at the ICJ, inclusive transitional justice mechanisms, corporate responsibility for war crimes, addressing the needs of persons with disabilities in humanitarian emergencies, climate justice, and multilateral negotiations in Geneva. Track 2 sessions will focus among other themes on banking regulations in investment and trade disputes, compensation in international law, the enforcement of arbitral awards against States, the origins of investor-State dispute settlement, and will feature a lecture by Zachary Douglas KC (Geneva Graduate Institute).

Cocktail receptions will be held at the end of each of the two meeting days.

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Track 1
Track 1
The International Court of Justice Back in Style

Moderator – Samuel Wordsworth KC, Essex Court Chambers

  • Catherine Amirfar, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Vladyslav Lanovoy, University of Laval
  • Mona Rishmawi, United Nations
Transitional Justice Processes: Inclusion and Participation
  • Mariana Casij Peña, Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT)
  • Awa Dabo, Office of the Peacebuilding Support Office, United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affa
Corporate Responsibility for War Crimes

Moderator – Philip Grant, TRIAL

  • Jelena Aparac, Legal Action Worldwide
  • Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, University of Geneva School of Economics and Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights
Persons with Disabilities in Armed Conflict and Emergencies: Human Rights and IHL Perspectives

Moderator – Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Disability Rights Fund

  • Michael Mwendwa, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Veronica Ngum Ndi, Community Association for Vulnerable Persons
Legal Diplomacy – Behind the Scenes on Multilateral Negotiations in Geneva
  • Mariam Khan, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations
  • Lucinda Stallard, UK Mission to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva
Achieving Climate Justice Through Climate Change Litigation

Moderator – Joie Chowdhury, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

  • Jessica Simor, QC, Matrix Chambers
  • H.E. Umsue Antas, Permanent Mission of Vanuatu to the United Nations in Geneva
  • Maud Sarliève, Creative Thinking on Responses in Law against Climate Change and Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study
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Track 2
Track 2
Banking Regulation in Investment and Trade Disputes

Moderator: Levent Sabanogullari, Permanent Court of Arbitration

  • Amaia Rivas Kortazar, Pinsent Masons
  • Joost Pauwelyn, Graduate Institute
  • Carlo Cantore, World Trade Organization
  • Laurie Achtouk Spivak, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Compensation in International Law

Moderator: Julian Arato, Michigan University School of Law

  • Donald McRae, University of Ottawa
  • Veronika Fikfak, UCL
  • Photini Pazartzis, Tufts University
Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Rendered Against States: New Developments

Moderator: William O’Brien, Eversheds Sutherland

  • Yasmin Mohammad, Fortress Investment Group
  • Marnix Leijten, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
  • Carla Baker Chiss, Meyer Fabre Avocats
  • Peter Griffin, Slaney Advisors
Looking back: The Origins of ISDS

Moderator: Luciana Ricart, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

  • Peter Tzeng, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Lindsay Gastrell, Independent Arbitrator
  • Joseph Benton Heath, Temple University
  • Thomas Schultz, University of Geneva
Late-Breaking Panel (TBD)
Lecture by Zachary Douglas KC on Investor-State dispute settlement
Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes vs. Coercive Measures
  • Veijo Heiskanen, Independent Arbitrator
  • Alison Macdonald KC, Essex Court Chambers