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ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

Making the environment great again: New frontiers for international arbitration and state courts

Presented by: International Arbitration Commission; Environmental and Energy Law Commission

Workshop #4

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

 Wednesday, 4 September

 14:00 – 16:00

Gonzaga+Pallavicini+Medici room; Level B-C (-2 floor)

DESCRIPTION

Environmental disputes are increasingly getting attention from citizens and states over the world. Scientists say urgent actions are needed to limit climate change catastrophe, otherwise the world will soon face widespread and irreversible impacts globally  – this is where lawyers come in for the planet, to protect the environment and fight climate change.

Environmental disputes between states, as well as between the state and corporations or citizens – we have them all –  these are hot topics in the legal landscape, although much controversy still exists regarding the way these disputes should be solved.

How sustainable is the current dispute resolution system of arbitration versus state courts verdicts?

What can we learn based on recent environmental disputes such as the remarkable Urgenda case forcing the Dutch state to take more measures against climate change? And where are we taking this from here on? Should we or are we already imposing irrational outcomes?

All these questions will be tackled during the joint workshop organised by the Arbitration Commission and the Energy & Environmental Law Commission. The workshop will seek to create an educated debate on these topics resulting in a set of innovative insights and observations.

Detailed schedule:

 

Keynote speaker: Nicola Giudice, Milan Chamber of Arbitration (Italy)

Panelists:

  • Catrice Gayer, Herbert Smith Freehills (Germany)
  • Ricardo Gama, Veirano (Brazil)
  • Franz X. Stirnimann Fuentes, Froriep (Switzerland)

Moderator: Benjamin Leventhal, SGL (Israel)

The panel discussion will focus on the following topics:

  • Protecting the environment today: The role of the private sector and the ICSID convention
  • Environmental disputes: Public interest in investment arbitration – are public interests adequately protected in arbitral decisions rendered in environmental disputes?
  • Arbitration of environmental disputes that cross national boundaries: Exploring procedural issues in international arbitration

Keynote speaker: Koos Van den Berg, Höcker Advocaten (Netherlands)

Panelists:

  • Hendrick Puschmann, Farrer & Co (UK)
  • Natalia Kobylarz, ECHR (Germany)
  • Giovanni Angles, Shook, Hardy & Bacon (US)

Moderators:

  • Daria Capotorto, MGM – Studio Legale (Italy)
  • Evelyne Mbula Nzuki, MN Legal (Kenya)

The panel discussion will focus on the following topics:

  • Citizens suing to save the planet: State courts as an efficient tool for resolving environmental disputes
  • The use of tort law in the era of climate change: Lessons from the Urgenda case
  • International arbitration versus state court verdict for climate change: Pro’s and con’s
  • Brief statement and presentation by one representative of each commission, International Arbitration and Environmental and Energy Law

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

Nicola Giudice

Nicola Giudice

Milan Chamber of Arbitration, Italy

Keynote speaker

Giovanni Angles

Giovanni Angles

Shook Hardy & Bacon, US

Speaker

Koos van den Berg

Koos van den Berg

Höcker Advocaten, NEtherlands

Keynote speaker

Catrice Gayer

Catrice Gayer

Herbert Smith Freehills, Germany

Speaker

Natalia Kobylarz

Natalia Kobylarz

ECHR, France

Speaker

Franz Stirnimann Fuentes

Franz Stirnimann Fuentes

FRORIEP, Switzerland

Speaker

Ricardo Gama

Ricardo Gama

Veirana, Brazil

Speaker

Daria Capotorto

Daria Capotorto

MGM-Studio Legale, ITALY

Moderator

Hendrik Puschmann

Hendrik Puschmann

Farrer & Co, UK

Speaker

Benjamin Leventhal

Benjamin Leventhal

SGL, Israel

Moderator

Evelyne Mbula Nzuki

Evelyne Mbula Nzuki

MN Legal, Kenya

Moderator

GENERAL REPORTERS

Benjamin Leventhal

Benjamin Leventhal

SGL, Israel

Catrice Gayer

Catrice Gayer

Herbert Smith Freehills, Germany

Pierre Yves Samson

Pierre Yves Samson

SOFFAL, FRANCE

Evelyne Mbula Nzuki

Evelyne Mbula Nzuki

MN Legal, Kenya