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2nd Annual Conference on Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa

LCILP is delighted to invite you to the LCILP 2nd Annual Conference on Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa. We have a varied and packed programme, with some novel ideas and subjects which we hope you will find stimulating and enjoyable. The meeting offers an opportunity to update and expand your energy arbitration and dispute knowledge, skills, meet colleagues from many countries, make new contacts, and enjoy the city of London. We have devised a programme that we feel caters for all those involved in disputes in the energy sector, whatever your background or interest.

The meeting overall has 6 sessions over 2 days and more than 20 speakers with regional focus sessions, practical tips for arbitrating energy disputes and in depth analysis of new developments, plus a keynote by Gary Born of Wilmerhale. With delegates from over 40 countries, the ability to learn from each other and compare experience will be easily available.

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Tuesday 16 May 2017 (Day 1)
Time Session Topic Proposed speaker
8.30 – 9.30 Registration and Networking
9.30 – 9.35 Opening Session Welcome Brandon Malone
9.35 – 10.00 Keynote speech Is Winter Here? Gary Born, Wilmer Hale
10.00 – 10.30 Energy Arbitration Craig Tevendale, Hebert Smith Freehills
10.30 – 11.00 Networking coffee
11 – 12.30 Session I


This session will set the scene for our discussions: the current geopolitical and macro economic issues affecting the energy industry in our focus regions



Energy security: Geopolitical factors


Session Chair

Khawar Qureshi QC, Serle Court, London and McNair Chambers, Qatar


Session I Speaker I Political instability – the effect of political instability in oil – Black market oil and its effect on price Professor Loukas Mistelis
Session I Speaker II Investing in Iran: International and local law protection, the potential for dispute and how to resolve them Jason Rosychuk, Pinsent Masons
Session I Speaker III The impact of Iran’s re-entry to the market Professor Dr Hossein Mir Mohammad Sadeghi, President of Education and Research Institute, Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture
Session I Speaker IV Impact of alternative energy sources on price: renewables, unconventional hydrocarbons, storage and demand side measures Gordon Nardell QC, 20 Essex Street Chambers
12.30 – 1.30 lunch
1.30 – 3.00 Session II

This is a session with a regional focus on Africa, considering the particular issues affecting the energy markets in Africa


Africa focus

Ruth Byrne, King and Spalding
Session II Speaker I State Succession issues and boundary disputes – South Sudan/Sudan Nagi Idris, LCILP
Session II Speaker II East West North and South – Regional perspective on energy arbitration in Africa Ben Holland, Squire Patton Boggs
Session II Speaker III Power Projects in Africa: The Political Social and Legal Dynamics and Local Owner Participation Philppa Charles, Stewarts Law
Session II Speaker IV Arbitrability in Africa Mark Clarke, White and Case
3.00 to 3.30 Networking coffee
3.30 to 5.00 Session III

This session will focus on issues affecting the legitimacy of the international arbitration regime – transparency and diversity and whether a permanent tribunal and/or appeal court is required for investment arbitration

Investment Treaty Arbitration – Legitimacy and development Devika Khanna, Clyde & Co
Session III Speaker I A permanent investment tribunal system? Michele Potesta, Levy Kaufman Kohler (confirmed)
Session III Speaker II Transparency and accountability in investment arbitration, and the case for the status quo Ania Farren, Berwin Leighton Paisner  LLP
Session III Speaker III Diversity in Arbitral Appointments Juliet Blanch, Independent Arbitrator
Session III Speaker IV Mediation in Investment Arbitration Dr Alejandro Carballo Lleyda, General Counsel, Energy Charter Treaty
5.00 to 5.05 Day I Closing comments Brandon Malone
Evening Networking drinks
Wednesday 17 May 2017 (Day 2)
Time Session Topic Proposed speaker
8.30 to 9.30 Registration and Networking
9.30 to 10.00 Opening session Welcome Brandon Malone –
Keynote Address: Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East: Between Tradition and Innovation Professor Dr Nayla Comair Obeid, President, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
10 to 10.30 Energy Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reconceptualised: Regulation of Disputes Professor Malik Dahlan, Queen Mary University
10.30 to 11.00 Networking coffee
11 to 12.30 Session I

This session will examine the current state of dispute resolution from the point of view of the energy industry and whether the current systems meet the needs of industry

Industry perspectives on dispute resolution Session Chair

Jonathan Lux, LCILP

Session I Speaker I Mediation in energy disputes Kai-Uwe Karl, Global Chief Litigation Counsel, GE Renewable Energy
Session I Speaker II What does industry want from a dispute process? Tarique El Hassan, Chevron
Session I Speaker III Options and challenges for the industry Rob Wilson, CMS
Session I Speaker IV How do Institutions respond to client demands Darya Shirokova, ICC
Session I – Additional Panel Member Anthony Connerty, Barrister, Gray’s Inn
12.30 to 1.30 networking lunch
1.30 to 3.00 Session II

This session will consider the Eastern Mediterranean, including issues arising from the recent finds in that region  and it’s impact on established markets in the Middle East

Regional perspective: Eastern Mediterranean Session Chair:

Dr Alejandro Carballo Lleyda, General Counsel, Energy Charter Treaty

Session II Speaker I Eastern Mediterranean – territorial issues LCILP speaker TBC
Session II Speaker II Oil and Gas finds – the impact of Israel’s entry to the energy market Renelle Joffe, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal
Session II Speaker III The Eastern Mediterranean as a source of gas for Europe Ana Stanic, E&A Law
Session II Speaker IV Impact of hydrocarbon discoveries in a fragile political environment Dr Harry Tzimitras, Director, Prio Cyprus Centre
3.00 to 3.30 Networking coffee
3.30 to 5.00 Session III

In this session we will look at some of the practical issues that arise in energy arbitration in our focus regions

Hot Topics in International Arbitration Session Chair:

Majed Garoub, Chairman, The Law Firm of Majed M Garoub


Session III Speaker I Cultural considerations in Middle Eastern Arbitration- avoiding common mistakes Victor Leginsky, Arbitralis
Session III Speaker II Climate Change Arbitration Değer Boden, Boden Law
Session III Speaker III Brexit and the Middle East: the implications for BITS and enforcement Aidan O’Neill QC, Matrix Chambers
Session III Speaker IV Antisuit injunction in African arbitrations Juliya Arbisman, LCILP
5.00 to 5.15 Conference Close Brandon Malone
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