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Resolving Energy Disputes in Times of Crisis

17 May 2017 Branch News

The CIArb North America Branch hosted a sell-out conference, ​Resolving Energy Disputes in Times of Crisis​, in Houston on 28 April 2017.  Featuring top names on its panels, the conference provided a comprehensive round-up of the key themes facing the world of energy arbitration, followed by a truly authentic Texan barbeque complete with obligatory hats, denims, bandanas and Texas lapel pins.

Great event, lots of knowledge gathered in one room, rounded up by the perfect Texan BBQ.

Energy arbitration conference 2017 panel 

The President of CIArb, Professor Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid in her keynote address, highlighted the importance of harmonising the different legal traditions in international arbitration and CIArb’s role in providing a blueprint for international best practices, academic excellence and professional integrity.

The challenges in managing energy disputes around the world in the context of geopolitical changes were discussed in the first panel, followed by a session on the latest methods of presenting damages simply and persuasively.  The critical factors in deciding on the right energy arbitrator were also considered. 

The panels outlined the top tips on effective advocacy in energy arbitration and discussed the role of courts in supporting and upholding the core principles of international commercial arbitration. The challenges posed when arbitrating large, complex oil and gas “mega energy” cases were also presented, concluding with an open forum on whether the world of commercial arbitration needed radical change to keep its users happy.

A discussion on Diversity and Transparency in International Arbitration chaired by Lucy Greenwood preceded the main conference on the 27 April.  It showcased various initiatives to improve the diversity of international arbitration tribunals and to address transparency issues in international arbitration.  The launch of the Global Arbitration Review's Arbitrator Research Tool and the imminent launch of the Arbitrator Intelligence Questionnaire were also celebrated at this networking event.

Read a full report from the event.

Energy conference delegates 

Kathleen Paisley, from Ambos Law, said:

 I speak at many high level international arbitration events every year and this was one of the most interesting and well organized conference I have attended in a very long time, and this sentiment was echoed by all the other attendees and speakers with whom I spoke.

Presentations from the Conference