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Clashing Paradigms for Resolving International Investment Disputes - April 2, 2013

Clashing Paradigms for International Investment Dispute Resolution 

We are pleased to announce the next event of the Yale Institute of International Arbitration. We are holding a roundtable discussion for lawyers in Latin American practice on Tuesday, April 2, beginning at 8:20 a.m. (EDT). Anthea Roberts of the London School of Economics and currently visiting professor at Columbia Law School will present her recent paper examining the competing paradigms for international investment dispute resolution, which will be followed by responses by Alec Stone Sweet of Yale Law School, José Alvarez of NYU School of Law, William Park of Boston University School of Law, Janet Whittaker, who recently returned to Simpson Thacher after serving as Legal Counsel for the ICSID, and Jonathan Hamilton, Partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration at White & Case. Links to the background reading and speaker biographies are below.

Simpson Thacher will host the event at its New York offices located at 425 Lexington Avenue. The event will be simulcast via videoconferencing to Simpson Thacher’s Washington offices located at 1155 F Street, N.W., White & Case's Miami offices at the Southeast Financial Center located at 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900, Simpson Thacher’s São Paulo offices at Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, 1455, 12th Floor, Suite 121, and the law offices of Carey y Cia located at Isidora Goyenechea 2800, Piso 43, in Las Condes, Santiago de Chile. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. New York time for registration and a breakfast buffet. The presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m., following which questions will be taken from participants at each location. The event will conclude at 10:00 a.m. Participants at U.S. locations registered with the New York Bar Association may be eligible to receive 1.5 Continuing Legal Education credits. To register or obtain more information, contact the program coordinator Bradley Hayes by phone at 203-436-3534 or by email at


Anthea Roberts, "Clash of Paradigms: Actors and Analogies Shaping the Investment Treaty System."

William W. Park, "The New Face of Investment Arbitration."

José E. Alvarez, "Beware: Boundary Crossings."

Speaker bios:

Anthea Roberts is a Senior Lecturer at the London School of Economics who is a Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School for 2012-13. Her field of expertise is public international law with a particular focus on investment treaty law and arbitration, international dispute resolution, comparative international law, international law before national courts, and the sources of international law. She studied at the Australian National University, the University of Oxford and NYU School of Law. She served as a Clerk for Chief Justice Murray Gleeson at the High Court of Australia and as an Intern for Judge Bruno Simma at the International Court of Justice before spending five years as an Associate in the International Dispute Resolution Group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York and London.

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Janet Whittaker is Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department.  Ms. Whittaker’s practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation.  She has represented clients in several jurisdictions and across a wide range of industries, including in the energy, infrastructure, insurance and water sectors.  Ms. Whittaker has acted as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under the major arbitration rules and ad hoc.  Her engagements have included representing Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos S.A. in U.S. federal court litigation, defending the Dominican Republic in ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations and representing General Electric and Bechtel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in connection with the multi-billion dollar Dabhol Power Project in Maharashtra, India.

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José Enrique Alvarez is the Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law at New York University School of Law. Prior to coming to NYU, he was the Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and the executive director of the Center on Global Legal Problems at Columbia Law School, a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, an associate professor at the George Washington University's National Law Center, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center. At NYU he teaches courses on international law, foreign investment, and international organizations. He served as President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) from 2006-2008 and is co-editor in chief, along with his NYU colleague, Benedict Kingsbury, of the American Journal of International Law.

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Jonathan C. Hamilton is Partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration with the global law firm of White & Case. He is a leading authority on foreign investment and international dispute resolution. His practice group is ranked Tier One in Latin America, the US and globally, and described as "pioneering", "pre-eminent", "elite", "formidable" and "a powerhouse at the forefront of Latin American international arbitration."

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William (Rusty) Park is Professor of Law at Boston University. His practice and teaching focus on international financial and commercial transactions.After studies at Yale and Columbia, Park practiced law in Paris for several years before returning home to Boston, where he teaches courses in tax, banking and international business transactions. He has served as Director of Boston University’s Center for Banking Law Studies and has held visiting academic appointments at the universities of Cambridge, Dijon, Hong Kong, Auckland and Geneva, as well as the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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Alec Stone Sweet is the Leitner Professor of International Law, Politics and International Studies at Yale Law School, where he works in the fields of comparative and international politics, comparative and international law, and European integration. His most recent book is A Europe of Rights: The Impact of the ECHR on National Legal Systems (2008). Other books include The Birth of Judicial Politics in France (1992), European Integration and Supranational Governance (1998), Governing with Judges (2000), The Institutionalization of Europe (2001), The Politics of Delegation (2002), On Law, Politics, and Judicialization (2003), and The Judicial Construction of Europe (2004). Prior to coming to Yale, he was Official Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, and has held visiting professorships in universities in Aix-en-Provence, Florence, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, and Vienna. He is presently engaged in a long-term project on the development of (private, a-national) systems of governance for transnational business.

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