3rd EFILA annual conference 2018: parallel states’ obligations in investor-state arbitration – 5 February 2018, London

The European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) will be holding its third Annual Conference on 5 February 2018 at the Senate House in London. The conference will focus on four topics:

  1. non-disputing third parties and their influence on arbitration;
  2. investment regulation and arbitration;
  3. human rights, environment and arbitration; and
  4. the proposed Investment Court System.

For more information and details on how to reserve a place, please see the conference flyer here. Continue reading

Launch of landmark global conference series on the future of dispute resolution

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of The Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series 2016-17.

The aim of this ambitious worldwide conference series is to build a global conversation about the current landscape of civil and commercial dispute resolution and how dispute resolution tools and institutions should respond to the needs of 21st century business.  In particular, it aims to gather standardised and actionable data on what users of dispute resolution mechanisms need and want and whether those needs are being met.

Over 25 countries worldwide have already committed to holding a GPC event, with more being added. The launch will take place at a two-day conference in Singapore on 17-18 March 2016 and the last event is scheduled to be held in London in July 2017.  Other cities will include Hong Kong, Paris, Dubai, Madrid, Sydney, New York and Frankfurt/Berlin.

The Series, which is being led by the International Mediation Institute (IMI), is being sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills as well as other global partners: Shell,  AkzoNobel, the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC),  JAMS, and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).

Pivotal to Herbert Smith Freehills' pre-eminent disputes practice is a deep understanding of the importance of working with our clients to assess how they can best make use of the various dispute resolution mechanisms available to them.  We have therefore long been at the forefront of efforts to explore what corporates and other organisations actually need from dispute resolution processs and how the existing mechanisms can be improved to meet those needs.  In particular, our award-winning alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practice has undertaken extensive client research studies into how corporates develop strategies for using ADR and we were the lead sponsors of the pilot event for the GPC series, held in London last year. 

We are therefore proud to be the Global Platinum Sponsor of the GPC series.   Alexander Oddy, Partner and member of the GPC Central Organising Group said:

 "The GPC Series is a really exciting and unique opportunity for all stakeholders in the dispute resolution community to shape the way we do things in the 21st Century. It is a chance to understand what corporates and other organisations really need, to share ideas and learning and develop new processes that are fit for purpose.

"What we have today is a relatively developed set of dispute resolution processes but we need to understand how we can use those more effectively in combination and in culturally sensitive ways in the future."

Why the 'Pound Conference' Series?

The original Pound Conference, held in the USA in 1976 (and named in honour of Roscoe Pound, the reforming Dean of Harvard Law School in the 1920s and 30s), was the event widely credited as the stimulus for the development of the range of ADR processes used today. The new Global Pound Conference series is intended to be as ground-breaking and important for corporate dispute resolution as the 1976 conference was.  

Who will attend the GPC events?

Major stakeholders in dispute resolution will attend the GPC Series including businesses, lawyers, chambers of commerce, academics, judges, arbitrators, mediators, policy makers, government officials and others. They will collaborate at each of the conferences around the world to discuss how existing tools and techniques available in dispute resolution are working in practice. They will also stimulate new ideas and generate actionable data on the dispute resolution needs of corporates and other organisations, both domestically and internationally.

How will the GPC gather data? 

The events worldwide will share a common technology platform to enable all participants to vote on standardised core questions about the current and future dispute resolution landscape. The results of the voting for each question will be available immediately to delegates at each event, for analysis and discussion.

What will be the output of the GPC? 

The GPC Series will culminate in a report at the end of 2017, interpreting the data gathered globally to help shape how dispute resolution will be conducted for years to come. The resulting data from all of the events will be publicly available to anyone wishing to research stakeholder views on dispute resolution.  The data collected at individual conferences will be published following each event and we will be providing periodic updates on this blog throughout the 18 month period.

How can I get involved in the GPC?

The GPC gives all those interested in civil and commercial dispute resolution a say in how dispute resolution should evolve. We invite you to participate in this exciting project by attending a GPC event near you over the next 18 months.   The dedicated website www.globalpoundconference.org contains full information about the GPC, the planned events and how to get involved.

Click here​ to watch a brief video explaining the benefits of attend​ing the GPC Series.

HSF/CEPMLP Conference: Oil and gas in East Africa: An international legal perspective

This 1½ day East African Oil and Gas conference in Nairobi provides a unique forum for an engaging and interactive legal discussion on the state of play and road ahead for the oil and gas sector in East Africa. The conference will held in conjunction with The University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) and includes speakers from Herbert Smith Freehills, CEPMLP and Anjarwalla & Khanna. The keynote speech will be delivered by the Kenyan Attorney General, Hon. Prof Githu Muigai.

Date:Thursday 17 September 2015Friday 18 September 2015 (am only)
Time:17 September: 8am: Registration and breakfast (lunch included) 9am: Keynote speech 6pm: Cocktail reception18 September: 8:30am: Registration 2pm: Finish (lunch included)
Venue:Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi Hotel, Chiromo Road, Nairobi, Kenya Please click here to view map

For more information about the conference programme, please see below. To register your interest in attending, please contact Paul McKeating.


Herbert Smith Freehills is a leading global law firm in the energy sector with over three decades of experience advising clients across the African continent. CEMPLP is an internationally renowned graduate school in the field of natural resources and energy law and policy.

The conference will provide an opportunity to explore the most important international and domestic themes surrounding the continued developments in the oil and gas industry in East Africa. The programme has been specifically tailored to the interests of in-house counsel and commercial representatives involved in this area. Topics for discussion will include:

  • Exploration and Upstream developments: the road ahead
  • Route to market
  • Financing and bankability
  • Applicable tax laws and mitigating structures
  • Stakeholder engagement and human rights
  • Anti-bribery and corruption issues
  • Avoiding disputes and managing crises
  • Dispute resolution – international and domestic litigation and arbitration

Our confirmed speakers currently include:

Further updates and confirmation of additional speakers to follow. We look forward to seeing you in Nairobi on 17 September. Places are limited, so please be sure to register your interest.

Paula Hodges QC
Paula Hodges QC
Partner, Head of global arbitration practice
+44 20 7466 2027
Chris Parker
Chris Parker
Partner, Legal Consultant (admitted to the practice of law in England)
+1 212 519 9880
Charlie Morgan
Charlie Morgan
+44 20 7466 2733