Welcome from the Conference Chairs
Dear distinguished panelists and attendees:
We are honored to have played our part in organizing Columbia Arbitration Day 2014, which has brought together scholars, practitioners, and students to Columbia Law School in the City of New York. Over the past five years, Columbia Arbitration Day has only grown in scope and popularity. And so we are proud to continue this legacy, hosting once again eminent speakers from across the globe to discuss issues that drive the international arbitration community.
The theme of this year’s Conference is “Interactions between Different Fora in International Arbitration.” It is intended to highlight the interplay between different national courts, arbitral tribunals and legal regimes in the context of an international arbitration. The conference is intended to be an open dialogue where eminent professors, experienced lawyers and counsel in arbitral institutions will explore the complex issues they usually encounter throughout the lifecycle of an international arbitration. In so doing, we hope attendees will gain further insights that will inform the difficult decisions they must make as current and future practitioners in the field of international arbitration.
Our first panel, “Jurisdictional Overlaps Arising Out of Treaty Obligations,” focuses on choosing a forum: where there are multiple and potentially competing bases for jurisdiction, under what conditions do you choose to bring a commercial claim versus a treaty claim, or perhaps both? Our second panel, “The Authority of Arbitral Tribunal Tribunals to Grant Interim Measures Vis-à-Vis National Courts,” sheds light on the ways in which courts and arbitrators interface with respect to interim relief in aid of arbitration. Our third panel, “Diverging Standards of Review of Jurisdictional Decisions,” compares the different standards of review that national courts apply to the annulment or enforcement of arbitral awards and the divergent outcomes that they may produce. Finally, our fourth panel, “Utilization of Investment Treaties to Compel or Effectively Reverse the Enforcement of Commercial Awards,” discusses the possibility of invoking the protections of an investment treaty in order to enforce a commercial award.
In addition to the panels, the conference features a breakfast reception, a lunch buffet, an evening reception, and several coffee breaks so conference panelists and attendees may have the chance to meet each other and engage in informal conversation. We trust that the discussions, both inside and outside of the panels, will prove to be engaging and fruitful; and that by the end of the Day, we will all have gained new understanding and insight into the interactions between different fora in international arbitration.
We are delighted to see you all here: Welcome to Columbia Arbitration Day 2014!
James Cheng, Camilla Gambarini, Katharine Menéndez de la Cuesta, Laura Zielinski
(On behalf of Columbia International Arbitration Association)