Welcome from the Conference Chairs
Dear Conference Participants,
It is our pleasure to welcome you to Columbia Arbitration Day 2017. Over the past eight years, this event has become a prominent fixture on the international arbitration calendar. As a result of the hard work of our predecessors, we are today able to attract leading academics and practitioners for an annual discussion of the issues faced by the international arbitration community.
This year’s theme, “Striking a Balance: Confronting Tensions in International Arbitration,” considers the diverse interests in international arbitration that are in frequent competition with one another, and without a defined hierarchy. These unresolved tensions often leave both counsel and arbitrators with no other choice but to engage in the delicate endeavor of striking a balance between equally legitimate, yet irreconcilable interests. Absent a clear-cut answer i doctrine or case law, solutions to these issues are usually reached on a case-by-case basis, and do not always lead to optimal results.
The aim of this year’s conference is to unpack some of these tensions, and engage in discussions that will assist in shaping more effective solutions. Our panels will consider the issue of State liability, the admissibility of “illegally-obtained” evidence, the multifaceted nature of double recovery, and practitioners’ conflicting ethical obligations. In addition, this year’s keynote speech will address the knotty issue of third-party funding.
We hope Columbia Arbitration Day 2017 will enable scholars, practitioners, and students to share experiences, make meaningful connections, and gain valuable insight into these complex and recurring issues faced by the international arbitration community.
Thank you for joining us, and welcome to Columbia Arbitration Day 2017.
Paris Aboro, Michael Lemanski, Arianna Rosato, Mauricio Salgueiro, Seri Takahashi, and Logan Wright
Columbia Arbitration Day 2017 Conference Chairs