Welcome from the Founder and Executive Advisor
Dear Conference Participants,
The field of arbitration prides itself as being highly dynamic—with an impressive ability not only to resolve commercial and investment-related disputes quickly and efficiently to the benefit of clients all around the globe, but also with an ability to quickly adjust its framework and processes when issues arise and improvements are needed. These adjustments are, of course, not made by a central authority, but instead by those who practice arbitration.
The Columbia Arbitration Day has, since its inception in 2009, taken a special role in this adjustment process—for it has combined the powerful thought materials developed by academia with the relevance of professional practice, helped inspire debate where it is needed, and has through networking opportunities brought the arbitration community closer together with the next generation of legal minds.
This year is no different: under the theme of “Striking a Balance: Confronting Tensions in International Arbitration,” the Columbia Arbitration Day takes a close and indeed timely look at the challenges facing the arbitration community today, including on issues related to double recovery, the admissibility of illegally obtained evidence, third party funding, conflicting supranational obligations in state liability, and ethics rules.
Identifying, debating, and resolving these tensions is critical for the dynamism of arbitration, so it is our honor to be able to offer to you yet another excellent program this year. But all of this would of course not have been possible without the tireless efforts of this year’s incredibly dedicated team of conference chairs and the organizing committee—so please join me in congratulating them for putting together such a terrific program!
With this, I welcome you to this year’s edition of the Columbia Arbitration Day, which I am certain you will find to be a very rewarding and intellectually enriching experience.
Dr. Matthias M. Pitkowitz, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer, Equilibrium Stock Exchange
Founder and Executive Advisor, Columbia Arbitration Day