Welcome from the Conference Chairs
Dear Conference Participants:
It is our pleasure to invite you to the sixth annual Columbia Arbitration Day on Friday, March 6, 2015.
Columbia Arbitration Day has quickly become a premier international arbitration event, bringing together scholars, practitioners, and students from all over the world for an annual discussion on the challenges that drive the international arbitration community. The conference’s increased popularity and continued success are attributable to the invaluable contributions of our panelists, and the generous support of Professor Bermann and our sponsors and partner organizations. We are proud to continue this legacy, and honored to have played our part in ensuring another successful Columbia Arbitration Day.
This year’s conference theme, “Back to Basics: Enduring Challenges in International Arbitration Law,” reflects a desire to refocus the attention of the international arbitration community on the basic issues that remain unresolved, despite the significant period of time over which they have been recognized as highly important. The four panels discuss the law governing the validity of the arbitration agreement, the application of preclusion principles by both arbitral tribunals and courts, the ongoing debate over the desirability of investment arbitration, particularly in the context of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the distinction between contractual and bilateral investment treaty claims and the interpretation of umbrella clauses.
In addition to the panels, the conference will provide scholars, practitioners, and students a unique opportunity to engage in deeper, more focused discussions on the latest developments and enduring challenges in international arbitration during the breakfast, luncheon, evening reception, and coffee breaks. We hope attendees will gain both theoretical and practical understanding of the issues raised, and capitalize on the opportunity to make meaningful connections.
Thank you for your participation, and welcome to Columbia Arbitration Day 2015.
Maria Arboleda, Farah Haidar, Tom Heintz, and Gabriela Lopez