Organisation: Professor Steven G. Shapiro and Dr. Shaheeza Lalani

Co-organized with  Shapiro, WCL HTL Logo.jpg


Hours Conferences
08.30 Registration
09.00 Morning Session - Welcome and Opening Remarks
09.05 The Rise and Impact of the Zoom Negociation: Cross-Cultural Variations in virtual Negociations and Lessons from Covid by Professor Edoardo Agamennone, Institut d'études politiques de Paris
09.15 Funding Construction and Hospitality Disputes in the Time of COVID by Fernando Ortega, Partner, CVML, Dubai & Giacomo Lorenzo, UNIL
Discussant: Stefano Paolo Catelani, & Medici Legal Finance Advisory
09.45 Abeyance to Resuscitation - Construction Arbitration in the Post-Covid Era
by Gautam Mohanty, Doctoral student, Kozminski University, Warsaw and Assistant Professor (on leave), Jindal Global Law School, India (JGLS) & Yasaschandra Devarakonda, Final year law student, National Law University Odisha, India
Discussant: Christina L. Beharry, Counsel, Foley Hoag LLP, Washington, D.C.
10.15 Coffee Break
10.45 COVID and Construction Disputes: Lessons Learnt and the Future Outlook by Oluwaseun Oloruntimehin, Managing Partner, S. O. Oloruntimehin & Co., Nigeria
Discussant: Vanessa Alcaron Duvanel, International Arbitration Counsel, King & Spalding, Geneva
11.15 The Importance of Risk Allocation in Commercial Contracts for the Hospitality Industry as Demonstrated By COVID-19 Litigation
by Kang He, Richard Holzheimer, John Wilburn & Brooks Spears, McGuire Woods LLP, Washington D.C.
Discussant: Hafez Virjee, Delos Dispute Resolution, Virjee Arbitration
11.45 Government Measures Taken in Connection with the Pandemic Could Lead to Investment Treaty-Based Claims and Arbitration by Eckhard Hellbeck, White & Case, Counsel, Washington D.C.
Discussant: Isabelle Fellrath, SwissLegal Rouiller & Associés, Lausanne
12.15 Lunch
14.15 Afternoon Session – Welcome and Opening Remarks
14.30 The Private and Public International Law Dimension of Arbitrations Arising Out of the Hospitality Industry as a Result of the Covid-19 Pandemic by Bernhard Maier, Counsel & Olivia Flasch, Associate, Signature Litigation, London
Discussant: Michael Nolan, Arbitration Chambers, New York
15.00 After COVID, Unintended Economic Partners and Adversaries When Banks Foreclose on Properties - A Game Theory Approach by Amadeu Blasco Muñoz, Head of Legal, Copernicus, Spain
Discussant: Michael Ilg, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary
15.30 Coffee Break
16.00 Expedited Arbitration as an Alternative to Dispute Boards during the Course of International Construction Projects by Pierre Yves Gunter & Anya Marinkovich, Bär & Karrer, Geneva
Discussant: Dominique Brown-Berset, Brown&Page, Geneva
16.30 Disputes Under Hotel Management Agreements: Before, During, and After COVID by Thomas Snider, Partner, Head of Arbitration, Al Tamimi & Co., Dubai and Greig Taylor, Managing Director, Alix Partners, New York
Discussant: Patricia Cruz Trabanino, Associate, Jenner & Block, Washington, D.C.
17.00 End of Conference
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Registration Fee


Price for the Public: CHF 100.-

CEDIDAC Club Members: CHF 80.-


Special rates are charged for trainee lawyers and students on request