Events

The Dawn of International Arbitration in the South Pacific: Regional International Arbitration Conference

12 February 2018 to 13 February 2018
Nadi
Fiji

The Government of Fiji, in collaboration with ADB and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, cohosted the first-of-its kind inaugural South Pacific International Arbitration Conference to raise awareness and discuss the positive development impact of international arbitration reform in the South Pacific. Key government officials, policy makers, development partners, judges, law practitioners, and private sector participants from the South Pacific region attended the conference and gained in-depth knowledge on the practical aspects of different type of disputes in the region and globally.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
12 Feb 2018 Session 2: Promotion of FDI and Trade through International Arbitration Reform FDI Promotion and Arbitration
Prof. Dr. Paniagua discussed the effects of international arbitration reform on a country’s foreign direct investment (FDI) and trade. He...
Jordi Paniagua
12 Feb 2018 Session 2: Promotion of FDI and Trade through International Arbitration Reform Trade and Investment Facilitation by Arbitration and the Rule of Law
Prof. Michael Ewing-Chow talked about the effects of a change in production and trade pattern from single producer to global value chain (...
Michael Ewing-Chow
12 Feb 2018 Session 3: Introduction to International Arbitration Accession Kit for States intending to become Parties to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, New York Convention, 1958
The Accession Kit for States intending to become Parties to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, ...
Joao Ribeiro-Bidaoui
12 Feb 2018 Session 3: Introduction to International Arbitration Ad Hoc and Institutional Arbitration
Ms. Sarah Grimmer explained the differences between ad hoc and institutional arbitration, such as the different roles played by the institution...
Sarah Grimmer
12 Feb 2018 Session 3: Introduction to International Arbitration Introduction to International Arbitration
Mr. Daniel Meltz presented the procedure for dealing with disputes between parties from different countries and the differences between arbitration...
Daniel Meltz
12 Feb 2018 Session 3: Introduction to International Arbitration Anatomy of International Arbitration
Dr. Eun Young Park discussed the anatomy of international arbitration, including the essential elements of an international arbitration; ...
Eun Young Park
12 Feb 2018 Session 4: The New York Convention and the Pacific Small Island Developing States Kustom - A Public Policy Exception under the New York Convention
Dr. Petra Butler and Ms. Gitanjali Bajaj gave a presentation on kustom as a public policy exception to the recognition or enforcement of ...
Petra Butler, Gitanjali Bajaj
12 Feb 2018 Session 4: The New York Convention and the Pacific Small Island Developing States Kastom -- A Public Policy Exception under the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards
Dr. Petra Butler and Dr. Christoph Katerndahl's article discusses kustom, which is part of Pacific Islands' fundamental notion of morality...
Petra Butler, Christoph Katerndahl
12 Feb 2018 Session 4: The New York Convention and the Pacific Small Island Developing States The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods -- The CISG [Slides] [Documents] Dr. Butler discussed the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) as a means to facilitate cross... Petra Butler
12 Feb 2018 Session 4: The New York Convention and the Pacific Small Island Developing States Integration and International Dispute Resolution in Small States (flyer)
The featured book provides insights into commercial relations between large economies and small states, the benefits of regional integration...
Petra Butler, Eva Lein, Rhonson Salim
12 Feb 2018 Session 5: Fiji International Arbitration Act 2017 - Overview of Key Provisions and Innovations Regional Implementation of the UNCITRAL Model Law
Mr. Joao Ribiero-Bidaoui talked about how the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration is being implemented in the region...
Joao Ribeiro-Bidaoui
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
13 Feb 2018 Session 6: Special Breakfast Session: Women in Arbitration Opening Remarks
Christopher Stephens gave the opening remarks during the special session on women in international arbitration and highlighted the career...
Christopher Stephens
13 Feb 2018 Session 6: Special Breakfast Session: Women in Arbitration Career Tips for Women in Arbitration
Judith Levine shares a list of career tips from women who are successful in the field of international arbitration.
Judith Levine
13 Feb 2018 Session 7: Disputes in the South Pacific: Energy Disputes Energy Disputes and Arbitration
Mr. Kevin O’Gorman talked about the types of energy disputes often submitted to arbitration and the bases for submission, namely host country...
Kevin O'Gorman
13 Feb 2018 Session 7: Disputes in the South Pacific: Construction Disputes Construction Disputes
Ms. Jo Delaney moderated the session and talked about the construction developments in the South Pacific, the features of construction dispute...
Jo Delaney
13 Feb 2018 Session 7: Disputes in the South Pacific: Climate Finance DIsputes Pacific Needs a Voice in International Arbitration
Ms. Christina Pak highlighted the critical role international arbitration can play in attracting international climate finance and investments...
Christina Pak
13 Feb 2018 Session 7: Disputes in the South Pacific: Climate Finance Disputes Legal Readiness to Attract Climate Finance: Towards a Low-Carbon Asia and the Pacific
This article highlights some of the legal barriers faced by developing countries in optimizing their options for funding their nationally...
Christina Pak, Takako Morita
13 Feb 2018 Session 7: Disputes in the South Pacific: Climate Finance Disputes Climate Change: A Rising Sea of Disputes?
Ms. Judith Levine walked the participants through various climate change related disputes and the United Nations legal framework on climate...
Judith Levine
13 Feb 2018 Session 7: Disputes in the South Pacific: Climate Finance Disputes Climate Finance Disputes
Ms. Jo Delaney explored the nature of climate finance disputes through a solar farm case study. She outlined a solar farm project involving...
Jo Delaney
13 Feb 2018 Session 8: Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Lawyers, Private Sector and Judiciary): For Lawyers: Drafting Arbitration Agreements Drafting Arbitration Agreements
The panel dealt with the various dispute resolution options lawyers have, the model clauses of arbitral institutions, the key elements of...
Daniel Meltz, Jo Delaney, Brenda Horrigan, Timothy Lindsay
13 Feb 2018 Session 8: Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Lawyers, Private Sector and Judiciary): For Private Sector: Contracting with Foreign Parties and Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Contracting with Foreign Parties and Cross-Border Dispute Resolution
Ms. Koh Swee Yen discussed about the inclusion of arbitration clauses in contracts without the parties truly appreciating and understanding...
Swee Yen Koh
13 Feb 2018 Session 8: Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Lawyers, Private Sector and Judiciary): Implementation of the New York Convention - Judicial Perspective Implementation of the New York Convention - Judicial Perspective [Slides] [Documents] Chief Justice Anthony Harold Cumberland Thomas (A.H.C.T.) Gates expressed appreciation for the assistance offered by ADB, UNCITRAL and other... Anthony Harold Cumberland Thomas (A.H.C.T.) Gates
13 Feb 2018 Session 8: Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Lawyers, Private Sector and Judiciary): UNCITRAL E-Commerce Law 2.0 for the Implementation of FTAs and Trade Facilitation Measures UNCITRAL E-Commerce Law 2.0
Mr. Joao Ribeiro-Bidaoui discussed the legal framework governing electronic communications in international contracts for the sale of goods...
Joao Ribeiro-Bidaoui
13 Feb 2018 Session 9: Mock Arbitration Mock Arbitration Compromis
The mock international arbitration was designed to walk participants through the process of a typical international arbitration. It is based...
Jonathan Lim

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