List of Past Club Meetings and Events


Past Club Meetings in 2018:

  • April 26, 2018: David Martowski led a discussion on “Ships that go Bump in the Night and Piracy - Ordering Pre-Award Security in Maritime Disputes”. In addition, John Kimball (BlankRome) addressed the topic of “Arbitrator's Dilemma: Stick My Head in the Sand?”
  • March 19, 2018: Marc Goldstein led a discussion on "Looking for Law in All the Right Places: A Modern Spin on Jura Novit Arbiter". In addition, David Zaslowsky addressed "Recent case law of interest to those trying to enforce foreign court judgments or awards".
  • February 15, 2018: Marcus Green (Kobre & Kim LLP) and Wieger Wielinga (Omni Bridgeway, Amsterdam) led a discussion on “Choices for Arbitral Award Creditors in Dealing with Recalcitrant Debtors.”
  • January 24, 2018: The Smit-Lowenfeld Prize Dinner was held at the University Club of New York in honor of Alexandra Dosman and Grant Hanessian, winners of the 2016 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize.

Past Club Meetings in 2017:

  • December 18, 2017: Ucheora Onwuamaegbu (Arent Fox) led a discussion on "Claims Resolution and Arbitration in Africa."
  • November 13, 2017: Norman Solovay (Solovay Practice) and Stephen A. Hochman led a discussion on the “The Jack Grynberg case” with a focus on Arbitrator Hochman’s  sanctions awarded against Grynberg and refusal to hear evidence on what he considered an irrelevant issue, despite First Department instructions to do so after remand.
  • October 30, 2017: Dmitry A. Pentsov, Dr. Franz X. Stirnimann and Mr. Jean Marguerat (Froriep Legal SA) led a discussion on “The Swiss Army Knife in international transactions and disputes – legal and procedural tools available in Switzerland under Swiss Law” with a focus on  the attachments of assets in Switzerland, Swiss judicial assistance in aid of arbitration proceedings abroad, and enforcement of awards and judgments in Switzerland.
  • September 22, 2017: Tom Childs (King & Spalding) led a discussion on the recent report on Awards of Interest in International Commercial Arbitration issued by the New York City Bar Committee on International Commercial Disputes.
  • July 28, 2017: William Slate, III (CEO of Dispute Resolution Data and former President of the AAA/ICDR) led a discussion on the "Status of the database that Dispute Resolution Data is compiling from closed commercial arbitration and mediation cases, based on information it is receiving from 17 contributing institutions worldwide." In addition, Juval Aviv (CEO of Interfor, Inc.) spoke on the topic of “Finding Assets in Enforcement of Arbitral Awards and Judgments".
  • June 15, 2017: Frank Kroes (Baker McKenzie, Amsterdam) spoke on the topic of “Attachments in Aid of International Arbitration” and “Recent developments including attachments against sovereign states and the European Bank Attachment Order.” Steven Skulnik (Senior Legal Editor, Thomas Reuters) spoke on “The decision in Daesang v. Nutrasweet remanding the matter to the ICC tribunal for ‘redetermination’ of certain counterclaims because of its manifest disregard of New York law and its ‘egregious dereliction of duty.’”
  • May 22, 2017: Richard Naimark (Senior Vice President, AAA/ICDR) led a discussion on “Why and How International Arbitration Has Developed over the Past Few Decades: My Personal Experience With the AAA and the ICDR.”
  • April 24, 2017: Catherine Amirfar (Debevoise & Plimpton; two-year tenure as Counselor on International Law in the U.S. State Department) spoke on the topic of “Perspectives from the Obama Administration's State Department“ and her “Perspectives on the outlook for international law and institutions under the Trump Administration."
  • March 30, 2017: Jose Maria Alonso (Baker & McKenzie, Madrid) spoke on “The Spanish Supreme Court’s recent decision holding arbitrators liable for excluding a third arbitrator from deliberations.” William H. Taft V. (Debevoise & Plimpton) spoke on his role in “Successfully presenting an amicus brief on behalf of the New York City Bar in the Second Circuit case of CBF Indústria De Gusa S/A v. AMCI Holdings Inc."
  • January 27, 2017: The Smit-Lowenfeld Prize Dinner was held at the University Club of New York in honor of Aloysius (“Louie”) Llamzon and Anthony Sinclair, winners of the 2015 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize.

Past Club Meetings in 2016:

  • More past events to be added shortly
  • February 8, 2017: The Smit-Lowenfeld Prize Dinner was held at the University Club of New York in honor of Catharine Titi, winner of the 2014 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize.

Past Club Meetings in 2015:

  • December 17, 2015: Randy Hafer (Kilpatrick Townsend) led a discussion on the topic of "Successful Arbitration of International Construction Disputes."
  • November 17, 2015: David Martowski spoke ‎about "New York maritime arbitration practice," Jim Carter about "Class Arbitration" and Gerald Aksen about "the codification and unification of international arbitration."
  • October 22, 2015: Nicolas Ulmer (Budin Partners) led a discussion on "Court of Arbitration for Sport: Lessons for the Commercial Arbitrator". He was followed by Murray Smith presenting on "Appeals from Arbitrators" and Laurence Craig (Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff) presenting on "Arbitrator Independence" and "Varying Approaches to Commercial Arbitration Between France and the United States."
  • October 2, 2015: Marc Goldstein spoke on "The New Model Arbitral Witness Summons," providing a tour of the issues examined in the Model Summons and its annotations (attached), following an in depth study of the arbitral subpoena power under FAA Section 7 conducted by the arbitration committees of the New York City Bar Association. Shelby R. Grubbs (Executive Director for the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation) and Glenn Hendrix (one of the founders of ACIAM) spoke about the work of the center.
  • July 21, 2015: Noah Hanft (President and CEO of CPR) spoke on the topic of "The CPR: Where it is Today, and Where it is Going." Also, Chris Parker (Herbert Smith Freehills) presented his "Reflections on a Brit’s Experience as a Lawyer in New York."
  • June 25, 2015: The Smit-Lowenfeld Prize Dinner was held at the University Club of New York in honor of Stephen Fietta and James Upcher, winner of the 2013 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize.
  • May 15, 2015: Professor S.I. (Stacie) Strong led a discussion on "Beyond International Commercial Arbitration? Empirical Studies and the Proposed UNCITRAL Convention on International Commercial Mediation," focusing on the results from a recent large-scale international study into the use and perception of international commercial mediation and the way in which the results from that study are helping to inform UNCITRAL's efforts regarding a new convention in this area of law. Will Taft led a discussion on the debate surrounding inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade agreements, including a summary of the expected TPP and TTIP ISDS provisions and the policy arguments raised for and against the inclusion of ISDS in the agreements by politicians, law professors, bar associations and others.
  • April 28, 2015: Professor Alejandro Garro of Columbia Law School led a discussion on "UNIDROIT  Principles on International Commercial Contracts: Whether, why, when, and how can they be used in international arbitration?" Grant Hanessian and Alex Yanos spoke on the topic of "Lawful and Unlawful Expropriations – the Developing Jurisprudence."
  • March 19, 2015: Mark Kantor (Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law Center, Editor-in-Chief of TDM) led a discussion on the impact of recent developments in telecommunications and data technology on document production and the gathering of evidence in international arbitration.
  • February 19, 2015: Aloysius Llamzon led a discussion on "Corruption in International Investment Arbitration." Robert Smit led a discussion on the new CPR Rules for Administered Arbitration of International Disputes.
  • January: The Smit-Lowenfeld Prize Dinner had to be postponed due to inclement weather.

Past Club Meetings in 2014:

  • December 12, 2014: Marc Goldstein led a discussion on recent significant developments in arbitration case law (incl. Cusimano v. Schnurr, Flintlock Constr. v. Weiss, as well as several other significant cases involving class arbitration and the enforcement of arbitration subpoenas). Tom Halket led a discussion on recently developed Social Media Guidance Note for Arbitrators including also the perceived reasons for the Chartered Institute’s New York Branch guidance note.
  • November 25, 2014: Aníbal Sabater (Norton Rose Fulbright) led a discussion on “Unused, but not Forgotten: Uncommon International Treaties that Can Affect your Arbitration”.
  • October 9, 2014: Michael Goldhaber (Senior International Correspondent for American Lawyer magazine and ALM media group) led a discussion on "Yukos and Chevron: Two Lifetimes of Litigation Arbitration”.
  • September 18, 2014: Dr. Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof (Director General of the LCIA) introduced and led a discussion on the 2014 LCIA Rules.
  • July 17, 2014: Jean Kalicki (Arnold & Porter) led a discussion on "Saving Time and Costs in International Arbitration: What Progress Have Arbitral Institutions Made?"
  • June 24, 2014: Kim J. Landsman (Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP) led a discussion on “The Implications of Increased Publication of International Arbitration Awards and Decisions.”  The panelists included Christian P. Alberti (ICDR), Grant Hanessian (Baker & McKenzie LLP), Meg Kinnear (World Bank), Victoria Orlowski, (Gibson & Dunn, formerly ICC), and Eric P. Tuchmann (AAA).
  • May 27, 2014: Grant Hanessian (Baker & McKenzie LLP) led a discussion on the topic of Emergency Arbitration. We was also joined via phone by James Gaitis who is one of the drafters of a new set of international arbitration rules for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators that will include provisions on emergency arbitrators.
  • April 29, 2014: Gerald Aksen spoke on “What a Difference a Half Century Makes: Lessons Learned from a Career in International Arbitration”.
  • March 24, 2014: Thomas R. Newman (Duane Morris) led a discussion on International Arbitration of Insurance Disputes, and Marc Goldstein gave a presentation on the Koehler case, the bank separate entity rule and the enforcement of arbitral awards.
  • February 14, 2014: David Bigge (Attorney Adviser, U.S. State Department) addressed the question of whether international arbitrators have to base their awards only on what the parties argue or whether iura novit curia governs, and whether practices differ between commercial and investment arbitration.
  • January 22, 2014: The Smit-Lowenfeld Prize Dinner was held at the University Club of New York in honor of Gary Born, winner of the 2012 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize.

Past Club Meetings in 2013:

  • December 9, 2013: Prof. George Bermann (Columbia Law) discussed the case of BG Group v. Argentina.
  • November 21, 2013: Brian White (King & Spalding), Felix Weinacht (Siemens), and Peter Turecek (Kroll) gave a presentation on “Enforcing International Arbitration Awards”, with a focus on finding and attaching assets in satisfaction of judgments.
  • November 1, 2013: James Gaitis gave a presentation on the “Review and Recognition of International Interlocutory Arbitral Rulings”.
  • September 30, 2013: Edna Sussman gave a presentation on the subject of “Arbitrator Decision Making: Psychological Influences and Arbitrator Preferences”.
  • July 22, 2013: Tai-Heng Cheng (Quinn Emanuel) and a senior member of Burford Capital gave a presentation on the subject of "Alternative Fee Arrangements in International Arbitration."
  • June 21, 2013: Prof. Joshua Karton gave a presentation on the subject of “The Competitive Market for International Arbitration Services”.
  • May 17, 2013: A panel led by Prof. Andreas Lowenfeld, Donald Donovan, and a number of other club members led a discussion on the "Teaching of International Arbitration in Law Schools."
  • April 15, 2013: Gerald Aksen, Robert L. Sills (Orrick), and Prof. Mark Kantor (Georgetown Law) continued the discussion on the subject of "The Dark Side of International Arbitration - Corruption."
  • March 4, 2013: Gerald Aksen, Edward Kehoe (King & Spalding), Robert L. Sills (Orrick), and Rahim Moloo (Freshfields) led a discussion on the subject of "The Dark Side of International Arbitration – Corruption."
  • February 21, 2013: Larry Shore (Herbert Smith Freehills) led a discussion on Adverse Inferences: Their Use and Non-Use in International Arbitration.
  • January 14, 2013: The Smit-Lowenfeld Prize Dinner was held at the University Club of New York in honor of Professor Charles H. Brower II, winner of the 2011 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize.

Past Club Meetings in 2012:

  • December 13, 2012: Ank Santens (White & Case) presented and discussed the 2012 International Arbitration Survey on Current and Preferred Practices in the Arbitral Process.
  • November 5, 2012: Prof. Guido Carducci led a discussion on the subject of Preliminary Measures in Support of International Arbitration Proceedings.
  • October 8, 2012: Vladimir Khvalei (Baker & McKenzie and Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration) led a discussion on the subject of International Arbitration With CIS Entities.
  • August 16, 2012: Discussion on the subject of Damages in International Arbitration in economic and accounting with specialists.
  • June 25, 2012: Leading litigation providers, including Burford Capital and Blackrobe, presented their practices with respect to the funding of international arbitration cases.
  • May 15, 2012: Bob Davidson and Jack Levin moderated a discussion of "What it Takes to be an Effective International Mediator".
  • April 17, 2012: Paul Cohen led a discussion on recent projects on virtual international arbitration. In addition, Marc Goldstein presented a follow-up report on the Figueiredo decision.
  • March 7, 2012: Minn Naing Oo (Secretary General of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre) presented SIAC's 2011 statistics.
  • February 16, 2012: Professor Linda Silberman and Marc Goldstein led a discussion on the recent Figueiredo decision in the Second Circuit on forum non conveniens in the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.
  • January 18, 2012: The Smit-Lowenfeld Prize Dinner was held at the Harvard Club (The Gordon Room) in honor of Mr. Nicolas Ulmer, winner of the 2010 Smit-Lowenfeld Prize.

Past Club Meetings in 2011:

  • December 16, 2011: Richard Hulbert led a discussion on the continued vitality of the "manifest disregard" standard in Second Circuit case law and the application of this standard and FAA Chapter 1 in general to international arbitration awards.  He also discussed possible activities that might be engaged in by the International Arbitration Club with respect to this case law.
  • November 21, 2011: Part 2 - The previous panel continued its discussion on "How to Succeed as an Arbitrator".  Again, the discussion dealt with the approaches taken by the panel members in conducting arbitrations and, more generally, their arbitration practice.
  • October 13, 2011: Part 1 - A panel comprising James Carter, Robert Davidson, Marc Goldstein, Thomas Halket, Joseph McLaughlin, and Peter Michaelson led a discussion on "How to Succeed as an Arbitrator" in response to questions from Lawrence Newman as the moderator and from the club members. The discussion dealt with the approaches taken by the panel members in conducting arbitrations and, more generally, their arbitration practices.
  • September 20, 2011: Professor Catherine Rogers and Dean Phillip McConnaughay (Penn State Law) led a discussion on the future of international arbitration; including whether international arbitration will evolve into a transnational system of justice or whether its golden days are behind it.
  • August 16, 2011: Andreas Vaagt (Senior Legal Officer, Office of Legal Affairs of the UN) and Andra Nicoara (Legal Officer, Office of Legal Affairs of the UN) led a discussion on International Arbitration at the UN.
  • July 19, 2011: Chiann Bao (Secretary General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre) talked about "A Practical Guide to Arbitration in Hong Kong" and discussed the practices and procedures of HKIAC arbitration and arbitrating in Hong Kong generally.
  • June 20, 2011: Professor Tai-Heng Cheng (Quinn Emanuel) gave a presentation and led a discussion on rectifying errors in investment and commercial arbitration awards.
  • May 31, 2011: Professor Loukas Mistelis (Queen Mary University, London) gave a presentation and led a discussion on the 2010 International Arbitration Survey on corporate attitudes and practices regarding international arbitration.
  • April 5, 2011: Edna Sussman led a discussion on Guerrilla Tactics in Arbitration.
  • March 9, 2011: Adrian Winstanley (Director General of the London Court of International Arbitration) spoke about the LCIA and shared his thoughts on the Jivraj v. Hashwani matter.
  • February 7, 2011: Annette Magnuson (Secretary General of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce) led our discussion.
  • January 24, 2011: David Nourse and one of his colleagues discussed maritime arbitration in New York and elsewhere.

Past Club Meetings in 2010:

  • December 17, 2011: David Zaslowsky (Baker & McKenzie) discussed the power and duty of arbitral tribunals to rule on requests to disqualify counsel.
  • November 19, 2011: Luke Peterson (Editor and Publisher of Investment Arbitration Reporter) and Michael D. Goldhaber (Senior International Correspondent for The American Lawyer magazine and the ALM chain of publications) led a discussion on investor-state arbitrations.
  • October 18, 2011: Edward Kehoe (King & Spalding) discussed investment arbitration from the point of view of the claimant, followed by members' questions and a general discussion.
  • September 16, 2011: Jim Carter (Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell) spoke on the issues arising out of what has been observed to be perhaps a growing phenomenon of arbitrators who are also counsel in other arbitration cases being suspected of being influenced by their dual roles when they write awards that deal with issues that are similar to, or the same as, the issues about which they have ruled as arbitrators. Two guests joined this discussion: Dennis H. Hranitzky and Eduardo Silva Romero of Dechert LLP.
  • August 2, 2011: Judith Kaye (Former Chief Judge) spoke on the topic of the intersection of federal and New York arbitration law.


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