We at Business BVI are pleased to convene the 3rd BVI International Arbitration Conference, in partnership with the BVI International Arbitration Centre, from 18 to 22 November, 2019, under the theme Arbitration 2.0. The main conference will take place from Thursday the 21st to midday Friday the 22nd, with side events and lectures throughout the week.
Less than ten years ago, the BVI embarked on the journey to develop as an international arbitration jurisdiction, in that short span of time, it:
The above, together with the globally respected quality of the BVI legal framework and a stable political environment have positioned the territory to become a leading arbitration hub across the Americas and the Caribbean.
Appropriately, the conference programme, under the theme “Arbitration 2.0,” will explore how arbitration has “come of age,” and not just in the BVI. Shifting legislation, rules and practices and an ever-more-diverse roster of players must constantly adapt to the new realities of a changed landscape, both in our region and across the globe. For its international roster of attendees, Arbitration Week 2019 in the BVI will offer a kaleidoscope of networking opportunities, including lectures and presentations from an esteemed international cohort of speakers, daily social events and even a post-conference Friday afternoon day sail to experience all the beauty and excitement the Yachting Capital of the Caribbean has to offer. Delegates to the Conference will have the opportunity to join ancillary events such as CIArb or Arbitral Women trainings and workshops to further sharpen their skills and prepare for the challenges of Arbitration 2.0.
Mr. Pearsall is partner and chair of the Public International Law practice at Washington, DC-based Jenner & Block. He has over 15 years of experience representing parties in complex international disputes and served in the US State Department from 2009-2017. He was the chief of investment arbitration from 2015 onward under President Obama and President Trump. He has arbitrated claims involving billions of dollars on behalf of the United States, other sovereign states and private investors in both commercial arbitration and investment arbitration.