About the conference

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:

  • Enacted a highly flexible and modern UNCITRAL-based legislation;
  • Became a party to the New York Convention;
  • Adapted its immigration and labour laws to welcome and facilitate the business of arbitration in the territory;
  • Most impressively, the Act established the creation of the BVI International Arbitration Centre, which opened a state-of-the-art arbitration facility, published modern rules and selected a world-class Panel of Arbitrators. The institution is now actively administering cases.

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.

Schedule 1: Conference Agenda

Tuesday, November 19th Wednesday, November 20th Thursday, November 21st Friday, November 22nd

Confirmed Speakers

Christina Beharry

Foley Hoag
Washington, D.C.

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Carlos F. Concepción

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

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Katharine M. De La Cuesta

Holland & Knight

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Hagit Muriel Elul

Hughes Hubbard & Reed
New York

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Clifford J. Hendel

Hendel IDR

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Wendy J. Miles, QC

Debevoise & Plimpton

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Apoorva Patel

Senior Associate,
Washington, DC

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Charles B. Rosenberg

King & Spalding
Washington, DC

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Lawrence S Schaner

Schaner Dispute Resolution

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João Vilhena Valério

BVI IAC Registrar

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Mark Baker

Global Co-Head of International Arbitration
Norton Rose Fulbright

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Prof. Dr. Diane Desierto

Associate Professor
Human Rights Law and Global Affairs University of Notre Dame

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Yasmine Lahlou

Chaffetz Lindsey
New York

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Drew Holiner

Barrister, Arbitrator and Expert
Monckton Chambers

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Shelby Grubbs

Managing Member
Miller & Martin,

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Bertha Copper

Managing Partner
Rousseau & Cooper
Nassau, Bahamas

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Karen Gough

39 Essex Chambers,

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Arabella di Lorio

Agon Litigation

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Rose Rameau

Rameau Law Firm
Washington, DC

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Akima Paul Lambert

International Counsel
Debevoise & Plimpton

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Anton V. Asoskov, L.L.D

Professor in the Department of Civil Law at the Law Faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University

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Dr Christopher Malcolm


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Peter Ferrer

Dispute Resolution Group

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Laura T.W. Olive, Ph.D.

Associate Director
Nera Economic Consulting

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Nicholas Burkill, FCIArb


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Dr. Christof Siefarth, LL.M.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von
Cologne, Germany

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Calvin A. Hamilton

Hamilton abogados

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Murray L. Smith, LLM,

Chartered Arbitrator
Smith Barristers
Vancouver, BC

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Patrick W. Pearsall

Jenner & Block
Washington, DC

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Session 1: Belt and Road disputes: A Mountain to Climb

The panel discusses the role of arbitration in relation to the Belt and Road initiative. This initiative from China involves infrastructure and risk on an unprecedented scale. The Belt and Road initiative will generate complex, cross-border disputes and force investors and lawyers to look closely at how to respond to a fast-changing landscape across Asia and beyond. This panel will discuss the risks associated with Belt and Road investments with a focus on energy, infrastructure and construction disputes, and will evaluate the available fora and mechanisms for resolving those disputes.

Session 2: International Commercial Arbitration in an Era of Retreating Globalism: How to Deal with the Backlash against Globalism?

Will the rise of nationalist sentiments affect how businesses resolve cross-border disputes? Will the relationship between national courts and arbitral tribunals be affected? How might anti-globalism affect the competition among venues positioning themselves as cosmopolitan and friendly to international arbitration?

Session 3: New Class of Claims in International Arbitration

This plenary will discuss emerging new types of claims in international arbitration. Such claims are starting to arise under international, national or regional laws. Globalisation and the increasingly transboundary nature of many transactions under different legal systems is creating a caseload of new claims, pushing arbitration to adapt.

This panel will explore how arbitration in the future might become a forum for resolving disputes under new international and national laws, international policy and emerging norms on climate change, corruption, human rights, labour laws, health and safety, protection of indigenous peoples and other affected populations and environmental and climate change commitments.

(Examples: Climate change-related arbitrations, South China Sea, Bangladesh, human rights in the Amazon, etc.)

Session 4: Cybersecurity, Blockchain and Fintech in Arbitration

Off the back of hacking threats, a conversation on cybersecurity and FinTech and how arbitration can remain relevant in this new technological age.

Session 5: Ethics in International Arbitration

This plenary will discuss whether the current architecture is sufficiently robust to ensure the required integrity and ethics in international arbitration proceedings. A discussion about the issue of conflicts of interest or codes of conduct and how they are handled in international arbitration by various stakeholders including counsel, arbitrators, parties and experts. In particular, it will try to answer the question: does more need to be done to safeguard the arbitration framework from such violations?

Session 6: Spotlight on the Americas: Developments Affecting the Hemisphere

Arbitration in the Americas is fast-changing: this plenary will discuss the changing legal landscape including recent legislative changes (e.g. California), noteworthy case law and investor-state dispute resolution reform and implications.

Who Should Attend

  • Arbitrators
  • Dispute Resolution & Corporate practitioners
  • Corporate Counsel
  • In-house Counsel
  • Mediators
  • Experts
  • Business professionals
  • SME executives involved in international business activities
  • Mid level department managers and senior public servants – Those involved in contract     negotiations
  • Persons / businesses keen on providing support and ancillary services to the arbitration
  • Students – (Particularly those studying law)


For students and CIArb Attendees, Arbitral Women and BVI Arbitration Group members discounts, please contact Claire Shefchik at c.shefchik@oysterbvi.com

$675 Per person and $625 for groups of (3+)

Valid until September 20.


$825 per person and $775 for groups of (3+)

Valid September 21 to October 12


$975 per person only

Valid from October 13 to November 15




Scrub Island Resort

Ocean View Guest Rooms – $329 (25% Discount)
Ocean View One Bedroom Suites – $429 (33% Discount)

BVI International Arbitration Conference
Start Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
End Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Last Day to Book: Friday, October 18, 2019

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Wyndham Lambert Beach Resort

Beachfront – $180
Beachfront Suite – $270
Garden View – $150
Ocean View – $165
Family – $280

30% discount on any room types from the attached rate sheet.

The website for Wyndham Lambert Beach Resort is still under construction, reservations must be made via email reservation@lambertbeach.com each reservation must come with code: BVIIA2019-30

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Maria’s By the Sea Hotel

Premium City View (King Bed) – $212.00 per night

Premium Ocean View (King Bed) – $239.50 per night

Reservations: Rooms will be registered under the name of Arbitration Conference 2019. Rooms Available until October 15th, 2019.  Requests for rooms after that date will be at our regular rate and based on availability.

Rate Plan: Rates quoted above are for single or double occupancy with one king bed or 2 full beds, and it is inclusive of 7% Government tax, $25.00 hotel fee per day

Reservations will be required. This should include guest name, requested type of room, requested bed type (i.e. king, double/double,) check-in and check-out dates, and VIP status.  Any requests for special room arrangements should be indicated on the rooming list.

Reservations must be made via info@mariasbythesea.com

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