Energy Center, UTCLE cosponsor “Arbitration and National Courts: Conflict and Cooperation” symposium, May 13–14, 2010

An international group of scholars, jurists, and practitioners will gather in Houston for the fourth annual International Arbitration Symposium, “Arbitration and National Courts: Conflict and Cooperation,” May 13–14, 2010.

The Symposium will bring together leading experts from around the world to discuss how arbitrators interact with national courts and how national laws relate to and effect arbitral decisions.  The internationally renowned faculty includes keynote speakers Lord Leonard H. Hoffmann of Chadwick, noted jurist and retired law lord, Brick Court Chambers, London, who will discuss “Arbitrators and the Courts”; and Mariano Gomezperalta Casali, general counsel for Trade Negotiations, Ministry of the Economy, Mexico City, who will discuss the “Representation of State Parties in Investment Arbitration.”

Cosponsored by the University of Texas School of Law’s Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law; UT Law’s Continuing Legal Education; the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the Houston International Arbitration Club, the annual symposium is held every year in either Houston or The Hague, Netherlands. Proceedings from The Hague 2007 conference were published by Oxford University Press in the volume Multiple Party Actions in International Arbitration, and the proceedings from the 2010 conference will be published in the American Review of International Arbitration.

Professor Alan S. Rau, Burg Family Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law, will serve as commentator to Professor W. Michael Reisman of Yale Law School’s opening session, “An Introduction to Arbitral Jurisdiction: Who Decides?” Rau is one of the nation’s leading experts on arbitration and was recently appointed to serve as an adviser on the American Law Institute’s project to draft a Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration.

James Loftis, of Vinson and Elkins in London, will moderate a panel that will consider controversial forms of injunctive relief in the European Union. Contributors  include Brooks Daly of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; the Honorable Dominique Hascher of the Cour d’Appel in Paris; Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler of Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler in Geneva; and Loukas Mistelis of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at the University of London. Kevin and O’Gorman of Fulbright & Jaworksi and Ben Sheppard of the University of Houston Law Center will each present stand alone papers and discuss “Enabling the Proceeding?  Court Assisted Evidence Gathering”  and “Arbitral Subpoenas” respectively.

C. Mark Baker of Fulbright and Jaworski in Houston will moderate “Arbitrators and the Role of Law,” an examination of the different perspectives from which arbitrators approach legal issues. Panelists include John Bowman of King & Spalding in Houston; W. Laurence Craig of Orrick in Paris; and the Right Honorable Sir Anthony Evans, chief justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts in London.

The symposium will also feature a number of other panels and discussions, including: “The Second Look Doctrine: Twenty-Five-Plus Years after Mitsubishi”; “Argentine Impasse: Enforcing Awards Against State Parties”; “Escaping National Court Review: ICSID Annulment”; and a closing General Counsel’s panel from international  energy companies, chaired by Alan Crain, Baker Hughes, Inc.

Detailed information about the conference, registration, and CLE credit, can be found on the conference page on the UT CLE website.


Joanna Jefferson, UT Law Continuing Legal Education, at or 512-232-1176

Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, at or 512-471-7330