Symposium on “International Arbitration in Latin America: State Intervention in Investor-State Disputes,” February 23, 2012

With the rise of globalization and international investment, a new field of international law has rapidly developed that defines the obligations of host states toward foreign investors.  On Thursday, February 23, 2012, the Law School will host a symposium on recent developments in international arbitrations arising between investors and Latin American governments. Please join us at noon in the Jamail Pavilion for lunch and then the symposium from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in JON 5.206. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Gena Dawson at

Featured speakers at the symposium are:

  • Andrés Jana of Bofill, Mir & Alvarez in Santiago, Chile. Mr. Jana is one of the leading experts in Latin America on the law of international arbitration. He currently serves as Chile’s delegate to the United States Convention on International Trade Law.
  • Dr. Alvaro Galindo, Director of the International Litigation and Arbitration Unit of the Solicitor General Office, Republic of Ecuador. Dr. Galindo has written extensively about the development of arbitration as a means of international dispute resolution in Ecuador.
  • Jennifer Thornton, Special Counsel at Baker Botts LLP in Washington, D.C. Ms. Thornton is an expert on public international law and international investment arbitration.  Before joining Baker Botts, she was a member of the NAFTA/CAFTA arbitration team of the United States Department of State.
  • James Loftis of Vinson & Elkins in Houston. Mr. Loftis specializes in international dispute resolution and is an expert on international law and treaties.  He is also a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration.

Contact: Gena Dawson, Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law, 512- 475-9328,

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