Integration and International Dispute Resolution in Small States
19 & 20 May 2016: Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

The aim of this 11/2 day conference is to bring together representatives of Small States, as well as lawyers litigating in or for Small States (defined as those states with a population of 1.5m or less) and academics, to discuss the particular issues these jurisdictions face in regard to international dispute resolution and regional integration. Small States are a micro-cosmos and allow the study of some legal phenomena more easily. On the other hand, Small States face specific issues due to their demographical, geographical size, and the size of their economies. Of particular interest are the commercial relations between large economies and Small States, the role of Small States as financial centres as well as B2B and State to State dispute resolution involving Small States.


Conference Opening


Petra Butler, School of Law, Victoria University of Wellington


Integration in Small States – Keynote Panel {13.00–14.45}

Edwini Kessie, Office of the Chief Trade Advisor, Pacific Island Countries, Vanuatu

Mele Tupou, Chief Executive, Ministry of Justice, Tonga

Dr David S Berry, Dean of Law, University of the West Indies, Barbados


Panel Chair:
Steven Finizio, partner Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London

Professor Francesco Schurr, University of Liechtenstein;
Professor Baldur Þórhallsson, Centre for Small States, University of Iceland; Elizabeth Bakibinga-Gaswaga, Commonwealth Secretariat;


Commercial Relations with Small States {14.45–16.30}

WTO & Free Trade

Dr David S Berry, Dean of Law, University of the West Indies, Barbados

Dr Jan Yves Remy, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington

Anti-Dumping & Competition Policy

Professor George Barker, Australian National University, Canberra & research fellow BIIC

Intellectual Property Consequences - A View from the Pacific

Professor Sue Farran, University of Northumbria, Newcastle

Integrated Energy Programmes of Small Island Developing States

Agnieszka Ason, Technische Universität, Berlin Chair: James Bridgeman, FCIArb, Dublin

Panel Questions and Answers

Small States as Financial Centres {17.00–18.15}

Regional Frameworks for the Supervision & Regulation of Financial Entities

Professor Gordon Walker, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha {presented by Petra Butler}

Influence of Big States on Small States

Professor Francesco Schurr, University of Liechtenstein


Tax Law {video not available}
Françoise L.M Hendy, Special Advisor & Lead Treaty Negotiator, Barbados High Commission, London

Questions and Answers


Panel Chair: Dr Eva Lein, Herbert Smith Senior Research Fellow in Private International Law, BIICL

Concluding Speech


Professor Robert G Volterra, University College London, partner Volterra Fietta