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.


Dispute Resolution involving States {09.30–11.30}

Experiences of Small States in State-to-State Dispute Resolution

Stephen Fietta, partner Fietta, London


The Politics of Investment Treaties Involving Small States

Lauge Poulsen, University College London

Cost-Efficiency in State-to-State Dispute Resolution

Brian McGarry, Director, Centre for Diplomacy & International Security, London Centre of International Law Practice


Investor-State Disputes involving Small States

Dominic Roughton, partner Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London


Questions and Answers :

Panel Chair: N Jansen Calamita, Director, Investment Treaty Forum, BIICL


Keynote Speech {11.30–12.30}

International Commercial Arbitration: Law for Small States?


Gary Born, partner Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London


International B2B Dispute Resolution {13.30–17.00}

International Litigation

Justice Winston Anderson, Caribbean Court of Justice, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Barbara Dohmann QC, Blackstone Chambers, London

Alex Layton QC, 20 Essex Street, London

Intellectual Property Consequences - A View from the Pacific

International Commercial Arbitration in Pacific Island States

Desley Horton, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London

International Commercial Arbitration involving Small States 

Conway Blake, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, London

The Bilateral Arbitration Treaty Regime

 Jack Graves, Touro College of Law, Central Islip, New York

 International Mediation

Commercial Mediation in the Asia Pacific

Geoff Sharp, Clifton Chambers, Wellington 

Mediation in the Channel Islands

Michel Kallipetis QC, Independent Mediators Limited and Quadrant Chambers, London

Chair: Tony Willis, Brick Court Chambers, London

Final Discussion Panel


James Bridgeman FCIArb, Dublin;
Edwini Kessie, OCTA, Vanuatu;
Elizabeth Bakibinga-Gaswaga, Commonwealth Secretariat;
Professor Nadja Alexander, Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy;