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13.30: Welcome coffee and registration

14.00: An introduction to the Who's Who Legal Future Leaders research

Rupert Wilson, Editor, Who’s Who Legal

14.05: Chairs’ opening remarks

Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling
Naomi Briercliffe, Allen & Overy

14.15: Session one: Fireside chat

In this interview style session, our group of future leaders will discuss their tips on how to make it as an arbitrator.


Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling



Christine Artero, Arbitration Chambers
Carmen Martinez Lopez, Three Crowns

15.00: Session two: what does the future hold for arbitration?

Our panel will explore key issues affecting arbitration today and consider what the future holds.


Topics our esteemed panel are expected to discuss:
• Is technology set to change the face of arbitration?

• Conflicts of interest, transparency and challenges to awards: where have we got to and where are we headed?
• Will climate change impact arbitration?

• Investment treaty arbitration post-Achmea: what’s next for investor-State arbitration?


Naomi Briercliffe, Allen & Overy


José Feris, Squire Patton Boggs
Rachael O'Grady, Mayer Brown
Rishab Gupta, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Thierry Tomasi, Herbert Smith Freehills

16.15: Coffee break

16.45: Session three: The GAR Live debate

In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against, a motion. A panel of judges will then voice opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.


Motion: “This house believes the rise of new regional arbitral seats and institutions will change international arbitration for the better."


Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling


Duncan Bagshaw, Howard Kennedy
Tilman Niedermaier, CMS
Charis Tan, DWF


Sebastiano Nessi, Schellenberg Wittmer
Thierry Ngoga Gakuba, Legal Line Partners
Dharshini Prasad, WilmerHale
Sarah Vasani, Addleshaw Goddard

18.15: Chairs’ closing remarks

Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling
Naomi Briercliffe, Allen & Overy

18.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception

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