38th AAA-ICDR – ICC – ICSID Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration

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For over forty years, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration, and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association have co-sponsored the Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration. The 38th edition of the Colloquium will be hosted at World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 2024.

The Colloquium will feature updates on trends and initiatives from the three institutions, interactive sessions on issues at the forefront of commercial and investment arbitration, and an opportunity to network with practitioners and arbitrators from around the world. 

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Institutional developments: reports from each

A discussion of recent developments in the fields of commercial and investment arbitration, as well as highlights from each organization.

  • Bridget M. McCormack, President and CEO, AAA-ICDR
  • Claudia Salomon, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General, ICSID

Enter the Shark Tank: Judging the most impactful innovations in arbitral practice

This panel will bring together arbitrators and practitioners to share their proposals for innovative tools to modernize international arbitration— particularly with respect to time and cost. The session will use a Shark Tank-style setup with panelists presenting pitches and judges deciding on their top choice.


  • Eduardo Zuleta, Arbitration Chambers
  • Marinn Carlson, MCarlson Arbitration PLLC
  • Theresa Coetzee, Marriott International


  • Guled Yusuf, Allen & Overy
  • Katie Gonzalez, Cleary Gottlieb
  • Gretta Walters, Chaffetz Lindsey
10:45-11:15Coffee and tea break
Global Economic Prospects

The global economy is forecast to experience the slowest half-decade of GDP growth in 30 years. In this session, Indermit Gill, the World Bank Group’s Chief Economist, explains the challenges that countries face in growing their economies and reducing poverty. He will also set out the policy solutions to counter economic headwinds, including expanding trade flows, strengthening fiscal and financial institutions, and establishing better investment climates.

What science tells us about effective persuasion in arbitral practice

Drawing from the fields of psychology, sociology, and communication science, this session will explore the art of persuasion and how to leverage science-based techniques for effective opening presentations, witness preparation, and cross-examination.


  • Dan Gonzalez, Hogan Lovells


  • Donald Vinson, Arbitration Sciences Limited
  • Jeff Isler, FTI Consulting
  • Sarah Vasani, CMS
  • Rachael Kent, WilmerHale
13:00-14:30Lunch break

Roundtable Dialogue: Corruption in arbitration—have expectations for an ‘interventionist’ tribunal shifted?

Corruption has long been an issue that tribunals face in resolving international disputes but has come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the set-aside of an award in favor of Irish-owned BVI company Process & Industrial Development against Nigeria. This discussion asks whether the expectations for how tribunals deal with corruption have shifted in light of such high-profile cases.


  • Lucinda Low, Steptoe LLP


  • Aloysius P Llamzon, King & Spalding
  • Sophie Nappert, 3 Verulam Buildings
  • Ken Reisenfeld, BakerHostetler
  • Natalie L. Reid, Debevoise & Plimpton 
15:30-16:00Coffee and tea break

What would you do? Responding to real-life challenges in international arbitration

A popular session at the Colloquium returns with ‘What would you do?’. The panel will be presented with challenging scenarios related to international arbitration and asked how they would respond.


  • Ank Santens, White & Case


  • Stephen Drymer, Woods
  • Tai-Heng Cheng, Sidley Austin
  • Mélanie Van Leeuwen, Derains & Gharavi
  • Tafadzwa Pasipanodya, Foley Hoag


The Colloquium will be held at World Bank headquarters, located in the heart of Washington, D.C. (1818 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC .). 

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