Ruth Byrne (co-chair), Partner, King & Spalding; Can Yeginsu (co-chair), Barrister 4 New Square; Veijo Heiskanen, Partner, Lalive; Alison MacDonald QC, Barrister Essex Court Chambers; Mallory Silberman, Partner, Arnold & Porter; Kimbeng T. Tah, Principal State Counsel, The Gambia
State parties are increasingly involved in international disputes, not only in the “traditional” role as respondents but also as claimants. The involvement of states and state-owned enterprises as well as sovereign wealth funds in cross-border commercial activity and investment has mandated that there many more commercial and investment disputes involving state parties. This session will look at how state parties engage in disputes, how the procure legal services, whether “in-house” or external counsel and how the use the range of various dispute resolution methods. The session will also address recent trends in investor-state dispute settlement and the recent drive for investor-state mediation in light of the current global pandemic crisis.